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Former Masters champion Reed joins the Saudi-backed Rebel series

Former Masters champion Patrick Reed is the latest notable player to join the Saudi Arabia-backed Rebel LIV golf series, organizers announced on Saturday.

Reed becomes the 19th member of the US PGA Tour to sign with the Breakaway Circuit, with the 17 competing in this week’s first event, which was suspended from the tour shortly after play began at the Centurion Club on Thursday.

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PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said the “same fate applies to all players” attending future LIV events, with Reed and Bryson DeChambeau set to compete in the second event in Oregon later this month.

Reed, 31, who won the Masters in 2018 and has nine professional titles to his credit, is the ninth major champion to join the Rebel series.

“The growing roster of LIV Golf players is even stronger today with a player of Patrick Reed’s caliber,” said Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf.

“He has a proven track record as one of the most consistent contenders in professional golf and adds another huge presence to our tournaments.”

Six-time Major winner Phil Mickelson and former world number one Dustin Johnson play in the first $25 million event near London, which ends on Saturday.

Organizers are committed to making golf “supercharge” by offering 54-hole no-cut tournaments, simultaneous “shotgun starts” and a team element.

Golfers who signed up for the LIV series have faced difficult questions about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and have been accused of being greedy in pursuit of the huge rewards on offer.

This year’s eight LIV tournaments are worth a staggering $255 million, and there are plans to expand the series in the years to come.

Mickelson didn’t dispel rumors that he would be paid a $200 million fee for the competition, while Johnson is reportedly getting $150 million.

Former Masters champion Reed joins the Saudi-backed Rebel series

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