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First, what happened: On the 10th hole of the WGC-HSBC Champions, Patrick Reed rolled a putt past the hole. In the process of tapping in his third putt on the green he chastised himself saying, fairly audibly, “”Nice f**kin’ three-putt you f**kin’ fa**ot.”

You can see video of the incident here.

Second, what’s happened since: The 3-time PGA Tour winner and 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Team member was lambasted on Twitter. James Ridyard, a golf performance coach, made the connection that many are likely to make.

Sam Weinman of Golf Digest wrote a pretty vanilla piece about the incident, and the news, which was originally reported by Deadspin, is being syndicated seemingly everywhere.

Reed himself tweeted: “I’m sorry for using offensive language today in China. My passion to play well got the best of me and my word choice was unacceptable.”

And the PGA Tour, for its part, released the following statement about the incident: “The PGA Tour Conduct Unbecoming regulations prohibit the use of obscene language on the golf course. The PGA Tour will deal with this matter internally in accordance with its regulations.”

And as we’ll never know what “dealing with matter internally” actually translated into in terms of a fine, since the Tour doesn’t make that information public, this could be the material end of the matter. Or a media firestorm could ensue, given the post-Donald Sterling climate in the sports world and the recent dismissal of PGA President Ted Bishop for calling Ian Poulter a “lil girl” via Twitter.

Regardless of what happens, here’s the bottom line: No matter of how much you might identify with Patrick Reed blowing up at himself, no matter the streams of unrepeatable vulgarity you may have uttered or heard uttered on the golf course, and no matter what you have personally heard a professional athlete say to him/herself on the field of play, what Patrick Reed said was unacceptable.

Fortunately, as Reed tweeted, he acknowledges that his choice of words (particular the use of a slur used to refer to homosexual men) was entirely unacceptable. Certainly, Reed knows that it doesn’t matter if he was talking to himself — he should not use that word in public discourse. And as a professional golfer competing in front of fans on live television, his every word is for public consumption, like it or not.

Such is the reality of our “cameras-everywhere-incendiary-news-items-go-viral” world. It’s no revolutionary thought that the reality of culture and civilization is that there are certain things people shouldn’t say and shouldn’t want to — but that’s another conversation. Neither is it revolutionary to say that in the present era of sensitivity, political correctness and desire for scapegoats, there’s a pretty clearly defined list of banned terms.

Patrick Reed used one of those terms. I strongly doubt that he is a homophobe, but that doesn’t matter. Nor does the fact that the 24-year-old likely grew up in the same elementary and high school environment as many males in America did, where boys casually threw the taboo word around in much the same spirit as “idiot” or “moron.” As he surely knows, though, the term he used isn’t synonymous with “idiot” or “moron:” It’s a slur, and it’s not acceptable in any context.

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  1. Shotmark

    Jan 7, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Several years ago I remember Tiger being interviewed after a poor round (back in the days when that was unusual) and he said he putted like a spastic. I don’t remember much of a backlash over that despite it being said during an interview where in typical Tiger style he didn’t say anything without giving it due consideration. Yet Reed says something in the heat of the moment and gets pilloried over it.

  2. Mark

    Jan 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    We live in a world where there are children starving to death by the thousand due to poverty and corruption and we are plagued by war over beliefs, greed, resources, and the almighty sense of being powerful over our fellow man…….yet we do nothing. PR mutters the word fa**ot and watch out we are all up in arms about it calling for him to be punished. Seems like a legit gripe…….

  3. Damon

    Jan 1, 2015 at 9:36 am

    I think it is a joke that anyone “right of liberal politically correct” has to begin their opinions by saying “let me say this first”. We live in a society that liberals and the PC liberal media get to define what’s wrong and right which is wrong in itself. You can make fun of Christians, straight people, conservatives, etc and that’s acceptable but cross that fence and all of a sudden you are a “hater, homophobe, close minded, etc”
    Reed’s comments to himself could have been stated much better and wiser but I’m tired of listening and reading all of these self-righteous PC individuals that act like they’ve never regretted anything they have said and now they are the new moral police.

    • jiey

      Jan 1, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      I agree Damon. I don’t think the pga professionals are necessarily liberal. But I’m pretty sure the dude who had his day on the op-ed prolly is. Like to read his defense of Christianity and straight people sometime. Bet it’s unfindable… I guess we don’t have freedom of speech n this country after all????

    • rgb

      Jan 2, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Hear! Hear!

  4. Shotmark

    Dec 19, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Not sure what the fuss is about. What is wrong with referring to oneself as a traditional English dish made from pig’s heart, liver and belly fat, minced together with bacon, herbs and breadcrumbs!

  5. Billw

    Dec 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Gentlemen. I’m a broadcaster. And whether we like it or not, or agree or not, it’s a different world we live in; and that word “today” is not acceptable anywhere. On a daily basis there’s a lot of salty notes from different offices in a broadcast facility. But – not that word. I hear women f’bombing all the time – but the word that Patrick used is just never used. Where has anyone heard that word lately? If you think about – you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who uses that language. The F’bomb is used a lot – but there’s a few choice words in our language that are quickly disappearing. That’s one of them. Good on Patrick for apologizing.

    • Dpavs

      Dec 17, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      First make no mistake…the choice of words Reed used were just plain poor and dumb. He was wrong and the public apology he made was required.

      Beyond that help me understand the justification for the over blown coverage this is receiving. I cannot help but feel that society as a whole in an effort to wash the blood from its own hands, has become too focused on the word and nearly enough on the intention and the nature of the deed. Can the mere use of single word in an isolated incident so define someone as to preclude any possibility that just maybe such indiscretion was in no way definitive of who they really are? In the end this is plainly and simply just one more kind of intolerance and it is no different than any other and it is wrong. Moreover for the media to aggrandize such events on every occasion to do so is nothing short of irresponsible.

  6. CrazyWedge

    Dec 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

    So he cursed at himself big deal. The word he used has no meaning unless you give it one. PC is going to be end of us all.

    I think that’s what our enemies are going to hurl at us going forward during battle non PC confirming cuss words and our soldiers are all going to drop down. People mad at Patrick Reed have lost their minds.

  7. JC

    Dec 9, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Hey PC Police… I can’t breathe

    • Busterpar

      Dec 17, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Your “example” of PC wording is exactly the mental attitude that keeps racism, homophobia, and other unacceptable thoughts and attitudes from exiting our society. Reed slipped mentally, overall no big deal true enough. But don’t you DARE compare this to the police murder of Eric Garner!!

      • NotSoFast

        Jan 7, 2015 at 5:06 pm

        Unintentionally causing a death isn’t murder. Ambushing two cops in a car, burying an axe in a cops head, dragging a truck driver out of his rig and bashing his head in with a cinder block…thats murder.

  8. Mlight

    Dec 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I’m sure he didn’t mean anything by it, and if he did, so what. This is still America and there is a thing called freedom of speech. I understand the new thing now a days is to jump on the band wagon and defend whatever the issue of the day is. Especially when you can hide behind your computer and act like the perfect human being. Besides, at some point in your lives most of you have said something that has offended someone or their beliefs, but no one was around to hear it other than your friends. Personally, I’m getting tired of all you band wagon, hide behind your computer, righteous folks. So again, get over it already.

    • Blake

      Dec 14, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      Just so we’re clear, freedom of speech is guaranteed by the government that the govt can’t restrict what you say. In no way does it mean you can say whatever you want and there are no consequences – you sound like a real idiot when you make that argument.

      • Manny

        Dec 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

        You’re right, but the consequences don’t fit the crime! IMO! Just saying.

      • leo

        Dec 24, 2014 at 3:04 pm

        he used the term refering to himself which is acceptable be around many african-americans and you will here them using n***a with an a not er refering to themselves and each other if reed had directed this at someone else it would be unacceptable

    • dave.f

      Dec 15, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      very well said pal!

    • Lyn

      Dec 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Ever heard of professional behaviour and responsibility. Reed displayed neither of these qualities required by a true professional. Reed is not as good as he thinks he is and can’t take the heat. Don’t try and turn this into free speech rubbish. Reed must pay the price and if he can’t hack it go and do something else.

  9. Larry Schmidt

    Nov 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Maybe what he said is true. Maybe Reed himself is a f**king f***ot and he is calling himself out. Just like when a black person uses the n word.

  10. the real P_Reed

    Nov 29, 2014 at 6:19 am

    What offends me most is the sheer number of comments this article has generated. I sincerely apologized to all the fa**ots I offended by using the word “fa**ot”. What are they, are bunch of pu$$ies or something??

    • Uphill both ways

      Dec 3, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      hahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahaha!

    • Mike

      Dec 23, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      That is so funny………well done and well said

  11. the legend

    Nov 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    he never said any of that. Moving on.

  12. dan360

    Nov 20, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Ridiculous comparison. Reed is a professional athlete working piecework. He earns what he makes and is only as “status” as his personal performance & popularity allows him to be.

    The President of the PGA is an elected position that is given, and comes with a guaranteed status and designated “power” as granted by having the title.

    The PGA President should be held to a higher standard. It’s not like Reed has made 100s of millions off endorsements living a lie like someone else who wears red on Sundays.

    • majik

      Dec 3, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Geezus you’re an idiot…. ya moron.

    • Manny

      Dec 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      Seriously? So you have to watch what you say and do while you’re playing a game of golf?

  13. Don

    Nov 19, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I think “twink” would have been a better choice of words. Get over the PC garbage.

  14. Thomas

    Nov 16, 2014 at 2:09 am

    I think PR should apologize to himself,that wasnt nice.

  15. Jimmy

    Nov 15, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Freedom of Speech, end of argument. Good lord, PC Police is getting out of hand.

    • graymulligan

      Nov 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      I really hate it when people use this ridiculous excuse. I don’t see where the government is persecuting him, arresting him or otherwise punishing him for speaking.

      Freedom of speech doesn’t mean you can say whatever you want without repercussions.

