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Melissa Reid wins in first start since her mother’s tragic death

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It doesn't matter who wins this week on the PGA Tour, the best story in golf came from the Ladies European Tour. Scratch that. The best story in golf this year came from the Ladies European Tour.

If you don't know who Melissa Reid is, do yourself a favor and do a web search for her. Just 24 years old, a three-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, and a member of Europe's victorious Solheim Cup team in 2011, Reid's been billed as England's next big thing.

Everything seemed to be going according to plan until four weeks ago, when Reid's mother, Joy, died in a tragic car accident in Germany. Everyone would have understood if Reid stepped away from the game for an extended period of time, but after taking a month off, she returned to the course at the Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters and won by a shot with a 6-foot par putt on the final hole.

"To be honest I wasn't that nervous. I think with something like what's happened to my family and me the last four weeks nothing really seems that difficult anymore," said Reid, who finished at 9-under for the tournament. "I spoke to my coach when I went back a couple of weeks after and he said to me, 'I don't know when it's going to be, but this will make you a stronger person,' and my best friends have said that as well and I honestly think it will.

"It will make me fight and nothing will seem as bad as what I've been through, so yeah, I actually felt very calm and I knew I was going to hole the putt on 18."

Reid making her return to golf following the most trying month of her life was an incredible storyline. But the fact that she won in her first start? Well, it's just another reason why you have to love sports sometimes.

"Obviously it's very special with what the family and stuff has been through the last four weeks, so you know, hopefully, obviously it is good news to the family and will bring a smile on our faces at such a horrible time, so it means a lot."

Don't worry, Melissa, the feel-good victory brought a smile to our face as well.

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