The 2018 Masters champion was heckled during a crucial moment at the Tournament of Champions
WATCH: “Cheater!” – Patrick Reed Heckled In Hawaii
Patrick Reed finished T2nd at the Tournament of Champions, missing out in a playoff to Justin Thomas.
It was another good result for an in-form Reed but it was slightly marred after ugly scenes involving a fan shouting ‘cheater’ whilst a crucial putt was on its way to the hole.
The 2018 Masters champion faced a putt of around 8ft on the 3rd playoff hole for birdie, which would have continued the playoff had he holed it, and it was loud-and-clear what the fan said as the putt missed.
Reed looked to the stands with disgust, with the TV commentators commenting on the issue.
“That was pretty unfortunate,” Golf Channel announcer Dan Hicks said whilst commentating live.
“You see Reed glaring up into the stands. Someone yelled as loud and as clear as day, ‘Cheater!'”
“I didn’t hear that,” Hicks’ co-commentator Paul Azinger said.
“I did. There was no doubt about it, Zing,” Hicks replied.
The broadcast then replayed the putt with Azinger describing the scenes as “ugly.”
Reed holed the following putt for par but it wasn’t enough as Thomas, whose birdie putt was shorter than Reed’s par attempt, duly holed for his 12th PGA Tour title.
Watch the full incident below via Sky Sports –
The call of ‘cheater’ comes after Reed’s controversial penalty during the Hero World Challenge last month.
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He was heckled in Melbourne during the Presidents Cup where he made a shovel gesture to the crowd before his caddie was banned from the final day’s play for shoving a spectator.
Patrick Reed accepted his two stroke penalty at the Hero World Challenge but denied it was intentional, saying that the TV camera angle made it look like his club was closer to the ball.
He also denied he had cheated after being asked at Royal Melbourne prior to the Presidents Cup.
“It’s not the right word to use,” Reed said after being asked if he cheated.
“At the end of the day, if you do something unintentionally that breaks the rules, it’s not considered cheating, but I wasn’t intentionally trying to improve a lie or anything like that.
“If I was, it would have been a really good lie, and I would have hit it really close.”
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