Patrick Reed is still a member of the European Tour, and he can thank his win at Trump Doral in 2014 for why.
Reed seemingly didn’t meet the minimum requirements for European Tour membership after he chose to skip the Turkish Airlines Open, likely influenced by recent unrest in host Turkey and the Antalya region. Though he would be eligible to play in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, he would have been unable to reach the five non-major, non-World Golf Championships events that players must enter to retain membership.
However, European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley announced Monday that Reed will retain his member status by virtue of his win in the 2014 World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship at Doral.
“We are delighted to announce that Patrick will return to action on the European Tour for the 2017 season,” Pelley said. “He is one of the game’s most exciting talents, as everyone who witnessed his electrifying performance at this year’s Ryder Cup will testify to, and our fans look forward to seeing him in action again next year.”
What is unclear what this decision does to Graeme Storm, who was 112th in the regular season Race to Dubai standings before Reed’s withdrawal from the Turkish Airlines Open. He was bumped to 111th in the standings and in position to retain his membership.