Why the Big Deal Over Patrick Reed’s European Tour Withdrawal?

By Matt Cohen | Social Media & Site Editor

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It must be a slow new days in golf, because Patrick Reed’s withdrawal from the next two European Tour events is becoming a bigger deal than it actually is.

On Monday, Reed officially withdrew from the PGA Championship at Wentworth and the Irish Open. In a statement released Tuesday, Reed, 24, says he “will not be able to travel overseas at this time.” His management company IMG cited family reasons.

“We will not be able to travel overseas at this time,” Reed said in the statement. “My sincere apologies go to the organizers of both events, and to the fans. I am really looking forward to playing on the European Tour this year which makes me even more disappointed to withdraw from [the BMW PGA Championship at] Wentworth and the Irish Open.”

For some reason, this story has grabbed headlines. Words like “mystery” and “curiously” have been used to describe Reed’s withdrawal. Perhaps it’s because a few days ago, Reed committed to playing on this week’s PGA Tour event, the Crowne Plaza Invitational, prior to officially withdrawing.

If you recall, Reed announced back in January that he was going to be straddling both tours. Players withdraw from tournaments all the time, and if Reed is citing family as the reason, then why should anyone be doubting that.

This all sounds like much ado about nothing to us. We’re excited to see Reed at Colonial this week, and hope everything is on the up and up on the homefront.

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