Patrick Reed qualifies for U.S. Ryder Cup team

Patrick Reed always wears red and black on Sunday like his golfing idol, Tiger Woods.

Come September, the former University High golfer will be wearing red, white and blue.

Reed finished eighth in the United States Ryder Cup team’s points standings following Sunday’s PGAChampionship, automatically putting him on the American squad for the first time in his career.

“I’m very excited to be part of the team!” Reed said Monday in a text message.

Reed and 11 other American golfers will face the European team Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles Resort in Perthshire, Scotland.

The top nine players in points through Sunday’s PGA Championship are locked in on the American team. U.S. captain and eight-time major champion Tom Watson will fill out the squad with three captain’s picks on Sept. 2.

Reed went into the PGA Championship seventh on the U.S. points list. A tie for 59th resulted in Reed slipping just one spot as veteran Phil Mickelson vaulted from 10th to fifth with a runner-up finish behind PGA champion Rory McIlroy.

Reed finished with 3,650.227 points, behind Jordan Spieth (4,835.827) and just ahead of Zach Johnson (3,568.694).

Former Zurich Classic of New Orleans champion and reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson tops the U.S. points list with 6,930.038. Another former Zurich winner, 2013 PGA champion Jason Dufner, slipped from eighth to 10th on the list after withdrawing from the PGA Championship with a neck injury.

American Dustin Johnson was stricken from the U.S. points list two weeks ago after he said he was taking a leave of absence from the PGA Tour for the rest of the season.

Johnson was fifth in Ryder Cup points at the time, but even if he was still available Reed would have made the U.S. team in the ninth and final automatic qualifying spot.

Reed, Spieth and Jimmy Walker (fourth in points) are all Ryder Cup rookies.

Reed is the first golfer with Louisiana ties to make the Ryder Cup team since former LSU All-American David Toms in 2006.

The 24-year-old Reed is in Greensboro, North Carolina, this week to defend his title in the Wyndham Championship. He beat Spieth there last August in a sudden death playoff for the first of his three PGA Tour victories.

Meanwhile, Tom Watson said he would consider Woods as a captain's pick. Woods finished 70th in Ryder Cup points and has struggled in four starts since returning to the PGA Tour after undergoing back surgery in March.

The 14-time major champion has finished just one of the four events since his return, tying for 69th at the British Open, and missed the cut by five strokes at the PGA.

Team USA Ryder Cup automatic qualifiers

1. Bubba Watson 6,930.038 points

2. Rickie Fowler 6,733.253

3. Jim Furyk 6,707.694

4. Jimmy Walker 6,111.405

5. Phil Mickelson 5,510.338

6. Matt Kuchar 5,114.665

7. Jordan Speith 4,835.827

8. Patrick Reed 3,650.227

9. Zach Johnson 3,568.694

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