Melissa Reid: ‘My demons meant I couldn’t be bothered to play golf’

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Six years after her mum was killed in a crash on her way to a tournament, the 30-year-old says victory at the British Open would prove adversity can be overcome

Melissa Reid has plenty to say. That shouldn’t be interpreted as a criticism; it was apparent again during the Open Championship as the 30-year-old proved an excellent addition to BBC Radio 5 Live’s commentary team in Carnoustie. She has ambitions in that domain. “I have always loved broadcasting,” Reid explains. “I would love to have a show where I would talk to athletes who have gone through adversity.” More of that later.

Earlier, a marquee player the Ladies European Tour should be taking counsel from and promoting to the highest degree ruffled feathers within the organisation with a blunt analysis regarding the scenarios facing emerging players. One glance at the LET’s money list or fractured schedule backs up Reid’s claim that her professional-playing friends have had to get part-time jobs to get by. Two months on, Reid believes LET executives are “not interested in what I have to say”. Heading into this weekend’s Scottish Open, 10th on the money list has earned less than £26,000 for the year.

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Written by Ewan Murray
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