Did Patrick Reed cheat again? The answer

"I was lucky that an official had a pair of binoculars that allowed me to positively identify the marks on my ball"

by Andrea Gussoni
Did Patrick Reed cheat again? The answer

A replay of Patrick Reed's misplaced drive to 17 in the 3rd round of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic has cast doubt minutes after the American identified his ball through binoculars in a palm tree that does not appear to be the one in which his ball ended its course.

In all objectivity after reading this video, it seems unlikely that the ball identified by the American Patrick Reed and the referee present on the spot is that of the former winner of the Masters. Indeed, it seems to have been imprisoned by the foliage of the first palm tree located on the right in the image and not in the one on the left at the foot of which Reed will drop.

So did Reed lie by claiming to have formally identified the marks on his ball thus avoiding having to replay from the start? Asked at the exit of the green of 18, the explanations of Reed, who already drags a heavy liability in the use of the rules, are quite confused.

Patrick Reed, statements

Even if he claimed to have recognized the marks of his Pro V1, that is to say lines that end in arrows like all Titleist balls on the market, the images commented live by Adrien Toubiana and François Calmels on Golf+ rather prove the contrary and the journalist does not hesitate to be moved by it.

“I was lucky that an official had a pair of binoculars that allowed me to positively identify the marks on my ball. A Pro V1 with arrows that I could see. Lines with arrows at the end. The referee was there and in turn confirmed that it was my ball, ”says the Texan with confidence.

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Patrick Reed