Patrick Reed had 40-1 odds entering this weekend’s 2021 Northern Trust tournament at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City. Unfortunately, he won’t have a chance to compete at the tournament, which features a pretty loaded field.
According to the PGA Tour, Reed is out after dealing with an ankle injury. He was set to tee off at 8:26 a.m. in a group with Daniel Berger and Scottie Scheffler.
Reed has one win on the tour this year, taking home the Farmers Insurance Open in late January by five strokes. He finished in a tie for eighth at the 2021 Masters, tied for 17th at the PGA Championship, and in a tie for 19th at the U.S. Open. He did not make the cut at The Open Championship this summer.
The news is unfortunate for Reed as well, as he’s had success both in The Northern Trust and at Liberty National. He won the 2016 edition of the tournament, then known as The Barclays, at Bethpage Black, and again in 2019 at Liberty National.
Patrick Reed is a WD from THE NORTHERN TRUST due to an ankle injury.@TheNTGolf | @PGATOUR
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) August 19, 2021
Patrick Reed is currently ranked 17th in the world golf rankings, and is 22nd in the FedEx Cup playoffs. He is safe for the BMW Championship next week, if his ankle heals, but this withdrawal could have an impact on his ability to compete in the Ryder Cup in September.
But missing this week and battling an injury could impact the chances of “Captain America” making the U.S. Ryder Cup team. 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 U.S. Ryder Cup point standings. The top six point-getters will automatically qualify for the team after the BMW Championship. U.S. captain Steve Stricker will make his six captain’s picks after the Tour Championship, the following week. The Ryder Cup will be held Sept. 24-26.
Harold Varner III and Tom Hoge are tied for the very early lead at The Northern Trust today at -4, as of this writing.
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