PGA Tour pro FIRES SHOTS at Patrick Reed after penalty drop controversy

PGA Tour pro Ben An has not held back in his criticism of Patrick Reed at the Dubai Desert Classic.

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Wed, 1 Feb 2023
PGA Tour pro FIRES SHOTS at Patrick Reed after penalty drop controversy

PGA Tour professional and former BMW PGA Championship winner Byeong-hun An (who also goes by the name of Ben An) has fired shots at Patrick Reed following his controversial golf ball ruling in the tree (which has gone by the name of 'Treegate'). 

A number of other Tour pros have also hit out at Reed's controversial ruling on the 17th hole in the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic when the American's ball was lodged in a tree. 

"The guy does not stop," said one irate pro. 

The biggest issue was not that Reed received a drop under one penalty stroke by the tree, but more the fact he said he was "100%" certain his golf ball was in the third and furthest tree.

If you've not yet seen the incident, you can watch it in full here

After Golf Channel's Brandel Chamblee slowed the video footage down multiple times, it has come to light that Reed's golf ball indeed found the first of the three trees. 

Reed, who went on to lose by a shot to Rory McIlroy, was able to take a drop beside the third and furthest tree after the referee Kevin Feeney was comfortable with Reed's description of the ball in the tree. 

"I would have gone back to the tee if I wasn't 100%," said Reed after his round. 

Treegate took an explosive twist when Reed's playing partner Matt Wallace spoke about the markings on his golf ball. 

GolfMagic also spoke about the hot topic on the latest episode of the 'From The Tips' podcast, which you can watch here or listen here

But onto today, and yet another Tour pro has slammed Reed over the incident. 

This time it's Ben An, who won the BMW PGA in 2015. 

"Next time I'm stuck on top of the tree, I'm just going to drop where I think it went. No need to identify it," tweeted An.