Patrick Reed Continues Contrary Behaviour

There are many adjectives to describe Patrick Reed and one of them would certainly be contrary. When he signed up with LIV Golf he, like many others, complained about the constant grind of the PGA Tour and welcomed the opportunity to play less, spend more time at home etc etc...

“It wears on you as an athlete, wears on you as a person, as a father, and this is for me, I feel like this is the best decision ever,” Reed said in June. “Now I can compete at the highest level, but also prepare and get ready for every single event and be able to be home, and even though I’ll be grinding at home getting ready, I’ll be able to spend time with the kids.”

Or, alternatively, play more golf than you've ever done in your career – Reed will play seven weeks on the bounce by the time the LIV event rolls into Jeddah. That includes four LIV events and three on the DP World Tour where he remains eligible to play.

Before that, in the middle of August, he even rocked up in Singapore on the Asian Tour.

The hot topic in golf these days is world ranking points and the lack of them on the LIV circuit, something that Reed et al need if they are going to feature in the majors. Reed, ever the contrarian, is playing in France this week and he's miffed that he's not playing more of a role in promoting the event.

He told Journal du Golf: "It's a slap in the face not to invite me to do a press conference here, or as happened in Wentworth, not to have me play the pro-am and all those things. At the end of the day, it's just my golf that I have control over. I'm here to support the Tour, France and all the people who are here.

“But I don't see why we can't move from the LIV to the European Tour like we usually move from the PGA Tour to the European Tour. A lot of players understand and support my choice and have nothing against me. I didn't feel any animosity against me from them."

To be fair to Reed he has played in Europe from time to time but the thought of the Tour thrusting him front and centre, when all he will be asked about is LIV Golf, is an odd one. Next week he's likely to line up at the Dunhill Links where 10 other LIV players will feature.

Money wise, life is sweet for Reed given he's part of the all-conquering 4 Aces GC team. He's banked $3m for their four wins while he's also pocketed another $2.73m for his individual efforts.