      • Ben

        Nov 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm

        Of course it does…

        • rynn1

          Nov 26, 2014 at 2:06 am

          No, it doesn’t at all. It’s mind boggling that people can think like that.

      • james

        Nov 26, 2014 at 2:01 am

        Completely agree. You may have the right to say something that offends a ton of people, but those people have the right to chew you out over it.

  16. Matt

    Nov 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Reed’s an ass – plain and simple. Is he good? Yes. But he’s arrogant and I just don’t care for him at all.

    I’m not really offended by his comment as we all say things on the course that shouldn’t be broadcast, but he’s in a position where he knows he’s on television and the microphone’s can pick up the slightest whisper. Most other PGA players manage themselves very well, he should too.

  17. Mark Jones

    Nov 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Call myself a ‘big girls blouse’ on a regular basis, especially when i leave a put short, is that offensive to Girls?

    The media take things out of context to make so called news. Storm in a teacup but good on Patrick for apologising if it did offend anybody, in most cases it probably didn’t apart from the politically correctness police 🙂

    • rynn1

      Nov 26, 2014 at 2:13 am

      It’s funny how you can say that it probably didn’t offend many people when it’s been one of the biggest stories in golf lately. The reason we’re even discussing this right now is because it offended a lot of people. Do you seriously not see that?

      • Alex

        Dec 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm

        The sad part of this is “it’s one of the biggest stories in golf lately”. Was it offensive? Yes. Should he have said it? No. But he has publicly apologized and has been reprimanded. To continually drag his name through the dirt for an honest mistake seems excessive. If hockey arenas and football stadiums were quieter and you were able to hear everything they said, the majority of players would be fined on a regular basis. We need to focus on the golf not on the drama and politics that surround it. If it becomes a continual issue with him then I understand there being an uproar, but until then let it go.

  18. Swingblade

    Nov 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    One of the top fighter aces of WWII used to cuss like a drunken sailor. Then someone pointed out that he was not being a classy guy, more of a low rent guy. He saw the light and adopted one single curse word to fit all occasions of anger based expletives. The new curse word? His own first name. It’s a pretty adult concept.

    That being said, there really is validity to the concept that angrily demeaning anyone else or any other group as a form of public self flagellation is about as low class as one can get. There is no rationalization or defense that justifies such conduct.

    • Jason Hutty

      Nov 19, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Except that he made a mistake and apologized for it. Nothing to see here, move on.

  19. Steve

    Nov 12, 2014 at 5:30 am

    The part which is laughable is that he called himself those degrading terms…in the past I’m not sure we’ve seen so many PC police rise to the occasion for self directed insults. Poor choice of words.

    • Nick

      Nov 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      I think I’ve been there. I’m so pissed off I just call myself the most hateful thing I can think of. Frankly, Reed’s word choice might be similar to mine. Its not pretty and it doesn’t make it right, but I think its meaningfully distinguishable from directing that hate at others. I’m a pretty open minded guy who wouldn’t actually direct that slur at another person but I’m pretty sure I’ve called myself that under my breath in a fit of rage before on the golf course. Sad thing is I think a lot of people dislike Reed for his somewhat boastful comments when he started winning this year(I really don’t think he was getting his due during the season) so this is just more ammo for his haters.

  20. Connor

    Nov 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    This is a joke , big deal. whats wrong with our world these days. boo hooo he said fa**ot. Also saying fa**ot isn’t a homophobic term. Our world is becoming to soft. Thats the sad thing, not what he said.

    • Nick

      Nov 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean bundle of sticks bud. Got to disagree with you that its not a homophobic term. That being said, I’ve commented above that I think someone calling themselves that in a fit of rage is distinguishable from directing that at another person in a fit of rage. Sometimes you’re just so piping mad that you call yourself the most hateful thing you can think of. Its almost a recognition of the terms vitriol. But your opinion that the terms is not really that bad is probably a bit old fashioned. Not something to convene the UN about but not something people are going to let go without saying something along the lines of “you shouldn’t say that” which Reed has acknowledged so now we can all move on.

  21. KK

    Nov 10, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    The word “fa**ot” is completely unacceptable but magazines, music, tv and movies that objectify women and glorify casual sex, violence and drugs are ok. What’s wrong with this world?

    • Ben

      Nov 11, 2014 at 8:07 am

      I think the point is, that’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it. However, people who do not share your view should not be crucified. We have a great country. One that grants us freedom of speech. You don’t have to agree with everything others say, nor is it your job to be their filter.

    • JC

      Nov 12, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Golf is above this type of behavior. For instance, you would never see a good looking girl, dressed skimpily, holding a golf club, on the cover of any legitimate golf magazine, would you….?

      • manmain

        Nov 24, 2014 at 8:43 pm

        In see what you did there…good one! Golf ain’t the same game it was a hundred years ago.

    • Steve Segal

      Dec 13, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Magazines that objectify women what is this the 1980s. People use the Internet bro. Quit being such a twink.

  22. BigBoy

    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    So he slurs himself by calling himself a fa**ot…whooppee do.
    next news article with some substance please.

  23. Rob

    Nov 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I for one think the author’s comments are way off the mark – he can’t compare the words of the former PGA president who made a conscious decision to go onto social media to have a pop at Ian Poulter to some self-denigrating words Patrick Reed made to himself which I’m sure he didn’t mean to be heard by Joe Public. Sure, his choice of self-recrimination could have been more politically correct, but then who hasn’t called themselves a few choice things when three-putting – my playing partners usually beat me to it anyway, enquiring about my sexuality if I leave a birdie putt short (and one of them is homosexual, before you ask!). Yours in golf

  24. Ben

    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:59 am

    All I’m saying is look how much Happy Gilmore cussed on tour and how popular he was. Want to bring back the game of golf? Mic em all up and bring in the hecklers.

  25. cody

    Nov 10, 2014 at 12:28 am

    this article makes me sad on so many levels.

  26. dunn2500

    Nov 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Lol, and your telling me all the people who make the call on what happens next have never cursed or cursed at themselves on golf course or in life?…..These athletes are held to standards that no one upholds in their own lives……total bs imo….no one is perfect under every circumstance….He was talking to himself he has right to say whatever he wants……people need to be more realistic and honest with themselves b4 pointing fingers

  27. Rory

    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Patrick is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise boring sport…you are right, he shouldn’t have three putted.

  28. Kirk

    Nov 9, 2014 at 4:09 am

    The issue isn’t that he was caught saying it, the issue is that that’s how he chooses to label people.
    What a sad, pathetic human.

  29. Oz

    Nov 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

    So every time someone says mf they condone sleeping with your mom..lol get a life next subject please

  30. Frank

    Nov 8, 2014 at 2:32 am

    No, no it’s not. Get over it, hardly front page article worthy.

  31. Koryect Spishe

    Nov 7, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    On one hand I see it as immature and crude, on the other hand I see telling the journalists and other speech control auxiliary patrol members to go blank themselves.

    • JJ

      Nov 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      As a man who likes to blank and has been told to blank off, I’m highly offended. Sometimes I don’t play golf worth a blank.

  32. phil

    Nov 7, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I honestly say this probably at least once a round

  33. Bunty

    Nov 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Redneck makes redneck slur.

    Texans clearly still in the 1960s. Wonder when the civil rights revolution will occur there?

    • Pat M

      Nov 7, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      LOL! Nice bigotry on your part and trolling. Fail. Patrick Reed was on The Ryder Cup team. What have you done.

      • Bunty

        Nov 7, 2014 at 10:47 pm

        Haven’t made homophobic slurs within earshot of cameras going out live to the world.

        Don’t care what he had done. He’s a slob. It’s not hard to know that in thinks day and age it’s not acceptable.

    • SBoss

      Nov 8, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Bunty, you just committed the SAME slur…..I’m sure that went right over your liberal head.

  34. Robeli

    Nov 7, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    My advise to Patrick – speak in a foreign language.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U_jNo3j3c4

  35. Patrick Reed

    Nov 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Call em like I see em

  36. Knobbywood

    Nov 7, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Guess what people…. Patrick reed has the RIGHT to free speech!! You do not have the right to be sheltered from offensive remarks… Get over it and focus on things that actually matter

  37. JJohnson

    Nov 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Political correctness out of control thanks to the progressives and Osama Obama. You cant even talk to yourself anymore.

    • Shizzle

      Nov 7, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      JJ, thank you for the comment-board equivalent of a three-putt.

      • JJohnson

        Nov 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm

        Which I am sure that you do often Fo-Shizzle

      • Pat M

        Nov 7, 2014 at 10:39 pm

        Is that you real picture or like an avatar of a troll? Just askin.

    • A Real Man

      Nov 7, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      The internet continues to be the hiding place for ignorance. JJohnson, good luck with gaining intelligence.

    • kloyd0306

      Nov 8, 2014 at 2:47 am

      Amen. Political correctness is indeed out of control.

    • Busterpar

      Dec 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      JJ – A perfect example of someone to whom this phrase perfectly applies: You can’t fix stupid.

  38. Pat

    Nov 7, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Time for fat boy to lay off the roids.

  39. Jason

    Nov 7, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Wow, this sure did create a lot comments! I guess if I made it to the tour, I would create quite a slur….

    Good to see that most WRX’ers believe this is ridiculous.

  40. Keith

    Nov 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    “Patrick Reed’s homophobic slur is a big deal”

    No…no it’s not.

  41. brian

    Nov 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Lets face it, Reed will recieve a ” stern talking too” and a 5000 dollar fine. I think james ridyard hit it on the head. This is a chance for for the PGA to set the tone with how they handle player language. Its likely they will do nothing even close to what happened Bishop, but the PGA really needs to get some of the language from the players on and off social media under control

    • resili

      Nov 7, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Oh my goodness!

      We should immediately start reviewing the reviewers of non politically correct expressions…
      You know what is unacceptable? Violence, and we cope with it everywhere…
      Instead of being upset about this short of things, use the energy and creativity to make others laugh hard.

      Cheer up!

