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

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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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  1. Pingback: Controversial analyst reveals the hostile nickname allegedly given to Patrick Reed by his peers – GolfWRX

  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?!
    EITHER WAY REGARDLESS OF OUTCOME OF THESE ALLEGATIONS…THEY WILL MAKE IT TO COURT & AGAIN I WISH MR REEDS LEGALESE WOULD HAVE USED MORE $-LOGICAL REQUEST DUE TO IF NOT FOR SUCH AN EXOBORANT MONETARY PAYBACK = WHO KNOWS THYNE GOLF CHNL BRAINTRUST MAY JUST HAVE SAID TO SAVE FACE FOR ALL INVOLVED…WE’LL CALL IT EH BOGIE & PAY YER REQUESTED $25 MILL & TOLD CHAMBLEE TO GO START HIS OWN UTUBIAN PODCAST N BUHBYE LOL…OH WELL FORE?!

  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.

    Dismissed.

  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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PGA Tour reveals full list of winners from 2021-22 season’s Player Impact Program

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The results of the 2021-2022 PGA TOUR season’s Player Impact Program have been revealed.

The total prize pool for the PIP has been increased from $40 million last season to $100 million and is now spread out between 20 players instead of 10. However, the PIP now offers more than just financial incentive. The top 20 players in this year’s PIP standings will be invited to the 12 “elevated events” on the 2023 calendar.

As revealed by the PGA Tour, the PIP winners and their bonuses are as follows:

  • 1. Tiger Woods $15,000,000
  • 2. Rory McIlroy $12,000,000
  • 3. Jordan Spieth $9,000,000
  • 4. Justin Thomas $7,500,000
  • 5. Jon Rahm $6,000,000
  • 6. Scottie Scheffler $5,500,000
  • 7. Xander Schauffele $5,000,000
  • 8. Matt Fitzpatrick $5,000,000
  • 9. Will Zalatoris $5,000,000
  • 10. Tony Finau $5,000,000
  • 11. Collin Morikawa $3,000,000
  • 12. Shane Lowry $3,000,000
  • 13. Kevin Kisner $3,000,000
  • 14. Max Homa $3,000,000
  • 15. Billy Horschel $3,000,000
  • 16. Rickie Fowler $2,000,000
  • 17. Adam Scott $2,000,000
  • 18. Jason Day $2,000,000
  • 19. Patrick Cantlay $2,000,000
  • 20. Viktor Hovland $2,000,000

The fact that Tiger Woods won the PIP despite playing in just nine competitive events proves that his presence in the game of golf will always be what moves the needle as long as he’s involved with the PGA Tour.

Max Homa also sees Tiger winning the PIP on a regular basis going forward barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Collin Morikawa, who finished eleventh for the second consecutive year, took to Twitter to share his thoughts.

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Changes to the famous 13th hole at Augusta National appear to be complete

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Azalea has changed.

The famous par-5 13th hole at The Masters, the scene of many an eagle and considered a gimme birdie for many of today’s big hitters, has been lengthened. And we don’t need to wait for the 2023 media release to find out how.

For the 2022 tournament, Augusta chiefs were hoping to reveal changes to the 11th and 15th holes, but were beaten to it by @EurekaEarthPlus who have now become the go-to for mid-season changes to the course.

Yesterday, the drone revealed for the first time how much work Augusta has carried out on the 13th, and it hopefully stops the drive onto a favouring sloped fairway and short iron into the green.

The tee box appears to have been taken back around 40-50 yards and offers more of a closed chute to the drive. This should create more thought to positional play off the tee, and a longer second shot – another effort to stop the first major of the year becoming a long-hitters paradise.

It was March last year when we saw the initial amendments to the course. It’s November this time.

Is it ever too early for Augusta news?

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Iconic piece of Tiger Woods memorabilia goes up for auction

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Tiger’s coming back, and the golfing world can’t wait.

It may only be the 20-man Hero World Challenge, and then a couple of made for-tv events, but the sight of the 15-time major winner is enough.

The mere name puts a shiver down golf enthusiasts and when Tiger memorabilia is available, expect utter madness.

Earlier this year, GolfWRX reported on the auction of the 46-year-old’s Grand Slam clubs, sticks that eventually sold for over $5 million, and now the same auction house is offering one of the famous red shirts worn by Tiger at Augusta, this one from the final round of 2010.

According to Ryan Carey of auctioneers, Golden Age Auctions, the shirt has a little extra, being the only Masters Sunday shirt available:

“We believe this is the only Sunday red from a Masters Tournament that has been auctioned, and the others might not surface. The shirt is signed by Woods. Normally that would help the price a tiny bit, but I think it helps even more with this one. It has a massive inscription that says ‘2010 Masters Final Round,’ and Tiger doesn’t autograph stuff like that very often. It’s a huge autograph, too. This one is special that he did that.”

The shirt is also the first Sunday red donned by Woods following the infamous sex scandal in 2009 that saw Tiger take an extended break from the sport.

Strangely, Woods-connected items have not always been a big mover.

Various back-up Scotty Cameron putters have sold for between 80k to 100k, but signed scorecards from the US Open failed to make their $100 reserve.

Golf balls, though, now there’s a thing.

The ball sunk for victory at the 2005 Masters sold for over $30k, whilst standard signed Nike balls continue to surpass their first bid by some way.

Tiger may be a huge name in golf, but can he attract the sort of attention of the huge worldwide megastars.

Carey hopes so.

“Game-worn sports memorabilia, especially items photo-matched to a memorable moment or historic event, are setting records all around the world this year,” he explained. “A Michael Jordan jersey recently sold for $10.1 million at Sotheby’s, and a Diego Maradona soccer jersey recently sold for $9.3 million.”

The auction started yesterday with an opening bid expected of $5k, and with no way of knowing how the market will go, this could be the perfect time to ramp up the ‘he’s coming’ news.

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