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‘Bye Bye Cheat!’ – Tour pro blocked on Twitter by Patrick Reed after shovel jibe



@PReedGolf – probably the cause of more ‘blocks’ on Twitter golf than any other is at it again.

As one of the more recent recruits to the LIV Golf Series, Reed has once again opened himself up to criticism, a factor of his career for many years.

On this occasion, Reed tweeted an offer for tickets to this week’s second LIV event in Portland, an offer that was re-tweeted by DP World Tour pro Mike Lorenzo-Vera with the comment, “Does this code works if I want to buy a shovel ???”

The comment refers to an incident at the 2019 Hero World Challenge when Reed was accused of brushing away sand from behind his ball in a bunker, and didn’t go down well with those that run the former Masters champion’s Twitter – they blocked him.

The move didn’t bother Lorenzo-Vera. He went straight back with, “Well… that was fast! Bye bye cheat!”

Support was there. Popular on-line commentator group ByTheMinute (Non LIV) Golf said, “Love this MLV but everyone else is blocked already,” but one respondent took the opportunity to cast doubt on the new PGA/DP Tour alliance by accusing, ” Have some self respect instead rather than praising a decision to iron out the fact the Euro Tour will be now on par with the Korn Ferry.” Ouch.

Most recently, a press conference held at Pumpkin Ridge saw Reed, Brooks Koepka and Pat Perez face a barrage of awkward questions from reporters, and the answers given certainly have received little approval. The irony, of course, being that Koepka was quite happy to accuse his fellow LIV player of cheating at that event in 2019.

The LIV Golf Invitational Portland starts tomorrow and Reed plays with Perez, Talor Gooch and Dustin Johnson as the ‘4 Aces GC’ team, whilst Koepka captains ‘Smash GC’, comprising his brother Chase and DP World Tour winners Richard Bland and Adrian Otaegui.

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  1. Gerry T

    Jul 3, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    The cream crappers go after LIV tour players. Apparently integrity and sanity is ruling many of the PGA tour pros who have a personal vendetta and what have they done? At least some like Justin have the credentials. Little Joe Blow won’t get my attention until he does the work to get into the top 200. Otherwise his comments and emperor Monahan’s lame comments won’t away me.

  2. John

    Jul 1, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    By some comments here you seem to feel as long as you’ve won something it’s ok to cheat or critique others, but it’s not the same for anyone else. By your theory, since none of you you have won a PGA event or have a world ranking you should just keep quiet and not make any comments at all. Reed broke the rule in the bunker more than once and as far as I can tell has never owned up to it.

    • Cheater

      Jul 2, 2022 at 6:57 pm

      News flash, They all cheat.

      • geohogan

        Jul 13, 2022 at 10:35 am

        That’s right… it is the American way…cheat
        eg MLB, world series, Lance Armstrong, DJT.. like all narcissists, cheats.

    • Gerry T

      Jul 3, 2022 at 8:34 pm

      Do you play by the rules? I’m waiting…

  3. Al wood

    Jul 1, 2022 at 10:35 am

    With all this LIV, PGA DP golf tours controversy and mud slinging going on, I’ll bet Palmer, Sneed,Hogan, Nelson Venturi and countless others are turning over in their graves listening to all this nonsense going on between these guys. Grow up men and shut up and play golf and keep your comments to yourselves and act like your professional. You like to say your growing the game but its anything but that with all your childish bantering. I used to think that golf was the last place we could watch professional sports and enjoy our weekends without controvery of the other sports. After NFL and NBA stupidity and now golf, I’m now going outside and exercising on the weekends and not watching golf golf anymore. Thanks guys.

    • Dave

      Jul 1, 2022 at 11:29 am

      You hit it on the head precisely. Problem being money has totally ruined the integrity, professionalism, honesty as well as the honor of the sport..ala NFL,NBA, etc..well stated!!!

      • geohogan

        Jul 13, 2022 at 10:41 am

        Money doesnt ruin integrity.. lack of integrity allows money to corrupt;
        just as guns dont kill…an incapacity(amygdala) for compassion(evolved in homo sapien) allows species(non homo sapien) to kill others.

  4. Mike

    Jun 30, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    I guess this guy is looking for his 15 minutes of fame. If I was Patrick Reed, I would remember to give him a shout-out at next year’s Master’s dinner.

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  7. Bambi Jones

    Jun 29, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Says the guy not getting offered.

  8. PjStanley

    Jun 29, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    See ya Patrick !!!!

  9. Aaron

    Jun 29, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Best thing to come out of the LIV sports washing is Reed going to join those Saudi pin up boys.

  10. Tom Kay

    Jun 29, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Mike Lorenzo-Vera with the hyphenated name sounds like a drama queen.

    • GoToSleepMikey

      Jun 29, 2022 at 5:55 pm

      Yeah a no-name chop ranked 582 in OWGR with hair like a little tween girl that has made less in his entire career than Reed has in one year. Probably shouldn’t go slingin’ feces with the guys who have actually won something, Reeds’ reputation notwithstanding.

      • Ev

        Jun 30, 2022 at 10:48 pm

        I wouldn’t call anyone ranked a “chop”.
        What does that make you?

  11. Snoozer

    Jun 29, 2022 at 5:29 pm


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Why Phil Mickelson’s Open playing partner told Lefty that he’s hated him for 11 years



Much was made about Phil Mickelson’s Open Championship pairing during the week leading up to the 150th edition of the event at St. Andrews. The six-time major champion has been one of the biggest stars in the game and an all-time great player.

