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DP World Tour pro Mike Lorenzo-Vera has slammed Patrick Reed after the American’s rules controversy at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic.
The Frenchman, who has been a vocal critic of the Saudi-funded LIV Golf League, took to Twitter to question why his fellow pros haven’t spoken out, after Reed took relief from a tree in the third round of the event.
He goes on to say that the former Masters champion is a ‘fantastic golf player,’ before saying he ‘f***’n cheated,’ asking ‘how is the guy not DQ?’
I just don’t understand how players stays silent after being robbed one spot by someone that cheated. Fantastic golf player. But Reed fuck’n cheated !!!! How can you identify 100% something very specific on your ball that is not in the tree ??? How is the guy not DQ ????— Mike Lorenzo-Vera (@MikeLorenzoVer1) February 1, 2023
On the 17th hole of Reed’s third round, his ball became lodged in a tree. The 32-year-old was told by DP World Tour rules officials that his ball had landed in one of several trees in the area, and Reed took relief, before making a bogey on the hole.
On Tuesday afternoon, Reed released a statement on his Twitter account, where he described the drop as a ‘non-issue.’
The controversy only added to an exciting week, where Reed finished one shot behind Rory McIlroy, after the American shot a final round of 65.
Lorenzo-Vera isn’t the only one to criticise Reed over the drop.
Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee took to Twitter, saying that Reed and the officials were looking in the wrong tree for Reed’s ball, and that he should have showed the rules official another ball from his bag to help them identify it.
He identified the marking of a ball after Reed told him what to look for. What else did he have to go on? Reed should have produced, for clarification, as any other tour pro would have, a ball from his bag with a similar marking for definitive identification. That didn’t happen. https://t.co/yD70ACKzUF— Brandel Chamblee (@chambleebrandel) February 1, 2023
However, Rory McIlroy did come to Reed’s defence, saying that if any other player had been involved in the incident, it would have been treated as non-issue, and that he didn’t feel Reed was trying to gain an unfair advantage.
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