Patrick Reed had drawn quiet praise in golf circles for his decision to be the rare American to take up European Tour membership and compete in that tour’s flagship event, this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England.
Reed finished T-58 at the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday in Charlotte and, if you didn’t check the field list, appeared headed across the pond for a big-money event. However, that is not the case.
Reed withdrew from the BMW PGA Championship at the last minute and somewhat quietly entered the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by the Friday PGA Tour deadline. He’ll also skip next week’s Irish Open, which he also intended to play as part of a two-week run on the European Tour.
The 24-year-old explained why the sudden reversal on Tuesday, telling Golf World’s Tim Rosaforte that a family member has been put in hospice care.
“We have a family member who has been battling cancer and is now in hospice, and they say only has a few days if that left,” Reed told Rosaforte. “So we don’t feel comfortable leaving the country at this time, and wanted to be able to go down and see him before he passes to say our goodbyes.”
Reed has affirmed his desire to make up the two events and maintain the European Tour membership he took up last year.
“We plan on going to Europe and play (sic) overseas this year, just we needed to be within reach this week,” Reed said. “And we hope that everyone would respect our privacy during this tough time.”