Mel Reid is not going to solely have her eyes fixated on the US Women’s Open trophy and the $1 million first prize these subsequent 4 days. At the appropriately named Olympic Club, the Englishwoman additionally intends to assure herself a spot at this summer season’s Tokyo Games.
Reid, 33, makes no secret of her need to symbolize Team GB. She missed out on Rio in 2016 however now, within the midst of her second coming within the sport’s elite, is on the point of qualification. With solely 4 weeks remaining till the cut-off level, Reid is the top-ranked Briton as world No 33 and with two locations up for grabs is, in her personal phrases, “in a great position”.
But she additionally acknowledges that with two majors taking place within the qualification run-in – the Women’s PGA Championship is the final counting match – the image may change dramatically, with Charley Hull, ranked thirty seventh, Georgia Hall (forty seventh) and Jodi Ewart Shadoff (82nd) additionally within the San Francisco discipline.
“I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep doing what I can control,” Reid mentioned. “But I’d be lying if I said I’ve not been thinking about it. As someone who grew up as a multi-sport athlete, it would be a cool achievement to play in the Olympics. It’s been on my radar since golf got back in for the 2016 games. I see it as a great opportunity to grow the game. I’m all in.”
There is little doubt that Reid is the UK’s type participant as the nation seeks to finish the 24-year void within the occasion regarded as the most important within the feminine sport. Since profitable the ShopRite Classic in October – her first US title – Reid has racked up 5 high 15s on the LPGA Tour, together with a tie for ninth at final week’s LPGA Match Play. The temperatures are decidedly chilly in San Francisco and the situations are extreme, which absolutely fits the Derbyshire product.
“It’s an unbelievable course and this is how a US Open should be – really tough. If you shoot even par around here, you’ve got a really good chance,” Reid mentioned. “The last time the guys played the US Open here, Webb Simpson won with one over [in 2012}. It’s a great test. But with the weather… well, I live in Florida now. Still, I grew up in much worse conditions than this and I’ll be trying to remember that.”