By Matt Smith
LIV Golf’s well-travelled Patrick Reed will finally get some rest — but it is an enforced break due to a dodgy bed, meaning he will miss the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The 2018 Masters champion, who said he joined LIV Golf to spend more time at home with his family, was still getting around as he competed in Boston and Chicago on the LIV Golf, England and France on the DP World Tour and was planing to head to Scotland for the Dunhill before flying Bangkok and Jeddah for two more LIV Golf events.
However, the American will have to skip a return to the Old Course at St Andrews to rest up after he reportedly hurt his back on an uncomfortable mattress at this week’s French Open at Le National.
Following his missed cut in Paris, Reed, 32, told Irish Golfer: “The mattress was just too soft for me. I played well in the pro-am but the pain in my back was getting worse. It’s disappointing as I was looking forward to coming back to France after being there for the Ryder Cup. I first played the Dunhill Links back in 2011. It was my first European Tour event, so that’s another event I was looking forward to playing.”
With rounds of 73-72 for a one-over 145, he missed the cut by three shots in France and failed to pick up any ranking points. As a result, Reed has seen his World Ranking fall from 36th to 51th, the first time he has not been in the top 50 since 2014.
The Dunhill Links Championship is held over three of the best golf courses in Scotland – Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, starting on Thursday.
A number of LIV players will still compete alongside DP World Tour players in Scotland, including Abraham Ancer, Louis Oosthuizen, Talor Gooch, Jediah Morgan, Shaun Norris, Richard Bland, Branden Grace, Peter Uihlein, Laurie Canter, Charl Schwartzel and Adrian Otaegui.
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