After battling pneumonia, Patrick Reed is set to return for the Tour Championship.
After missing the first two FedEx Cup play-off events due to pneumonia, Patrick Reed will return for the final one.
With Steve Stricker’s wildcard Ryder Cup picks just around the corner, Patrick Reed has declared he has recovered from illness and will play in this week’s FedEx Cup finals at the Tour Championship.
Reed was hospitalized for the sickness two weeks ago and missed the first two play-off events at the Northern Trust and BMW Championships. However, it appears that the 2018 Masters champion has fully recovered and will travel to East Lake for the season finale.
The 31-year-return old’s is crucial for Team USA’s Ryder Cup chances, as he aims to make his fourth consecutive appearance.
Following last week’s BMW Championship, Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, and Patrick Cantlay were all named to America’s six automatic spots.
As a result of Reed’s recent absence, he’ll have to rely on being one of captain Stricker’s six wildcard picks, with Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele, Tony Finau, and Phil Mickelson all vying for a position.
The 31-year-old announced his comeback on Twitter, writing: “#TeamReed Road Trip! We’re heading to ATL! Everyone’s prayers and good wishes were greatly appreciated. This week, I’m excited to get back out there and give it my all!
The tournament will be the American’s first on the PGA Tour in four weeks, following his withdrawal from the Wyndham Championship a week before the play-off season began and his illness as a result of an ankle injury.
After only narrowly securing a spot in the Tour Championship while sitting 30th in the FedEx Cup standings, the nine-time PGA Tour winner could have been without golf for another week.
As a result, only the top-30 players in the standings qualified for the last event, and the American’s name continued to fall down the rankings after four weeks without golf.
Despite this, Reed must have breathed a sigh of relief after Sunday’s BMW Championship final round, as he was able to cling to the 30th and final slot, but it wasn’t all easy sailing.
K.H. Lee, a South Korean, appeared to be the frontrunner. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”