Patrick Reed has criticized DP World Tour’s actions at the French Open, which starts on Thursday, saying their treatment of him as an LIV rebel has been “a slap in the face”.
The former Masters champion is the only big winner at Le Golf National, the Paris venue where he played on the losing American team in the 2018 Ryder Cup. But because Reed joined the Saudi-funded circuit, he was not invited to play. at yesterday’s pro-am and was also not asked to give a press conference.
Reed also thinks he has been “hidden” in the first-round draw, away from the main groups. “It’s a slap in the face not to invite me to the press conference, or not to let me play the pro-am and all that stuff,” he told Journal Du Golf.
“At the end of the day, it’s just my golf that I have control over. I am here to support the Tour, France and all the people who are here. But I don’t see why we can’t go from the LIV to the European Tour like we usually go from the PGA Tour to the European Tour. Many players understand and support my choice and have nothing against me. I didn’t feel any animosity against me from them.”
The player once nicknamed Captain America hasn’t represented Team USA since the 2019 Presidents Cup. That game against the international team finally takes place again in North Carolina on Thursday, but Reed was considered he was ineligible after receiving a ban from the PGA Tour for signing with LIV.
However, the home team are still keen to pull off nine straight wins, with the opposition decimated by flaws including world number 3 Cam Smith, Joaquin Niemann, Abraham Ancer and Louis Oosthuizen.