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Solheim Cup star Anne van Dam has led the criticism of Patrick Reed’s antics in a waste area during the third round of the Hero World Challenge – calling for the former Masters champion to be BANNED from the PGA Tour.

Reed, 29, was assessed a two-shot penalty after completing his round on Friday after television cameras caught him improving his lie in the hazard on the par-5 11th hole. 

After his round, the American said that it wasn’t intentional but that he accepted the penalty after reviewing the video evidence. 

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However, many were angered by what they say, chief among them Dutch star van Dam. 

She tweeted:

Former Ryder Cup player Ross Fisher was amongst those who ‘Liked’ this tweet.

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In response to a follower, van Dam added what she thinks would constitute an appropriate sanction for Reed…

Ryder Cup-winning captain Thomas Bjorn also reacted to the footage…

Interestingly, footage has emerged of Reed appearing to do the exact same thing in a bunker in 2015…

The two shots Reed was docked turned his 72 into a 74. He now enters the final round in the Bahamas three shots adrift of leader Gary Woodland.


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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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