'Coincidental But Planned' - Reed On DP World Tour Arbitration Result Announcement

In an interview with The Times, Reed claimed he was 'surprised' about the timing of the arbitration result announcement

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On the first day of The Masters, it was confirmed that the DP World Tour had won February's arbitration hearing against a number of its members who play in the LIV Golf League, with Sport Resolutions announcing it has upheld the DP World Tour’s conflicting tournament release regulation and its ability to sanction members who breached it. 

Since the announcement, not many players have reacted to the news, that is until now, with Patrick Reed telling The Times that the timing of the statement was “coincidental but planned”.

Patrick Reed talks to his caddie during the 2023 Masters

Reed produced his third top 10 finish in four years at The Masters

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Reed, who was one of the LIV players to receive a huge boost in the World Rankings following his T4 finish at Augusta National, went on to add: “I was surprised they chose to announce it on the first day of the Masters,” before then stating that he was "disappointed" and that "we (LIV players) strongly feel that the Sport Resolutions' ruling is wrong.”

In 2019, Reed was awarded honorary membership to the DP World Tour, formerly the European Tour but, just four years later, the American was attending the hearing in London to testify in person. 

Asked if he is considering entering another legal battle, the 32-year-old simply replied: “Yes, I am. I will always and have always planned to play as a proud member of the DP World Tour. Currently, I would be in or around the top eight in the Race to Dubai rankings — if my name was included on this season’s published list.”

Reed and Keith Pelley pose for a photo after Reed receives honorary life membership

Reed receives an Honoree Life Membership of the European Tour from Keith Pelley in 2019

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Back in March, Reed was reportedly one of the LIV players to be denied a chance to play in the WGC-Match Play, with it reported by Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig that several players from the circuit tried to enter the tournament at Austin Country Club before being denied entry by the PGA Tour.

One last talking point is around the allocation of World Ranking points, something which LIV Golf are still without as it moves deeper into its second season. Many, including LIV's CEO, Greg Norman, have slated the OWGR board, with Norman telling them to "grow up" back in October.

Reed is another player who has also called out the OWGR, with the American stating in his interview with The Times that: “The system (points being awarded) is designed for one tour only: the PGA Tour.”

Matt Cradock
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Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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