Patrick Reed is the latest PGA defection to the Saudi Series

Patrick Reed hits from the 18th fairway during the second round of the Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, June 3, 2022 in Dublin, Ohio.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Patrick Reed hits from the 18th fairway during the second round of the Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, June 3, 2022 in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Patrick Reed is the latest former Masters champion to sign up for the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series in defiance of the PGA Tour.

The 19th defection from the PGA Tour was announced on Saturday in the final round of the inaugural LIV event at the Centurion Golf Club outside London, where South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel was on course for a win that would take him would gross $4.75 million.

The lucrative rewards for joining the Saudi sovereign wealth fund-funded series have not been enough to attract players ranked in the world’s top 10.

Reed, who earned nearly $37 million in a decade on the PGA Tour, is ranked 36th. The American’s only big win was the 2018 Masters.

After appearing at three Ryder Cups, where he was one of the hottest characters on Team USA, Reed’s decision could make him ineligible for selection in the future.

Reed said he will make his debut at the second stop of the LIV Golf Series in Portland, Oregon from June 30 to July 2.

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