Patrick Reed discovered himself embroiled in one more controversy on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open on the PGA Tour this weekend.
The American, 30, doesn’t boast golf’s finest repute with regards to enjoying by the principles following his behaviour on the 2019 Hero Problem.
Reed angered followers by showing to comb sand from behind his ball throughout apply pictures to enhance his lie at that event – and he discovered himself on the centre of extra ‘cheat’ accusations on Saturday night time.
The previous Masters champion was main the occasion at Torrey Pines when he took reduction following a wild shot on the 10th gap, claiming his ball was embedded within the tough.
Nonetheless, video replays confirmed the ball had bounced upon touchdown, making it nearly unimaginable for the ball to be embedded.
Reed’s enjoying companions, Will Gordon and Robby Shelton, didn’t see the ball bounce, nor did their caddies or a event marshal close by.
However relatively than ready for a guidelines official to reach, Reed marked his ball and took a free drop in shorter grass.
When Brad Fabel, the senior guidelines official, arrived on the scene he recognized a ‘lip’ within the floor, which was sufficient to persuade him that Reed’s ball had been embedded, so the golfer’s free drop was allowed and he made par.
Many followers have identified that even when Reed believed the ball didn’t bounce, it ought to’ve develop into clear the ball was not in its unique pitch mark when he picked it up.
Fabel was not in a position to choose the precise lie as a result of Reed had already picked his ball up – and the official was going off the golfer’s declare that the ball didn’t bounce, when replays show in any other case.
“OK, that’s the official line as a result of as you’ll be able to think about the remainder of the world is screaming at that one,” stated Sir Nick Faldo, the professional analyst on the US broadcast.
He added: “I’ve by no means seen a ball plug on the second bounce.”
“The optics usually are not good,” stated commentator Jim Nantz.
Nonetheless, the PGA Tour has defended the world no.11, insisting his behaviour was ‘textbook’.
Guidelines official John Mutch stated Reed acted throughout the guidelines after being informed that his ball didn’t bounce.
Mutch stated: “He did nothing fallacious. He marked it, lifted it and known as for a ruling.”
And Reed himself has come out firing, utilizing McIlrory’s behaviour on the similar event to defend himself.
Reed tweeted: “RORY MCILROY DID THE SAME THING TODAY ON HOLE 18! AND DIDN’T EVEN CALL A RULES OFFICIAL OVER TO DEEM THE BALL EMBEDDED. END OF STORY.”