Olympics should be mixed matchplay event: Reid

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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - European Solheim Cup player Melissa Reid believes Olympic organizers missed a trick by not opting for a mixed matchplay event when golf returns to the Games in August following a 112-year absence.

The 28-year-old Briton says the players would have preferred a different format to the separate men's and women's 72-hole strokeplay competitions scheduled for Rio de Janeiro.

"I just wish they would have done it in a matchplay situation," Reid told Reuters in an interview held at Woburn, home of the Ricoh Women's British Open from July 28-31.

"If it all goes well this year hopefully they will think about re-doing the format.

"Us players would love to play with the guys and to have something like a mixed matchplay would be amazing and I know that certainly all the players feel that."

Reid, a member of the European team narrowly beaten by the United States at the Solheim Cup in Germany last year, is nonetheless excited at the prospect of going for gold in Rio.

First, though, she needs to concentrate on working her way up the rankings.

Each team will contain two players and Reid, who is 92nd in the world, needs to overhaul 70th-placed Catriona Matthew in order to replicate her Solheim pairing with fellow Englishwoman Charley Hull (25) in Britain's Games lineup.   Continued...

Melissa Reid of England hits the ball at the 13th hole during the third round of the Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah