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Patrick Reed (pictured) acknowledges at the 150th British Open.
Patrick Reed (pictured) caused a stir at the 150th British Open after wearing LIV Golf apparel during the practice round and on Day 1. (Getty Images)

American golf star Patrick Reed has once again shown why he is the most controversial player on tour after blatantly trolling the PGA at the British Open by wearing LIV logos on his apparel.

The prestigious British Open teed off on Thursday amidst a huge fracture in the golf world over a number of top players defecting to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf league.

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While the PGA Tour has attempted to block a number of LIV Golf defectors from playing, it hasn't stopped the British Open allowing stars such as Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson from lining up at the 150th event.

The British Open pre-tournament press conference didn't feature a single LIV golfer in a poignant sign of the division amongst players and tournament.

This has resulted in a number of players keeping their heads down and focusing on golf - but not Reed.

The controversial golfer pulled off one of his biggest stunts to date when he was spotted teeing off in apparel dripping with LIV Golf logos.

Reed's brazen attempt to troll the PGA Tour, media and fans received a mixed reaction from spectators.

Many fans felt Reed doubling down only cemented his spot as the most divisive golfer on tour.

While others couldn't help share a laugh at the blatant dig at the hierarchy.

While he made headlines for his sponsor, Reed didn't have the best day on the course, finishing the opening round tied for 55th at par.

The American wasn't the only LIV golfer to make headlines.

British star Ian Poulter was initially booed when teeing off for the day, before hearing the cheers again after rolling in a 150-footer for an eagle on the par-four ninth.

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American Cameron Young shot an opening eight-under 64 to grab the early clubhouse lead at the 150th British Open.

Claret Jug favourite Rory McIlroy was on the charge as golfers, including Australian star Cameron Smith, attacked a defenceless Old Course in Thursday's first round.

However, golf icon Tiger Woods suffered a horrible start on his British Open return.

Patrick Reed (pictured) reacts on the second tee during Day One of The 150th Open.
Patrick Reed (pictured) sparked controversy after wearing LIV Golf apparel at the The 150th Open at St Andrews Old Course on July 14, 2022 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images) (Ross Parker - SNS Group via Getty Images)

The 46-year-old is now facing the almost inevitable ignominy of missing successive British Open cuts for the first time in his grand career.

An ailing and ageing Woods hobbled around the Old Course in Thursday's first round to be languishing in equal 148th spot in the 156-man field.

Seventeen years after joining Jack Nicklaus as the only two-time Open winner around St Andrews in more than a century, Woods chalked up five bogeys and two doubles on his self-proclaimed "favourite course" in the world.

with AAP

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