Patrick Reed did not have fond memories of Le Golf National before competing there again this week at the Open de France. The 32-year-old American went 1-2 during the Ryder Cup when it was held at the Albatros Stadium outside Paris in 2018, then became part of a firestorm after the United States’ disappointing loss to Europe when he called up US captain Jim Furyek and teammate Jordan Spieth in Interview with the New York Times.
Things did not go any better when Reed returned to attend DP World’s annual terminal. With rounds of 73-72 for one over 145, he missed the cut by three shots and had 18 shots in the back from 36-hole Rasmus Hoggard.
Worse than not getting acquitted is that Reed leaves France without the thing he was really looking for: rankings points.
Since registering to play in the LIV Golf Series in June, Reed has seen his world ranking drop from 36th to 50th. By not getting the cut, and therefore not getting any points for his efforts in France, Reed ensures he falls outside the top 50 when the release is issued. New order on Monday. When that happens, it will be the first time Reed has been ranked in the top 50 since January 2014 after winning the PGA Tour Humana Challenge, the second of his nine career tour titles.
Reed’s decline, like many LIV golfers, comes in large part because LIV events do not offer participants world ranking points – something that opens up those associated with the emerging Saudi-backed circuit to lobby for change. Last week, 50 players, including Reed, signed a letter to Peter Dawson, head of golf’s rankings, asking him to immediately and retroactively change the LIV’s status to award ranking points to the first tournaments the LIV has held since its launch in June.
By jumping into LIV Golf, Reed has given himself the opportunity to compete on the PGA Tour, which offers rating points; Reed subsequently resigned his membership. He is an honorary life member of the DP World Tour, which allows LIV members to play in its events pending a British court decision in February on whether the tour can ban those playing in the rival league.
Reed will get a chance again next week to try to reverse his decline in the standings; He’s on the field at the DP World Tour’s Dunhill Links Championships in St Andrews.