Patrick Reed criticizes European Tour for ‘slap in the face’ at French Open


Patrick Reed: DP World Tour treatment was a slap in the face – GETTY IMAGES

Patrick Reed has responded to DP World Tour’s actions at the French Open, which begins Thursday, saying their treatment of him as an LIV rebel was “a slap in the face.”

The former Masters champion is the only major winner in the field at Le Golf National, the Paris venue where he played on the losing US team in the 2018 Ryder Cup. But because Reed has joined the Saudi-funded circuit , he was not invited to play in yesterday’s pro-am, nor did he have to give a press conference.

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Reed also thinks he’s “hidden” in the first-round draw away from the marquees. “It’s a slap in the face not to invite me to the press conference, or not let me play on the pro-am and all that stuff,” he told Journal Du Golf.

“In the end I only have control over my wave. I’m 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 hostility to me from them.”

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The player once named Captain America has not 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 ineligible after being given a PGA Tour ban for signing with LIV.

However, the home side are still hoping for nine straight wins, with the opposition being decimated by flaws including world No. 3 Cam Smith, Joaquin Niemann, Abraham Ancer and Louis Oosthuizen.

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