Reed: LIV players sick of money talk; motivated by trophies

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Patrick Reed has hit back at claims that players are moving to the Saudi funded LIV Golf series for money, declaring that his sole motivation is to win trophies.

Reed, who was speaking ahead of his upcoming second appearance on the Asian Tour as part of The International Series – Singapore, expressed his disappointment that so much talk about LIV Golf continues to revolve around money, insisting there’s much more to the product, and he can’t wait to compete against PGA Tour players to prove it.

“I’m ready for LIV golfers to go out and play against guys on the PGA Tour,” Reed said. I’m pretty sure we can hold our own.

“I’ve played on every tour. This will be my second Asian Tour event. I’ve played DP World. I’ve played on the PGA Tour. I played one Korn Ferry Tour event and now I’ve played two LIV Golf events and I can tell you this much, the guys are out there and it doesn’t matter what the dollar amount is.

“To be honest, the players are sick and tired about hearing about that. At the end of the day, when you go out there, you’re playing for more than just for yourself, you’re part of a team, and we’re all motivated to win trophies.

“So to have the opportunity to win two trophies in the same week, individual and team, it’s pretty cool.”

Reed’s last win arrived at the WGC-Mexico Championship back in 2020. The former Masters champion is reported to have signed up with LIV Golf for a fee in the tens of millions of dollars, however, he insists it’s not the money, but the competition that he’s moved for, not least a format that offers so much more than the two trophies he covets each tournament.

“On top of that, it’s a shotgun start, everyone is on the golf course at the exact same time,” Reed added.

“No such thing as a draw. Everyone gets the same amount of rest. Everyone is playing at the exact same time, therefore the guy who’s playing best that week is going to win.

“I know having talked to a lot of players, if we have to go four days. 72 holes, that’s fine. We’re used to it! The only difference now with 54 is you can’t make mistakes. If you do, you’re going to get lapped by guys in the field.

“There’s a reason why all these great guys and top players are jumping over. They believe in the product and they know it’s the right thing.”

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