Patrick Reed may be left rueing LIV Golf decision as remarkable major run comes to an end

Since 2014, Patrick Reed has participated in every major championship; however, his record will end at Pinehurst’s U.S. Open next month. Reed is a past Masters champion.

Patrick Reed, the star of LIV Golf, missed his chance to qualify for the U.S. Open on Monday, meaning he will miss his first major championship since 2013 at Pinehurst No. 2 next month.

Reed was one of several LIV stars who took to the green on Monday in Dallas with the intention of making it to the season’s third major. The former Masters champion, however, would later withdraw from the 36-hole qualifier at Dallas Athletic Club in Texas, so it was not to be.

The 33-year-old’sdeclinein the world rankings over the past few years has forced him to turn to major qualifiers. His move to LIV, where the breakaway league still holds events without offering Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points, is often cited as the catalyst for the end of his major run.

The former world No. 6 is currently ranked 92nd in the rankings, having previously fallen outside of the top 100 following his 2022 switch to Saudi Arabia. In addition to playing in the Masters this year as a returning champion, Reed received a special invitation to the PGA Championship last week.

Because of the exemption granted to him following his 2018 victory in the green jacket competition, he was qualified to participate in all four majors in 2023. However, the five-year pass expired this campaign, so in order to secure his spot, he had to go through final qualifying.

But his decision to withdraw on Monday means he can’t compete in North Carolina in June. Reed has previously discussed the problem of breakaway circuit players qualifying for major league teams, even though the league essentially stopped tracking OWGR points last month.

“Hopefully the PGA and the U.S. Open and the Open Championship take a look at things like that and take consideration on who they’re deciding to give exemptions to,” Reed stated during a speech at the Masters in April. As I mentioned, I have no control over that. Playing well at golf is all I can think about.

With his performance at the recent PGA Championship, Reed had an opportunity to secure his place in the U.S. Open next month. A third-place finish at Valhalla Golf Club would have placed him inside the top-60 in the world. Despite having a great start, the 4Aces star was unable to build on it, finishing the week in a tie for 54th place at five under par.

Reed has a strong track record at the U.S. Open, having missed the cut just once in ten starts, which was in 2016. The American has placed in the top 20 at his home Open four times in total. His best result came in 2018, the year he won the Masters, where he finished fourth.

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