The Biggest Controversies Of Patrick Reed’s Golf Career

2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed tees it up at the Masters today. He has gained a lot of notoriety in the golf world for various controversies, starting in college, right up to 2021.

Post Game

Patrick Reed is a Masters champion, let’s just get that out of the way. He would be an excellent value pick in terms of this year’s Masters odds as well. However, he has had more than his share of controversies, some of which didn’t even make this article. Here is a look at some of the biggest Patrick Reed controversies thus far (because this won’t be the end).

Issues In College

Reed was born in Texas, and went to high school in Louisiana before going to Georgia for university. However, he was arrested for underage drinking with a fake ID, and eventually got kicked off the team. He then went to Augusta State, where he was a part of two NCAA title-winning teams in 2010 and 2011.

So that was a precursor to Reed’s career: successful, yet tumultuous.

Showdown with Rory McIlroy at the 2016 Ryder Cup

When it comes to international golf, Reed is known as Captain America as he always puts on a show for his country. In 2014 and 2016, Reed picked up 3.5 points in each Ryder Cup, winning both singles matches each time. The highlight was his 2016 Sunday singles matchup with Rory McIlroy, punctuated on the eighth hole at Hazeltine in Minnesota. McIlroy hit a 40-foot bomb of a putt and put his hands to his ears, yelling at the pro-American crowd, “I can’t hear you”. However, Reed stepped up and answered with a putt that was about 25 feet, and then hit McIlroy with a Dikembe Mutumbo finger wag.

The two embraced en route to the next hole, and Reed went on to a 1-up win.

Angry Ahead Of The 2018 Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed listen to a question

But of course, it’s not always sunshine and rainbows with Reed. After the 2018 Ryder Cup in France, where the United States were soundly trounced by the European, Reed let loose in an interview. He said that Jordan Spieth, his partner for previous international events, didn’t want to play with him. Instead, Spieth was paired with Justin Thomas, while Reed was paired with Tiger Woods. That pairing lost twice to the European pairing of Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari. Reed also criticized U.S. captain Jim Furyk for sitting him for the Saturday afternoon foursomes sessions.

His wife, Justine, also got in on the action. Of course, Reed won his singles match against Tyrrell Hatton. But Europe clinched the win in the group ahead of Reed.

Playing In the Sand At The 2019 Hero World Challenge

Patrick Reed watches his tee shot

The 2019 Hero World Challenge is an invitational tournament hosted by Tiger Woods in the Bahamas. There are only 18 players in the field, that’s how selective it is. But Reed was there as one of the top players of the world and drew the ire of the golf world. After a wayward drive on the 11th hole, Reed was shown taking practice swings behind the ball, which moved sand away from the back of his ball.

Reed said he didn’t notice the sand moving, but he was assessed a two-stroke penalty and received all kinds of criticism from the media, as well as fellow players.

Caddies And Fighting at the 2019 Presidents Cup

Patrick Reed hits a shot out of the bunker

At the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia, Reed was given the business by the fans, who made various jokes about him playing in the sand. His caddie is Kessler Karain, who also happens to be his brother-in-law. After three days, Karain couldn’t take it anymore and had an altercation with a fan that came right up to Reed and yelled expletives in his face. To be fair, I believe Reed’s caddie did the right thing, in my opinion. Heckling is fine, but when you get too close to a player, that’s the line.

However, Karain was taken off Reed’s bag. Reed still won his Sunday singles match against C.T. Pan ad the Americans won the Presidents Cup. Also, Reed made a put and then made a shoveling motion towards the fan, a reference to the incident at the Hero World Challenge.

You Mean I’m Not Supposed To Move My Ball?

Patrick Reed signals for an official

At Torrey Pines in January, Reed hit a drive into the rough on the 10th hole. However, no one saw the ball bounce, so Reed marked and picked up his ball to see if had been embedded. He called over a rules official who said that he should get relief for an embedded ball, but video showed that the ball did bounce, so it’s hard to believe that it had been embedded. Technically, he didn’t anything wrong, says the officials. However, Reed doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt anymore with the media, and fellow players. Xander Schauffele was one of many players who weren’t happy with the way Reed played it.

By the way, Reed went on to win the tournament by five strokes.

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