INVERNESS, Scotland – “We’re all in.”
Those were the words Patrick Reed used to signify he will definitely represent the United States in the Olympic Games in Rio.
Reed, a late replacement for Dustin Johnson after the U.S. Open champion withdrew because of fears over the Zika virus, had faced a night of deliberation after finding out he was next in line to make the Olympic golf team along with Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson.
Although Reed had been gung ho earlier in the week, he gave himself a little leeway yesterday to consider the risks before deciding.
Reed spent an hour and a half before the final round of the Scottish Open talking to his wife Justine and other people before arriving at his decision.
“I got the email and I got a phone call from Team USA last night and went through a lot of things with them, and we’re all in.
“There weren’t doubts as much as clarifications. I wasn’t in any of the meetings because I was always on the outside. Now that I’m on the inside, I was able to talk to the right people and figure out everything that’s going on and what the plans are.
“How’s the Zika virus and how’s the security were really my only main concerns. Yes, it’s a risk, but I feel it’s a risk that we’re all willing to take.
“Just thinking about having a gold medal means a lot. I think the biggest thing is I get to represent my country again. I get to wear the red, white and blue. Any time I get to wear those colors, it’s a huge day.”