      • resili

        Nov 7, 2014 at 2:27 pm

        🙂
        Sorry wrong line.
        My post was meant to be in the general comments line.

    • dwntnbrown

      Nov 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      if u don’t like cussing stop watching

    • Pat M

      Nov 7, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      When will The PGA set a tone for players going to steroid doctors like Dr. Anthony Gallea who had to plea bargain a felony. Blatant cheating seems more serious than someone swaering under their breath to themselves.

      • Brian

        Nov 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm

        I think you can say whatever you want under your breath or to yourself but if you get caught saying something to yourself that you would never say in public, well then you gotta face the consequences.

  42. Shortgame85

    Nov 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I see that the post I wrote last night was removed or not approved for posting. However, I do wish to insert my two cents by suggesting that Ben Alberstadt’s article, above, was well written, well titled and correct in its thesis. Reed is a public figure under media scrutiny, paid millions of dollars to project a certain image. He contractually must comport himself according to certain boundaries (ask John Daly the consequences of just”doing it my way”).

    The group of fellows with whom I play regularly are well educated and reasonably well to do. We enjoy a fine time together and we laugh a lot without resorting to the use of slurs. We often express frustration without using slurs about ourselves or each other. I am sure if we can do it, a pampered multi millionaire kid can do it, too.

    • Rodan

      Nov 7, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Wow, you guys are awesome and should be applauded on your great behavior. Good Job!

      • Pat Robertson

        Nov 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm

        Your good clean golf behavior will be what saves you when the pale horse upon which death rides commences judgement day.

        Young Mr Reed was just doing his part to educate all the sodomites, sinners and Obama voters. Thank Heavens for white Christian Texans. You know these hippies want to let the blacks golf? Whats next, jews?

    • SBoss

      Nov 8, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Congratulations on your vanilla round of golf. Is it possible that people may want to do things differently than you? Or, do we all need to live and act like Shortgame85? Get over yourself…

      • Brian

        Nov 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm

        So playing a round of golf without dropping a few f-bombs or some homophobic slurs is “vanilla”……?

      • Shortgame85

        Nov 10, 2014 at 11:24 am

        I do not suggest or imply that people may not wish to do “things” different from me or the fellows with whom I choose to hang around. People choose to act in boorish, unattractive ways all the time. Their choices are my concern only when they impact my life, which is rare. However, racial, gender or sexual slurs remain some of the most insensitive, abusive and unfortunate choices of phrases some people may choose to utter. Not wishing to use those kinds of phrases does not constitute a certain arrogance that might suggest the use of the words, “Get over yourself.” It does constitute a conscious choice to not engage in a type of behavior that reinforces societal stereotypes or promote a greater divide among different groups of people. Historically, societal stereotypes, reinforced by angry or ignorant people, have often been used to unfortunate ends.

        By the way, my group includes two physicians, a retired St. Louis Cardinal baseball player, and a retired farm implement executive. All are smart and successful. All cuss a bit and all engage in a bit of trash talk. And, these fellows play a very good game of golf. If that’s what you call “vanilla” golf and, if that’s the behavior and style of play for which you wish to congratulate me, Sboss, I shall accept your expression as a compliment I am pleased to receive. Thank you.

  43. Butch V

    Nov 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    who cares

  44. Teddy Scott

    Nov 7, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    #bubbawatson

  45. realworldperspective

    Nov 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Believing in God doesn’t mean he’s supposed to be perfect. It means that he’s reached a level of self-enlightenment to understand that he’s not a perfect person and needs spiritual help and guidance. Would you say this same thing if Patrick identified himself as a muslim or a Jew?

  46. MC

    Nov 7, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I’m sure u have said equally offensive things whilst three-putting. Difference being these guys make big bucks and are always within range of a mic. I like his fire, but he has to realize that he is in a privileged position, and should act like it.

  47. Rob

    Nov 7, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Everyone should have a mic near them at all times and I think everyone would realize this is common, not ideal, language for people. An extremely skilled, professional, competitive athlete made a mistake and expressed himself (also a right). I don’t agree with people comparing them to him regarding, “When I play I call myself worse.” While that happens YOU are not putting a 10 footer for a million dollars. If you messed up at your profession or made a silly error you would say something that MAY offend someone. Again, lets all have microphones and cameras on us so we can display our clean living 24/7…c’mon man!!!

  48. KJ

    Nov 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

    People that kill another person get less crap from it than someone that says something they shouldn’t. Anyone ever listen to rap music? There are plenty of slurs in it. I don’t see anyone going after them for it. Basketball players make comments like this on the court. Again, no one goes after them in this manner. Is it because he is white? Tiger isn’t shy about the F bomb but no one says much. What’s next, can we not call ourselves an idiot either?

    • Pat

      Nov 7, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Tiger is golf’s golden boy. He can say anything he wants and get away with it. The PGA just looks the other way. It’s pathetic really that there are double standards here.

    • dwntnbrown

      Nov 7, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      cant say any thing bad about the tigggggggger what would people think

  49. Ben

    Nov 7, 2014 at 8:16 am

    WORDS ARE ONLY AS POWERFUL AS THE CREDIT YOU GIVE THEM.

    Move on…

  50. bradford

    Nov 7, 2014 at 8:01 am

    This is golf. I would prefer it not be dropped to the level of NBA or NFL.

  51. H

    Nov 7, 2014 at 7:19 am

    I don’t understand this tendency to try to excuse someone’s bad behavior by saying, “But Person X is doing something so much worse!” That doesn’t make it OK. And as other commenters have rightly pointed out, the word “fa**ot” is not akin to “f**k” or other expletives. It is not simply a “bad word”; it is a derogatory word. There’s certainly a difference.

    • Scott

      Nov 7, 2014 at 11:27 am

      If someone says F**K YOU to you, is that derogatory?

  52. birly-shirly

    Nov 7, 2014 at 5:56 am

    “Regardless of what happens, here’s the bottom line: […] what Patrick Reed said was unacceptable.”

    Sorry – that’s not the bottom line. The bottom line is what, if anything, should happen to PR. Slap on the wrist, fine, suspension, sponsor-flight…?

    If the author has nothing to say on that subject, he should leave it alone. The facts were stated in the first 50 words – the rest of the article is just trying to look like journalism, and in so doing, stoking a firestorm of indignation.

    Exploiting the politics of sexual orientation for a few web-hits is no better than what PR muttered in the heat of the moment.

    • Mass

      Nov 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

      There’s 200 comments here. It worked.

      It would’ve garnered mass reaction from the world anyway

  53. vince guest

    Nov 7, 2014 at 4:38 am

    He probably is a ball or roll of seasoned,cooked chopped liver or a bundle of sticks bound together for fuel.

  54. Andy

    Nov 7, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Anyone else had enough of pandering to homosexuals over offensive language. Like we are in the wrong?

    You really cant say anything without upsetting someone!

    • barclay bogey

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:45 am

      “…had enough of pandering to homosexuals over offensive language. Like we are in the wrong?”

      Are you kidding? I’m at a loss to think of any situation where offensive language (your assessment) is acceptable. The answer to your question (although it reads more like a statement) is YES — YOU ARE IN THE WRONG! Please inform as to when public denegration of individuals for their sexual preferences (or gender, race, religious group membership, etc) became widely acceptable.

      • Carlos Danger

        Nov 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

        Barclay…will you agree to having a microphone on you for the next two weeks and record everything you say? Especially while golfing? And then release that audio to the world so every special interest group imaginable can dissect it and find a way to be offended by something you said?

        The day we move on from this fear mob, blackmail, bullying mentality of chastising people for pretty much anything they say is the day we will be able to move on from this “PC Police” obsessed world (which I assume 95% of the world hates)…however its so much fun for everyone to chime in on how they are offended by something someone said that I dont see that happening.

        Is saying the N word or the word PR said crude, inappropriate, and gross and certainly not words I chose to say? Yes. But its a word. Its not an action. We are willing in this society to chastise and punish people for words just as much as actions…which is a very scary thought. At what point will we start to say that Jerk, Moron, Idiot, etc…are offensive?

        • Mass

          Nov 7, 2014 at 9:50 am

          Carlos,

          You just don’t get it. Your attitude is why we still kill and go to war, and why we still hate and disrespect each other around the world, instead of reaching out and shaking hands and becoming friends and having mutually beneficial agreements.

          I can dream, can’t I? Ask MLK Jr.

          • Carlos Danger

            Nov 7, 2014 at 10:22 am

            Yes you are right. I am causing war.

            And by the way, your reply offended me. Im not sure how yet…but I will figure something out and get really outraged by it. Maybe I will tell WRX that if they dont remove your post and revoke your username from the website that I will protest, stop coming to the site, and start a petition with sponsor companies to drop off of WRX because of how much you offended me and their unwillingness to remove you. Does that sound about right?

            Quite the contrary Mass. There are people in the middle east who are killing each other (war) for simply saying or believing the wrong thing. Thats an environment where your words can get you killed. We used to be able to say whatever we want but now you are fired, chastised, threatened, etc…for SPEAKING WORDS. I would never go to war with someone who said the wrong thing…because I dont care what people say, I care about their actions. If you care enough about someones words that you would have them fired, lose a sponsor, threatened, etc…then arent you the one “causing wars?” I mean, if we are going to throw around the “causing wars” term so lightly I guess I will just throw it back at ya.

          • ljp

            Nov 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

            His is basically saying there is no reason to take offense where none is meant and you believe that is why people and countries fight? In reality it is your attitude, seeking offense in words and not intent, that causes conflict.

          • brian

            Nov 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

            This Political Correctness comes down to one person saying a word that someone else found to be disrespectful or hurtful or out of line. That is an opinion. That’s all it is. One person’s opinion and beliefs against the next. And yes, peoples’ opinions and beliefs are the exact reason why “we still kill and go to war”.

          • dwntnbrown

            Nov 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm

            look where he is now. should have happened earlyer

          • reqq

            Nov 9, 2014 at 10:08 am

            On the contrary Mass. Its people that take themself to serious or their belief to serious that cause trouble in the world.

