JERSEY CITY, NJ – Patrick Reed withdrew from the Northern Trust tournament before the first round on Thursday morning with reference to a knee injury, which hampered his chances of making the American Ryder Cup team without a captain’s choice.
Reed, who won the tournament at Liberty National two years ago, also withdrew from last week’s Wyndham Championship, although he does not believe so for the same reason.
In ninth place in the US Ryder Cup standings, next week’s BMW Championship is the last chance to secure a place among the top six automatic qualifiers. American captain Steve Stricker will then make six big choices following the Tour Championship in early September.
Reed, 31, who has played in three Ryder Cups, has a record of 7-3-2 in 12 games, one of the few U.S. players with a winning record. He performed poorly during the 2018 Ryder Cup in France, where he lost two team matches Tiger Woods. But he improved his singles record to 3-0.
Players earn 1.5 points per dollar in prize money earned during regular PGA tournaments and Reed Route no. 6 Xander Schauffele with 1,545 points.
Back at the US Open, Reed played seven out of eight weeks through the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, including The Open in England and the Olympics in Japan.
He is ranked 17th in the world and 22nd on the FedEx Cup standings. He won his ninth PGA Tour title at the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year.