Patrick Reed AXED from 2021 American Ryder Cup team just weeks after being rushed to hospital with double pneumonia
AMERICAN Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker has axed ‘Captain America’ Patrick Reed for Whistling Straits later this month.
Reed, given his nickname due to his previous Ryder Cup exploits, was the shock omission when Stricker named his six wildcard picks.
Reed had a brush with dying a few weeks in the past when he spent ten days in hospital struggling from double pneumonia.
But he proved his health by enjoying all 72 holes of the Tour Championship final week, and his two-under-par whole was bettered by solely two of the six gamers chosen by Stricker.
The two males who beat him had been Xander Schauffele and Daniel Berger, whereas the feisty Reed completed stage with Harris English and Scottie Scheffler, and beat Jordan Spieth and Tony Finau.
But that was nonetheless not adequate to earn him a fourth successive Ryder Cup spot in Stricker’s eyes.
No-one might complain in regards to the alternatives of Finau, Schauffele, Spieth and English, as they completed within the 4 spots just behind the six computerized qualifiers.
Reed completed eleventh regardless of lacking three counting occasions whereas he was in hospital.
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But Stricker as an alternative opted for the twelfth positioned Berger – and much more surprisingly, for Scheffler, who was 14th.
Scheffler has not managed a single victory on the PGA Tour, though he did handle high ten finishes in three of this yr’s Majors.
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And joined the elite group of gamers to break 60 with a 59 in final yr’s Northern Trust occasion.
Four of Stricker’s picks are rookies – the exceptions are Spieth and Finau – which suggests precisely half of his 12 man team have by no means performed in a Ryder Cup earlier than.
But he’ll take encouragement from the truth that the final time the USA fielded six newcomers was at Valhalla in 2008 – and so they romped to a 16 ½ – 11 ½ victory.