        • The dude

          Nov 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

          Ding!!!….you nailed it sir!

        • Tony

          Nov 8, 2014 at 7:35 pm

          Perfectly said! But I’m sure no one is listening as usual. I say get rid of the mic’s, let the announcers do their job and enjoy the golf we wish we could play. I really hate this “PC” world!

        • reqq

          Nov 9, 2014 at 10:06 am

          Agree with you totally.

          It was a bad choice of word, but thats all it was. He excused himself and its time for everyone to move on.

    • Allan

      Nov 7, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Well said Andy, if he had said it to someone else fair enough. He was having a word with himself, people are to quick to jump on the bandwagon and I bet when they play they mutter a few choice words hypocrites that’s all they are.

  55. Mel Gibson

    Nov 7, 2014 at 3:44 am

    I could really get along with a guy like Patrick Reed… We should play the pebble pro am together.

    • Chick Fil A

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:18 am

      Maybe some lunch afterwards?

      • Hitler

        Nov 7, 2014 at 10:25 am

        Can I come?

        • Thomas Jefferson

          Nov 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm

          Great Actor, Great Chicken, and 2 incredible leaders!! PReed, MGibson, Hitler and Me would be an amazing foursome…Best conversations EVER over a round topped off by a great chicken sandwich for lunch

  56. Charlie

    Nov 7, 2014 at 1:26 am

    GolfWRX: Come for the TMZesque articles and stay for the comments!

  57. Ponjo

    Nov 7, 2014 at 12:53 am

    I need to be careful tomorrow when playing as I always call myself a stupid silly tw@t when I miss a short putt.

    • Sylvester

      Nov 7, 2014 at 10:08 am

      when I leave a putt short, I call myself a fu@&^ng pu$$y. Is that wrong? I mean, I am what I eat!?!

      • Knobbywood

        Nov 7, 2014 at 5:42 pm

        Lol @ the fact that this comment passed moderation and mine didn’t

  58. Matthew Carter

    Nov 7, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Forget about it! Move on.

  59. golfiend

    Nov 7, 2014 at 12:46 am

    “I’m sorry for using offensive language today in China. My passion to play well got the best of me and my word choice was unacceptable.”

    He knows it was wrong. He admitted it and apologized for it. I believe he learned his lesson. No point crucifying him for it now. Hopefully, he is a little more mature now so that he won’t repeat the that and other offensive language in the future. That would be a sign of maturity, not a sign of weakness.

    • Ryan

      Nov 7, 2014 at 10:37 am

      The modern internet: where posting a factual account of a bad thing someone did is “crucifying” them.

  60. mike

    Nov 7, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Hey Ben, terrible article in my opinion. the term he used i don’t think is very insulting to any community of any sexual orientation whatsoever. i have 6 gay relatives , 4 are male and none of them seem to associate themselves with the term Reed used. the term in this day and age is used to define week or scared. and that was the context in which it was used.
    i think by you associating that term with being homophobic shines a light on how you personally took the term. and i don’t think any community takes ownership of the said term. lets remember that these are athletes blowing off steam when they are frustrated, with a microphone in there face. in the grand scheme of things its not worth much thought. just my opinion.

    • Ryan

      Nov 7, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Gay male here.

      What drugs are you on? The term faggot literally comes from the fact that they used to burn homosexual at the stake, and you’re saying that using this in anger is okay?

      Let me ask you this. What do you have to lose by simply not saying faggot? Why are you all hanging on to this hateful term with such desperation?

      • H

        Nov 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm

        I have been wondering the same thing, Ryan. Why is everyone so invested in pretending this is at all OK?

        • Jason

          Nov 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm

          Because it was not directed at gays, just HIMSELF!

      • Knobbywood

        Nov 7, 2014 at 5:48 pm

        And this one made it past moderation!?? And mine didn’t!!?? Wow GREAT JOB GUYS (he wrote sarcastically)

        • Michael W.

          Nov 7, 2014 at 8:06 pm

          I may be wrong, but I don’t think that replies are moderated.

      • 38thpara

        Nov 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm

        “The oft-reprinted assertion that male homosexuals were called faggots because they were burned at the stake as punishment is an etymological urban legend. Burning was sometimes a punishment meted out to homosexuals in Christian Europe (on the suggestion of the Biblical fate of Sodom and Gomorrah), but in England, where parliament had made homosexuality a capital offense in 1533, hanging was the method prescribed. Any use of faggot in connection with public executions had long become an English historical obscurity by the time the word began to be used for “male homosexual” in 20th century American slang,…”
        Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

  61. JH

    Nov 6, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Is this the same PGA Tour that stayed mum about its policies and punishments every time Tiger Woods audibly used the very same obscenities and widely offensive vanities of the name of Jesus Christ? Reed should be fined and Tiger reportedly was too, but the Tour never seemed to care much about making big statements in Tiger’s case.

    • Ryan

      Nov 7, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Yeah because using Christ’s name in vain is completely analogous to using a term that describes burning homosexuals at the stake. Fantastic logic.

      • Jeff B

        Nov 7, 2014 at 6:41 pm

        That’s equally offensive haha. Your credibility just went out the window; thanks for playing.

  62. JsMi

    Nov 6, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Golf is politically correct.
    A balls game is sexually incorrect.
    Golf is a balls game.
    So a sexually incorrect golf game is politically correct.

    PR, you have nothing to worry about, trust me…

  63. Jeff

    Nov 6, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    There’s a big difference between what the sitting President of the PGA of America does, on twitter no less, and what a 25 year old kid says after missing a putt. Says to himself no less.

    The Crack team at golf channel really couldn’t edit that bit out of the broadcast? Rather than edit that soundbite out and ignore it they pointed to it and tweeted about it. For the good of the game? Kids make mistakes, especially with language. They can’t or shouldn’t be judged as harshly as say, presidents of large orginazations.

    • mike

      Nov 6, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      very well said. i agree completely.

    • Steve

      Nov 6, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      Political Correctness needs to End!! Thin skinned babies!!

    • Mat

      Nov 7, 2014 at 12:02 am

      Bingo. If the censor button was used, no issues. That he chose this word is poor judgment, but I’m pretty sure he’s not sexually harassing *himself*.

      Bad PR. Make him miss a start or something, and move on. MLS is a 3-game suspension for what that’s worth; it’s happened several times, and it’s always the same.

    • bradford

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:03 am

      I would agree, except that by accepting millions of dollars he’s subject to different rules than would apply any given Saturday. The dudes a dick, he’ll bury himself eventually anyway.

    • Michael W.

      Nov 7, 2014 at 10:39 am

      You make a great point, Jeff. To be safe, the guys at golf channel should probably keep their fingers over the censor button at all times when showing Reed!

  64. pat

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    absolutely ridiculous that this is news. look what is going on around you every day, and if this still upsets you have major problems. we really have become so soft and pathetic. leave the guy alone, he was in the heat of battle and pissed off. So what he called himself a f@#$t, listen to the lyrics of some of these songs on the radio that our kids are listening to and reciting and worry about that.

    • Fred

      Nov 6, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Absolutely right, Pat. What’s next: Is the PGA going to monitor what player’s say in their dreams? Why should we be upset by language we hear or read everyday. Guess the PGA is, once again, worried about it’s already stained image, thanks to the Bishop incident. If the PGA is so worried about what Reed said, maybe they need to ban their players from watching cable TV. The sun will still come up tomorrow, regardless of what Reed said, or the PGA thinks.

    • Tracy

      Nov 6, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      Agree. The public is so tired of the press.

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 7:36 am

      So, you’re not OK with what our kids are listening to on the radio, but you are OK with our kids learning that using the word “fa**ot” is acceptable? I do look at what is going on around me every day, and the unfortunate reality is that gay people still and lack basic human rights. Just yesterday, the 6th Circuit upheld a ban on same-sex marriage in four states. Maybe you don’t see the connection. Maybe you think we’re being too hard on poor Patrick Reed. But the reality is that as long as words like “fa**ot” are in our vocabulary, we’re contributing to a climate in which gay people are mistreated. Now THAT is a major problem.

    • Ryan

      Nov 7, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Yeah, I’m tired of the PC police. Next thing you know I’ll be getting discouraged from telling black folk to sit in the back of the bus or I’ll have someone telling me I can’t call jews kikes. What a terrible world that would be.

      (that was me satirizing you all. Perhaps you’re not the victims here and perhaps you could simply stop saying hateful terms used to describe burning homosexuals alive. If this is “soft”, I’ll take it?)

  65. Big Mike

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I agree that the PC crowd and movement is a bit over the top. That being said leave the sexual orientation comments in the parking lot

  66. Chip

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    This is senseless reporting. He already apologized. Why the need to pile on? The moment got the better of him….so what! I am sure that many of the Euro or Asian players drop some foul words/phrases in their native language, but where is the outcry or media hype from the foreign press? Just to play devil’s advocate, what would the response, or news report be if Patrick was homosexual? If Patrick had won the FedEx cup, and had the resources, he should have said ” and, what’s your point?. Next question please.” The late Joan Rivers was known for being offensive to many individuals and groups. Did she apologize? Nope! She said get over it. If you don’t apologize for a simple Human error, then the dust will settle and you will be fine.

  67. marcel

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    same sex inclined ppl should grow up. and everyone should grow up – a reference to musical instrument come on… its not like he called himself p… 😉

  68. enrique

    Nov 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    see i love the f-word. I love when I hear it. More athletes should use it more often. Additionally I love hearing people use it when they accidentally kick the bed post with a bare foot and drop to the ground.

  69. John

    Nov 6, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Blah blah…let’s save the big deals for something that’s actually important.

  70. Mark

    Nov 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    He’s human and far more down to earth than all the bible quoting college boys. Locker room language is part of sport and he was chastising himself, not insulting anyone else.

    • Kelly

      Nov 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Listening to Katrek and Maginnes On Tap while driving home and a gay golfer called in to basically say that PR 3-putted and was upset with himself when he made the comments. The caller said it was no big deal and he had said worse after a 3-putt.

