Patrick Reed likely won’t be headed to Rio for the 2016 Olympics, golf’s return to the games. But Reed is one of the few elite players who actually seemed excited about the prospect of playing.
When asked about the recent trend of players pulling out of the games, including many of the top-ranked players in the world, Reed expressed nothing but support for wanting to represent his country.
“Any time I can wear stars and stripes, I do it,” Reed told reporters at the Scottish Open. “I get the call tomorrow, I’ll be on the flight. It doesn’t matter to me on where it is, when it is. If I can play for my country, I’m going to go play.”
The problem for Reed’s prospects of getting into the games now is simple: math.
“I can’t catch Rickie at the end of this week. Mathematically, it’s impossible. So our team is set on the four. If one of them happened to pull out, then I will definitely be playing.”
Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth have offered tepid endorsements of playing and neither has fully committed as of yet. Bubba Watson appears to be full speed ahead for Rio, while Fowler is a question mark.
Should one of those four drop out, Reed would get his wish.