Patrick Reed withdraws because ankle injury

Patrick Reed, citing an ankle injury, withdrew from THE NORTHERN TRUST at Liberty National.

Patrick Reed, situation

Reed, the winner of THE NORTHERN TRUST the last time it came to Liberty National, in 2019, came into the week at 22nd in the FedExCup. He has qualified for the TOUR Championship (top 30) seven years running, but will now drop down the standings heading into the BMW Championship, potentially putting his streak in jeopardy. At ninth in the Ryder Cup standings, Reed also still needs to either move into the top six (and make the team on points) or capture the attention of U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker. Players have through the BMW Championship next week to fight their way into the top six; Stricker will select and announce the remaining six members of the U.S. team after the season-ending TOUR Championship.

Solheim Cup organizers and BMW announced the creation of the BMW Celebrity Match during the week of the 2021 Solheim Cup, which will take place at Inverness Club from August 31 – September 6 in Toledo, Ohio. The celebrity match will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Inverness Club, with celebrities and players battling for the inaugural crown.

“We are excited to be able to bring the BMW Celebrity Match at the Solheim Cup to life during event week,” said Solheim Cup tournament director Becky Newell. “The match was designed with fans in mind as a way to elevate the experience for those attending the Solheim Cup, and we’re looking forward to watching these players try their hand at Inverness Club as a kickoff to one of women’s golf’s most distinguished team events.”

The celebrity match will have two teams teeing off No. 10 in a scramble format. Three-time U.S. Solheim Cup team captain and 31-time LPGA Tour winner, Juli Inkster, and six-time U.S. Team member and major champion Morgan Pressel are among the participants, as well as Radio Hall of Fame host and former NFL defensive lineman, Mike Golic. 

One of the teams will also be captained by none other than multi-Platinum selling and three-time GRAMMY Award-winning country artist, Darius Rucker. 

“The Solheim Cup is a prestigious event that I always enjoy watching as a fan of great golf,” said Rucker. “I’m honored to be on the same course as these talented players and can’t wait for some friendly competition in the celebrity match!”.