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Former Masters champion Patrick Reed has once again defended his antics during last week’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, insisting: Don’t call me a cheat.

Reed, 29, has been widely condemned after footage of him appearing to improve his lie in a waste area during the third round of the Hero World Challenge went viral over the weekend.

His fellow pros Anne van Dam, Eddie Pepperell and Cameron Smith all rounded on the former Masters champion.

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Rory McIlroy is so far the only high-profile player to publicly give him the benefit of the doubt.

Still, Reed is unmoved. Speaking ahead of this week’s Presidents Cup in Australia, he said that the people calling him a cheat are wrong to do so.

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“It’s not the right word to use,” he said. “If you do something unintentionally that breaks the rules, it’s not considered cheating.

“If you’re intentionally trying to do something, that would be considered cheating, but I wasn’t intentionally trying to improve a lie or anything like that.

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“It’s just wrong, it’s just not right.”

Meanwhile, footage of Justin Thomas playfully mocking Reed during Presidents Cup practice at Royal Melbourne is doing the rounds.

Check it out below…


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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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