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Patrick Reed trashes the PGA Tour as he walks out the door

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Patrick Reed is making his LIV Golf debut this week.

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NORTH PLAINS, Ore. — Patrick Reed is eager to play fewer golf tournaments.

For years, Reed has been among the grinders on the PGA Tour, logging approximately 30 events around the world each calendar year. He prides himself on being a global golfer, regularly attending the European Tour and playing tournaments that other high-profile professionals would skip. But on Tuesday, in his first appearance as a member of the LIV Tour, he made it clear that he’s ready to simplify that schedule, and he’s in no rush to return to the PGA Tour.

In a 30-minute session in which he answered questions alongside fellow newcomers Pat Perez and Brooks Koepka, Reed emphasized that LIV’s new schedule will allow him to spend more time with his family. He also announced that he resigned from his PGA Tour membership and stripped the leadership at Ponte Vedra for not listening to player requests over the years.

“Being the guy who has played 30 to 35 events my entire career and basically living Facetime watching my kids grow up, I wanted to spend more time with my kids,” Reed said. “I wanted to be a dad.”

Reed is one of several LIV members who have relinquished their PGA Tour membership in an effort to avoid disciplinary action, though others, including Koepka and Perez, have not. All LIV contestants are indefinitely suspended from PGA Tour events, but Reed didn’t seem bothered by the ban, offering a few choice words for his longtime workplace on his way out.

“Now all of a sudden [purses] shot up again on the PGA Tour, it just shows that they obviously believe that [LIV] It’s not only a real threat, but it’s also a great tour if they go and copy what we’re doing,” Reed said. He was referring to the PGA Tour’s announcement about adding $54 million in purses to its main events, a response to LIV’s big money.

It’s not clear that tweak would have done much to keep Reed anyway, given LIV’s limited hours and sums of money. That’s a common query among LIV golfers: is there anything the Tour could have done to retain their talents?

“Listen to the players,” Reed said.

He left it at that, but was later asked to expand on what that meant. It’s worth taking his response with a grain of salt: He, like his fellow LIVers, are paid huge sums of guaranteed money to be there, but Reed’s complaints about the PGA Tour are relatively common among Tour professionals and LIV dropouts alike.

“Basically everything [LIV] has done so far,” he said. “We have shorter hours. We actually have an off-season where we can not only be healthy, work on our bodies, but we basically allow ourselves all year long to try to peak at the right times, when you’re playing, instead of feeling like you have to do it. play every week.”

Reed talked about the challenge of playing four or five tournaments in a row and then using his week off between tournaments to prepare for the next ones. It’s a story as old as the Tour: spending weeks away from home, trying to stay healthy and fit while finding time for life off the pitch too. It’s no wonder professionals long for a break from the carousel.

Turns out LIV money can solve that problem too. Reed acknowledged that the reason he’s happy to play fewer events is because of the guaranteed contracts and higher purses. That’s easy to understand; most employees seek higher wages for less work. And Reed said he played a lot on the PGA Tour in part because he felt he would fall behind in the FedEx Cup standings if he took significant time off.

“You do that every year and it’s no wonder why guys get injured in their 30s and why guys are mentally tired and you just see the grind because they have to work every week,” he said.

Reed refused to answer any of the media’s thorniest questions about Saudi funding of the league and deferred to Koepka and Perez. Instead, he stuck to the message: that this was the best future for his family. What remains up in the air is whether Reed’s commitment to LIV will affect his participation in the two events for which he is best known: the Masters and the Ryder Cup.

“But when it comes to the majors, we don’t know where he stands, obviously,” Reed said. “And being a former champion at Augusta and having a green jacket, I think I could play there for the rest of my life. But I mean, at the end of the day, that’s up to them.”

As for the Ryder Cup?

“You know, of course, I’ve thought about it. Who would not? he said.

But the possibility of a ban was not enough to dissuade him from participating.

“At the end of the day I felt that when my family and I sat down and weighed all our options, we felt that we wanted to join LIV Golf, especially talking to some of the guys who played in London, that this was definitely the right decision.”

dylan dethier

dylan dethier

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Dylan Dethier is a Senior Writer for GOLF Magazine/GOLF.com. The native of Williamstown, Massachusetts, he joined GOLF in 2017 after two years fighting on the mini-tours. Dethier is a 2014 graduate of Williams College, where he majored in English, and is the author of 18 in Americadetailing the year he spent at age 18 living out of his car and playing a round of golf in every state.

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