Patrick Reed is the rare American golfer who plays a real international schedule, and now he is even more free to do so.
The European tour announced on Friday that Reed had received the Lifetime Honorary Membership of the circuit in recognition of his 2018 Masters Triumph.
This now makes 55 players who have received this honor, and the second time in three months with Francesco Molinari in December.
But it's still an exceptional prize considering Reed's nationality. Reed, 28, becomes the fourth American to receive the honor. The other three? Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson.
That's a very intoxicating company.
Patrick Reed has two victories in the European Tour in general with his triumph at the 2018 Masters and his victory at the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship. (Photo: Orlando Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports)
"Words can not really describe how proud I am now," Reed said in a release of the European Tour. "It's always been a dream for me to be a world player and play on both Tours, and now, being able to do that on the European Tour, and traveling the world and growing the game means a lot to me."
Reed may have been known as "Captain America" for his strong performances in the Ryder Cup as a member of the USA team. UU., But has played double-digit events on the European Tour in three seasons (2015, & # 39; 17 & & # 39; 18). He finished the 2018 second season in the Race to Dubai thanks to his victory in Masters and five other top-10 presentations.
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Has two victories in the European Tour in general with his victory in the Masters 2018 and his victory in the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship. Those also count as victories in the PGA Tour.
Therefore, Reed still has a title exclusively on the European Tour and his main circuit is still the PGA Tour (where he played 25 or more events in each of the last six seasons).
In any case, it has left its mark on the European Tour. And with this award, Reed can continue to do so for a long time no doubt.