Patrick Reed Responds To Rules Controversy

The Texan was involved in a controversy after taking a drop on the 10th hole during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open

Patrick Reed Responds To Rules Controversy
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The Texan was involved in a controversy after taking a drop on the 10th hole during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open

Patrick Reed Responds To Rules Controversy

Patrick Reed says he was told he was "textbook" and "perfect" by a rules official in taking a drop for an embedded ball during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Reed shot a 70 on Saturday to sit at 10 under and tied for the lead with 18 holes to play, however the biggest talking point was his drop.

The Texan hit his ball into the left rough on the 10th hole where he suspected his ball was embedded.

None of his group, or Reed, saw the ball bounce, nor did the volunteer closest to the ball, giving Reed reason to believe his ball could be embedded.

The 2018 Masters champion marked his ball, checked if it was embedded and called over a rules official to clarify.

The official confirmed that he felt a 'lip' and allowed Reed a free drop.

Reed's drop caused controversy on social media, although he and the PGA Tour rules officials maintain that it was done by the book.

Watch the incident below:

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"I asked the guys I'm playing with 'Hey did you all see the ball bounce? Everyone said no' and then I asked the volunteer who was right there who marked it who's closest to the golf ball 'Did you see the ball bounce?' She said 'No it did not,'" Reed told the Golf Channel after his round.

"So at that point I told the guys 'Hey I'm gonna check to see if it's embedded,' which I marked the ball, lifted it and placed it over to the side and it looked like it did break the plain and therefore when it looked like it broke the plain what I did was I called over the rules official and the rules official came over, he put his finger down and said 'There's a lip here, it definitely broke the plain, therefore it's an embedded ball, you get a club length and take a drop.'

Watch: Reed explains the drop to the Golf Channel

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Reed said in his post-round interview that a rules official said he was "textbook" in taking the drop.

"I just want to let you know, what you've done here in this whole procedure was textbook, was perfect," Reed said the official told him and his group post-round.

"So with doing the procedure correctly and doing exactly what you're supposed to do at the end of the day that's what we felt was the right thing," the American continued.

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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