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Friday, 01 February 2019
Patrick Reed and Keith Pelley  (Getty Images)
Patrick Reed and Keith Pelley (Getty Images)

Patrick Reed has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the European Tour in recognition of his Masters Tournament victory last year.

The American claimed the famous Green Jacket by finishing one shot clear of countryman Rickie Fowler to win his first Major Championship and join the star-studded list of players to triumph at Augusta National.

Reed shot to the top spot in the Race to Dubai Rankings following his win and stayed there until he was usurped by Francesco Molinari following the Italian's Open Championship victory. He went on to finish runner-up to Molinari in the final rankings following six top ten finishes in 2018, including tied second in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

He was presented with Honorary Life Membership by European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley at the Saudi International powered by SBIA, where he is making his second European Tour appearance of the 2019 season after November’s Honma Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi.

Reed is the 55th player to receive European Tour Honorary Life Membership, joining Molinari, who received the prestigious commendation in December in recognition of his maiden Major Championship at Carnoustie.

The 28 year old is only the fourth American to receive the honour, joining Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson, who have all been recognised since John Jacobs, the founding father of the European Tour, became the first recipient in 1978.

Reed’s recognition comes eight years into a professional career which has contained six professional victories, including The Masters and the WGC-Cadillac Championship, in addition to being part of the victorious 2016 US Ryder Cup team.

Reed said: “Words can’t really describe how proud I am right now. It’s always been a dream of mine to be a worldwide player and play on both Tours. Now, to be able to fulfil that on the European Tour, and to travel the world and grow the game means so much to me.

“For the European Tour to have faith in me and give me this opportunity means everything. I hope to show everyone and show the Tour how proud I am and represent the Tour really well in the game of golf.

“It’s such an honour to be named alongside Jack, Arnold and Tom. They are legends of the game of golf, not just because of what they’ve done on the golf course, but because what they’ve done off the golf course. They have helped grow the game and grow their communities. That’s something I’m trying to do, to follow in their footsteps and grow the game of golf. I want to do it worldwide like those guys. To be part of such a small group is unbelievable and it’s hard to even talk about.”

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “Patrick’s masterful performance at Augusta National last April was full of character and determination, which is everything we’ve come to expect from him.

“Winning the Green Jacket meant he took his place among some of the game’s great players and we are delighted to give him further recognition with Honorary Life Membership of the European Tour, becoming just the fourth American after Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson to receive this prestigious award.

“Patrick is a global player who has fully embraced the European Tour and he has been extremely popular with our fans wherever he has played because of that.”

Full list of European Tour Honorary Life Members

1978

John Jacobs

1978

Bernard Hunt

1978

Dai Rees

1982

Peter Butler

1983

Seve Ballesteros

1983

Tony Jacklin

1985

Sir Henry Cotton

1985

Fred Daly

1985

Max Faulkner

1985

Bernhard Langer

1985

Sandy Lyle

1987

Sir Nick Faldo

1992

Ian Woosnam

1994

José María Olazábal

1995

Bob Charles

1995

Arnold Palmer

1995

Gary Player

1997

Colin Montgomerie

1998

Ernie Els

1999

Paul Lawrie

1999

Greg Norman

2001

Vijay Singh

2002

Retief Goosen

2003

Peter Alliss

2003

Bernard Gallacher

2004

Neil Coles

2004

Christy O’Connor

2004

John Panton

2005

Michael Campbell

2007

Angel Cabrera

2007

Padraig Harrington

2008

Trevor Immelman

2010

Martin Kaymer

2010

Graeme McDowell

2010

Louis Oosthuizen

2010

Tom Watson

2011

Darren Clarke

2011

Rory McIlroy

2011

Charl Schwartzel

2011

Lee Westwood

2012

Luke Donald

2012

Brian Huggett

2012

Tommy Horton

2012

Mark James

2012

Roger Chapman

2013

Dave Thomas

2013

Justin Rose

2014

Jack Nicklaus

2016

Peter Oosterhuis

2016

Danny Willett

2016

Henrik Stenson

2017

Sam Torrance

2017

Sergio Garcia

2018

Francesco Molinari

2019

Patrick Reed

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