Patrick Reed Withdraws From PGA Championship at Wentworth, Irish Open

Patrick Reed Withdraws From PGA Championship at Wentworth, Irish Open

Patrick Reed watches his tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Bob
AP Photo/Bob Leverone

Patrick Reed will play in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club after the death of a family member, according to a report by Golf Channel.

Reed was set to travel overseas to the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship along with the Irish Open the following week, but informed officials of his decision to withdraw from both events Saturday in favor of the PGA Tour stop at Colonial.

In messages to Golf Channel, Reed explained he wanted to be close to a family member who was battling cancer. Greg Harness, the cousin of Patrick’s wife, Justine, died Tuesday night.

“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. 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. We feel like we need to be close to home and family at this time. We plan on going to Europe and play 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.”

Since winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to open 2015, Reed has recorded two top-10s, including a playoff loss to Jordan Spieth at the Valspar Championship. He finished T22 at the Masters and T24 at the Players.

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