RYDER Cup star Patrick Reed is set to be punished by the PGA Tour after a foul-mouthed outburst on the opening day of the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.
Playing partner Graeme McDowell claimed a two-shot lead with a five-under-par 67 at Sheshan International – despite dropping two shots in the last six holes – but Reed turned the air blue. He was just four off the pace after a round of 71, but the American faces a hefty fine after being caught on camera swearing at himself and using language which could be interpreted as being homophobic.
Television commentators swiftly apologised after Reed was clearly heard saying: “Nice f****** three-putt you f****** f****t,” after a bogey on the first hole, his tenth of the day.
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A PGA Tour spokesperson said: “The PGA Tour’s Conduct Unbecoming regulations prohibit the use of obscene language on the golf course. The PGA Tour will deal with this matter internally in accordance with its regulations.”
The PGA Tour has a policy of not disclosing any disciplinary sanctions it issues.
McDowell began on the back nine and played his first 12 holes in seven under par. But he then failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker on the fourth and paid the price for what he called “a comedy of errors” on the par-5 eighth, where he missed his only fairway of the day and also pulled his approach left of the green.
Martin Kaymer’s 69 was matched by England’s Tommy Fleetwood to ensure the pair shared second place with South African Tim Clark and American trio Rickie Fowler, Chris Kirk and Brandt Snedeker. Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter were among an 11-strong group on 70, while Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher had to settle for a level-par 72. Compatriot Marc Warren shot 75.
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