Baby Boom Causes Two High-Profile WDs
By Torleif Sorenson on 5/15/14
Concern over pregnant wives is causing two pro golfers to withdraw from this week's events on the PGA Tour and the European Tour.

Let's start in Europe, where 2010 U.S. Open Graeme McDowell has withdrawn from the BMW PGA Championship, which is the European Tour's flagship event. G-Mac is at home in Florida spending time with his wife Kristen, who is expecting their first child.

Speaking to reporters, European Tour boss George O'Grady didn't sound upset about it:
"I very much appreciated Graeme taking the time to phone me personally to tell me he wouldn't be at Wentworth. But the fact that he wants to spend time with Kristen, who will not be able to travel for the next three months, is entirely understandable."
It does, however, make G-Mac's efforts to win a spot on the 2014 European Ryder Cup team a bit more difficult.

Meanwhile, a May 26th due-date and a doctor's "do-not-travel" advice have resulted in the withdrawal from this week's Byron Nelson Classic by Patrick Reed (one of the "top five golfers in the entire world"). His wife Justine served as his full-time caddie the last two years; with Justine at home, her brother Kessler Karain has served as Reed's caddie — and was on the bag for Reed's two victories this year at Palm Springs and Doral.

We at oobgolf sincerely hope for save arrivals for both babies and both moms.

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[ comments ]
falcon50driver says:
Is Patrick Reed still one of the top five players in the world ? I haven't been keeping track.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Falcon: Great question. I read it on the internet, so it must be true...
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