Why Patrick Reed pulled out of the Northern Trust

JERSEY CITY, NJ — Two-time Northern Trust champion Patrick Reed withdrew from the tournament, the first of three FedEx Cup playoff events, Thursday morning, citing an ankle injury. Golf Channel later reported that Reed sprained his left ankle at WGC FedEx St. Jude.

Reed, 31, also retired last week ahead of the Wyndham Championship, the final regular season of the 2020-21 PGA Tour “super season,” and where he was also a former champion.

Reed, who won the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year, enters the FedEx Cup qualifiers 22nd in the season points standings, so he’s safe for next week’s BMW Championship, which is booked. to the top 70 in the standings.

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But missing out this week and battling an injury could impact ‘Captain America”s chances of making Team USA for the Ryder Cup. Reed, who won the Northern Trust in 2016 at Bethpage Black and again in 2019 at Liberty National, site of this week’s tournament, is currently ninth in the US Ryder Cup points standings. The top six points will automatically qualify for the team after the BMW Championship. USA captain Steve Stricker will make his six captain’s picks after the Tour Championship the following week. The Ryder Cup will take place September 24-26.

Reed, who is ranked 17th in the Official World Golf Rankings, has not finished in the top 10 in his last six starts. He has played a packed schedule since the US Open in June, including traveling to Japan to compete in the Tokyo Olympics as a last-minute replacement for Bryson DeChambeau when he tested positive for COVID-19. He finished T-31 in his last start at the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational.