Rory McIlroy-Patrick Reed, teegate continues
by ANDREA GUSSONI | VIEW 2187
We know more today about the affair of the tee thrown by Patrick Reed in the direction of Rory McIlroy on the Dubai practice. A video of the episode was released and the American gave a layer of it, treating the world number 1 of "immature little boy".
Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy
Without going into the details of the procedures doomed to failure launched by the winner of the Masters and Larry Klayman, his sulphurous supremacist lawyer, we must recognize a certain consistency in Reed.
The great moment of loneliness he experienced earlier this week in Dubai, at the Emirates Golf Club, when he tried to greet Rory McIlroy, in vain, unleashed social networks. As a result, his version of the facts was eagerly awaited.
It's a "storm in a cup of tea", said McIlroy at a press conference in Dubai, taking care to specify that a summons to justice brought to his home on Christmas Eve, at the initiative of the Reed's lawyer and therefore a few hours from Christmas Eve, had quite annoyed him.
There would be a “PGA Tour conspiracy to sow discredit on Patrick Reed” accuses Klayman. As for the famous tee thrown by Reed in the direction of McIlroy, it bore the logo of the “4 Aces GC“. It's Reed's team that he plays on the LIV with Dustin Johnson, Pat Perez and Talor Gooch.
Asked in turn how things went Reed to deliver his version. “Because of the relationship I have with Rory – we had some great fights in the Ryder Cup and other tournaments – we had a good bond…until I joined LIV.
When I walked up to him (at the Emirates Golf Club) I wished Harry [Diamond, McIlroy's caddy] a happy new year and then Rory, because it was the first time I had seen them this year ". "Harry shook my hand and Rory looked at the floor, fingered his Trackman, and decided to ignore me.
I know why, it's because I'm part of the LIV. My tees have the Team Aces LIV logo on them, so I threw one in his direction. It was just for fun. But it became a huge deal, like I tried to stab him with a tee”. “He saw me and decided not to react.
It's a shame, because we've always had a good relationship. But it's one of those things: if you're going to act like an immature little boy, you might as well be treated like that, too,” Reed quipped, trying to come across as the good guy.
Reed will not start the tournament with McIlroy. He will play Thursday and Friday with Gavin Green and Scott Jamieson, while McIlroy, for his first tournament of 2023, will play with Ryder Cup partner Tommy Fleetwood and Ryan Fox.
But Reed admitted that he would very much like to play with the Northern Irishman on Saturday or Sunday… " That would be great. Even if we can predict that we will not talk much. Even if I say hello on the first tee, he won't respond.
I'm just going to be as respectful as possible, as gentlemanly as possible. It will be his choice if he does not answer.