Patrick Reed's chances to automatically qualify for the American Ryder Cup team took a step back Thursday when he withdrew from the Northern Trust Open with an ankle injury.
Reed ranks ninth in the standings to qualify for the Ryder Cup team and presumably could have moved up with a good performance this week at Liberty National. He won there in 2019 and was scheduled to tee off at 8:26 a.m. Eastern alongside Daniel Berger and Scottie Scheffler. This is the second WD in a row for Reed, who also missed last week's Wyndham Championship with an ankle injury.
The top six players after next week's BMW Championship automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup team. Captain Steve Stricker will make six more captain's picks after the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
The Associated Press reported that the "the PGA Tour did not receive details on the nature of the injury." The Tour did tweet early Thursday morning:
Reed is inside the top 25 in the FedEx Cup Standings and is already in the field next week at the BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, MD.