Patrick Reed, a conservative American star

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Present at Le Golf National during the Cazoo Open de France, Texans presumably have been chosen to join the controversial LIV Golf Series circuit. And don’t be surprised that you are not welcomed on the European Tour with open arms

In Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines,

In a not so distant era, welcoming Masters champion Patrick Reed (2018) would have been an event at the French Open. The oldest open continental tournament, with a modest donation this year (3 million euros) has already won big names like Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson in the past. But the European Tour, which organizes the tournament, did not roll out the red carpet for the American star for the 2022 edition. His decision to join the LIV Golf Series, an opposition circuit financed with millions of dollars by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF), does not leave indifferent.

Désormais persona non grata sur le PGA Tour (circuit américain), dont il était l’un des membres les plus éminents, le Texan de 32 ans est toléré, mais en partie snobé par le européen, dont il est membre à trovie de years. For example, he was not invited to the pre-tournament press conference and set off in anonymity on Thursday at 8:20 a.m. in the first games of the day with Johannes Vermann and Daniel van Tonder, two mediocre players ranked 189th and 195th, respectively. the scientist. In 2011, Bubba Watson said he didn’t “ Feel safe on the course ‘, because of the great closeness between the audience at the time and the players. Don’t worry, from that point of view, for Reid. Only a few curious people accompanied his morning game, this Thursday, at National Golf. And his presence did not cause such a stir as at Wentworth, before Two weeks during this record event on the European circuit, where he was harassed and even by spectators.”Crowd came to watch some golf and they were perfect ‘, asserts the Texas. A player with a sulfur reputation is rarely left indifferent in the sterile world of golf…

The San Antonio native, who wears his LIV cap on the course, claims to have the full confidence of his sponsors and feels no animosity among the European Tour members. “I play for LIV and to support the European circuit. The players understand my choice and respect me. It’s not like I just came and played a European Championship. I play several times over the course of a year. The French Open allows me to show my support for this circuit once again.“Beeps:” We (those who chose to join LIV) just chose to play in a different arena that offers something new.“Obviously a lot of money, while playing less (Reed has only an obligation to play 8 championships this year at the Saudi-funded circuit and 14 next year).

And to fill those weeks without golf, more than inflating his bank account, the American plans to play six to seven events a year on the continental circuit (excluding major tournaments and world championships). Present in France as part of the US team during the 2018 Ryder Cup, knowing that because he was chosen to join LIV, he can no longer compete in the legendary team competition, nicknamed “ captain America “.

Texas who points to 50th in the world – he was still ninth in July 2021 – is also in Europe to chase points because the LIV is not handing out any of them. Its members also sent a letter to the World Ranking Committee asking for the points they earned to be taken into account. “I am proud to come and play in the European Arena and the tournament I lovedIf he’s also in the Paris area to visit the Palace of Versailles with his family, Reed isn’t just there for sightseeing. Fifth in Wentworth, the Texans approached the 104th French Open as the favorite. His first day, however, was pretty poor. At Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.While dropping to -3 after 14 holes, he stuck completely in the final race with a +5 heavy on the last four holes and a poor 73 (+2) card.

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