      I remember a Greek and Latin vocab class from college and the first day we had to write down the 3 worst words we could think of. The professor the read the words and the class repeated. The professors comment was they are just words people.

      Guess I just enjoy being happy rather than letting the overly PC crap get under my skin.

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Chastising himself by calling himself a “fa**ot,” a term that is offensive and pejorative. The fact that he wasn’t intending to insult anyone else is largely irrelevant. That word shouldn’t even be in our vocabulary.

  71. Ken

    Nov 6, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    A sensitive issue … But any group I may be part of is fair game and I’m not supposed to be offended. PC is defined by people ramming it down our throats to an extreme. Co-existence and tolerance are not enough. Acceptance has become the goal. And, from my perspective, this stuff only seems to flow one way. Common sense tells most of us what is acceptable, and this is no hanging offense.

  72. Dick

    Nov 6, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    +1

  73. Tom

    Nov 6, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Lots of internet tough guys here, huh?

    • AZ Golfman

      Nov 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      My thoughts exactly. Everyone on here acts like they’ll say whatever whenever. Pretty easy to be a tough guy behind a keyboard.

  74. Northgolf

    Nov 6, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I am just wondering if PR is going to get DQ’ed for signing an incorrect card after not taking full relief from the cart path on hole 8. That would cap off a great day.

  75. Harry G.

    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Considering the comments made in response to this article and the comments made by the readers of the Ted Bishop commentary written a few days ago, I would think the editors of this blog would wake up to the sensibilities of their readers and quit pandering to the pc crowd. It is clear the writers and editors of GolfWRX have little culturally in common with their readership.

    • Tim Gavrich

      Nov 6, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      Harry–

      Thinking that word is acceptable for use by decent folk is not cultural. It’s ignorant. This isn’t pandering; it’s the 21st century.

      –the guy who wrote the Ted Bishop commentary

      • H

        Nov 7, 2014 at 7:45 am

        Here here!

      • Harry G.

        Nov 7, 2014 at 8:41 am

        Tim, ignorance is not understanding that anytime expression is stifled in the name of your, or anyone’s, moral, intellectual, or political comfort zone, we risk losing the basis for all progress!

        • Ryan

          Nov 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

          Your concern is that if we stop using a term to describe burning homosexuals alive in anger that we will lose the basis for all progress?

          I…well I don’t really know how to respond to that. Are you sure?

    • Alex

      Nov 6, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      You’re right. Standing up for what is right isn’t that important. We should just go with what people think we should do instead.

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 7:48 am

      So, instead of “pandering to the PC crowd,” GolfWRX should…what…pander to the crowd that thinks it’s OK to casually toss around the word “fa**ot”? You’re right. That would be much better.

    • rynn1

      Nov 26, 2014 at 2:19 am

      I read GolfWRX and I thought it was an interesting article. Please don’t speak for me.

  76. Shallowface

    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I would like to see every athlete in every sport, every politician, every actor, every singer, every famous person everywhere, decide that for the next month they were going to do their best Steve Carlton impersonation and refuse to have contact with any form of media of any type, including social media.

    Wouldn’t it be fun to watch what passes for news these days collapse upon itself?

  77. Rodan

    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    More crap from the word police, let it go. He said it, apologized (why, because he had too) so lets move on.

  78. Josh

    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Being offended and hearing things you don’t like is part of life. Get over it, sissies.

  79. dave

    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    haha yeah he really got into it. i was like ohhh wow lol

  80. Jim

    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Lets say he made the putt then was extatic and ran over to the hole flipped it upside down ( like it was part of his anatomy) and pretended to pile drive the hole what would we be saying about that. Would we all laugh , i would . FREE SPEECH sirs

  81. Jonesie

    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Fine him. Drop,it. Just like they did back in the days of Strange, S. Pate, Trevino and others before all of this ” agenda media”. BTW, shame on GC for making it big news this morning.

    Mistake ( I understand), apology ( good move and prompt), apology accepted. Just glad he didn’t say m&@t€r f@@k@r !

    • Shizzle

      Nov 6, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Actually he would have been much better off if he said MFer!

      • Jack

        Nov 7, 2014 at 2:57 am

        The way we are going, even the MFers will get their own group and start speaking out about discrimination.

  82. Timothy

    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Would people feel bette if he called himself a c**ck sucker, instead of a bundle of sticks?

  83. John

    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Ah…now I know why your name is Bubba. Thanks for clearing that up.

  84. Dinger

    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Personally I thought it was hilarious, if anything we need more of it.

    • dave

      Nov 6, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      agreed! why is it now everyday there is something that gets blown up bc of social media. he must be the only one talking like that after three putting out there

    • Fred

      Nov 6, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      Yeah, and let’s keep in mind that this guy provided the U.S. with one of the few shinning moments in Ryder Cup. Stay passionate about the game, Reed!

  85. Nate

    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Every time I heard Tiger Woods yell the Lord’s name in vain after a blocked tee shot, I was deeply offended. Did it so much make golfwrx and gain national recognition for being offensive and vulgar? Of course not. I am not in favor of anyone yelling profanity, but the double standard is disturbing.

    • Darryl

      Nov 6, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Seriously damn, jesus oh my god what a pathetic comparison.

    • Shallowface

      Nov 6, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Absolutely right on the money, Nate!

      Bigotry toward certain groups, like Christians, is still perfectly acceptable with the PC police, which is why they have no credibility whatsoever.

      • Tim Gavrich

        Nov 6, 2014 at 9:05 pm

        If you think the use of “g-d damn it” is remotely like the use of the word Reed used, you are spectacularly mistaken.

        • Ryan

          Nov 6, 2014 at 11:01 pm

          That depends on who you ask. Our world is turning too soft..

      • H

        Nov 7, 2014 at 7:54 am

        Oh, PLEASE. The vast majority of Americans identify themselves as Christian. Christians are not a minority group, nor do they experience bigotry.

        • Ben

          Nov 7, 2014 at 8:25 am

          Try growing up as a white kid in Oakland, CA.

    • Ryan

      Nov 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

      I know man. The pain you felt of a fictional being’s name being used in vain is probably way worse than homosexuals feel when a term used to describe them being burned alive is used. You are TOTALLY the victim here.

    • Cally

      Nov 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Then I must be the biggest Jesus freak and you can call us just what you want at least we know what we believe and who we are…

  86. Dave C.

    Nov 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    This PC stuff is out of control. People will have to put duct tape over their mouths to stay out of trouble.

    The quote, “Anything you say will be used against you” has never been so true.

    The world is in a very bad way.

    • Jack

      Nov 7, 2014 at 2:59 am

      Yeah next they will be limited to phrases like “curse that biscuit” or “worse than lukewarm tea”.

      • H

        Nov 7, 2014 at 7:55 am

        This world IS in a very bad way but not because of political correctness.

        • SBoss

          Nov 9, 2014 at 1:32 am

          Actually, political correctness comes from liberals. And they ARE a huge problem in the world.

          • rynn1

            Nov 26, 2014 at 2:27 am

            And now we’ve reached the redneck level of argument. That was quick.

  87. Greg

    Nov 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    this is stupid. Adrian Peterson is getting off easy and will be back in the NFL after beating his kids nutts until they bled, but this guy is getting punishment for something he said about himself…stupid, stupid, stupid

  88. J.R.

    Nov 6, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    “PC” slur directed at self on a golf course?!?! Say it ain’t so.

    Meanwhile a drone strike just killed the last unicorn on earth…

  89. Pooch

    Nov 6, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I don’t know one competitive golfer that doesn’t berate him or herself after missing a makeable putt for a birdie or eagle.
    It comes out unconsciously for me. I call myself names that make my friends laugh but god forbid if Jim Nantz heard me say it on National TV. Like someone said before you have to watch out and understand the microphones are on.

    • bradford

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Are you paid millions to play on TV? Do your kids learn to act like that because they see you, a succesful athlete, acting like a d-bag on TV? Do you use the word F**got in business meetings?

  90. steve

    Nov 6, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Really? This is why golf is a dying sport. It is long, expensive and hard. And you can’t have emotions have to be a emotionless zombie. He is a pro golfer, not a law maker.

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 7:57 am

      Right. Because the only two options are: (1) Be an emotionless zombie or (2) Use gay slurs to berate yourself. No middle ground there.

      • Ryan

        Nov 7, 2014 at 10:48 am

        I for one cannot stir up any emotions inside myself UNLESS I say faggot a few times first.

  91. sailfishchris

    Nov 6, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    The next time he makes a putt, I hope he yells BALLS DEEP! as it rolls in the cup

    • J.R.

      Nov 6, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Wow, this made me laugh so hard…

    • Y0ric

      Nov 7, 2014 at 4:39 am

      He should join the crowd and scream “get in the hole, any hole, I’m not prejudice”

    • Ben

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:26 am

      LMAO! Love it!

  92. Pierre Mondial

    Nov 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    This article is in a long line of similarly awful articles that replicate the sort of faux outrage that the likes of TMZ, Buzzfeed etc etc thrive on.

    Why do we have to throw the book at anyone who doesn’t conform 100% to what is rammed down our throats as being politically correct?

    Better cancel my weekend 4 ball where any short put is met by a tirade of comments that wouldn’t go down well with the PC brigade, funnily enough it doesn’t make us want to resign from our positions.

    Clearly all sense of reason has deserted this world and the author of this article.

  93. Dbuck47

    Nov 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I am reminded of a Tommy Bolt story. When being fined $200 for saying a couple of expletives, he ripped off another $300 and said it three more times!

    The f-bomb is a useful word when applied correctly and sparingly. It should not be used in polite conversation nor on national TV in prime time sports. The “slur” is no better or worse than the F-bomb. Reed should be fined per policy, and that should be the end of it.

    I have two adult daughters and a son, and I can tell you first hand that somewhere between the ages of 9-16, girls become incredibly dramatic and boys become stinky and aggressive. It is several thousand years of human biology and sociology.

    We are over the top on PC, as another poster said it will be the downfall of free speech. The leadership of the PGA is a bunch of little girls. Or little boys, which ever is most offensive to them.

  94. chad ryan

    Nov 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    A slur is an offensive word that is directed at someone else. If he’s saying this to himself on the course it’s not a slur. Let it go people. If you don’t want to hear cusswords then don’t put a friggin mike on players on the field of play. I have news for you….ALL ATHLETES CUSS LIKE SAILORS. If you’re surprised by this you probably didn’t play sports growing up.

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 7:59 am

      Let’s stop conflating “cuss words” and “fa**ot,” please. Absolutely not the same thing.

      • realworldperspective

        Nov 7, 2014 at 11:51 am

        Seriously! All these people talking about him saying “fa**ot” when they’re totally overlooking the fact he said “f***ing” 3 times in that same sentence! Why aren’t we talking about that?

    • bradford

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Do you want golf to become like the NBA? or NFL? I’d prefer it remain a gentleman’s game.

  95. Tim

    Nov 6, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Brought to you by the same author who wrote about Tiger Woods wearing a white belt with jeans… [gasp!]. Write about golf itself and golf equipment…that’s why were all here. Leave the TMZ crap to the new Golf Digest.

  96. Jason

    Nov 6, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Poor choice of words, I’m sure he will learn from it and call himself a more pc name in the future. Shame on the PGA for coming out and making a comment about this and trying to make an example of Reed.”The PGA Tour Conduct Unbecoming regulations prohibit the use of obscene language on the golf course”, I bet Reed wasn’t the only pro to use any obscene language on the course today. Will the PGA Tour keep up with the punishment on every golfer on tour that drops an f-bomb after a bad shot or swears at his caddie?

  97. Jim

    Nov 6, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Why is this country just getting softer and softer who cares what he called himself . Is it right no but it was directed at himself im sure no one at golf wrx has ever said that word . Grow a set and move on

  98. AZ Golfman

    Nov 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    You’re cool.

  99. JJohnson

    Nov 6, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    News Alert!!! Reed just apologized to bone smugglers everywhere!

  100. realworldperspective

    Nov 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    The author of this article should be ashamed of himself and be reprimanded by GolfWRX management. Either that, or whoever is deciding what gets published and what doesn’t. Either way, this website is not about politics or social issues, it’s about golf. Who cares what insults Patrick muttered to HIMSELF. He wasn’t calling anyone else names but himself. This article is nothing more than the trash of the media world like TMZ, Extra, or any supermarket tabloid.

    That being said, the title of this article is inappropriately inaccurate as well. The word Patrick used is not homophobic. The word homophobic literally means fear of homosexuals. I seriously doubt Patrick has a fear of them, and the word he used does not have a fearful meaning or connotation. Yes, it is often used as an insult, but has nothing to do with fear.

    If GolfWRX is going to publish articles like this, at least give it an appropriately accurate title.

    • bradford

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:17 am

      The other day I muttered some racial slurs in a company meeting, to myself of course. I was just mad, I can’t understand why they fired me.

      Your “realworldperspective” lack any actual reference to the real world. These guys are making a FORTUNE playing golf, and are expected to act in a certain way. This guy represented the US at one point, and he’s a complete embarrassment.

      • realworldperspective

        Nov 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

        So are all words equal now? No one can ever say anything that expresses emotion ever again because someone else COULD be (not IS) offended? Are we supposed to live our lives in fear of what others will think?

        I have to disagree with you on that. Patrick Reed is in no way an embarrassment to the game of golf nor to this great country of the USA. He’s a human being who expressed his frustration through words. Was anyone hurt? Did someone have to go to the hospital to see Dr. Dictionary or Nurse Thesaurus? No they didn’t. Could Patrick have chosen other words? Sure. But at the end of the day, they’re just noises that came out of his mouth and it is seriously disturbing if someone thinks they have been wronged or hurt by him. Everyone on this planet has been self-deprecating at some point in their life, and rightfully so, we’re imperfect human beings and make plenty of mistakes for which to reprimand ourselves. Why should Patrick Reed be precluded that right just because his paycheck is larger than yours?

        • bradford

          Nov 10, 2014 at 10:23 am

          We are ALL denied that “right” by the terms of our employment, regardless of the size of our paychecks. It might be different if he called himself a$$hol3 (which is true btw), but should still carry repercussions.

          SBoss,
          Blacks are fired (and rightfully) every day for making racist comments in the workplace, there is no protection from violation of company policy regardless of your color.

      • SBoss

        Nov 9, 2014 at 9:22 am

        Bradford, you must not be Black. If you muttered racial slurs in and meeting and were Black, they’d have put you in a protected class and it would have meant NOTHING.

        See, in this PC society of word police, it all depends who says the “offending” word. Same word, different outrage. It’s typical of the liberal media. In fact, if one of their OWN, a loyal member of the cause says something, they’ll will say it was a poor choice of words but give them a pass. They’ll “vouch” for the guys credentials. Somebody outside of their “cause” will be tarred and feathered….

        It all depends WHO says the words in the new liberal PC world.

  101. Crabgrass

    Nov 6, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    If this offends somebody, I suggest they never walk through a high school.

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:01 am

      Irrelevant. High schoolers shouldn’t be using the word “fa**ot” either, but even if they do, that doesn’t make it OK or nonoffensive.

      • SBoss

        Nov 9, 2014 at 9:26 am

        H,

        Have YOU personally ever used poor word choices? Have YOU personally EVER offended somebody with words? YES, YOU HAVE….

        Get off the high horse. You’re no better than anyone else. You commit violations against other people. I love how hypocritical people can be…maybe you never used a homosexual slur. Maybe you have….who knows? But, you’ve slurred other people. 100% chance…

        Only weak people let the words of others offend them.

  102. James

    Nov 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Only reason any of this is a big deal is because the media makes it a big deal. Political correctness is going to be the downfall of western society. The grievance industry thrives these days with a compliant media that goes looking for things to be upset over. He got upset and said some words that weren’t so great. The intent doesn’t matter though but the words he used do.

    Myself, I can’t think of a worse way to be than someone who spends their time looking for things to be angry or upset over. Someone can call me anything they like. Those words only have an effect if I allow them to have an effect. But, again, these days there is a whole industry devoted to finding offense wherever it can. It’s ridiculous.

    • Jeremy

      Nov 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      On our list of problems that includes the worst income inequality since the Great Depression, extremist retaliation against an over-militarized culture, rising global temperatures and sea levels leading to increasingly intense weather patterns, toxic chemicals and radioactive waste finding its way into our drinking water…

      You think political correctness is going to be what brings down the whole house of cards, huh?

      • mr3puttz

        Nov 6, 2014 at 9:32 pm

        Damn. Here I thought I could get away from my eyes bleeding from seeing images of obama and Reed on tv. Then I see this article and this comment on GWRX of all places. Put the Kool-Aid down slowly and walk away.

      • 3-putt

        Nov 6, 2014 at 11:01 pm

        Jeremy, take a lap.

      • H

        Nov 7, 2014 at 8:02 am

        AMEN!

      • Ryan

        Nov 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

        Specifically this incident actually! People disapproving of a white christian male golfer using a term to describe burning homosexuals in anger is at least 10000x more offensive than any of the other things you said.

      • SBoss

        Nov 9, 2014 at 9:31 am

        Jeremy, when this whole house of cards comes down? It’ll be 100% the actions of people like YOU….

        You’re kind is always on the march. We had the greatest country but it was never perfect. Perfect people never lived in the U.S…now, Jeremy and his ilk our on the march to change it all to fit their distorted and warped views.

        When you change from the most prosperous and powerful country, not a perfect country, you have only one direction you’re changing toward. DOWN.

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:14 am

      It is infuriating that people categorize something as “PC” simply so they can discount its validity. How is avoiding language and actions that exclude, marginalize or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against a bad thing?

      The whole “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me” attitude is so juvenile and so false. Maybe some gay people don’t “allow” themselves to be affected by the use of the word “fa**ot,” but you better believe they’re affected by the fact that the 6th Circuit just upheld a same-sex marriage ban in four states yesterday. And they’re affected by the fact that employers refuse to extend benefits to same-sex couples. And they’re affected by the barrage of discriminatory practices they encounter on a regular basis.

      These things are all interrelated, and to pretend they are not, or to pretend this is all about being PC (as if that’s a bad thing) is incredibly myopic.

  103. TB

    Nov 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Uhh, sorry, but NOT a big deal.

  104. MarkusJ

    Nov 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Such trolling with the title. Typical media spinning up emotions. The language he used wasn’t homophobic, whatsoever, nor is the term. Is it derogatory? Of course! He shouldn’t be using it in such a forum, but it is his right and his freedom of speech to choose to use the term. It is our choice to be offended by it’s usage. His comment had nothing to do with homosexuals. He was obviously upset with himself, and in a state of frustration used a completely unnecessary, and insensitive term. Given he is a professional golfer, there should be punishment, but to say it should be the end of his career is ignorant.

  105. wineyax

    Nov 6, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    They should add a 5 minute delay on LIVE TO AIR sports and clean up stuff like this. The nation does not need to hear things like this.

    • Agreemate

      Nov 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      I believe the nation will be fine oh wait no it won’t because he said a word it’s going to crumble downhill from that agh….

    • Kyle

      Nov 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      The nation? Give me a break. The world is too soft now and you are a part of it.

  106. Desmond

    Nov 6, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    My son is a few years younger than Reid, and he says similar things to berate himself on the golf course… if comes with expectations, being young, temperamental, and pressure, stress, etc.

    The problem is that Reid is on the PGA Tour and people can hear him …

    I think we’re making much ado about nothing … get him to a psych coach who will tell him that type of self-flagellation only hurts his game, give him a way to deal with it, to accept the shot and it will be OK.

    • Agreemate

      Nov 6, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Agreed

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Good thing your son is not the world’s moral measuring stick.

