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Patrick Reed hits out at ‘insulting’ Rory McIlroy

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After his impressive showing at the BMW PGA Championship where he finished in a share of fifth place, Patrick Reed added his name to the ever-growing list of players who are involved in the war of words surrounding the PGA Tour vs. LIV Golf saga.

Prior to the event, a handful of golfers including Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, and Billy Horschel had some harsh words for the LIV golfers who were in the field at Wentworth.

McIlroy’s comments referenced the fact that LIV golfers only play 54 holes in their events and claimed that they “shouldn’t be” at Wentworth and said that their inclusion in the event would be “hard to stomach.”

“They shouldn’t be here, but again that’s just my opinion. But we are all going to tee it up on the 1st tee [Thursday] and we are all going to go play 72 holes, which is a novelty for them at this point, and then we’ll go from there,” McIlroy said last week.

Billy Horschel, who’s been perhaps one of the most outspoken PGA Tour players in opposition to LIV Golf, didn’t mince words either.

“My stance on this is that when those guys were trying to figure out whether they were going to go to the LIV Tour or stay with PGA Tour, DP World Tour, they had to factor in that they knew that world ranking points were going to maybe not come right away or not come in at all.”

Reed, who is no stranger to controversy, took exception to the dig made by his former Ryder Cup opponent, in a recent interview with The Times.

“I feel like [Rory] making those types of comments is insulting. Let’s be honest, I’ve [played the DP World Tour] more consistently than some of the Europeans on the PGA Tour, so for them to take shots at other guys, especially Billy and Rory taking shots at the LIV guys saying they shouldn’t be here.”

Reed has certainly made an effort to play fairly consistently on the DP World Tour throughout his career.

“I’ve done more for this Tour than Billy has, and I’ve played almost as much as Rory has for the past five years.”

Reed also said he hopes that both the PGA Tour and DP World Tour do “the right thing” and allow them to play on multiple tours in addition to LIV.

“At the end of the day, I hope all the tours work something out and get together. There’s no point in all this going back and forth and people smearing other people because it does nothing for us, does nothing for the brand and does nothing for golf. We need to allow the guys to play, be competitive and do what we do best. That’s play golf and allow us to take care of ourselves.”

“I’ve played on two tours my whole life, my whole career,” he insisted. “I’ve played on the PGA Tour and European Tour at the same time. I don’t see any difference between me playing the PGA Tour and here and playing on LIV and here. LIV only have 14 events next year, which means I’ll be over here more. Guys are like, oh, you joined LIV to play a lesser schedule. Well, I’m a guy that’s played 31 to 34 events a year. So if I played 14 on LIV and I play six here, that’s 20 and 11 to 14 extra weeks I can spend time with my family. As a player, I hope the tours do the right thing and allow us to play but at the end of the day that’s not our decision.”

As it stands, LIV Golf members are not allowed to play on the PGA Tour but can play on the DP World Tour temporarily due to a court injunction.

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  1. jgpl001

    Sep 19, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Reed is a NOBODY, ignore him

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  3. PR Cheat

    Sep 14, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    Fat Pat the cheat, who cares what you have to say.

  4. Rogue

    Sep 13, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Poor Patrick, probably has not cheated, Oops, the ball moved … no respect for him, EVER!!

  5. Jimmy

    Sep 13, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    All this over 14 tournaments a year there’s 52 weeks it shows you it’s about maintaining their Old Boys Monopoly Club they don’t care about the golfers come on

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  9. Paul Newman

    Sep 13, 2022 at 2:36 am

    Matt Koooooochie is a dong!!

  10. Your daddy

    Sep 12, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    Guys need to slow their roll. They didn’t complain before LIV when guys went overseas for appearance fees…. If a guy is exempt into events he should be able to do what he wants. He earned it… last time I checked they all have to EARN it. Nothing is handed to any of them. You can’t just show up off the couch and play events on any tour.

    • ML Packer

      Sep 13, 2022 at 1:58 am

      Turns out, Reed’s the voice of reason. Stop taking cheap shots at each other and let’s play golf.

      • Ratrick Peed

        Sep 13, 2022 at 2:37 am

        Sure. Agreed. But what happens when they don’t qualify anymore because LIV doesn’t get OWGR points? Or when they do get the points, they’ll be fractional due to the 54 holes, smaller fields, no cuts, etc.

    • geohogan's absent father

      Sep 13, 2022 at 1:16 pm

      dont tell that to the people hating on sergio right now… poor jon rahms friend,,, being an alternate at a professional golf event in a field that is already thinned according to the people complaining.. well if youre an alternate in a thinned field then you need to work harder instead of complaining about how bad sergio and LIV are, and i am no fan of sergio, i am equally not a fan of these uneducated freaks spewing their awful opinions on the internet nowadays

  11. Bobs daddy

    Sep 12, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    What about bob

  12. Bob

    Sep 12, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Bonesaw Tour loser vs. Media Darling loser. Yawn.

