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.
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...
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.
And with Patrick Reed’s first rules controversy of the year, 2021 has ~officially~ begun— claire rogers (@kclairerogers) January 30, 2021
Patrick Reed leads the Tour in a new metric I just created: Strokes Gained Cheating— Shane B (@straitvibin) January 30, 2021
The rules of golf were designed to ensure the player never touched the ball, unless absolutely necessary. #PatrickReed— Luke Elvy (@Luke_Elvy) January 30, 2021
Patrick Reed has more front than Blackpool.. He does not give a .....— Paul Wardell (@paulwardellgolf) January 30, 2021
What Patrick Reed did on the 10th was just flat wrong. If he thought his ball was embedded(it bounced) he should have waited for Brad Fable to determine that.Not complicated.— Gary Williams (@Garywilliams1Up) January 30, 2021
Patrick Reed cheating again— Stuart Douglas (@StuartD99332447) January 30, 2021
Everytime I start to root for Patrick Reed again, he goes and #Allegedly does more shady stuff. Dammit.— Obscure Former Reds (@ObscureExReds) January 30, 2021
@PGATOUR Why do not Patrick Reed play the honest way like the other guys on the TOUR?— Dag Johansen (@DagJohansen4) January 30, 2021
World No.11 Reed ultimately signed for a two-under 70 to take a share of the lead into the final round.