Patrick Reed was caught improving his lie in a bunker and he’s copping it from golf fans.
If you haven’t heard already, Patrick Reed was penalised two-strokes after his third round of the Hero World Challenge for improving his lie in a bunker.
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the PGA Tour shared a close-up look at Reed’s bunker indiscretion.
A closer look at Patrick Reed’s two-stroke penalty during Round 3 of the Hero World Challenge. pic.twitter.com/z2aqkajnYq
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 7, 2019
Reed offered this excuse.
“I wish (the cameras) were actually directly on the side of me,” Reed said. “Because it was in a pretty good footprint … and I felt like my club was that far behind the ball when I was actually taking the practice stroke, which I felt like I was taking it up.”
It was no surprise though to see the reaction from golf fans around the world.
"What bothered me was that he acted like he was a victim."
– Jaime Diaz on Patrick Reed via Golf Channel
— Ron Mintz (@MintzGolf) December 7, 2019
— Shane Milner (@shanemilner) December 6, 2019
This comment in response to Patrick Reed claiming it was the camera angle that made it look worse💀 https://t.co/5GpvQ8fjHJ
— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) December 6, 2019
Forget the vitriol Patrick Reed is currently receiving, the harshest form of punishment will come via the Australian crowds next week @PresidentsCup. Cue Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman.’
— Ewan Porter (@ewanports) December 6, 2019
Absolute disgrace. Every golfer knows the rules about grounding the golf club in the bunker. You can’t even touch the sand with a practice swing. Just seen the incident this morning and was shocked that such a good golfer/ bunker player like Patrick reed would do such a thing. https://t.co/kBN1Pp1err
— John Ramsay (@johnramsay_john) December 7, 2019
— rusty (@russditt) December 7, 2019
Patrick Reed caught improving his lie in an exhibition the week before the Presidents Cup. Christmas has come early
— Joel Beall (@JoelMBeall) December 6, 2019
Patrick Reed's new irons: pic.twitter.com/9Izk8d5eVJ
— Walter The Golfer Mitty (@GolferMitty) December 6, 2019
— michelle cochrane (@mcochrane_1025) December 6, 2019
Then this video surfaced from a few years ago…
This was Reed a few years ago and got away with it! pic.twitter.com/6Ju29iip9w
— DZ Golf (@DZ_Golf_Nam) December 6, 2019