    • Makex

      Sep 12, 2022 at 3:06 pm

      Losers? Reed netted some 100m+ entry fee and Rory 30m + sponsor fees for a year. How about U, Bob?

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‘What the f**k, guys!?’ – Fan video shows Bryson fuming after walking face first into gallery rope

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If there is one thing you can depend on when watching Bryson DeChambeau play golf, it’s providing drama.

During the final round of LIV Chicago, DeChambeau walked into the rope that separates the gallery from the course, and his reaction was over the top.

In the video, it’s unclear what makes Bryson walk into the rope, but he evidently believed it was someone’s fault as he proclaimed, “What the f**k guys?” when it hit him.

When a fan asked if DeChambeau was OK, he replied, “No! I can’t see out of my right eye right now”.

When he was offered a towel, he angrily snatched it from the employee’s hand and yelled, “sh**!”

Thankfully, the former U.S. Open champion was able to shake it off and finish his round.

DeChambeau finished at -6, which was good for a top-ten finish in the event.

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‘They’re treated like human beings’ – Brooks Koepka takes wild swipe at PGA Tour while talking up LIV

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One of the main positives to come from the LIV Golf series is the treatment of the player’s most important club, the bagman.

According to an interview in July, with an anonymous DP World Tour caddy, Golf Monthly reported, “There is something wrong with you if you don’t want to work for LIV,” whilst a couple of weeks ago we detailed the expected earnings of the caddies at any LIV event.

After Louis Oosthuizen finished 10th at the inaugural tournament, at Centurion Club, his caddie Colin Byrne commented, it “has been ‘what can we do for you’ all week. They want to help us and make us happy. It’s been great to be included like this. We’ve been pampered and had nothing but a red-carpet treatment.”

Now, talking to the media after his second round in Chicago, Brooks Koepka continued to eulogize about the Greg Norman-led series, referencing one of its main taglines, “It’s energized. I mean, it’s golf, but louder, right?” before continuing the looper theme.

Asked how the LIV series compares to the PGA Tour, the four-time major champion was at pains to be yet another to support the way the new tour treats their bagmen.

“I think the players, the caddies, just how well the caddies are treated, as well. I think that’s a big difference. They’re treated like human beings. I think everybody, through coaches, staff, everybody, it’s a big difference.”

It’s been just eight months since Joel Dahmen’s caddy, Geno Bonnalie, revealed the less glamourous side of the game, with four caddies sharing an over-expensive room at Pebble Beach.

Times, they might be a’changing.

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Cam Smith awkwardly bats off question taunting Rory McIlroy at LIV presser

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When Cam Smith won the 150th Open Championship, he had the gallery chuckle during his winner’s press conference when wondering how many beers would fit inside the Claret Jug.

Not long after, he revealed all!

 

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Not all pressers are the same, though, and with LIV Golf, we should always expect the unexpected.

Tensions between the Greg Norman-led tour and the traditional PGA and DP World Tours are at a height, with the PGA issuing an enhanced set of tournaments, more guaranteed pay and rewards for loyalty.

LIV doesn’t seem fussed, doing its own thing, and continuing to broadcast social media images of boat parties, raucous crowds and strange press conferences.

Players from both sides are not afraid to have their say, with FedEx Cup champion and current world number two Rory McIlroy, being one of the most vociferous at every opportunity, defending the PGA and DP tours to the hilt.

Many pages have been written on the views from Billy Horschel, Jon Rahm and McIlroy amongst others, whilst LIV competitors are also well represented, with Pat Perez and Patrick Reed amongst those continuing to rally the LIV cause.

On Saturday, LIV again showed its intention to be far more relaxed than we might usually expect, with a press conference comprising Matthew Wolff, Phil Mickelson and the Open champion.

Golf content provider @DrunkByTheTurn_ had the gallery in stitches and the players slightly dumbfounded when referencing Smith’s post-Open victory comment, “I’m definitely going to find out how many beers fit in this thing (the Claret Jug).”

Akili Johnson, who runs the social media account, started by mentioning the answer to the above question, something the Australian revealed on his Instagram account, before asking:

“..um…I just wanna know how many of Rory McIlroy’s tears were you able to fit in it after you won?”

Whether referring to the current golf spat, or that Smith had come from four behind McIlroy on the final day to nab the richly desired trophy, the Aussie was not biting.

He closed with,

“I’m not answering.”

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