Patrick Reed One Of 'Several' LIV Players Denied WGC-Match Play Start - Report

The American is reportedly one of the LIV Golf players denied the chance to play in this week’s tournament

Patrick Reed takes a tee shot at the 2023 Dubai Desert Classic
Patrick Reed is reportedly one of several LIV Golf players denied entry to the WGC-Match Play
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It will not come as a surprise to many that this week’s WGC-Match Play is shorn of LIV Golf players. 

However, according to a report by Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig, several players from the circuit, including Patrick Reed, tried to enter the tournament at Austin Country Club before being denied entry by the PGA Tour.

Eligibility for the event is based on Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), and, despite LIV Golf players generally finding their places in the standings falling, several would still have been able to play based purely on their ranking.

The WGC-Match Play is open to the world’s top 64 players and those beneath that cut-off depending on any eligible player who does not enter. Nine LIV Golf players would have qualified on that basis, including World No.66 Reed, thanks to the absence of two PGA Tour players who could have played this week, Justin Thomas and Justin Rose.

However, according to the report, the efforts of LIV players to compete in this week’s event were in vain despite it not being a solely PGA Tour event and the fact it takes place under the purview of the International Federation of PGA Tours.

That's because the PGA Tour says the players are in violation of its conflicting events rules and applications are “subject to acceptance by the Host Tour and the International Federation of PGA Tours and may be rejected or revoked by either without liability at any time before or after commencement of Tournament play if a player fails to meet the eligibility requirements (or) violates any of the Tournament Regulations of the Host Tour."

The PGA Tour has therefore reportedly denied the players the opportunity to appear in the tournament. That will have come as a blow to the players given not just the attractive purse of $20m they would have been competing for, but also a rare chance to accumulate some much-needed OWGR points given their primary circuit’s inability to offer them.

Had the LIV Golf players been granted permission to play, it would have no doubt led to some interesting rivalries given the strong feelings surrounding the Saudi-funded circuit and its poor relationship with the PGA Tour. In the event, any tension will now be on hold, but only for two weeks, where many LIV Golf players will tee it up alongside PGA Tour stars in the first Major of the year, The Masters at Augusta National.  

Mike Hall
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Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

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