PGA Tour

PGA Tour commissioner comes to Reed's defence

2020-01-06 11:48
Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed (AFP)

Cape Town - PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has come to the defence of Patrick Reed, after the American was once again heckled at the Tournament of Champions.

Reed has been mired in controversy ever since receiving a two-stroke penalty for illegally improving his lie at the Hero World Challenge in December.

At the recent Presidents Cup, the former Masters champion was routinely heckled throughout the week, and the controversy doesn't appear to have blown over in the new year.

On the third extra hole of Sunday's play-off at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, Reed had a birdie putt to try and win or at least extend the playoff between him and Justin Thomas.

After hitting his ball, TV microphones picked up a spectator in the stands behind shouting "Cheater!", and Reed appeared to look in the direction of the spectator as his putt slid by.

It's a tough situation for both Reed and the PGA Tour, who have been accused of not taking sufficient disciplinary action against the player.

After the incident, Reed was adamant he didn't purposefully cheat by brushing away sand in a waste area, and PGA Tour commissioner Monahan is choosing to take him at his word.

"Golf is a game of honour and integrity, and you've heard from Patrick," Monahan said.

"I've had an opportunity to talk to Patrick at length, and I believe Patrick when he says that (he) did not intentionally improve (his) lie.

And so you go back to that moment, and the conversation that he had with (rules official) Slugger (White), and the fact that a violation was applied and he agreed to it, and they signed his card and he moved on. To me that was the end of the matter."

Unfortunately for Reed, many golf fans are not as forgiving.

- TeamTalk Media

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