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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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  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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‘What’s going on?’ – Justin Thomas left frustrated with two officials over ruling at Hero

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During Thursday’s first round of the Hero World Challenge, Justin Thomas called for a rules official and subsequently, a second opinion, on the par-5 9th at Albany Golf Club.

The players were playing lift-clean-and-place, and Thomas’ ball came to rest about 5o yards short of the green in an area where it was difficult to identify if the ball was sitting in the fairway or the rough. The ball had gathered some mud, so if the rules official had decided that his ball was in fact in the rough, he would have to hit a pretty difficult shot given the condition on his golf ball.

“Basically, what’s going on?” Thomas asked the official.

The official told Thomas that the change of color in the grass was indicative of the change of fairway to rough, and therefore he would have to hit his ball as it lied. Thomas argued that the grass was cut to the same length in both spots, therefore the color didn’t matter.

“But you see, what I’m saying, this is also beat down from the carts, but look at how much longer this is than this,” he said before walking over to the thicker grass. “Like see, this is the same height [where his ball was and the apparent fairway.] I totally see it’s down grain and it’s a totally different color, but … the change of the length of grass is just what kind of confused me.”

After relief was denied by the official, “JT” called for a second opinion. While waiting for another official to show up, Thomas was heard saying to his caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay, ““It’s the same exact length, this is not rough.”

When the second rules official came over, he said: “I can see the cutline right here,” and pointed to the different shades of grass that the other official mentioned.

Thomas accepted the decision.

Interestingly, announcer Paul Azinger shared his opinion that the second rules official almost never will disagree with the first rules official’s ruling.

“That second opinion almost never works,” Azinger said to Dan Hicks during the broadcast.

“Really?” Hicks asked.

“Never,” Azinger said. “Very rarely will an official go against another official.”

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Data shows how much more difficult green become as the day progresses

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For many a golf bettor, betting on the first round leader of any tournament revolves around the early starters.

Even a cursory look at this week’s Australian Open shows the morning wave averaging 1.73 shots better than the afternoon players, resulting in 18 early starters finishing in the top-10 by the end of the day, including current leader David Micheluzzi.

However, over on the South African Open, the roles are reversed, with current leader Thirston Lawrence taking up one of 15 places on the front page of leaderboard for the late starters, who shot around half-a-shot less than the morning groups.

Naturally, there are many factors – wind, temperature, dew, grass-types and, potentially, overall quality of the groupings, but these are variables that can change from day to day.

Step in Lou Stagner, data lead of Arccos Golf and all-round numbers guru.

Stagner does not deal in emotion or factors that cannot be measured. It’s facts, figures and that’s your lot!

He will tell you that from the fairway, 80-yards from the pin, professionals simply don’t get as close as many believe:

On Wednesday, the man who once built a Lego model of Augusta #12, tweeted a table showing the variance in putts made by PGA Tour members under morning and afternoon conditions.

Taking stats over 17 years, the table shows an advantage to the early starters, not by much, but enough to consider.

There are plenty of places to take the stats, with a few respondents asking for a table on grass types through the day – Bent v Bermuda v POA – and that will probably turn up on Stanger’s twitter feed soon.

Of course, on a Sunday, later starters have the pressure of trying to win a tournament, which is why we tend to see flashy rounds from those a few off the pace on Payday, but it is enough to consider when trying to get that illusive three-figure first (or second) round leader.

Either way, two-time major champion, and regular tweeter Justin Thomas, decided this was his chance to get in an early excuse when he’s off late in the day.

Make of what you will. Perhaps the stats will one day include how many of these are for par saves against birdie putts, or is that too much?

Either way, Stagner continues to bombard us with stats that delight and entertain, and that can be no bad thing. Unless you are a buddy of Lou’s…

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Cam Smith fumes at ‘pretty s****y’ opening round at Australian Open

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After an incredible week at the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship, Cameron Smith is off to a rough start at the Australian Open. The Champion Golfer of the Year struggled to hit fairways all day long and finished his round at +1 which is eight shots back of first-round leader David Micheluzzi (-7).

Smith, who received a massive ovation from the crowd, was extremely displeased, calling his play “pretty shitty” as he went from his post-round press conference to the practice range. The 29-year-old also said it was “as bad as I’ve played in a long time”.

“I don’t think it was a mixed bag, I think it was all rubbish to be honest,”

“Maybe some delayed tiredness, maybe. I did feel a little bit foggy out there at times, but it’s not really an excuse, it’s my job to do all that stuff.”

Despite the uninspiring round, the world number three still feels as if he can get back into the event and contend.

“It’s not like I don’t know how to play golf, it was just a bit of a bad day.”

“I’ve just got a few things to clean up, I think. Like I said last week [at the Australian PGA Championship], I felt as though the golf got better every day.”

The Aussie is incredible at recovery shots and finding his way out of trouble. But if he wants to be the first player to win the Australian PGA and Australian Open in the same season since 2011, he needs to start putting the ball in the fairway.

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