      Being young, temperamental and stressed is not an excuse.

      Part of the problem here is the fact that the word “fa**ot” is even in our lexicon as a word we use to berate, whether we’re berating ourselves or others.

      • SBoss

        Nov 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

        H, it’s also a good thing YOU aren’t the worlds moral measuring stick. NOBODY needs to be the worlds moral measuring stick. But, reasonable people know that already.

  107. jwc

    Nov 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    If I were held accountable for every outburst I’ve made on a golf course I’d be sentenced to death most likely (based on current societal trends at least).

    • bradford

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Have you ever once been paid to play golf? Until then, your behavior isn’t really relevant…we don’t care to watch you throw fits.

      • dot dot

        Nov 7, 2014 at 10:17 am

        Watching someone throw a fit is one of the greatest experiences you can have on a golf course. Watching a player completely lose it over a game is terrific entertainment. Bring it on, golf would far more enjoyable to watch. Now it’s just a parade of logos walking in the grass. Yawn.

        • bradford

          Nov 21, 2014 at 1:03 pm

          Not nearly as exciting as trolling in golf forums, huh? Yawn. 🙂

  108. Justin

    Nov 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I hate this PC world. Bunch of people running around with sand in their v*g.

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Let’s pile some sexism on top of our homophobia! Yeah!

      • realworldperspective

        Nov 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm

        In what way is a slur considered to be a phobia? Phobia = “fear of”. You might want to look into your own lexicon before berating others’.

      • SBoss

        Nov 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

        H, I promise you that he wasn’t being homophobic. He was using a term that he’d picked up as an insult. He used it on himself. He’d never associate himself to a homosexual in any real context..LOL.

  109. Geoffc

    Nov 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    This is crazy, this is a big deal since it’s being made out to be a big deal. This is PC run amok. Next thing you know we’ll be censored in our own homes.

  110. Dpavs

    Nov 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Let’s be frank for just a moment. I would find it hard to believe that he gave a moment’s thought to what self-deprecating term he was going to use under the circumstances. He was incredibly po’d at himself and blurted out the first slur that came to mind. Who can say why it was the first thing. Maybe he has used it a lot in the past. Maybe he grew up hearing it a lot. Maybe any of a number of things as to why it was jumped to his mind. The point is that whatever the reason was those words were the ones he used, it likely was not as as much of a matter of choice as it was a knee jerk reaction.

    Bottom line is yes we can all agree that he needs to exercise more self-control, especially on the course. But I don’t think he was intentionally trying to slur anyone or any group. He targeted himself in an emotional outbreak and nothing more. This event by all rights should go into the stupid but forgivable category.

    I really feel that anyone who does not have this much understanding of what happened or this much tolerance, should be re-examining themselves. I for one am freaking weary of the seemingly wholly intolerant free speech police.

    • Carl Truitt

      Nov 6, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      you hit the nail on the head in your 2nd sentence. To self deprecate with a homosexual slur is the problem regardless of the rationale or reason.

      • Knobbywood

        Nov 7, 2014 at 6:39 am

        I don’t think that was the point he was trying to make in that 2nd sentence

        • Carl truitt

          Nov 7, 2014 at 6:37 pm

          His point was lost the minute he referenced PR’s words as self deprecating, because the implication is that PR was talking to himself negatively. He could have called himself a dummy or an idiot and got his point across.

      • H

        Nov 7, 2014 at 8:22 am

        WORD.

    • Agreemate

      Nov 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Agreed

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Part of the problem is, I think, the fact that it seemed to be something of an automatic response, which highlights a larger issue. It’s problematic that when we search our brains (subconsciously or consciously) for an insult, “fa**ot” is one word that comes to mind. It shouldn’t even be in our lexicon.

      • Dpavs

        Nov 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm

        Along with several other words.. it may be inescapable that it is in there… but it should be under the classification of “Do Not Use”. 😛

  111. Jake Anderson

    Nov 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Great article here! Very important to highlight hateful homophobic slurs so that we no which players not to support.
    Patrick Reed should not be banned, but he should not do some public service.

  112. Carl truitt

    Nov 6, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I think it’s entertaining when someone not in the group affected by disrespectful language thinks it is of no concern. There’s going to be a point in time where your mindset will be in the minority.

    There are a few rights people have, and living their life with dignity is one of those rights. And for the record, it isn’t about political correctness. It’s about basic decency, and the way you treat people. For example, if you had a problem with my use of “colorful” language in a conversation, then I’d tone it down out of respect to you. I can always use other words to express myself. It may require more effort, but that’s what is required of rational adults.

    • Knobbywood

      Nov 7, 2014 at 6:47 am

      No, what is required of RATIONAL adults is to MOVE ON! If this is really a big deal fir you I’m sorry but you are pathetically think skinned and SEARCHING for a reason to be offended and irate… Grow up and deal with YOUR life

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:33 am

      Exactly. The oppressor cannot speak for the oppressed and decide what is and isn’t (or should be and shouldn’t be) offensive.

      • LK

        Nov 7, 2014 at 9:48 am

        All this talk about the oppressed and basic decency and rights makes me wonder…..Where is the standard for this? If it is based on feelings and what offends me (What is true for me), then were does it end? If I say I am offended that you are offended will that make someone shut up and not be offended? I haven’t heard of anyone using any real standard by which to measure “offenses” so this type of garbage will continue until we do.

        • Carl truitt

          Nov 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm

          Here’s the answer: everyone offends, everyone gets offended. Folks should turn their brains on when talking and not make derogatory statements toward groups of people, and people need to quit hiding behind free speech and their personal rights. This stuff won’t end because this world is still filled with nuts who think it’s okay to perpetuate the degrading of people. These same people apparently love the game of golf…which does not surprise me. It is a game played predominantly by older white men with above average wealth.

        • rynn1

          Nov 26, 2014 at 2:36 am

          The standard is the amount of people it offends. The more people you offend, the bigger backlash you’ll receive. It’s really that simple.

          If you say your offended by something, nobody will care unless there are thousands (or millions) who are equally as offended as you. The only reason we’re having these discussions are because of the sheer amount of people offended.

          • LK

            Dec 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm

            I agree with what you are saying, but what I am saying is that everyone acts like there is a standard others should go by but no one identifies that standard. If there is no ultimate standard by which we govern our actions then how can anyone tell anyone else what to do about anything? Why should we get upset about anything unless there is a definite standard to go by? Unless this is answered and dealt with, then the answer to all of these objections is “who says?”.

  113. Kyle

    Nov 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    You’re a joke if you are so overly sensitive to take offense to this. Unbelievable. The world has become so soft.

  114. Bill

    Nov 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    You’ve gotta be kidding me. This author and everyone else making a big deal of this is out of control and acting like a “lil girl”. The world is way too overly sensitive now and it’s an absolute joke. I’m not and never will be sorry for saying something that might be considered offensive because in most contexts it isn’t meant that way and shouldn’t be taken that way. It is embarrassing that you have to watch what you say every time you talk or else some over sensitive person takes offense to something that literally means nothing but a way of expression

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Something is embarrassing, all right, but it’s not the fact that you have to watch what you say. Get a grip.

  115. Pumper

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Spitting on the course is worse, filthy habit.

  116. Carl truitt

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Drop as many f-bombs as you want, but at some point people (all of us) need to leave the negative gender/preference language out of our spoken vocabulary. There is nothing to gain by using the language in a negative way regardless of your beliefs or intentions.

    People look stupid, and when the whole world sees, that becomes instantly associated to you.

    As far as P Reed, seems like an emotional type of guy. Hope he tempers the language, but keeps the fire

    • Rwj

      Nov 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Calling someone stupid is no different then. Stupid is objective and hurtful language by the same description. It has to be all or nothing in this modern PC world

      • Nick

        Nov 6, 2014 at 4:42 pm

        No. There is a difference between a broad negative word versus one that is target towards a specific group of people based on their personal beliefs or choices.

        Carl said it well.

      • Carl Truitt

        Nov 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm

        It is actually very different. Would you be less offended if I used the word foolish…because I think that’s exactly what you would look like if you went on national TV and called yourself a F@*$ing F$&&*t.

        If we are going to argue semantics…let’s do it now.

        I know many people who respond like you to these issues. Poke at the statements of the ones who take a position. Hope that they will fall for your smoke screen…you’re not fooling anyone.

        If you think there is nothing wrong with this type of language I would like to hear concrete reasons why. And don’t hide behind the Bible, the American Flag or the Constitution unless you are going to quote chapter and verse…

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:30 am

      YES!

  117. Constitution

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I think he said “Fu***** maggot.” Yeah, that was it. But all seriousness aside, is that any different than Tiger calling himself a co**sucker? Did that offend all the co**suckers in the world?

    • Daniel

      Nov 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      ^^^^ This. I’ll start the slow clap, everyone else can join in when they feel ready.

      • Dane

        Nov 6, 2014 at 4:09 pm

        *Clapping* Why the have mics next to these players is uncomprehendable. Do they have live mics on the sidelines of football basketball or baseball games, listening to every players word? NO WAY! They may all be different games but there is one thing that makes them common. Competition, and as long as there is competition tempers will flare and all sorts of things will be said and DONE (see Albert Haynesworth head stomp, or Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace beatin the piss outta fans.)
        No live mics next to players, as much as I enjoy it, to much political correctness in the world right now looking to smother others with how they should talk or act.

        • H

          Nov 7, 2014 at 8:39 am

          Flaring tempers and competitive spirits are not excuses for blatantly unacceptable outbursts.

    • Philip

      Nov 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      touché

  118. snowman

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    My Head is going to explode if the ‘media’ and GolgWRX doesn’t get off this PC Crap… the man made called himself a name, So What. btw… Redskins!

