Melissa Reid no longer a rebel with a cause

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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Melissa Reid turned into a rebel with a cause after suffering a family bereavement in 2012 and only in the last few months has she been able to put her grief to one side and focus fully on golf again.

Reid lost her mother and chief motivator Joy in a road accident in Germany three years ago and for a long time she was lost in a fog of despair.

"I used to hate talking about it but I feel I've been on a massive journey and I'm coming out of it now," the 28-year-old told Reuters in an interview during the European Masters at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club on the outskirts of London.

"I'm happy to talk about it now and I'm quite proud about that. A year ago I wasn't so proud of who I was and the way I was dealing with things.

"I think I was rebelling a bit. I was working really hard ... but I was just basically wasting my time because things weren't clicking, they weren't getting into my head," added the Englishwoman.

"All of a sudden in December I felt a weight lifting off my shoulders and since then I've kind of got my head back into it. I've become such a different person, eventually all the struggle has made me much stronger."

Reid, who played in Europe's 2011 Solheim Cup triumph but missed out on the 2013 win in Colorado, marked her golfing rebirth by capturing the fifth tour victory of her career at the Turkish Open in May.

She occupies second place in the order of merit and seems certain to be back in the team when Europe aim to land an unprecedented third win in a row at the Solheim Cup, the women's equivalent of the Ryder Cup, in Germany in September.   Continued...

Melissa Reid of Britain takes a shot on the 14th hole during the third round of the Dubai Ladies Masters December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Caren Firouz