Rory McIlroy-Patrick Reed incident is latest example of PGA-LIV inconvenience

Rory McIlroy-Patrick Reed incident is latest example of PGA-LIV inconvenience


Most importantly, the latest in the uneasy relationship between PGA golfers and those on the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf tour involved a tee thrown by Patrick Reed, who plays on the LIV tour, at Rory McIlroy, who plays on the LIV tour. has emerged as one of the outspoken leaders of the PGA.

McIlroy claimed to have been unaware of the incident during the Hero Dubai Desert Classic in which both are playing this week. McIlroy recalled that Reed “came up to say hello and I didn’t really want to.” That’s when Reed took a tee out of his pocket and “tapped,” according to Reed, to McIlroy.

“I was sitting with my bag and he came to me. I was busy working and busy with my practice. I didn’t feel the need to acknowledge him,” McIlroy said (via Golf Digest). “I didn’t see a tee coming my way at all, but apparently it did. And if the tables were turned and I threw that tee at him, I’d expect a lawsuit.

After McIlroy spoke, Reed told Golf Digest that he approached McIlroy and his caddy, Harry Diamond, to say hello. “Because of the relationship I’ve had with Rory… let’s face it, we’ve had some great fights at Augusta and other tournaments and our friendship was pretty good until we got to LIV obviously.”

He and Diamond shook hands, he said, but McIlroy “just looked down and fiddled with his Trackman [device] and decided to more or less ignore us. We all know where it comes from: being part of LIV. Since my T-shirts are Team Aces LIV T-shirts, I flashed one for him. It was kind of a funny shot back. Funny how a little cutscene turned into basically me stabbing him and throwing a tee at him.

“He saw me and he decided not to react. Too bad, 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 kid, you might as well be treated like a kid.

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The timing of a subpoena in Reed’s $750 million libel lawsuit against TV analyst Brandel Chamblee and the Golf Channel is another issue between the two. Reed alleges that Chamblee and PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan conspired to defame him for joining LIV Golf and McIlroy was called to testify about a meeting between PGA players that took place last year.

“I was subpoenaed by his attorney on Christmas Eve,” McIlroy said. “Trying to have a good time with my family and someone shows up and delivers, you’re not going to take that well. I live in reality, I don’t know where he lives. If I were in his shoes, I wouldn’t expect a hello or a handshake.”

Asked by a reporter if he could “one day see… mending bridges” with Reed, McIlroy, according to the press conference transcribersimply responded with an “incredulous facial expression.”

Thus begins McIlroy’s first tournament of 2023 and the LIV’s second season, which begins next month with Greg Norman remaining at the helm despite calls from McIlroy and Tiger Woods to leave if the PGA and LIV want to have a relationship. . But a recent shake-up at LIV Golf gave Norman even more power in the organization, and McIlroy had a salty opinion about it.

“If the CEO doesn’t have an executive team, I don’t know how strong that is,” McIlroy said. “… [H]He can’t do it himself. He has to rely on a team, just as we all rely on teams to do things. If you are going to operate solo, it will be quite difficult.”

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