Patrick Reed dreamed of playing in the Ryder Cup just two weeks after a ‘scary’ bout of bilateral pneumonia put him in danger of his life
Patrick Reed was in hospital with bilateral pneumonia two weeks ago so seriously ill that doctors told him to make sure he had long conversations with his family. Now he dreams of playing in the Ryder Cup.
In a drama worthy of the Captain America nickname, Reed, 31, chronicles in graphic detail the “scary” six days he spent in the hospital, which left him in fear for his life.
“The whole time I was in the hospital felt like an eternity, but the first few days were the worst,” he revealed. “They treated me for bilateral pneumonia, but what was scary was that I had it in my lower lobes and that’s the cause of all deaths. They told me to text my family and have long conversations with them because you just don’t know.
American golf star Patrick Reed is in hospital with pneumonia in both lungs
“With Covid, relatives were not allowed to visit, and it puts you in a dark space. All I could think about at first was that I wouldn’t be able to say hello to my kids. I couldn’t tell them I love them. I couldn’t tell my wife I love her and give her a big hug.
“It was unbelievable how quickly it hit me like a brick. I mean, I went from feeling good to literally feeling like I couldn’t breathe and I was drowning in the air. It was so fast and so brutal.’
Reed spoke after completing a first round 72 in the Tour Championship, an event he admitted he wouldn’t be around if the Ryder Cup didn’t take place in three weeks. He wasn’t given medical all-clear to play until Monday and, unable to fly due to the condition of his lungs, drove 800 miles across three states to arrive here late Tuesday. On Wednesday he had a long talk with American captain Steve Stricker, who will name his six wildcards early next week.
In the race for $15 million, American Patrick Cantlay has a two-stroke lead over world number one Jon Rahm.
Reed talked about the ‘scary’ six days he spent in hospital that left him in fear for his life