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‘This guy does not stop’ – Tour pros take aim at Patrick Reed over latest rules controversy

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The words Patrick Reed and controversy seem to go hand in hand these days, and it continued at the weekend.

During the third round of the delayed Dubai Desert Classic, Reed took a penalty drop after identifying his ball lodged in one of a group of trees. Trouble is, the ball is only identifiable by a specific arrow marking in what appears to be a palm full of golf balls. And, in this case, by binoculars.

If unable to identify his ball, Reed would have needed to go back to the 17th tee to re-load, more than likely causing to him to score double-bogey instead of just the one dropped shot.

The former Masters champion had already found himself embroiled in a debate surrounding his apparel daubed with ‘LIV Golf’, and in a spat with the world number one in Dubai.

Pre-event, video footage showed McIlroy apparently ignoring his greeting when on the practise ground, resulting in a bit of tee-throwing, leading social media to comment we have moved from ‘Tee Gate’ to ‘Tree Gate’ in the space of a few days.

In a statement issued by tournament officials, the DP World Tour confirmed that “two on course referees and several marshals” identified that Reed’s ball had been caught up in the tree.

As shown by the Golf Channel, this is the alleged offending tree, shown with a heap of golf-balls never to be seen again:

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The full statement issued reads:

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Despite being cleared of any wrongdoing, a couple of DP World Tour pros seemed not best pleased with the incident, with some footage appearing to show Reed’s ball entering a different tree than where he eventually found his ball.

French Tour pro Matthieu Pavon responded to the video of the incident saying: “Wow wrong tree ?! Maybe optical illusion” followed by a laughing emoji. While his compatriot Mike Lorenzo-Vera went a little further stating: “This guy does not stop.”

According to Reed himself, he would have gone back to the tee had he not been 100 percent sure the ball was his.

Ironically, almost a year to the day after being involved in a rule dispute at Torrey Pines, Reed again finds himself as the focus of attention over a drop.

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‘The vitriol and hatred was just disgusting’ – Greg Norman lashes out at LIV critics

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This week, Greg Norman appeared on the Bloomberg Latitude Series and once again lashed out at LIV Golf critics.

“I compliment the boys who came over, the first movers, They came on with massive amounts of headwind,” Norman said while speaking with the host, Haslinda Amin.

“The vitriol and hatred was just disgusting, to be quite honest with you, considering what these guys have done for the game of golf, how they have carried the game of golf, and the institutions they represented.

“It was disgusting.”

The PGA Tour and the Saudi Arabian Private Investment Fund are still working on a deal, but there is no imminent end in sight. LIV officials, including Norman, have maintained that LIV will continue to exist as its own entity regardless of what happens with the negotiations.

“We’re in our infancy for growth. Take venues, for example. We started out a couple of years ago doing nine and five – nine in the US and nine international – and now that’s flipped.”

“The global scene has opened its arms to us in a significant way.”

“Ultimately, we’ll end up taking the game on a global basis.”

LIV’s next event will be in Spain at Real Club Valderrama July 12-14.

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6-time DP World Tour champ vows to cut down on partying in bid to make next Ryder Cup team

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Marcel Siem is one of the most entertaining players in Europe and he just won for the 6th time on the DP World Tour, defeating Tom McKibbin in a playoff to win the Italian Open.

After the win, the 43-year-old went on the Sky Sports Golf podcast and shared his goals for the future.

“The big plan is to perform better in the big events now, which I have not achieved ever in my life,” said the German.

“The Rolex events, the majors, the big ones – that is the only way to get into the top 50 in the world, get into the Ryder Cup and qualify for The Masters.”

“That is my big goal going to the Scottish Open and The Open. I will not throw this away with partying anymore.

“I have three or four weeks off after The Open and this will be party time, trust me – massively, but these three weeks I’ll be working hard.”

Siem has a long way to go to make Luke Donlad’s 2025 Ryder Cup team, but if he does, the Ryder Cup fist pumps Siem would inevitably provide would be legendary.

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‘You’re right, we’re always wrong!’ – Sergio Garcia receives warning during Open qualifier

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On Tuesday morning, Sergio Garcia began his attempt to qualify for this month’s Open Championship at Royal Troon. The 44-year-old has had a strong season on LIV and finished T12 at the U.S. Open.

Ben Parsons of Bunkered is in attendance for Garcia’s qualification efforts at Lancashire Links and caught an interesting exchange between Sergio and a rules official on camera.

The Spaniard received a slow play warning and wasn’t happy about it.

“You’re right, we’re always wrong,” Garcia can be heard saying.

Parsons added that Garcia was upset with the slow play warning because it was taking marshals a long time to clear the fans watching his group, which of no fault of his own.

At the moment, Garcia is on the back nine of his first 18 holes and three back of first place.

The Fireballs GC Captain will tee it up next week at LIV Valderrama in his home country.

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