For many years, Reed has been a PGA Tour grinder, playing in over 30 tournaments annually all over the world. He has taken satisfaction in being a professional golfer who travels frequently to the European Tour and competes in events that other well-known players would skip over. But he made it clear on Tuesday in his first outing on the LIV Tour that he’s willing to streamline that schedule and isn’t in a rush to return to the PGA Tour.
Reed stressed that LIV’s new schedule will let him to spend more time with his family during a 30-minute session in which he answered questions along with fellow debutants Pat Perez and Brooks Koepka. Announcing his resignation from the PGA Tour, he also criticized Ponte Vedra’s administration for failing to respond to player pleas over the years.
“Being the guy who’s played 30 to 35 events my entire career and basically living through Facetime watching my kids grow up, I wanted to spend more time with my children,” Reed said. “I wanted to be a dad.”
In an effort to avoid punishment, a number of LIV commits, including Reed, have renounced their PGA Tour membership; however, Koepka and Perez have not. All LIV competitors are permanently barred from competing in PGA Tour tournaments, but Reed didn’t seem to mind and spoke a few harsh things about his former employer as he left.
“Now all of a sudden [purses] went skyrocketing back up on the PGA Tour, it just shows that they obviously believe that [LIV] is not only a true threat, but a great tour as well if they’re going and copying what we’re doing,” Reed said. He was alluding to the PGA Tour’s statement that it would increase the purse size for its marquee competitions by $54 million as a response to LIV’s big prize pool.
Given LIV’s constrained timeframe and large sums of money, it’s unclear whether that adjustment would have done enough to keep Reed anyhow. Is there anything the Tour could have done to keep the LIV golfers’ talents? is a question that is frequently asked about these players.
Reed said, “Listen to the players”
He stopped there, but was later asked to clarify what he meant by that. Reed’s complaints about the PGA Tour are fairly typical among Tour professionals and LIV defectors alike, so it’s important to take his response with a grain of salt given that he and his fellow LIVers are being paid vast quantities of guaranteed money to be there.
“Basically everything that [LIV] has done so far,” he told reporters. “We have a smaller schedule. We actually have an offseason where not only can we get healthy, work on our bodies, but we’re basically allowing ourselves throughout the year to try to peak at the right times, when you’re playing, rather than feeling like you have to play every single week.”
Reed discussed the difficulty of competing in four or five events in quick succession while spending his week off in between tournaments to prepare for the ones that followed. Spending weeks away from home, attempting to keep healthy and mentally sharp but still finding time for life off the course—a story as old as the Tour. It makes sense that professionals want a vacation from the carousel.
As it seems, LIV’s resources can also find a solution for that issue. Reed acknowledged that the guaranteed contracts and larger rewards are the reasons he is content participating in fewer competitions. That makes perfect sense because most workers want to work fewer hours for a greater wage. Additionally, Reed claimed that one of the reasons he played so much on the PGA Tour was because he was concerned about falling behind in the FedEx Cup rankings if he took a lot of time off.
“You do that every single year and no wonder why guys are injured in their 30s and why guys are mentally tired and you just see the grind on them because they’re having to grind every single week,” he added.
Reed chose to defer to Koepka and Perez rather than respond to any of the tougher questions from the media on the league’s Saudi backing. Instead, he stuck to his line that this was best for his family’s future. Whether Reed’s LIV commitment will have an impact on his participation in the two competitions for which he is most known—The Masters and the Ryder Cup—remains to be seen.
“But when it comes to the majors, we don’t really know where they all stand, obviously,” Reed said. “And being a past champion at Augusta and having a green jacket, I would think I’d be able to play there for the rest of my life. But I mean, at the end of the day, that’s going to be up to them.”
Regarding the Ryder Cup,
“You know, of course, I’ve thought about it. Who wouldn’t? he questioned.
He might have been banned, but that didn’t stop him from taking part.
“At the end of the day I felt like when my family and I we sat down and we just weighed all of our options, we felt like joining LIV Golf, especially with talking to some of the guys that played in London, that this was definitely the right decision.”
Original article posted on Golf.com
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