Wayne Riley: Reed's Comment Towards Me Was Tongue-In-Cheek

Radar responds after some media outlets reported that Patrick Reed was angry with him following a Sky Sports interview

Wayne Riley: Reed's Comment Towards Me Was Tongue-In-Cheek
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Radar responds after some media outlets reported that Patrick Reed was angry with him following a Sky Sports interview

Wayne Riley: Reed's Comment Towards Me Was Tongue-In-Cheek

Wayne Riley has quashed suggestions that Patrick Reed reacted angrily to his line of questioning following the American’s triumph at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

On the 18th green at Club de Golf Chapultepec after Reed’s one-stroke victory over Bryson DeChambeau, Riley asked the 2018 Masters Champion if he felt he’d silenced a few critics.

After the conclusion of the interview, the Sky cameras picked up Reed saying “way to ask that one” as he walked towards Riley.

Both parties appeared to be smiling at the time, however.

Some media outlets subsequently reported that Reed was irate with Riley – something Sky’s popular on-course commentator has moved to quell.

“It was all friendly and his comment was tongue-in-cheek,” Radar told Golf Monthly.

“He shook my hand twice – once before the interview and once afterwards – and said ‘thanks again bud’ after the interview.

“I’ve never seen him be nasty.”

Reed’s victory in Mexico was his second WGC and his eighth PGA Tour title.

Reflecting on his victory, he said: “It means a lot. One of my goals was to go out and win a golf tournament and try to get in that winners’ circle before Augusta.

“To be able to go ahead and do it before I’ve even got to the Florida swing definitely gives me momentum and gives me the confidence that I’m playing really well.

“I just need to continue to grind, continue to work, and hopefully there’s more coming up soon. The confidence is through the roof.”

Reed breached the world’s top ten with his Mexican triumph and will look to move further up the rankings ahead of The Masters, the year’s first Major Championship, which takes place from April 9-12 at Augusta National in Georgia.

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Nick Bonfield
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Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, writing, commissioning and coordinating all features across print and online. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel win The Masters and PGA Championship respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email nick.bonfield@futurenet.com with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x