Patrick Reed opens up on lawsuit, LIV

Patrick Reed hits out of a bunker on Sunday on the 18th gap at Wentworth Golf Membership.

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Patrick Reed, in addressing his defamation lawsuit towards Golf Channel and analyst Brandel Chamblee, says the narrative towards him is “he’s a horrendous individual, he’s a cheater, a liar and a thief” and that “you must struggle again, struggle for your self, and struggle for what you imagine in.”

Within the unique interview with the Sunday Occasions, Reed additionally says feedback made by Rory McIlroy over LIV Golf participant participation this week within the BMW PGA Championship are “insulting.” And after his remaining spherical on Sunday at Wentworth Golf Membership, Reed advised reporters that ought to a LIV golfer ever win a non-LIV occasion, “there could be some form of media s*** storm.”

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The lawsuit feedback had been his first identified on the topic, and we’ll start there. Final month, Reed filed a defamation go well with within the Southern District of Texas towards Chamblee and Golf Channel, alleging they “have conspired as joint tortfeasors for and with the PGA Tour, its executives and its Commissioner Jay Monahan, to interact in a sample and follow of defaming Mr. Reed.” The lawsuit makes use of quotes from Chamblee from his time on the air for Golf Channel and Sky Sports activities in addition to on podcasts to allege damages in extra of $750 million. 

Within the interview with the Sunday Occasions — which you’ll learn in full right here — Reed mentioned he wanted to defend himself. 

“Everybody who is aware of the true me is aware of it’s not this narrative that the PGA Tour and the Golf Channel have constructed,” Reed advised the Sunday Occasions. “It feels just like the media have painted me as this black hat, they usually’ve simply allowed that to maintain on driving their clicks in addition to the quantity of earnings they will usher in from attacking me. They run with all the things they will discover or attempt to spin it in a destructive manner. It’s laborious to even discuss it due to how fictitious it’s. The malice and deceit to say one thing like that about anyone is simply ridiculous.”

Persevering with his ideas on the lawsuit, Reed admitted to the Sunday Occasions that he’s introduced on among the consideration himself, noting feedback he made on Jordan Spieth and Jim Furyk on the 2018 Ryder Cup, however he additionally mentioned he’s by no means cheated. Notably, Reed was penalized for brushing away sand from behind his ball in a bunker in the course of the 2019 Hero World Championship, although he has maintained that he didn’t imply to skirt the principles. 

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“I’ve by no means ever deliberately tried to interrupt any rule of golf to achieve a bonus on anybody,” Reed advised the Sunday Occasions. “I take an excessive amount of pleasure within the laborious work I do every day to try to acquire a bonus in such a petty and deceitful manner.”

As regards to LIV Golf participant participation on the BMW PGA, McIlroy had mentioned after his victory on the PGA Tour’s Tour Championship that it could be “laborious to abdomen” seeing LIV golfers at Wentworth, then reiterated that thought in his pre-tournament press convention. 

Reed, in the meantime, had performed on the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour earlier than becoming a member of the menace to each leagues, LIV Golf, and he and 17 different LIV golfers performed the BMW PGA on the DP World Tour this week, forward of a trial that ought to decide whether or not he and different LIV gamers can play extra DP World Tour occasions sooner or later.

“I really feel like [Rory] making these kinds of feedback is insulting,” Reed advised the Sunday Occasions. “Let’s be trustworthy, I’ve [played the DP World Tour] extra constantly than among the Europeans on the PGA Tour, so for them to take photographs at different guys, particularly Billy [Horschel] and Rory taking photographs on the LIV guys saying they shouldn’t be right here — I’ve executed extra for this Tour than Billy has and I’ve performed nearly as a lot as Rory has for the previous 5 years.

“I used to be capable of speak to a bunch of DP World Tour gamers [on Tuesday] and never a single one in every of them had any problem with me being right here due to the help I’ve proven this tour all through my profession, all through Covid and at smaller occasions in addition to massive occasions.”

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After Reed’s remaining spherical on the BMW PGA, the place he shot a nine-under 63 to complete tied for fifth, he mentioned once more gamers had been supportive all through the week. Additionally in the course of the press convention alternate, a reporter later requested: “Is it going to get to some extent the place persons are too entrenched of their positions to vary?” 

His reply additionally spoke to a remark he made in late June throughout his introductory LIV press convention, the place he mentioned the LIV schedule would permit him extra household time. 

“I don’t know. To be trustworthy with you, I do not know,” Reed started. “Actually on the finish of the day, I really feel like everybody has to come back to phrases with their resolution. How I have a look at it particularly part of this tour, particularly me being American and being, hey, guys, I’ve performed on two excursions my entire life, my entire profession. I’ve performed on the PGA Tour and European Tour on the identical time. I don’t see any distinction me enjoying on PGA Tour and right here and enjoying on LIV and right here in any respect.  

“If something, with enjoying on LIV and them solely having 14 occasions, which means I’ll be over right here extra. Meaning I play six or seven occasions. Guys are like, oh, you joined LIV to play a lesser schedule. Effectively, I’m a man that’s performed 31 to 34 occasions a 12 months. So if I performed 14 and say I play six right here, that’s 20, in order that’s 11 to 14 occasions left. That’s 11 to 14 further weeks I can spend time with my household and that’s large. 

“However on the finish of the day, as a participant, I hope they do the best factor and permit us to play, however on the finish of the day, that’s not our resolution.”

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A reporter then requested: “How do you assume {the golfing} world will react if a LIV participant did win one in every of these?” 

On the BMW PGA, 4 LIV golfers completed within the high 20 — Reed tied for fifth, Talor Gooch was fourth, Lee Westwood tied for thirteenth, and Sam Horsfield and Abraham Ancer tied for 18th. 

“I don’t know,” Reed started. “On the finish of the day, the blokes which might be on LIV are actually, actually good golfers. I’m certain there could be some form of media s*** storm is the best approach to put it, however that being mentioned, it could be no distinction if it was final 12 months and guys had been enjoying the PGA Tour, wouldn’t it?

“I imply, on the finish of the day, actually, when you took all the things away, all of the hoopla of all the things, it could be simply one other high participant coming over and successful a golf event, whether or not it’s PGA Tour, LIV, European Tour. There’s no massive media simply frenzy when a European comes over and wins on the PGA Tour, and when Billy [Horschel] received right here it felt like the identical as if a standard participant received from over right here. I don’t assume there ought to be something totally different. It simply reveals that the blokes are nonetheless able to play and guys are hungry to win and actually simply hungry for competitors.”

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Nick Piastowski

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Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Journal. In his position, he’s answerable for modifying, writing and creating tales throughout the golf area. And when he’s not writing about methods to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native might be enjoying the sport, hitting the ball left, proper and quick, and consuming a chilly beer to scrub away his rating. You possibly can attain out to him about any of those subjects — his tales, his recreation or his beers — at [email protected]

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