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Peter Kostis: “I’ve seen Patrick Reed improve his lie four times”

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Following Brooks Koepka’s comments that he believes Patrick Reed cheated at the Hero World Challenge, former CBS golf analyst Peter Kostis has now weighed in on the matter – claiming he’s seen the Texan improve his lie on multiple occasions.

Speaking on the latest No Laying Up podcast, Kostis revealed that he had seen Reed improve his lie up-close and personal “four times” before recounting what he saw on one particular occasion (original quotes via Bunkered)

“He put four or five clubs behind the ball, kind of faking whether he’s going to hit this shot or hit that shot. By the time he was done, he hit a frickin’ 3-wood out of there. When I saw it, it was a sand-wedge lay-up originally.”

On the podcast, the former on-course commentator explained how he isn’t sure Reed “knows he’s doing it sometimes”. Speaking on why he never reported one of the four incidents, Kostis stated how analysts report to an unwritten TV rule to document the story and not to be the story themselves.

“We could never call a penalty on a player, but we could comment if a penalty was called on a player. That’s the difference. I couldn’t say anything. I can’t be the story. Now I’m done, I don’t really care.”

Kostis then mentioned another occasion where he saw Reed doing something similar at another event after he hit the ball over the green. Kostis unveiled by the time Reed had struck his shot, the analyst could see the logo on his ball from a once treacherous lie.

“He hit it over the green and did the same thing. He put three or four clubs behind the ball. It was really a treacherous shot. Nobody had gotten close all day long from over there. By the time he was done, I could read ‘Callaway’ on the golf ball from my tower.”

Kostis also added that there’s always been “a player or two” throughout history who “stepped on a spike-mark” or “fudged with their coin marking their ball”, but that 99.99% of guys on Tour play by the rulebook.

 

 

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  1. The smelly Taint!

    Feb 19, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Reed has cheated more than his hero Eldrick cheated on Elin! He is officially the GOAT of cheating!!

    • Moosejaw McWilligher

      Feb 22, 2020 at 2:15 am

      Sure, but you don’t get syph from improving your lie!

  2. Jeremy

    Feb 19, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    i came back to golf after a 5 year hiatus in 2018. the absolute worst things about golf now: paige renee styled idiots on the internet, people calling legendary players GOAT over and over and over and over, and people talking about patrick reed. its like little kids took over in the last 5 years.

  3. Rich Douglas

    Feb 19, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Once this kind of stuff gets started, it will be hard to turn off. The “cheater” label will stick forever.

  4. Gurn

    Feb 19, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    I’m starting to fell a bit for PR, Other than I hate he dresses like Tige on Sun.
    Give the dude a break

  5. Joey5picks

    Feb 19, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    The best part of the podcast is how the Tour wants the networks (CBS in this case) to be shills for Tour sponsors. Kostis was reprimanded because in a post-round interview of a winner he asked him about the 2-year exemption and getting in the Masters. The Tour was POed that he didn’t START with asking about the 500 FedEx Cup points he’d just won. As if the winner’s first thought was “oh boy! 500 FedEx Cup points!” Get real.

  6. dat

    Feb 19, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    Most unlikable pro. Check.

  7. Garrett

    Feb 19, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Patrick Reed is the Houston Astros of golf.

    I guess you could say he is a “Master” at cheating.

  8. Retired Cart Boy

    Feb 19, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Sergio seems to do this also with his waggle/regrip thing. When he’s standing over the ball he puts the club down, lifts it up, puts it down . . . over and over again.

    • James

      Feb 19, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      But but but how dare you call out media darling El Nino!

  9. James

    Feb 19, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Ree is just the fallguy, the man the bandwagon loves to hate.

    They all improve their lies to various degrees. Watch players settle a club behind the ball in the rough. I see it a couple times a week.

    At the end of the day, these clowns are nothing, NOTHING but entertainers who would be nothing if America’s priorities were in order.

    • jon

      Feb 19, 2020 at 5:21 pm

      are you suggesting that people being entertained and enjoying their lives shouldn’t be any kind of priority…? I don’t think I’d like to live in your dystopian america lol.

      • James

        Feb 20, 2020 at 12:37 am

        How’s the view in your cubicle doing meaningless paper pushing? No wonder being entertained is a priority.

      • Moosejaw McWilligher

        Feb 22, 2020 at 2:29 am

        Why do the people who “entertain” make more per week than their “audience” does in 10 years? Playing professional golf is a job – like any “skilled” job it requires hard work and some natural inclination. That can be said of many things – some of which also require a BA/BS or higher – but the pay is incredibly disproportionate.

        Priorities out of order is correct.

  10. Ima Fitter

    Feb 19, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Reed should be tossed from the tour. He CHEATS. PERIOD. END OF STORY.

  11. 2putttom

    Feb 19, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    reminds me of men’s league

  12. Mike Grove

    Feb 19, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Really, after all this time Kostis comes forward. Give me a break. Anybody with an ounce of integrity and really cares about golf would have reported this. I’m not defending Reed but this is a complete disgrace and BS by Kostis. If he really cared about the game and how imperative integrity is to it he would have reported it.

