Patrick Reed's rivals not happy after another PGA cheating controversy

Patrick Reed's rivals not happy after another PGA cheating controversy

Which, for golf's undisputed super-villain, is both a criticism and a compliment.

Reed won by five shots for his ninth PGA Tour victory and first in the Farmers Insurance Open.

It is not the first rules issue to hit Reed, who was penalised two strokes at the 2019 Hero World Challenge for moving sand behind his ball to improve his lie, something he said he did not see because his angle was different from that of TV cameras. He had even more trouble on the back nine, when he bogeyed No. 11 and then had trouble getting out of a greenside bunker on No. 12, taking a double-bogey 6.

Sir Bob Charles' mementoes are displayed at Shirley Golf Club upstairs in the clubhouse, including the British Open trophy replica from his Open win in 1963. Yet while he lauded his own mental toughness in victory, his fellow players began to unload.

Reed closed with a four-under 68 at Torrey Pines on Sunday, making an eagle on the par-5 sixth and finishing off his ninth PGA Tour title with a birdie on the 18th as he finished 14 under.

"It was wonderful", said Reed, who became the first player since George Burns in 1987 to win the Farmers after leading after the first round.

"So it's tough to see, it's sad, kind of p****s us off, but it's the way it is. Hopefully something changes and comes to a conclusion".

Sweden's Henrik Norlander (69) and young Norwegian star Viktor Hovland (71) all tied for second.

"I would not put myself and create a situation like that", Schauffele said.

"At that point we go with what the rules official said and also with what the volunteers and what we see", Reed said.

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"If someone had seen the video or saw the ball bounce obviously I wouldn't have marked the ball or attempted to ask for embedded ball". "Going into today, I felt good, I felt confident and really went to the golf course, plugged in my headphones and just kind of got in my world with my coach and got to that first tee".

"I think the rule is if you're in doubt on something that's going to give you an advantage and it's not 100%, then you kind of go the other way", 2019 Houston Open victor Lanto Griffin said. "He did everything by the book according to the official and everyone stood by there", Schauffele said.

Lanto Griffin and Xander Schauffele. Woods also won the PGA Tour event at the course earlier that year.

Reed brushed off the moment in his post-round interview, saying the rules official said he handled the moment "absolutely perfectly".

But a rules official granted the relief, and Reed received a free drop.

"When you're out there, you are playing, you rely on [other people], whether it's volunteers, other opponents, rules officials to make the right calls".

"With that being said, I felt fine, I felt great throughout the day".

"But at the end of the day, I think 99 per cent of the golfers out here, if it's in question one way or the other, they're going to go the other way". "I was able to go out there and get the job done".

PointsBet, an online sportsbook that has a partnership with the PGA Tour, has offered refunds to all of those who did not bet on Patrick Reed at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Reed struggled on Saturday after his 10th-hole controversy, watching a four-stroke lead turn into a tie after three rounds with Mexico's Carlos Ortiz at 10-under par.

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