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Patrick Reed returning to match-play action

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American Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed has confirmed he will be competing in next week's Volvo Match Play at the London Club in Kent.

Reed made his Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles and was one of very few positives for the American side as he relished his first taste of the event.

The 24-year old won three and a half points for his side during his four matches and was seen playing up to the crowd during his singles match on the final day.

Ryder Cup heroes

The 16-player tournament celebrates it's 50th anniversary this year and will feature six European Ryder Cup heroes.

Graeme McDowell will be hoping to defend his match play title over the International Course and will be joined by Henrik Stenson, Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher.

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Excited

Reed, who has won two PGA Tour titles this year, is excited at returning to the UK and going head to head with members of the victorious European side.

"Although we suffered a very disappointing loss at Gleneagles, I enjoyed the competition of my first Ryder Cup and can't wait to get back out there to play in another match play event in the UK," Reed said.

"With six of the European Ryder Cup players in the field, I am excited to be representing the Stars and Stripes overseas once again at the London Golf Club."

Former Ryder Cup stars Francesco Molinari and Paul Casey will also be competing along with 2014 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Champion Pablo Larrazabal and two-time PGA Tour winner Jonas Blixt.

Casey won this event in 2006 at Wentworth and will be appearing thanks to a sponsor's invitation from Volvo.

"I love the match play format, and am very grateful to receive this invitation for the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship," said the Englishman.

KLM Open

Casey won the KLM Open last month and recently became a father. Although the 37-year-old was disappointed to miss out on match-play action at the Ryder Cup, he is excited at competing the format in England.

"After missing out on being a part of such an exciting European Ryder Cup team performance, this tournament will give me the chance to get my match play fix for the year as well as the chance to play in front of my home fans for only the second time this season.

"I've had a great couple of months, having become a dad and winning my first title of the year in Holland. So I’m feeling healthy, good about my game, and really looking forward to a great week."

Completing the field is last year's runner-up Thongchai Jaidee, Alexander Levy, Joost Luiten, Shane Lowry and Mikko Ilonen.

There is a first prize of 650,000 euros (£510,371), with a total of 2.25million euros (£1.76million) to play for.

The field will be split into four groups of four, with the leading two players from each group moving through to a knockout phase that will be played over the weekend.

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