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Patrick Reed’s lawsuit against Golf Channel, Brandel Chamblee features explosive allegations



On late Tuesday, Patrick Reed filed a defamation case against Golf Channel and analyst Brandel Chamblee, alleging that they “have conspired as joint tortfeasors for and with the PGA Tour, its executives and its Commissioner Jay Monahan, to engage in a pattern and practice of defaming Mr Reed. misreporting information with falsity and/or reckless disregard for the truth.”

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Larry Klayman, is looking for more than $750 million in damages.

Amongst the court documents, it is claimed that “Chamblee and Golf Channel have indeed engaged in a longstanding pattern and practice of maliciously defaming Mr. Reed.”

The document cites examples where Chamblee has accused the former Masters champ of cheating at the 2019 Hero and quotes from the analyst suggesting that Reed has engaged in “improper and misconduct” in his past college days, to which both examples Reed’s camp call “false and malicious.”

The lawsuit claims that the defendants, acting in concert with the PGA Tour and DP World Tour and their commissioners, have created a hostile work environment for Reed and that the abuse has harmed his performance at tournaments.

Per the document, the personal attacks at events include but are not limited to:

“You suck!”, “You f____ng suck!”, “You jackass!”, “You coward!”, “Shovel!”, “Why don’t you dig a grave and bury yourself in it!”, “You piece of sh_t!”, “No one likes you!”, “Everyone hates you Reed”, “Good look digging yourself out of this one!”, “Where are your parents coward!”, “You cheater!”, “Cheat!”, “Everyone hates you cheater!”, “You’re going to miss this you cheater!”, “You cheat in college and on Tour and you’re a piece of sh_t!”, “Beat the cheaters ass!”, “Sorry Webb for having to play with the cheat! Who did you pi_s off!?”, “Why don’t you introduce your children to their grandparents you ungrateful bit_h!”

The suit accuses Chamblee of not heading a cease and desist letter sent previously. It’s also claimed that due to Chamblee and Golf Channel’s “bizarre fixation” with destroying Reed’s character by fabricating the “story that he is somehow a ‘cheater'”, the family have been victims of abuse, with even their kids being “tormented and bullied.”

The court documents also get personal, with Chamblee called a “disciple of the ‘Skip Bayless’ school of sports analysis”, where “it is more important to be loud than it is to be correct.”

The lawsuit claims that Chamblee has fabricated “a feud with an athlete at the top of their game”, first with Tiger Woods and then Patrick Reed, “in order to leach attention, notoriety, and fame from those who were able to achieve far more than he ever did as a golfer, which is probably the driving force behind his bitter personal animus and bias leveled against Mr. Reed.”

It’s another dramatic twist in the LIV-PGA Tour saga. Last week a federal judge denied LIV Golf players Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones a ‘temporary restraining order’ to play the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Following that result, Chamblee tweeted “Golf won today. Murderers lost.”, a comment which Reed’s lawsuit claims “viciously defamed” Patrick Reed as a ‘murderer’ simply because he now plays on the LIV Golf Tour.”

Next fall will likely see the larger antitrust lawsuit filed by 10 LIV players against the Tour.

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]



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  2. Fred

    Aug 18, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    When Chamblee, Norman, Reed, Mickleson are all center stage, it’s all gone so horribly, horribly wrong for all of us.

  3. Ripper

    Aug 17, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Sue the snot out of em PR.

  4. Chuck

    Aug 17, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    I’m a lawyer.

    This lawsuit is like “the Patrick Reed of defamation actions.” It’s a little like Patrick’s Twitter account, insofar as it’s hard to tell which parts Justine wrote and which parts Larry Klayman wrote.

    For non-lawyers; be advised that Larry Layman has filed at least two or three DOZEN defamation cases against the likes of Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Hillary (again), Barack Obama, Hillary (again, and again), Obama (again), Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, etc., etc., etc.

    I cannot think of another lawyer in America who has filed more unsuccessful defamation cases, than Larry Klayman.

  5. Tom 54

    Aug 17, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    We all saw with our own two eyes what Reed did in the sand at the Hero Open. If that’s not cheating then please tell me what is? Chamblee is a paid commentator. Like him or not he has every right to call it like he sees it. As far as all the comments Reed hears from the gallery, that is from his own doings and perceptions. Chamblee has nothing whatsoever to do with any of that. And he wants over $700 million for that? Get real…….

