PARIS: World No. 38 Mel Reid (pix) withdrew Tuesday from this week’s Amundi Evian Championship in France, citing new travel restrictions that began in the United Kingdom on Monday.
The 33-year-old Reid said she opted to skip the LPGA major event so she would be able to play in the Olympics for Great Britain. The women’s golf tourney is slated for Aug 4-7 in Tokyo.
England’s new regulations are due to major concerns over the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Anybody who travels to France must quarantine for 10 days after their return to the UK.
“Incredibly disappointed to withdraw from The Evian Championship this year due to the recently implemented travel rules that prevent re-entry into the UK from France in time for the team’s Olympic departure,” Reid said in a statement. “I’ve worked relentlessly with my team and the LPGA to find a way to compete in both but unfortunately at this point, there are no assurances on firm solutions and the risk of missing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete as an Olympian is simply too high.
“I can’t wait to return to Evian in many years to come and want to thank the tournament team for their understanding.”
Reid has three top-10 finishes in majors. She tied for seventh at the 2020 ANA Inspiration, tied for third in the 2019 Women’s PGA Championship and tied for ninth in the 2015 Women’s British Open.
Reid has one career LPGA win, that coming last October in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Jodi Ewart Shadoff is the other woman on the English golf team.
Canada’s Alena Sharp is replacing Reid in the Evian field. – Reuters