WATCH: Patrick Reed at centre of new 'cheating' fiasco

Patrick Reed Farmers Insurance Open Drop

Golf fans have rounded on Patrick Reed after the former Masters champion found himself at the centre of yet another rules controversy.

Contending in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, Reed called in a rules official to check on whether or not his ball was embedded after pulling his approach from a fairway bunker into the left rough at the tenth. 

Perfectly normal so far... except Reed's ball visibly bounced, he apparently declined to review the video footage available to him from on-course cameras, and picked up his ball before calling in the official.

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He can then be heard telling the official, not once but twice, that his ball hadn't bounced. The official accepted Reed's version of events and he was allowed a free drop, from which he went on to save par. 

Here's the conversation with the official...

And here's footage of the shot that preceded it, quite clearly showing Reed's ball taking a bounce...

Hmmm. 

Reed, who famously found himself accused of cheating after an incident at the 2019 Hero World Challenge, was quickly condemned by social media users for this latest incident. 

World No.11 Reed ultimately signed for a two-under 70 to take a share of the lead into the final round.

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