Patrick Reed’s cheating scandal brings rivalry and ‘pretty good ammo’ for sledging ahead of Presidents Cup


December 09, 2019 11:43:28

Not wearing his excuses, Cameron Smith expects the Melbourne crowds to stick it to Patrick Reed at this week’s Presidents Cup as the fallout continues from the American’s cheating scandal.

Key points:

  • Patrick Reed was penalised for illegally altering his lie in a bunker at the Hero World Challenge on the weekend
  • Cameron Smith says he does not have any sympathy for anyone who cheats
  • Smith is encouraging the home crowd at the Presidents Cup to “absolutely give it to” Reed

Reed was caught violating the rules during the third round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

The former Masters winner copped a two-stroke penalty after TV cameras caught him making improper swings in a waste bunker during Saturday’s third round of the Tiger Woods-hosted event.

Reed was sanctioned for flattening out sand behind his ball with two practice swings, but insisted he didn’t improve his lie despite conceding he had moved sand and therefore violated the rules.

The world number 17 defended the practice swings by insisting camera angles made the violations look worse.

“I think with a different camera angle they would have realised that. If it was from the side you would have seen that with the backswing it was not improving the lie because it was far enough away from the golf ball,” Reed said.

But Smith, making his Presidents Cup debut at Royal Melbourne next week, refused to accept Reed’s justification.

“If you make a mistake maybe once, you could maybe understand but to give a bit of a bullshit response like the camera angle … that’s pretty up there,” Smith said after finishing his Australian Open campaign.

Smith echoed his fellow Australian Marc Leishman in saying the crowds at Royal Melbourne were likely to sledge Reed.

“I hope so,” Smith said. “I don’t have any sympathy for anyone that cheats.

“I hope the crowd absolutely gives it to not only him, but everyone [on the American team] next week.”

Smith did not question Reed’s character, only his rules infraction in the Bahamas.

“I know Pat pretty good [sic] and he’s always been nice to me, so I don’t want to say anything bad about him but anyone cheating the rules, I’m not up for that,” Smith said.

Smith also warned crowds against crossing the line when needling Reed.

“I’m sure if it did get out of hand, I know I would definitely, and everyone on the International Team, would tell the crowd to settle down a little bit,” he said.

Leishman had earlier flagged the possibility of the Australian crowd turning on Reed.

“I did see and it was pretty ordinary, to be honest,” Leishman said after his Saturday third round at the Australian Open.

“It didn’t look too good for him.

“There’s opportunities there [to sledge Reed]. As long as it’s not disrespectful. You never want to cross the line but there’s some pretty good ammo there, isn’t there?”






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