The American shot a four-under par 68 on Sunday at Torrey Pines to romp to a five-shot win on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open, shifting the 30-year-old Reed into the highest 10 of the world’s greatest golfers.
After his method shot traveled left of the inexperienced into deep tough, Reed requested a volunteer if the ball had bounced. The volunteer mentioned no, main Reed to imagine his ball might have embedded within the floor.
Free reduction permits a golfer to drop the ball and take their subsequent shot.
Earlier than checking his ball, Reed could possibly be heard telling his enjoying companions: “Hey guys, I will test it. They mentioned it did not bounce.”
By the point the official had arrived, the 2018 Masters champion had already moved the ball after figuring out it had been embedded.
Reed then requested the official to test the bottom for an indentation, saying: “Since I picked it as much as test — it looks like it broke floor — however I would like you to double test.”
The principles official mentioned he did really feel an indentation within the floor and decided that Reed’s ball had been embedded. He then guided Reed by way of the drop for reduction.
Nevertheless, Reed’s actions drew criticism from some golfers.
“If my ball’s embedded, I normally will wait and name somebody and form of wait till everybody’s on the identical web page, wait to take a look at video,” Schauffele mentioned.
“So I attempt to keep away from conditions like that only for that cause. You’ll be able to put a tee within the floor and test your ball.
“He did every little thing by the e-book in keeping with the official and everybody stood by there. The discuss amongst the boys is not nice, I suppose, however he is protected by the Tour and that is all that issues, I suppose.”
“Golf’s a sport of sportsmanship and it is powerful to place us within the spot to name him out as a result of we weren’t there, however on the finish of the day I feel 99 % of the golfers out right here, if it is in query someway, they will go the opposite manner, not taking a drop, it did not cross, that kind of deal,” mentioned the 32-year-old Griffin.
“So, it is powerful to see, it is unhappy, form of pisses us off, nevertheless it’s the way in which it’s. Hopefully one thing modifications and are available to a conclusion.”
On the identical day, an analogous incident occurred with four-time main winner Rory McIlroy. His second shot on the 18th gap landed in tough on the proper facet of the golf green and though video footage confirmed it hopped, gamers and witnesses across the space have been unaware of that.
“John Mutch, Ken Tackett and Gary Younger have reviewed the Rory McIlroy movies from No. 18 yesterday and decided that it was just about the identical state of affairs that Patrick Reed confronted on No. 10 throughout the third spherical,” the PGA Tour mentioned in a press release.
“It was cheap for each gamers to conclude — primarily based on the truth that they didn’t see the ball land, however given the lie of the ball in gentle course circumstances — that they proceed because the Rule permits for an potential embedded ball.
“They marked, lifted and assessed the state of affairs to find out if the ball was embedded. Patrick went one step additional and known as in a Guidelines Official to make certain his evaluation wouldn’t be questioned (though this step will not be required). Each gamers took correct reduction below the Rule 16/3.
“The Committee is comfy with how each gamers proceeded given the truth that they used the proof that they had on the time.”
“DID THE SAME THING TODAY ON HOLE 18! AND DIDN’T EVEN CALL A RULES OFFICIAL OVER TO DEEM THE BALL EMBEDDED. END OF STORY,” tweeted Reed.
McIlroy additionally addressed his state of affairs afterwards, saying he “mainly did the identical factor as Patrick did.”
Reed didn’t break any PGA guidelines — he wasn’t required to ask for a Guidelines Official’s opinion earlier than taking “correct reduction” — however what occurred over the weekend confirmed simply how keenly gamers and followers of the game view the sanctity of golf’s traditions.