Federal Judge Dismisses Patrick Reed's $750-Million Lawsuit

On Friday, a Federal Judge dismissed Patrick Reed’s complaint against a number of golf media members

Reed hits driver and poses
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Patrick Reed's complaint against multiple golf media members, including the likes of Golfweek and Golf Channel's Brandel Chamblee, has been dismissed by a Federal Judge on Friday.

Back in August, the 2018 Masters champion lodged a $750-million, 30-page complaint against Chamblee and the Golf Channel, with Reed then pulling the lawsuit from Houston, Texas and refiling it in Jacksonville, Florida. Furthermore, he had added further outlets and individuals like Shane Bacon, Damon Hack and Eamon Lynch.

The lawsuit claimed “conspiracy, defamation, injurious falsehood and tortious interference” and alleges that Chamblee, Hack, Bacon, Lynch, the Golf Channel, the PGA and DP World Tours and their commissioners, Jay Monahan and Keith Pelley, are “co-conspirators for their anticompetitive conduct and anticompetitive practices, in order to destroy the upstart LIV Golf Tour, Mr Reed, and fellow LIV Golf Players in order to annihilate any competition with the PGA Tour and DP World Tour”.

The court papers also accused the defendants of having “defamed, falsely injured and tortiously interfered with this world-class golfer and his professional endeavors, by falsely and maliciously branding him a cheater, liar, a thief, a murderer and someone who accepts blood money from terrorists”.

It also went on to accuse Chamblee, the Golf Channel and the other defendants of having a “direct interest in contributing to harm Mr Reed” as the PGA Tour has “lucrative contracts with major broadcasting partner NBC's Golf Channel to broadcast events on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour”, adding that losing big name players and weakening those fields while LIV Golf was broadcast by a rival network would threaten those contracts with sponsors and broadcasting partners. 

Pat Perez, Talor Gooch, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed of 4 Aces GC pose with team championship trophy after the second LIV Golf Invitational Series event in Oregon

Reed and his 4 Aces GC team claimed five LIV Golf team event wins, including the season-ending LIV Golf Team Championship

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Now though, on Friday 18th November, a US District Judge, Timothy J. Corrigan, stated the complaint made “failed to give Defendants notice of the grounds upon which each claim rests because Reed alleges 120 factual allegations, then proceeds to incorporate all 120 allegations into each and every count. … Reed attempts to allege various defamation and civil conspiracy violations against each Defendant; causes of action which require vastly different factual allegations.”

The District Judge has allowed the 32-year-old to file an amended complaint by the 16th December, with Corrigan stating: “In drafting the amended complaint, Reed is instructed to reevaluate his alleged claims and bring only those claims that are meritorious and supported by law.”

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x