    • suppleyogi

      Feb 19, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      I can see where Kostis is coming from though. He was instructed (as to not lose his job) to report the event, NOT be a part of it. It is not like this is a murder. I am 100% anti-Reed at this point but tattling on Patrick Reed at the risk of losing your own Job or potentially putting many parties in a bad light (if things couldn’t be proven) was not the way to go.

  13. Jack Nash

    Feb 19, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Patrick “Cheetah” Reed.

    • Daddy

      Feb 19, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      Go to to room! Don’t come out until I say so

  14. Dyson Bochambeaux

    Feb 19, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Vijay and Phil do this all the time. Take out a fairway wood to flatten the grass behind the ball and then switch to an iron

    • K Man

      Feb 19, 2020 at 10:39 am

      I saw Tom Kite do the same at the US Senior Open a few years ago. My. buddy said out loud “is that legal?”. Kite’s caddy said if you say that again, I’ll have you both throw out of here.

      • Shallowface

        Feb 19, 2020 at 11:10 am

        Reed’s personality (if that’s the right word for it) makes him an easy target.

        • Jeremy

          Feb 22, 2020 at 8:30 pm

          the USA is a place where simple folk need a clear easy target that they can attack without thought in order to be content.

          • geohogan

            Aug 3, 2020 at 9:07 pm

            any other country have a President who is cheater in chief, at golf too?

      • Mower

        Feb 19, 2020 at 8:28 pm

        Wow! They all like to flatten & cheat.

        • geohogan

          Aug 3, 2020 at 9:05 pm

          and sometimes the camera catches the ball move…. John Rahm

  15. Jon Johnson

    Feb 19, 2020 at 9:46 am

    The day before he got caught at the Hero he did same thing and nobody noticed, not sure what hole it was but it was in sand from off the fairway. i remember thinking, there is no way he did not improve his lie with those weird low takeaway practice waggles.

    I wish somebody had footage from his shots from the sand from the Hero BEFORE he got caught.

  16. Pelling

    Feb 19, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Peter-before you accuse another, make sure your toupee is on tight.

    • Joker

      Feb 19, 2020 at 9:45 am

      Pelling: Fail. Stick to the day job

    • Roy

      Feb 19, 2020 at 10:14 am

      What in the word is that even supposed to mean??

      • brian

        Feb 19, 2020 at 1:17 pm

        It’s a really sad attempt at ad hominem

      • Pelling

        Feb 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm

        Patrick Reed should sue Peter Kostis for every dollar he has hidden under that terrible toupee on his head!

        • No one

          Feb 19, 2020 at 5:23 pm

          What, for Libel? You can’t have libel if it’s true. ¯\_(?)_/¯

          • Christopher

            Feb 19, 2020 at 6:18 pm

            Technically it would be slander, libel would be a written statement.

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Ralph Lauren drops Justin Thomas following homophobic slur

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On Friday evening, Ralph Lauren announced that they had ended their partnership with Justin Thomas after the latter uttered a homophobic slur at last week’s Tournament of Champions.

In a statement, Ralph Lauren expressed that while discontinuing their longstanding relationship, they hope that “Mr. Thomas does the hard and necessary work in order to partner with us again…using his platform to promote inclusion.”

The incident which led to JT being dropped from the brand occurred on the 4th hole during the third round of the Tournament of Champions – which you can see in the video below.

 

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Following the third round at the Tournament of Champions, Thomas told Golf Channel:

“There’s just no excuse. I’m an adult; I’m a grown man. There’s absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. It’s terrible. I’m extremely embarrassed. It’s not who I am. It’s not the kind of person that I am. But it’s … unfortunately I did it, and I have to own up to it, and I’m very apologetic.

Like I said, it’s inexcusable. I’m speechless. It’s bad. There’s no other way to put it. I need to do better. I need to be better. It’s definitely a learning experience. I deeply apologize to anyone, and everybody who I offended and I’ll be better because of it.”

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Social media divided over Bubba Watson’s new Ping iron covers

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On Wednesday, Bubba Watson did what most people do these days when they receive a gift they are excited about – post it on social media and find out what everyone else thinks.

However, the item in question is perhaps the most divisive piece of equipment in golf, and users are split on the new Ping iron covers which the two-time Masters champ was showcasing.

In the like camp:

While there was also plenty of disdain for the covers:

What do you think of Bubba’s new Ping iron covers, WRXers?

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Twitter mercilessly roasts Tom Watson’s bizarre headphone game

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Social media users were left bemused during round one’s coverage of the Sony Open, after seeing Tom Watson appear for an interview wearing his headphones in a frankly bizarre manner.

CBS’ Kyle Porter was quick to jump on the oddity, tweeting: “Legit never seen another human wear headphones like Tom Watson wears them.”

What followed was an all out roast where Twitter users mercilessly mocked the new fashion statement from Tom Watson with some hilarious responses.

However, Watson did receive some support, with one user declaring that: He’s Tom Watson! He can wear them any way he wants!”

Either way, I don’t see Watson’s headphone game setting a trend anytime soon!

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