  119. Jim

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    No, no it is not a big deal. He was not talking to anyone but himself. His comment could be interpreted that he associates homosexuality with unacceptable behavior and therefore the reason for his (vulgar) comment to himself. However on the other hand, it might well have been just a series of curse words aimed at himself. His comment does not demonstrate that he would treat homosexuals differently or mistreat them, you assumed that he might.
    What should be concerning to everyone is the quick kneejerk response to shame, condemn and punish language or thought that isn’t in the current mainstream of groupthink. That is the big deal to me.

  120. TW

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    this wasn’t supposed to post up here, this was a reply

  121. Avery

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    What a non-story, golf media (and in turn golf fans) have little to talk about this time of the year.

    Let’s all take a step back and ask ourselves “How was I hurt by this?” Guess what, you weren’t. You may not have appreciated his choice of language, but get over and move on. Life’s too short to complain about other people. Believe it or not, no one has a right not to be offended. If you are offended, it is your problem.

    To boldly state that some phrase or word is “unacceptable in any context” is frankly more concerning that the subject comment itself.

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:43 am

      It doesn’t matter if I was hurt by this personally. It matters that other people are hurt by it–by similar language, by bigoted attitudes, by discriminatory practices.

  122. Philip

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    They just have to learn to bleep the words as they come out.

    While it is true that we are becoming way too PC as a society (something more to do with $$$ than doing the correct thing), there really is not excuse to saying anything that has a history of being used to abuse and demean any group of people.

    On a lighter note – what if he said “Nice f**kin’ three-putt you f**kin’ idiot.”, I happen to know a LOT of people who should draw offense to that even more.

  123. stripe

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    It’s only a big deal cuz tools like you make it. Such a climate of p*ssys

  124. Daniel

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    This article is a JOKE. It actually made me a little angry when I saw it on the homepage. I’m so sick of reading political correctness pieces on our site, how their actions are unacceptable, and SO offensive.

    Get a grip, Alberstadt. He got overheard at the wrong time, talking to himself. I can bet you that a thousand golfers a day use a phrase like this on their home course, in the exact same context.

    Pat’s got some fire in his gut; but nope, let’s dull him down and give him a glazed over, forced behavior.

    • rer4136

      Nov 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Perhaps they should have cart guys instead of cart girls selling concessions on the course. That will go over great. Hypocrisy at every turn.

    • mpf

      Nov 6, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Total joke. Im all for non offensive language and am all for gay rights but this is taken way out of context. Im guilty of throwing out see you next Tuesday following plenty of golf rounds

  125. cdvilla

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Someone said that we judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions. I don’t think that PR had bad intentions and this thoughtless moment will cost him but hopefully no more than a fine and a short suspension.

  126. Kyle

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    If Happy Gilmore only got a suspension and fine for beating up Bob Barker… Reed will only get a slap on the wrist (which is all he should get).

    “Common Doug, kick him off the tour” – Shooter McGavin

  127. Dave

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Good grief, how we’ve become the land of the easily offended. He’s cursing himself…..not someone else. These days he’ll probably lose his card and go to prison for 10 years cause someone can’t get over it.

  128. TJ

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Jeez… well, in today’s mad PC world he certainly should have muttered it more to himself, but man, when did homosexuals start running from their sexuality? I thought they were “proud” and that is was “normal”. So, I happen to think being straight is normal, so if some homo I was playing golf with muttered to herself, “nice f*ing three putt you f*ing straight” I don’t think I would be that worried about it and wouldn’t take it as a personal attack on my sexuality.

    • jason

      Nov 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Maybe you just don’t know where the term fa**ot came from. Fa**ot is a term for a bunch of kindling wood. In the middle ages, they would burn witches after tying them to a wooden stake. Since homosexuals were viewed as lower than even witches, they weren’t worthy of being tied to a wooden stake and then burnt alive. They would just throw the homosexuals in with the kindling, thus a flaming fa**ot.

      I don’t think Patrick Reed meant it to malign homosexuals. But every gay man has had that term yelled at them either while getting beat up, shamed or even worse.

      I don’t know what the proper side is in this debate, but I do know that just because you can say something, doesn’t mean you should.

    • King Queer

      Nov 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Best post ever TJ!

  129. John Delgado

    Nov 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I’m curious if Odyssey is going to drop him for the slur or the 3-putt. We all love player models, c’mon Odyssey…re-release the 6 model as the Reed FF. It will sell, you know it.

  130. AZ Golfman

    Nov 6, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I’m sure if you were gay and you heard that you would be offended. Just like if he called himself the N-word or any other derogatory term. When people say this country is becoming too sensitive, it mostly comes from folks who have never walked a mile in someone elses shoes. Do i think Patrick Reed is a homophobe? No. But he should think before he blurts out such idiotic stuff on national TV. Just like when i’m sitting in my office, i don’t yell “nice f-ing bleep, you f-ing fa&%*t”.

    • H

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Totally agree!

    • Knobbywood

      Nov 7, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Yes and lil girls everywhere were shocked and appalled at the ex-PGA presidents comments

  131. cdvilla

    Nov 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    The precedent on this kind of behavior is set. Curse all you want (yes, Tiger, it’s fine) but any sort of language that disparages a group outside of the one you’re personally identified with (in this case white-straight) is gonna come back to bite you. Get a clue, clean it up, it’s not that difficult.

    • Casey

      Nov 6, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Yes, conform to the PC police.

      • JoeC

        Nov 6, 2014 at 2:59 pm

        exactly…. big brother is watching you…. ready to sue

    • JoeC

      Nov 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      actually…. it is ok to say anything about a straight white man regardless if you identify with it or not. The double standard is atrocious.

      • cdvilla

        Nov 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm

        I agree on the double standard. It is atrocious and I would impart the same advice to anyone regarding the things they say in public or on record which just happens to include everyone playing golf on TV. To defend hateful speech in the name of freedom just doesn’t make sense to me.

      • H

        Nov 7, 2014 at 8:45 am

        HAHAHA. Poor straight, white men. Life is so hard for them!

    • Courtoni20

      Nov 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      anyone else still refer to themselves as “Sally or Alice” when they leave a putt 6 ft short from 30 ft? My assumption is that this is going to be construed as wrong?!?!? What a bunch of nonsense! You have the freedom to say whatever you want as long as it does not offend.

      • rer4136

        Nov 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm

        Seems these matters are a big deal because the media makes them that. Let you who is without sin cast the first stone. There are not many golfers who haven’t hollered out a naughty word or 2 over a bad golf shot. If you don’t want to offend a multitude of readers/viewers stop running with the story media people.

      • Kenneth

        Nov 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

        FYI…. It is “Alliss”, not “Alice”. See http://golf.about.com/od/faqs/a/nice-putt-alice.htm

    • dr bloor

      Nov 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      It’s not at all difficult, it’s just that if I exercise common courtesy and good judgment by refraining from using disparaging terms, my testosterone level will plummet to negative numbers and my genitals will shrink up and die. Or so one would believe based on the comments hereabouts.

  132. Jeremy

    Nov 6, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Unacceptable, but certainly doesn’t deserve the death penalty. Fine him, teach him a lesson, move on.

    • Casey

      Nov 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Thank God he didn’t say he “putted like a little girl”

      • Jeremy

        Nov 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm

        Joking or not I can’t tell, but it’s possible to quantify these things I the English cigarette is quite a lot more offensive than “lil girl.”

  133. Travis

    Nov 6, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Wow…what a bunch of thin skinned wankers we have become!

  134. CM

    Nov 6, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Should be kicked off the tour. Tarred and feathered. Home taken away. Wife divorce him. No contact with his kids. He did after all use a bad word.

    • LK

      Nov 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      ROFL

    • Brush it under the rug....

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Big difference between a curse word, and a racial or homosexual slur that could personally offend a group and actually offend someone’s lifestyle or the color they were born. Curse words are usually used out of anger or common conversation, and don’t depict a certain group, some of the words he used could be taken personally. That’s the point. As mentioned before, you may kick the bedpost and scream “f***”, but I highly doubt you would turn to a slur along the lines of race or sexual preference. He’s not gay, so why didn’t he say “fat f***” if he was speaking of himself????

  135. Joel

    Nov 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    The whole PC thing is getting out of hand…a man much wiser than me probably said it best. We should all stop being lil’ girls and just go about our everyday business and now sweat the small stuff.

  136. DatSliceDoe

    Nov 6, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    There is way to much PC going on in the world anymore. The man said it under his own breath to himself. You should see me cursing at myself on a course…granted, I’m not mic’d, or even playing with others when I do it.

    It is still inexcusable from a professionalism standpoint, but in this day and age, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him have to pay a hefty fine or lose his tour card over this. A fine is alright, but anything more would be pushing it.

  137. Was never a fan....

    Nov 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Even when he talks to himself he doesn’t say the right thing….maybe when frustrated, he should go back to reciting his accomplishments from high school, and belonging in the top 5 in the world, and so on…wouldn’t want to get his post tournament speech wrong, and at the same time it could keep him from slipping up showing even more truth behind his character. Don’t know him personally, nor do I care to. But as a player, still not a fan…

  138. other paul

    Nov 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I just told a guy at work about this and he said “that’s bull s***”. To which I replied “Hey are you racist against cows”. He says “No, but they taste good”

    • Golfraven

      Nov 6, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      that is actually funny! Puts a smile on my face

  139. SB

    Nov 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Apples and oranges…… What he said is unacceptable, but he’s not an elected official that represents and speaks for thousands of people like Bishop was. He represents Patrick Reed. It’s up to the PGA Tour to punish him how they see fit and the public to treat him with the respect they think he deserves.

  140. mike

    Nov 6, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    it also means a pack of cigs or a bundle of sticks. he also did not say it to another person, so this is getting blown way out of proportion.

    • Jeremy

      Nov 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      I doubt Patrick Reed was using the Queen’s English and called himself a cigarette…

  141. other paul

    Nov 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I hear alot of golfers call themselves worse things on the golf course. The truth is that alot of people use terms like this in regular day life. And I doubt any of them care about this. But the real point is that it is a bad example to others and a fine should follow. If they decide to suspend him for a month or two that’s probably okay as well. But don’t end a mans career over it.

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