Patrick Reed out of the Dunhill Links Championship
Patrick Reed will miss the Dunhill Links Championship after developing back pain caused by an unsupported mattress during the French Open last week.
Confirmation of the former Masters winner’s participation caused a stir on social media last week, with people questioning a schedule that saw him play LIV Boston and Chicago with a trip to Wentworth for the BMW PGA Championship in between, then a return to Europe for the French Open last week.
Playing the Dunhill Links in Scotland would have lasted five consecutive weeks, with many transatlantic flights as well. Some LIV golfers have made wanting to play less golf and spend more time with family as reasons to join Greg Norman’s breakaway, so Reed’s schedule had raised some eyebrows.
When his name disappeared from Dunhill Links’ registrant list, speculation began about Reed’s reasoning. Was it the reaction to his participation, the disappointment of having missed the cut in France, or something else? According IrishGolfer.comtoo soft mattress in Versailles is to blame.
“The mattress was just too soft for me,” the 32-year-old said IrishGolfer.com. “I played well in pro-am but the pain in my back was getting worse. It’s disappointing because I was looking forward to coming back to France after being there for the Ryder Cup. My first time playing at Dunhill Links in 2011 was my first event on the European Tour, so it was another event I was looking forward to playing.
Reed dropped out of the world top 50 for the first time since 2014 after his disappointment at Le Golf National. He was with the leaders in his first round at 3-under before dropping five shots in the final four holes to post a two-over 73. He followed that up with a second-round 72 to miss the cut by three strokes.
The 2018 Masters champion is a lifetime member of the DP World Tour, but recently complained about the Tour’s treatment of LIV players. In France, he compared his treatment to “a slap in the face”, not having been selected to give a press conference when he was the only major winner in the field.
The Dunhill Links Championship takes place at three of Scotland’s top golf courses – Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, from Thursday. While Reed is no longer on the pitch, a number of LIV players will, including Talor Gooch and Louis Oosthuizen. LIV players can currently continue to play on the DP World Tour pending the court’s final decision on their suspensions, expected in February.