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Greg Norman reveals that he contacted an on-site official immediately after watching Patrick Reed bunker incident at Hero

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This week, Greg Norman took to his Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio Show “Attack Life Radio,” and the Australian didn’t mince his words concerning Patrick Reed’s conduct at last week’s Hero World Challenge—claiming he was “repulsed” by what he saw.

On the show, the Australian discussed how he feels his native country will treat Reed at this week’s Presidents Cup, and also shared his thoughts on Cameron Smith’s public spat with the Texan. 

Norman also revealed that while watching the Hero on TV, he immediately texted a Tour official at the event after seeing Reed twice brush sand out of the way in a waste bunker. What’s more, the 64-year old claims that he “was the first person to reach out to anybody about seeing what had happened.”

*All quotes courtesy of SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

“So much so when I actually – I’ll tell you what happened – when I was watching the Hero Challenge – I don’t normally watch it but I came in and I was going into my gym that afternoon and I just happened to turn it on. And I was watching it and I’m looking and I actually immediately text a Tour official that I knew was there, immediately. ‘Hey, where are you?’ He said, ‘Well, I’m on the 11th green.’ [I said,] ‘Have you seen what’s going on?’ He said, ‘What are you talking about?’ I said, ‘Get yourself into the NBC trailer right now and rewind that tape and just watch what Patrick Reed did.’ I said, ‘He’s improving his lie. He’s cheating.’ 

That’s what I said. So he said, ‘Ok, let me regroup.’ And he went into the trailer and he goes, ‘Ok, yeah.’ He said I was the first person to reach out to anybody about seeing what had happened. Now, I can’t speak for the NBC commentators. I can’t speak for the production crew that’s in the van watching all these multiple screens and stuff like that. All I know was that I was told that I was the first one to notify the Tour officials of this infraction. And rightfully so. I feel for not just the pros. I feel for all the amateurs. Like today when I played in the pro-am, what was the first point of conversation? ‘Oh, well Patrick Reed did it. Can we do it?’ Well, you can’t do that.”

The veteran was even more blunt when discussing what he felt after seeing the Reed incident in The Bahamas, stating that he was “repulsed” and how he would always do whatever necessary to protect the integrity of the sport.

“From my personal perspective, you know, I get really repulsed with that because, to me, you’ve got to protect the integrity of the game, not protect the player. Over the years that I’ve been involved with the sport, for 40-plus years, I’ve seen a lot of things happen and, to me, I’ve always been at the forefront of protecting the game before anybody else.

 I don’t care what it is, whether it is an infraction of the rules, or signing a scorecard incorrectly, or taking an illegal drop, or whatever it is that I see, I will always, always stand on the forefront of protecting the game first.”

Concerning his countryman Cameron Smith’s forthright views on the incident where he accused Reed of cheating, Norman explained how that forthrightness is an Australian trait and a taste of what Reed will be dealing with at Royal Melbourne this week.

“Look, I think how he’s going to be received, the sampling’s been given by Cameron Smith. He was very articulate. He was very forthright. You’ll find that the Australians and the Australian media, and the general public, they’re very forthright in their comments and there’s not a whole lot of tolerance for people who step across the line and take advantage of anything in sport.”

Attack Life Radio with Greg Norman airs on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Jeff

    Dec 21, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Greg always trying to act like he’s still in the show.. Greg you repulse me

    • Caroline

      Dec 27, 2019 at 7:18 pm

      AMEN brother…..I called on a funny play by a player on the PGA tour 12 years ago, I am still waiting for GOLF WRX to publish my report…..how about the rest of you?

  2. Speedy

    Dec 20, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    “I was going into my gym that afternoon and I just happened to turn it on.”

    Yeah, yeah, first always. Congrats on the heavy lifting.

  3. Jim

    Dec 20, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    This, just as the Kuchar, incident is much ado about nothing. I do not like the fact that the improve your lie rule does not have some intention to it. There is a big difference between brushing the sand on a practice swing and a ‘foot wedge’ or hole in the pocket.

