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Patrick Reed becomes first Jaguar to qualify for Olympic games

He won back-to-back National Championships and was named an All-American twice. Now former men’s golf star Patrick Reed will compete for Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympics for golf’s return to the Summer Games. Reed becomes the first former Augusta University student-athlete to qualify for Team USA at the Olympic Games.

With numerous concerns over the Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the U.S. team has finally assembled after Reed announced on Sunday that he will complete the American foursome after Dustin Johnson withdrew citing virus concerns.

Ranked No. 13 in the world, Reed joins No. 5 Bubba Watson, No. 7 Rickie Fowler, and No. 15 Matt Kuchar to represent the red, white, and blue.

Official Olympic coverage of the Rio 2016 Summer Games begins August 5 with the opening ceremony and concluded August 21.

Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 and will be played at the newly built Marapendi Reserve Golf Course in the Barra da Tijuca district. The men’s tournament will begin on August 11, with the women’s competition starting on August 18.

Above: Patrick Reed at the 2014 Ryder Cup. Photo credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty

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Brennan Meagher

Brennan Meagher is a communications coordinator at Augusta University. Contact her at 706-446-4806 or bmeagher@augusta.edu.