SportsPulse: Patrick Reed won his first green jacket in impressive fashion. However, as Trysta Krick explains, Reed has become somewhat of a villain in the golf world.
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Don’t mess with Patrick Reed.
The 2018 Masters champion, playing in the European Tour’s Porsche European Open in Germany this week, confronted a camera crew that was distracting him before his third shot on the par-4 10th hole on Thursday.
While Reed is getting ready to chip onto the green, his caddie, Kessler Karain, starts motioning and pointing off-camera to the crew. The audio doesn’t pick up what he says, then Reed backed off his shot and joined in.
The microphone then picked up Karain say, “You’re rattling change in your pocket. That’s what I’m pointing at you for.”
The microphone doesn’t pick up what the camera crew says, but you can hear Reed respond, “Well, thank you. Stop.”
Reed then refused to hit his shot until the camera crew moved away.
“He lost privileges by going like that with change,” said Reed, who then implored the group to “keep going. I’m not hitting until y’all get the heck outta here. Like, completely outta here. Ridiculous.”
The group moved away, and Reed was able to get up-and-down for par. He finished with a 2-under 70.
American Bryson DeChambeau leads after the first round at 6-under par.