Patrick Reed was in such critical condition with COVID (double lung) pneumonia that doctors told him to text his family goodbye – just in case.
“Oh, yeah,” said Reed, when asked if doctors ever discussed death. “No, first couple days they were sitting there telling me that make sure you text your family quite a bit, talk to your family, because you just don’t know. I mean, this is not good. We’re not in a good spot right now.
“With how the hospitals are these days because of COVID and everything that’s going on, it doesn’t matter what’s going on. They won’t allow people in there, so it’s only you in there.
“So I’m sitting there and those first two days the only thing that was going through my mind is, I’m not going to be able to tell my kids goodbye.
“I’m not going to be able to tell them I love them. I’m not going to be able to tell my wife that I love her and give her a hug.”
Reed, who shot a 72 in the first-round of the TOUR Championship, said he was in a dark place for a couple of days.
“It definitely puts you in a dark space when you’re in there, especially those first two days,” said Reed.
“But I’m so happy to have such an amazing team and such amazing doctors that were working with me to get me through it and to get me working in the right direction on the way up.”
Asked how it all started, Reed said the pneumonia snuck up on him – fast and hard.
“It hit me just like a brick,” Reed continued. “I mean, just all of a sudden I went from feeling okay to literally feeling like I couldn’t breathe and was almost drowning in air and it was, it hit me so fast and it was so brutal.”