Therefore, when it was announced that he’d be grouped with Kurt Kitayama and Lucas Herbert for his first two rounds it came as a bit of a shock. With all due respect to Kitayama and Herbert, it’s not the star-studded group you’d expect for last year’s PGA Championship winner.

It also came as a bit of a shock to the Australian, Lucas Herbert. Not because he was in awe by the star power of Mickelson, but because he’s hated Phil for more than 10 years.

Herbert shared the story on Instagram.

“Hey, Instagram, just shot two-under in the morning in the first round of the Open,” Herbert began. “Thank you for all the messages and what-not. Thought I would share a funny story for you all. So played with Phil today. Had an enjoyable day watching him play. And have a little backstory with Phil. So 2011 Presidents Cup, it’s Royal Melbourne, I’m 15 years old. I lied about my age to get into the volunteer network and become a standard bearer for the week carrying around the little scoreboards that update the gallery of what the group scores are on throughout the day. … Really enjoyed it.”

“Didn’t carry a board for Phil. But on the final day of play, I was hanging about, trying to get autographs, just wanting to be amongst it; thought it was the coolest thing ever. So hanging about the U.S. boys and everyone was signing this hat that I had. And I was passing it around to everyone, and everyone was great; everyone signed it. I asked Phil for an autograph, and he was the only one to deny me of this autograph.”

The roster of the 2011 Presidents Cup was loaded with stars and included Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Steve Stricker, Webb Simpson, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, David Toms, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan and Nick Watney. Having only one member of the team refuse to sign the hat to get the whole team I’d imagine would be quite disappointing for a 15-year-old.

Herbert made sure to remind Phil of his refusal to autograph the hat.

“So I reminded Phil of this today,” Herbert said. “On the 15th tee, I reminded him that I hate him and have hated him for 11 years as a result of him not signing the autograph for me. And he was very apologetic, and he played along and it was pretty funny.”

Herbert then slowed the video down and gave a detailed breakdown of Mickelson’s snub.

“Now you might not have seen it because it is in the background, but I will go through it again and show you the detailed analysis, the action replay of this snub of an autograph,” Herbert said. “So as we look here on the action replay, we’ve got the shot coming in. There’s Herbie on the left there, Titleist cap; sorry, hadn’t seen the light yet, TaylorMade. But Herbie on the left, standard bearer, moving across at Phil, who’s hidden behind the other standard bearer volunteer. Now Phil comes into frame here. You see: ‘Hey, Phil, can I get an autograph?’

“And you see the shake of the head, ‘No, absolutely not,’ and the signature hand gesture up there later on. ‘I’m with Amy. Go away.’”

Herbert got the last laugh, as he went on to finish in a tie for 15th place at The Open Championship while Mickelson missed the cut.

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Cam Smith not happy with reporter over LIV questions following Open win



After one of the greatest Open Championship performances in one of the most monumental tournaments in the history of the sport, Australian Cam Smith was immediately faced with a question that no professional golfer wants to be asked these days.

Will you be joining LIV Golf?

“Cam, apologies for having to bring this up in these circumstances, but your name continues to be mentioned, has been mentioned to me this week about LIV golf. What’s your position? Are you interested? Is there any truth to suggestions that you might be signing?” Asked the reporter.

Cam wasn’t pleased with the question. “I just won the British Open, and you’re asking about that. I think that’s pretty not that good,” an agitated Smith replied.

Unsurprisingly, the response didn’t deter the reporter from following up on the question.

“I appreciate that, but the question is still there. Are you interested at all? Is there any truth in that?”

“I don’t know, mate. My team around me worries about all that stuff. I’m here to win golf tournaments,” Smith replied.

On Monday morning, Smith did however reveal the answer to the question of how many beers would fit inside the Claret Jug after a night of well deserved celebration.


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Graeme McDowell receives backlash after ‘clickbait’ jibe over pace of play at The Open



The LIV players will rarely find it an easy ride back on the regular tours, but some are having it tougher than others.

Despite former European hero Ian Poulter getting booed on the first tee at St. Andrews on Thursday and Friday, those assembled did not give the same hostility towards most of his fellow rebel players, with the enthusiastic crowd giving eventual tied-sixth, Dustin Johnson, a good few cheers along the way.

However, Graeme McDowell, one of the LIV players, derided for many of his responses at LIV press conferences, surely chose the wrong moment to have a little fun on Twitter.

On Saturday the Northern Irishman, 11th, 23rd and 49th at his three Opens held at the Old Course, felt the need to have a little jibe at viewers of The Open, suggesting in jest that the event could be improved by a shotgun start, the ‘same time, multiple tee’ start used at the LIV events.

Perhaps he was pointing to the news of six-hour rounds, perhaps he felt it amusing. Either way, it didn’t go down well with the vast majority of the 1800-plus replies.

The responses ranged from Eddie Pepperell’s fishing GIF to, “Really GMac??? And how about 54 holes with music blaring and a fog machine? That’s what’s missing, eh??”

In a separate but related tweet, Brian Phillips referred to the LIV regulations : “You couldn’t draw up a stronger rebuke of the shotgun start format than what we’ve experienced today,” and it was surely G-Mac that read the room completely wrongly. Or at least those that control his social media feeds.”

Some 90 minutes later, the 2010 U.S. Open champion was back on Twitter with a much more aligned view:

Confused? Join the club.

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