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Evian Championship: England’s Mel Reid withdraws ahead of Olympics due to new travel restrictions |  Golf news

The Evian Championship is taking place this week in France, having been canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic; Reid will skip the major before representing the GB team at the Tokyo Olympics next month.

Last update: 07/21/21 12:10 p.m.

Mel Reid to represent the GB team at the Tokyo Olympics next month

Mel Reid has withdrawn from this week’s Amundi Evian Championship to avoid potentially missing the Olympics due to new travel restrictions.

World number 38 made the decision after announcing that anyone entering the UK from France should self-isolate for 10 days, even if fully vaccinated against Covid-19, amid concerns about the cases of the beta variant.

The rule change – which came into effect on Monday – would have impacted her trip to the Olympic women’s golf competition, starting August 4, with Reid skipping the major instead to limit any risk of restrictions preventing her from representing the ‘GB team next month.

Evian Championship: England’s Mel Reid withdraws ahead of Olympics due to new travel restrictions |  Golf news

Mel Reid recorded three top 10s in the majors

In a statement posted to his Instagram account, Reid said: “Incredibly disappointed to withdraw from the Evian Championship this year due to recently implemented travel rules which prevent returning to the UK from France in time for the Olympic departure of the team.

“I have worked tirelessly with my team and the LPGA to find a way to compete in the two, but unfortunately at this point there are no guarantees on firm solutions and the risk of missing out on the unique opportunity to to compete as an Olympian is just too high.

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“I look forward to returning to Evian for many years to come and I want to thank the tournament team for their understanding.”

Reid was replaced on the field for the fourth major women’s tournament of the year by Canada’s Alena Sharp. Jodi Ewart Shadoff – Team GB’s other golfer in Toyko, following Charley Hull and Georgia Hall forfeits – is still competing in France this week.

The world top three are all part of a strong roster in Evian-les-Bains that contains 15 of the 16 LPGA Tour winners so far in 2021, while Jin Young Ko returns as the defending champion after her victory in 2019.

Watch the Evian Championship throughout the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins Thursday from 10 a.m. on Sky Sports Golf and – for free – on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel.


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