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Australian ace Cam Smith has admitted his friendship with Patrick Reed is over after he accused the former Masters champion of cheating during the Hero World Challenge last weekend.

Reed, 29, was 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.

He was assessed a two-stroke penalty after his round, and insisted that the camera angle made the incident look worse than it worse.

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Smith, who faces Reed and his American compatriots in this week’s Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne, dismissed that as “a bulls**t response” and added that he doesn’t “have any sympathy for anyone that cheats”.

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Speaking to reporters at Royal Melbourne on the eve of the match, the 26-year-old doubled-down on his criticism.

“I’m sure he didn’t like it,” said Smith. “I think there is a little bit of tension there. I’ve looked at Patrick a couple times but he hasn’t looked back. I’m looking forward to the weekend.”

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Asked if he would attempt to speak with Reed, the Aussie added: “I definitely won’t go out of my way. I think our friendship, I guess, is not quite there anymore.

“I’m here to do a job for [captain] Ernie [Els] and that’s all I’m focusing on. I think it’s case of team versus team, what’s right and what’s wrong.”


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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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