    If you fell down unintentionally and ‘improved’ your lie would that be a penalty too? Besides what does ‘improve’ mean? Very subjective for sure. And moving loose impediments certainly ‘improves’ your lie INTENTIONALLY at least as much as Reed did and usually by a wide margin so what is the difference? One is legal and one is a big judgement call.

    The latest rules changes have improved a lot of silly rules but there is still some really dumb stuff.

    I am much more concerned about the ambiance of the game than some of this AR-OCPD rules nonsense. The contrast between International fans, particularly Asian, fans decorum and the ‘mashed potato’ boors that came as a result of Tiger is more of a problem than anything else.

    The Waste Management Tournament is a spectacular (spectacle) of boorish trailer trash behavior. We should be more worried about that than the Reed or Kuchar incidents. Particularly the Kuchar incident where he paid the caddy what he CONTRACTED to work for.

    Lots of unnecessary controversy – more for ratings and $$$ chasing? – than the good of the game.

    Some people don’t like Reed and that’s okay but golf doesn’t need to emulate Washington DC. 🙁

    • Everyone

      Dec 21, 2019 at 3:16 am

      Ok Patri… I mean “Jim”

    • Guia

      Dec 22, 2019 at 10:07 pm

      I don’t think I would like to play with you. You don’t seem to appreciate the rules, and pick and choose what you think is applicable. That is called cheating, and that is how Reed plays. He cheated, and if you don’t think it was intentional, you are blind.

    • john

      Dec 26, 2019 at 5:40 pm

      Correction: most people don’t like Reed.

  4. David Lehmann

    Dec 20, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    I thought that the tour said they would no longer take calls from spectators. Huh?

    • Guia

      Dec 22, 2019 at 10:09 pm

      They will always take a call from a member of the tour.

  5. Billie Smith

    Dec 19, 2019 at 9:56 am

    I like how Greg Norman is still the man on the PGA tour. When he speaks everyone listens. He’s definitely the Alpha male out there him and Rory. Reed should be kicked off the PGA tour.

  6. Scott Francis

    Dec 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Norman is irrelevant anymore. Dude wants TW attention well shouldnt have bagged on him all these years he just mad TW took his spotlight away when he came on tour in 1996.

  7. Billie Smith

    Dec 17, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Greg Norman is 100% correct. Reed is a cheat and should be banned from the game. I like how Norman tells it the way it is. Reed is a thief and a cheater. Golf is a great game and cheaters like Reed are destroying it for the rest of us.

    Kick him out!!!

    Greg Norman is the best!!

    • bobarino

      Dec 20, 2019 at 9:32 pm

      Reed may be (is?) a cheat, but Norman is (is) still a douche…

  8. Captain Hook

    Dec 16, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Maybe Greg should spend more time sharpening his chainsaw.

  9. Dan

    Dec 16, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Norman always looking for attention…still.

  10. Bobarino

    Dec 15, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Greg Norman’s Fantasy Foursome: (1) Greg Norman, etc.

  11. TomAce

    Dec 15, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Sure Greg.

  12. SteveT

    Dec 15, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Greg says he’ll never watch Tiger but couldn’t stay away from the Hero now could he? Totally pissed Tiger’s career blew past his. And yes, we all know beautiful Greg goes to the gym. He mentions it all the time.

    • Scott Francis

      Dec 17, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      Exactly before Tiger turned pto his family attorney sternly told him to avoid 2 athletes Greg Norman and Michael Jordan. He followed that with one of them but looks like these days not hanging with MJ too much.

  13. Mikele

    Dec 15, 2019 at 9:55 am

    The two biggest douchebags in golf.

  14. geohogan

    Dec 13, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    The Shark and Captain America arguably two of the most despised PGA players in history.

  15. HDTVMAN

    Dec 13, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Bottom Line…regardless of who you like or dislike on tour or retired, Reed cheats! He’s done it before, and has been either caught or questioned regarding his actions. His college teammates at Georgia have called him both a cheater and thief…and when this comes from several players, you have to consider there is credibility to these charges. If not thrown off the PGA Tour, then suspension for one or more years is a must for the integrity of The Tour.

