Reed explains Wentworth absence

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Reed initially cited “family reasons” for his late withdrawal from Wentworth and told the Golf Channel on Tuesday he did not wish to travel across the Atlantic due to a family member being terminally ill.

And on Wednesday morning, Reed posted a tribute on Twitter to that family member, understood to be his uncle, which read: “We will cherish all of our memories. We love you Greg. May you rest in peace. Hearts and Minds. #John11:25.”

Reed took out European Tour membership after enjoying playing in the Volvo World Match Play Championship at the London Club last year, but will now need to find two more events to play to fulfil the conditions for membership.

The world number 15 had earlier told the Golf Channel in a text message: “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(ing) 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, who lives in Houston, is scheduled to play the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Fort Worth in Texas this week.