Patrick Reed accused by social media of "cheating" at Farmers Insurance Open

Reed's ball is deemed to have been embedded in the turf - but video evidence shows his ball took one bounce before entering the rough!

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Sat, 30 Jan 2021

Patrick Reed accused by social media of "cheating" at Farmers Insurance Open

Patrick Reed has been accused by a large number of golf fans on social media of "cheating" during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines following a controversial ruling in the rough on the par-4 10th hole. 

Reed sent his tee shot into the fairway bunker and then struck his second shot into the deep rough left of the green, which is where the controversy commenced. 

 

 

 

The American got up to his ball and proceeded to pick it up and move it after considering his ball had "embedded" into the turf. A nearby volunteer told him that she "didn't see it bounce."  

However, upon a video replay of the shot, it was evident that Reed's ball had indeed taken one bounce before diving into the rough.

WATCH the videos above to make your own mind up - you can also hear the full conversation between Reed and the rules official. 

"I checked it and I believe it broke ground," said Reed to PGA Tour Rules Official Brad Fabel. "Since I picked it up to check, it seemed it broke ground. They said it didn't bounce."

WATCH: PATRICK REED EXPLAINS HOW HE DID "EVERYTHING PERFECTLY" WHEN IT CAME TO HIS 'EMBEDDED BALL' RULING!

 

Despite Reed having already picked up his ball, Fabel took a closer look at where the ball had entered the turf and he deemed it to have embedded. Fabel said he could feel a "lip" to where the ball had entered the ground. 

Reed responded: "I thought so, but I just wanted to double check."

The former Masters champion was then told he could take one clublength from where the ball had entered the turf, and was able to clean his ball and take a free drop.

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Reed would then chip his ball onto the green to around 15 feet, and would go on to hole the putt for par. 

Rules Official Ken Tackett explained during the CBS broadcast that because PGA Tour Rules Official Fabel determined Reed's ball at 10 did embed in the ground, then it does not matter that the ball took a second bounce. The decision had been made. 

Despite Reed claiming the rules official told him he did everything "absolutely perfectly", Tackett - at the time of all this happening on the telecast - said: "Yes, Patrick kind of got ahead of himself a little bit there. The best practice is to mark your ball and then wait."

If a ball embeds into the ground, then a player gets a free drop under Rule 16 in the Rules of Golf. 

Despite not receiving a penalty, many golf fans on social media seemed to think Reed more than got away with the ruling. Here's a look at a number of tweets following the controversial incident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reed has previous when it comes to a controversial ruling on the course, none more so when seemingly improving his lie in the sand at the Hero World Challenge in December 2019 - WATCH HERE

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