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Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed have a cold incident over a tossed tee


The most recent within the awkward relationship between PGA golfers and people on the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour concerned, of all issues, a tee tossed by Patrick Reed, who performs on the LIV tour, within the course of Rory McIlroy, who has emerged as one of many outspoken leaders of the PGA.

McIlroy professed to have been unaware of the incident on the Hero Dubai Desert Basic during which each are enjoying this week. McIlroy recalled that Reed “got here as much as say good day and I didn’t actually need him to.” That’s when Reed pulled a tee from his pocket and “flicked it,” in line with Reed, at McIlroy.

“I used to be down by my bag and he got here as much as me. I used to be busy working and form of doing my observe. I didn’t really feel the necessity to acknowledge him,” McIlroy mentioned (by way of Golf Digest). “I didn’t see a tee coming my course in any respect, however apparently that’s what occurred. And if roles had been reversed and I’d have thrown that tee at him, I’d expect a lawsuit.”

After McIlroy spoke, Reed instructed Golf Digest that he had approached McIlroy and his caddie, Harry Diamond, to say good day. “Due to the connection I’ve had with Rory … let’s be trustworthy, we’ve had some nice battles at Augusta and different tournaments and our friendship’s been fairly good up till clearly becoming a member of LIV.”

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He and Diamond shook arms, he mentioned, however McIlroy “simply seemed down there and was messing along with his Trackman [device] and form of determined to disregard us. Everyone knows the place it got here from — being a part of LIV. Since my tees are Workforce Aces LIV tees, I flicked him one. It was form of a humorous shot again. Humorous how a small little flick has became mainly me stabbing him and throwing a tee at him.

“He noticed me and he determined to not react. It’s unlucky as a result of we’ve at all times had relationship. … However it’s a kind of issues — in the event you’re going to behave like an immature little little one you then would possibly as nicely be handled like one.”

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The timing of a subpoena in Reed’s $750 million defamation lawsuit towards analyst Brandel Chamblee and the Golf Channel is one other concern between the 2. Reed alleges that Chamblee and PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan conspired to defame him over becoming a member of LIV Golf and McIlroy has been known as to testify a few assembly between PGA gamers that occurred final yr.

“I used to be subpoenaed by his lawyer on Christmas Eve,” McIlroy mentioned. “Making an attempt to have a pleasant time with my household and somebody reveals up in your doorstep and delivers that, you’re not going to take that nicely. I’m dwelling in actuality, I don’t know the place he’s dwelling. If I had been in his sneakers, I wouldn’t anticipate a good day or a handshake.”

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Requested by a reporter if he may see “in the future … mending bridges” with Reed, McIlroy, in line with the information convention’s transcriber, responded merely with an “incredulous facial features.”

So begins the primary of 2023 for McIlroy and the second season for the LIV, which begins up subsequent month with Greg Norman remaining on the helm regardless of calls from McIlroy and Tiger Woods for him to depart if the PGA and LIV are to have a relationship. However a latest shake-up at LIV Golf gave Norman much more energy within the group, and McIlroy had a salty opinion on that.

“If the chief govt doesn’t have an govt crew, I don’t know the way sturdy that’s,” McIlroy mentioned. “ … [H]e can’t do it himself. He must depend on a crew identical to all of us depend on groups, to do issues. If you begin working solo, it begins to get fairly tough.”


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