Patrick Reed opts out of Turkish Airlines Open
Last Updated: 31/10/16 6:01pm
World No 8 Patrick Reed has become the latest high-profile player to withdraw from this week's Turkish Airlines Open.
Rory McIlroy pulled out of the first event on the European tour's three-tournament, season-ending Final Series, which starts at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya on Thursday, over the weekend.
Reed, who was part of the victorious Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine this month, has also opted out of the event, according to the organisers.
The 26-year-old was in action in Shanghai last week when he finished tied for 60th in last week's WGC-HSBC Champions tournament.
Earlier this month, European Tour officials investigated reports that the southern Turkish holiday resort region of Antalya was hit in a rocket attack.
Turkish media reported that two rockets were fired from a mountainous area close to the highway linking the city of Antalya to the resort town of Kemer.
No one was killed or injured in the attack, which hit a fishing company's storage house and open ground nearby.
It is understood the Tour received assurances from security experts that it was safe to stage the event, won last year by France's Victor Dubuisson.
McIlroy, who climbed to second in the world rankings after finishing tied for fourth place in Shanghai on Sunday, is trailing Henrik Stenson and Danny Willett in the Race to Dubai standings.
US Masters champion and world No 10 Willett is scheduled to play in Turkey.
"I think it's obvious," said McIlroy on Sunday. "The fact I've won the FedEx Cup this year and won the Race to Dubai before made the decision a little easier. I guess it's out of my hands.
"I took the decision not to go to Turkey next week. Those boys can battle it out. If I have somewhat of a chance going into Dubai, that's great. If not, they've had big wins over the course of the season. They've played well, two major championships. I'm OK with that."