Graeme Storm replaces Patrick Reed on European Tour


Graeme Storm earned his European Tour membership after Patrick Reed was stripped of his for not playing in the require number of events.

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Patrick Reed’s loss is Graeme Storm’s joy.

Reed has been stripped of his 2016 European Tour membership since he will not contest the required five “regular” tournaments to maintain membership. His name has been removed from the European money list as a result, allowing Storm to move up one spot to keep his card for the 2017 season.

The world number eight actually teed it up in 10 events on the European Tour schedule. However, seven of those tournaments were either majors or WGC tournaments. The Scottish Open, Olympic Games and Ryder Cup were the only tournaments that counted as “regular.”

Reed had been due to contest last week’s Turkish Airlines Open but pulled out along with other players because of security fears. He’s not playing this week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge, and next week’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai is the last event on the 2015/16 European Tour schedule. Hence the reason his name has been taken off the money list, as Emiliano Grillo’s name was removed when he made it clear he wasn’t going to fulfil the five-tournament target.

It’s good new for Englishman Storm. The 2007 French Open winner was 112th on the money list after the Portugal Masters, the last event for rank and file players to retain cards for next season. Unfortunately, that was one spot below the required 111 players who retained cards. Worse still, the 1999 British Amateur champion missed by just €100 (approx. $111). He bogeyed the 72nd hole and said goodbye on an extra €4,160 (approx. $4,600) in prize money as a result.

Storm was looking at a year spent traversing back and forth between the European Tour and European Challenge Tour, hoping to get as many starts as possible on Europe’s premier circuit. The 38-year-old can now look forward to a 12th consecutive season on the main tour thanks to Reed.

Justin Rose was among the European Tour pros who took to twitter to congratulate the affable Englishman.

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