Reed clarifies decision to skip BMW PGA

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With questions surrounding Patrick Reed’s late decision to opt out of this week’s BMW PGA Championship in favor of the Crowne Plaza Invitational, Reed clarified his situation Tuesday with Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte.

“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 wrote to Rosaforte in a text message. “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 took up European Tour membership last fall after a strong performance at the Ryder Cup, and he was a longtime commit to the circuit’s flagship event at Wentworth. IMG, Reed’s management team, informed tournament officials of his withdrawal on Saturday, citing “family reasons." Reed’s entry to Colonial would have been received by last Friday at the latest.

Reed, who lives in Houston, told Rosaforte that he still expects to play in Colonial’s pro-am.

“We feel like we need to be close to home and family at this time,” he said. “We plan on going to Europe and play (sic) overseas this year, just we needed to be within reach this week. And we hope that everyone would respect our privacy during this tough time.”

Reed also withdrew from next week’s Irish Open, and he would now need to find additional European Tour events to add to his schedule in order to reach the minimum number of starts to keep his membership status.

“We are just trying to take it one day at a time,” he wrote. “(I) would love to pick up two more (events) later on in the season.”