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The fallout from Patrick Reed’s alleged cheating at the Hero World Challenge continues, with Cameron Smith the latest of his fellow pros to call him out.

Reed, 29, was assessed a two-shot penalty at the end of his third round on Friday after television cameras twice caught him striking the sand behind his ball on the par-5 11th hole and, intentionally or otherwise, improving his lie.

After his round, he insisted that hadn’t been his intention and argued that the camera angle made it look worse than it was. Nonetheless, he accepted the penalty. 

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European Tour star Eddie Pepperell and Solheim Cup winner Anne van Dam were amongst the many people to call Reed out, prompting the American to come out fighting after the final round of the tournament in the Bahamas on Saturday.


However, that didn’t stop Aussie ace Smith from taking him to task. 

“If you make a mistake maybe once, you could maybe understand but to give a bit of a bulls**t response like the camera angle… that’s pretty up there (inexcusable),” Smith told the Australian Associated Press.

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Australia is Reed’s next stop as part of the American team for next week’s Presidents Cup. Smith, who will be on Ernie Els’ International team, not only expects the home crowd to give Reed grief – he hopes they will, too.


“I don’t have any sympathy for anyone that cheats,” he added. “I hope the crowd absolutely gives it to not only him, but everyone (on the American team) next week.

“I know Pat pretty good and he’s always been nice to me, so I don’t want to say anything bad about him but anyone cheating the rules, I’m not up for that.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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