Professional golfer Patrick Reed has expressed his dissatisfaction with the recent decision made by a U.K. arbitration panel in favour of the DP World Tour over LIV Golf. The ruling upheld the DP World Tour’s right to impose its release regulations on members who participated in LIV events and to sanction players who violated those policies. Reed, who is a member of LIV Golf, recently spoke out about the decision, saying that he firmly believes that it is wrong.
Initially, Reed stated that he had not had time to look at the decision as he was busy playing in the first round of the Masters. However, after finishing an impressive T-4 at Augusta National, he appears to have had the time to look into it further. In an interview with The Times of London, Reed expressed his disappointment with the ruling and seemed to be considering further legal action.
Reed had been an honorary lifetime member of the DP World Tour and a member of the PGA Tour before joining LIV Golf last June. Although he was prohibited from participating in PGA Tour events after playing on the upstart circuit, he and other LIV golfers were permitted to play in DP World Tour events while awaiting the outcome of the arbitration case.
According to The Times, Reed travelled to London in February and spoke before an independent three-person panel on LIV Golf’s behalf, arguing against the DP World Tour’s release regulations. He reportedly felt that the timing of the arbitration ruling was planned and coincidental, as it came two months after the hearing but on the same day as the opening round of the Masters.
As the DP World Tour decides whether to allow those playing in LIV events to continue playing their tour, LIV players and officials are said to be exploring options for challenging the ruling in the English court. When asked by The Times if he was considering participating in such a legal challenge, Reed stated that he was and has always planned to play as a proud member of the DP World Tour.
Reed is scheduled to participate in the upcoming LIV Golf League event at The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide, Australia. The golfer’s statement highlights the ongoing conflict between the DP World Tour and LIV Golf, as both organizations seek to maintain their interests and impose regulations on players. As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen what the outcome will be and whether Reed and other LIV Golf members can continue playing in DP World Tour events.