'Absolutely insane': Golfer Patrick Reed accused of 'cheating' again

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Patrick Reed (pictured right) pointing to the position where his ball landed to a rule official during the Farmers Insurance Open.
Patrick Reed (pictured right) has been accused of 'cheating' after a controversial interaction with a rule official during the Farmers Insurance Open. (Image: PGA)

Controversial golfer Patrick Reed is involved in yet another ‘cheating’ scandal after he was accused of picking up his ball to move the lay before officials could judge whether it was embedded.

Reed, who last year was involved in cheating scandal when fans accused him of improving his lie, was again embroiled in controversy at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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The American hit the ball off the fairway at the 10th hole and Reed himself deemed the ball did not bounce and was embedded in the ground.

But replays showed the ball bounced once before it landed in some thick grass.

Reed arrived at the ball and asked a volunteer if it bounced. The volunteer said: “No, I didn’t see it bounce.”

However, controversy erupted when Reed took it upon himself to move the ball after he announced he’s going to check the ball.

Reed put it down in a different position and called over the rules official. Reed told the rules official the ball didn’t bounce and asks him to assess if the ball broke ground.

The rules official concurred the ball broke ground and granted Reed embedded ball relief.

Reed goes up and down for par with a much better lie.

Fans, including CBS analysts, questioned whether Reed was right picking up the ball before an official arrived.

Many fans on social media accused Reed of ‘cheating’ and said the ball bounced, which called the ability of the ball to be embedded into question.

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Reed later defended his involvement and said the officials had no issue with the incident.

“When we’re out there, we can’t see everything,” Reed told CBS.

“When that happens, you have to go by what the volunteers say, what the rules officials say. When all comes push and shove, we feel like we did the right thing and the rules official said we did it absolutely perfectly.

“With that being said, we moved on and just continued playing.”

Reed has been embroiled in ‘cheating’ accusations before.

Perhaps the most famous of those incident came at last year's Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas when he was caught grounding his club in a bunker before hitting the ball - something that is completely against the rules of the sport.

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