Patrick Reed becomes the fifth former Masters champion to sign up for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series and says he is ‘super excited’ to join the rebel tour
- Patrick Reed is the 19th PGA Tour member to sign up for the LIV Golf series
- The 17 competing in the first event this week have been suspended by the Tour
- Reed has described the Saudi-backed league as ‘a change in golf for the better’
- The 2018 Masters champion is the fifth Green Jacket winner to join the series
Former Masters champion Patrick Reed has become the latest player to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series.
Reed, the world No 36, is the 19th PGA Tour member to sign with the breakaway circuit, with the 17 competing in the first event this week suspended by the Tour as soon as play started at Centurion Club on Thursday.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said the ‘same fate holds true’ for any players who compete in future LIV events despite being denied permission, with Reed and Bryson DeChambeau – who signed up on Friday – set to contest the second event in Oregon at the end of the month.
Former Masters champion Patrick Reed has become the latest player to join the LIV Golf series
‘I’m super excited,’ Reed said. ‘Just the thought of being able to be part of an evolution and a change in golf for the better is unbelievable.’
‘The growing roster of LIV Golf players gets even stronger today with a player of Patrick Reed’s calibre,’ Greg Norman said.
‘He has a proven track record as one of the most consistent competitors in pro golf and adds yet another big presence at our tournaments.
‘He’s a Major champion who has had a significant impact playing international team competitions, and he’ll bring another impressive dynamic to our team-based format at LIV Golf.’
Reed, who was the 2018 Masters champion, is the fifth Green Jacket winner to join the league
Reed, who was the 2018 Masters champion, is the fifth former Green Jacket winner to join the breakaway league, following Phil Mickelson, Charl Schwartzel, Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson.
The 31-year-old has endured a difficult year so far, recording just two top 10s in 19 starts this season.
The inaugural LIV Golf event has been held at St Albans this week, with Schwartzel currently leading the pack on the final day and in line to receive a $4million pay-out.
2020 US Open champion DeChambeau confirmed yesterday that he had signed up , a week after he rejected a nine-figure offer to become part of the rebel series.