Patrick Reed's caddie sent home from Presidents Cup after "punching fan"

Patrick Reed And Caddie Kessler Karain

Patrick Reed's caddie has been sent home from the Presidents Cup after reportedly punching a fan following Saturday's play.

Kessler Karain has been barred from caddying for Reed in tomorrow's singles matches after the altercation that came after the former Masters third successive loss in this year's Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne. 

Reed has been roundly heckled by the Australian crowd following his alleged cheating during last week's Hero World Challenge. Karain, who is also Reed's brother-in-law, finally snapped after a fan yelled "you f**king suck" at the American as they drove past in a cart.

"As a caddie, one of your jobs is to protect your player," Karain told ESPN. "And unlike several other sports, in golf fans can get pretty close to athletes. 

• Reed blasted for making light of "cheating"

• Pro criticised for "mocking" Greta Thunberg

"We have been known for having fun with some good banter, but after hearing several fans in Australia for three days some had taken it too far, I had enough. And this gentleman was one of them.

"I got off the cart and shoved him, said a couple things, probably a few expletives. Security came and I got back in [the] cart and left. I don’t think there’s one caddie I know that could blame me. Unless his bones break like Mr Glass, the most harm done was a little spilled beer which I’m more than happy to reimburse him for."


However, an eye-witness to the incident has told that Karain punched the fan in the chest. 

In a statement of his own, Reed said: “I respect the tour’s decision. We are all focused on winning the Presidents Cup tomorrow.” 

• "Our friendship is over" - Pro blasts Reed


His coach Josh Gregory is expected to step in to carry his bag for the final day, where he will take on C.T. Pan in the third match out.

The Internationals side, captained by Ernie Els and seeking a first win in the match since 1998, currently lead 10-8.

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
How to play Worst Ball
Worst ball
play button
Old vs New Tech | How big are the gains going to be?
play button
How to play Texas Scramble
Texas Scramble
play button
Which Callaway golf ball is right for me?
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

R&A and USGA announce further crackdown on greens books
Brooks-Bryson proves to be TV ratings flop
Tiger Woods "would love to play" The 150th Open at St Andrews
New study shows huge increase in golfers across Europe
Greg Norman praises Saudi golf ‘rebels’

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Swing your arms more freely
play button
Releasing the clubhead
play button
How to hit a fade
play button
Stand taller at address says Denis Pugh
See all videos right arrow