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LIV Golf signs up 2018 Masters winner Reed

The LIV Golf International Series has announced its latest big-name signing, saying it has snapped up 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed.

The 31-year-old American has won nine PGA Tour titles and earned nearly $37 million during his career.

He is the ninth major winner to join the Saudi-backed golf circuit, a list that now includes Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Bryson DeChambeau.

“(Reed) has a proven track record as one of the most consistent competitors in pro golf and adds yet another big presence at our tournaments,” LIV Golf CEO and commissioner Norman said in a statement on Saturday.

“He’s a major champion who has had a significant impact playing international team competitions, and he’ll bring another impressive dynamic to our team-based format at LIV Golf.”

Reed has represented the US at three Ryder Cup competitions (2014, 2016, 2018) and three Presidents Cup events (2015, 2017, 2019).

“It’s refreshing to see team golf again. It takes me back to college and Ryder Cup days,” Reed said.

“You’re not just playing for yourself – you’re playing for your team over there and that camaraderie. I’m excited about seeing more golf. You’re not just seeing coverage from featured groups – you’re seeing it from everywhere.”

LIV Golf is currently playing its inaugural event at Centurion Club in St Albans, north of London, with Reed expected to participate in LIV’s first US event at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, from June 30 to July 2.

Reed, who was hospitalised with double pneumonia in August, finished tied for 53rd last week at the Memorial. He’s not had a great season, tying for 35th at the Masters and finishing joint-34th at the PGA Championship.

Reed can expect to receive a suspension notice from the PGA Tour, which on Thursday announced the suspensions of Mickelson and 16 other tour members participating at Centurion.

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