Eddie Pepperell labelled LIV Golf's Patrick Reed potentially "the most deranged individual on the planet" after news broke the American filed another defamation lawsuit against members of the media, taking his claims to $1bn.
In case the news passed you by, Reed's attorney Larry Klayman announced earlier in the week that the 32-year-old American had filed another lawsuit, this time wanting $250m in damages.
This was on top of his $750m lawsuit against Golf Channel and Brandel Chamblee.
Reed's latest action is brought against the golf writer Shane Ryan, Fox Sports, the New York Post, Hachette Book Group and the Associated Press, as well as author Shane Ryan and AP journalist Doug Ferguson
Court documents in particular accuse Ryan of being "pathologically obsessed" with the 2018 Masters champion.
Ryan has recently published a book - through Hachette - entitled "The Cup They Couldn’t Lose: America, The Ryder Cup, and The Long Road to Whistling Straits."
Reed claims the work falsely attacked his reputation.
Ryan can't respond in too much detail because of the legal implications, however he did post on social media:
DP World Tour pro Pepperell, also reacted to the news.
This is how he feels:
He might be the most deranged individual on the planet.— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) November 2, 2022
Certainly on LIV.
Reed filed his $750m lawsuit in August. In September, he refiled it to include Golf Channel analysts Damon Hack, Shane Bacon and Eamon Lynch.
Reed also brought suit against Golfweek, where Lynch is a columnist, and their parent company Gannett.
The suit was moved from Texas to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Jacksonville.
There was a wild and unsubstantiated rumour floating about that one of the reasons the suit was moved was because the judge assigned in Texas was a massive golf fan and a stickler for rules.
We'll have to see what develops with these lawsuits. One legal expert previously claimed Reed's $750m suit was destined to fail.
In 2022, Reed earned $12,210,714 in prize money with LIV. He signed for LIV Golf in July after the curtain-raising event at Centurion.
Speaking at the LIV Golf team championship at Trump National Doral, Reed said of his decision:
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