    • Carolyn

      Aug 18, 2022 at 1:18 am

      100% correct, Reed has made his own problems just as Phil has…fans pay good money (way to much now) to attend tournaments and the players are the entertainment….some are good some are like Reed a pain..

  6. toolie

    Aug 17, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Captain Arabia simmer down now. Decaf
    Wasn’t $40,000,000 or whatever enough??

    The guy is a tool

    Now I’m not saying Chamblee is correct
    but If acted as a tool

    I understand

  7. Don Ney

    Aug 17, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    Patrick Reed’s reputation has been sullied by no one but himself. What a cry baby…mommy, he called me an ugly name, let’s sue him. Screw Reed.

  8. Frivolity

    Aug 17, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    This is a perfect example of why we need the “loser pays” system in this country. You sue and lose you pay all the attorney fees and the court costs. This attorney should be sanctioned because the defense to “defamation” is “truth!” I hope Brandell takes a shovel with him to the courtroom.

  9. As

    Aug 17, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    It’s about time some Pro Golfer is attempting to make this Golf Channel Talking Head to task on His majority phlipant ‘rants’ that apparently even His Employer never seems too concerned with ANY REAL RAMIFICATIONS directly n squarely back at Chamblee having to systematically vet & verify His negative accusations that from the not so up to dated watchers/listeners of said Golf Channel Reps Opinionators regarding ‘truths’ in n around thee overall golf fraternaty…& some of these viewers may actually think & believe due to his hightened Talking Headed Golf Status position that His Words may seem Golf Gospel?! Only problem i have with Mr Reeds contestments towards more than experienced over the years by even thyne fairweather viewer that Chamblee has been very negative & probably very unjustified in His verbal berating & torment towards Patricks overall Humanistic Character let alone His Golfing Exploits that have been directly durogatory towards His PGA/LIV Golfing Persona…Mr Reed is asking for way too much $ in return for Basic Deflamation of Character = IF HE MADE HIS MONETARY WANTS MORE REASONABLE LIKEN TO $25 MILLION = THIS WOULD BE QUITE ENUFF FOR THYNE GOLF CHANNEL AS CHAMBLEE EMPLOYER & CHAMBLEE HIMSELF & ALONG WITH ANY IF NEEDED INSURANCE CO.’S INVOLVEMENTS IN POSSIBLY HONOURING EH JUDGES VERDICT ON BEHALF IF MR REEDS CLAIMS VS CHAMBLEE?!

  10. Tom K.

    Aug 17, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Captain America taking the gloves off.

  11. Bob

    Aug 17, 2022 at 11:54 am

    What? The LIV money comes from murderers.


  12. Daddy

    Aug 17, 2022 at 11:44 am

    Good for Patrick Reed. Let these morons have to pay for an attorney to represent them and spend their own money to back up their mouth. Fair game Let the law of the land determined at the end of the day

  13. Frank

    Aug 17, 2022 at 11:26 am

    Love this Chamblee is a complete tool Reed is not. I hope he gets all the money he can out of the pompous azz>

    • Carolyn

      Aug 18, 2022 at 1:22 am

      I think you are calling the wrong man pompous azz….

  14. Steve

    Aug 17, 2022 at 11:24 am

    Where do these guys form the basis for amount of damages? Lost earnings due to damaged reputation? Hey Patrick, first step is to stop acting like an asshat, then I bet people will treat you a little better.

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‘People don’t know what the F they’re talking about’ – Billy Horschel rips Presidents Cup lineup critics



The 2022 Presidents Cup is severely lacking star power, specifically on the International Team side. The United States Team has climbed all the way to a -800 favorite and looks to be all but guaranteed to dominate.

The U.S. Team is 13-1-1 all time in the Presidents Cup, but there have been plenty of competitive matches, including in 2019 when the International Team hosted the event in Australia.

The lack of talent on the International Team this year can’t be attributed to the fact that there are fewer good players worldwide this season. In fact, the International Team looked to be quite strong before the departure of many golfers who chose to play in the LIV Golf invitational series.

Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann, Abraham Ancer, Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman were all sure-fire Presidents Cup players, and the International Team was forced to replace them with players who simply aren’t as good.

The only player who would have been guaranteed to be on the United States Team is Dustin Johnson. An argument could be made for Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, who both played in the 2021 Ryder Cup, but both players had fallen out of form even prior to their departure from the PGA TOUR.

The LIV players not being able to compete have left many fans questioning how deserving the remaining players are of their spots on the team and if the event is now watered down.

After his win at the Fortinet, Max Homa talked about being motivated by the notion he’s only on the Presidents Cup team due to the LIV departures.

Billy Horschel has taken exception to that narrative.

“I know there’s been a lot of chatter about it on both sides, at least the players who went to the LIV Tour,” Horschel said during a press conference Tuesday. “Then as Max [Homa] sort of indicated Sunday after he won [the Fortinet Championship], there was a lot of people on social media that like to chime in,” Billy said.

“What he’s heard, I’ve heard as well, I only made the team because the LIV guys left the Tour. I mean, those are just people that don’t know what the F they’re talking about. If they would have seen the points list when they left the Tour, Max and I were clearly in the top 12. So it doesn’t bother us one bit.”

Both Horschel and Homa will be making their first Presidents Cup start this week at Quail Hollow.

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Greg Norman says he was asked not to attend PGA Tour event he created…event director refutes claim



On Tuesday, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman posted on Instagram to announce he was asked not to attend 2023’s QBE Shootout.

Norman founded what was previously known as “The Shark Shootout” event back in 1989 and has been hosting it ever since.

Norman’s post began by saying:

“Sadly, after 33 consecutive years of playing in and hosting every Shootout tournament – a co-sanctioned PGA Tour event – since I founded it in 1989, this year I have been asked not to attend.”

Norman also pointed out that the tournament has raised over $15 million for charities such as Cure Search.


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The director of the tournament Rob Hartman told the Naples Daily News that the decision was mutual, which refutes Norman’s original statement that he was “asked not to attend”.

“As we got close, ultimately the decision was made that he was going to step back and really let the focus remain on our tremendous charitable partners,” Hartman said. “When he started this event 34 years ago, it was all about charity then, and it’s all about charity now. Greg just made the decision that he didn’t want anything to distract from that.”

The two-player team competition is set to be held in December at Tiburon Golf Club.

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Paul McGinley: Make the Presidents Cup a mixed event



The Presidents Cup gets underway this week from Quail Hollow Golf Club, with the International side looking for just their second victory at the event and its first-ever win on U.S. soil.

The U.S. has won the last eight editions of the tournament, and with the International side losing some key names due to their defection to LIV Golf, the U.S. has been installed as an overwhelming 1/10 favorite to retain the cup.

This week, Geoff Shackelford and Beth Ann Nichols both championed the idea in their columns that the event should become a mixed event to kickstart the seemingly flagging event. And you can now add Golf Channel analyst Paul McGinley to the camp supporting that notion.

Speaking on Golf Channel’s Presidents Cup preview alongside his colleague Brandel Chamblee, McGinley laid out the case for female players to join the event, saying:

“One of the things I’ve said in the past, I’ve said it on Sky, I may well have said it on this show too, is make it (Presidents Cup) a mixed event. I know it’s a big radical change.

“Six of each on each team, and I just think with the strength and quality we have in the ladies game now in the International side, I think that would really equate the teams.”

Referring to the World Rankings, which have the top 6 International female players currently ranked in the top 8, McGinley added:

“You would only go down to 8 in the world to fill the six ladies that would join the six male international players, and I think, we talk about growing the game, we talk about all the ideas that would come with it, I saw Geoff Shackelford writing about it this morning as well, so a couple of people out there think it is a good idea.

“I’ve been saying it for a year or two, and I think the Presidents Cup is a perfect opportunity for it.”

This year’s Presidents Cup features a U.S team with an official world golf ranking average of 11.6 against an International side whose average ranking is 48.9.

If the event this week was mixed, it would have featured a U.S. side with an average ranking of 9.83 vs an International side with an average ranking of 15.33.

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