    • casey

      Dec 14, 2019 at 2:54 pm

      Georgia?

      • gdb99

        Dec 16, 2019 at 9:51 pm

        He went to the University of Georgia for a year before being kicked off the team.

  16. Great White Shank

    Dec 13, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Hi! I’m Greg Norman. I’m a has-been golfer who keeps running his mouth. I am so desperate for attention and want my 15 minutes of fame. PLEASE NOTICE ME!!!

    • Pat G

      Dec 13, 2019 at 11:45 am

      Greg Norman. 2 time Major Winner. Hall of Famer. Former World #1.

      He would wax Reed is his prime.

      Patrick Reed is terrible for golf. Get over it.

      • BIll

        Dec 13, 2019 at 2:39 pm

        Greg is better know for blowing majors than he is for winning them.

        Patrick Reed will finish his career with more majors than Greg the attention seeker

        • Sandy

          Dec 20, 2019 at 8:45 pm

          Damaged goods, no doubt. Mize and Tway hole-outs, to mention just two of the nightmares.

      • Billie Smith

        Dec 17, 2019 at 10:38 am

        Without a doubt. Norman in his prime was the best on the planet for a record number of weeks. Something the fat cheating Reed will never accomplish. Norman is 100 times better than Reed will every be. No comparison.

      • Great White Shank

        Dec 18, 2019 at 11:18 am

        I never said that Fatty Reed is good for golf. I don’t like his cheating backside either. And, I do agree. Norman would destroy Reed handily.

        What I’m saying is that Norman has a propensity for running his mouth.

    • Roland rat

      Dec 18, 2019 at 12:44 pm

      Agree he’s a proper aussie bell end

  17. Sahil

    Dec 12, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    and the Australian cricket did what again???

    • David Mc

      Dec 12, 2019 at 5:31 pm

      And the Australian public were abhorred with the behavior of the team members involved with the ball tampering. This resulted in the penalties applied being the most severe ever applied to both the captain of the team at the time (Steve Smith) and another senior member (Dave Warner) for his influence on Cameron Bancroft (who was the poor bugger left holding the baby). All were banned from the game for 12 months, with Warner now on a life ban from ever holding a leadership position in the team.

      Being a fellow Australian to Greg, I totally concur the integrity of the game (whichever game) is paramount. Reed is simply a cheat who can’t appreciate his own actions! He’ll get it by the shovel load in Melbourne!

  18. Bill

    Dec 12, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Greg has more wives than Majors

  19. Michael

    Dec 12, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Greg knows all about cheating…. on his wife.

    • JWR

      Dec 12, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      You must be a real peach in person. You probably have TOO MANY friends.

    • Speedy

      Dec 20, 2019 at 8:27 pm

      Goodun, mate.

      “There are only two kinds of men. The righteous who think they are sinners, and the sinners who think they are righteous.”

  20. Dyson Bochambeau

    Dec 12, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    This Boomer must have a lot of free time

    When hes not hand delivering notes to Tiger Woods he’s snitching on Patrick Reed

    • Dyson Bochambeau is a Fairy

      Dec 12, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      What exactly does his “generation” or should I say your generalization have to do with anything? Go away with your cool dude buzzword of the week speak. The guy cheated and got caught. And before your incoming “OK Boomer” because you can’t think of anything else to say response, I’m 38 so insert your other generalization.

      • Michael

        Dec 12, 2019 at 12:55 pm

        I counted 3 lies in your post, Boomer.

      • Dyson Bochambeau is a Fairy is a Fairy

        Dec 12, 2019 at 1:33 pm

        triggered

        • James

          Dec 12, 2019 at 7:17 pm

          What were you saying about “cool dude buzzword of the week”?

          …. AND hypocrite.

    • Speedy

      Dec 20, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      Goodun, mate. Reed can bury himself, as Norman did.

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