By virtue of winning the Masters, along with a top 10 at the WGC-Dell Match Play, Patrick Reed is the leader of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
Reed is actually a member of the European Tour and kept his card last year by playing in five European Tour events excluding the majors and World Golf Championships. At the end of last season, Reed had played in just three “regular” Tour events (Hong Kong, Porsche, Scottish), but was told that his Presidents Cup appearance counted as a fourth, so he accepted the invite to the season finale at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, which made it five.
“I only needed one more event to keep my card on the European Tour,” Reed said last November in Dubai. “I thought I needed two since I didn’t know Presidents Cup counted as one event. It was nice to find out Presidents Cup counted.”
Once the Euro Tour’s Rolex Series events kick in, along with other majors and WGCs, Reed probably won’t remain at the top, but it is kind of strange that a PGA Tour player who hasn’t played one pure European Tour event leads the Tour’s points race.
RACE TO DUBAI STANDINGS
1 Patrick Reed (USA) (3) 2,216,000
2 Shubhankar Sharma (IND) (13) 1,079,899
3 Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) (6) 1,023,671
4 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) (9) 1,008,760
5 Jon Rahm (ESP) (4) 978,174
6 Rory McIlroy (NIR) (4) 954,105
7 Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) (5) 937,900
8 Alexander Levy (FRA) (7) 918,247
9 Alexander Bjork (SWE) (11) 888,773
10 Cameron Smith (AUS) (3) 884,035
Reed is teeing it up this week at the Wells Fargo Championship, where he sits T25 at 1-under par as his third round at Quail Hollow gets underway.