Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) didn’t even notice Patrick Reed (USA) approaching him. Reed, who had been ignored after going to say New Year’s greetings, turned shyly, pulled a wooden tee from his pocket, and tossed it at McIlroy.
Rory McIlroy, the world’s No. 1 male golfer, who is preserving the traditional tour, and Patrick Reed (USA), the ‘bad boy’ who left for LIV golf sponsored by Saudi Arabia, had a conflict at the DP World Tour (European Tour) Hero Dubai Desert Classic. The conflict that surfaced between the two was enough to attract extraordinary attention from the media and fans.
At the Dubai Desert Classic, which opened on the 26th, several LIV golfers including Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter (above England), and Henrik Stenson (Sweden) participated, creating tension from early on. As players defending the PGA Tour and European Tour and LIV golf players played together, there were concerns about conflict between them.
The conflict between McIlroy and Reed occurred on the practice range on the 24th. Reed approached McIlroy’s group and greeted them, but McIlroy squatted down and set his shot-measuring tool without looking back.
After shaking hands with McIlroy’s caddy, Reid turned around after being ignored by McIlroy, took a wooden tee with the LIV Golf logo from his pocket and tossed it lightly at McIlroy.
This scene was captured on the camera of the reporters at the scene and shared through social media, drawing various reactions from many fans.
At a press conference on the 25th, a day later, McIlroy was asked about the conflict between the two and said, “I knew Reed and his party were approaching, but I didn’t bother to say hello, so I ignored them.” “On Christmas Day, I received a subpoena from Reed’s lawyer. How would you feel if you were going to a party with your family on Christmas Eve and got a summons?”
“If I were Reed, I wouldn’t have thought to say hello,” McIlroy said. I live in reality, but I don’t know what kind of world Reed lives in,” he said. 바카라사이트
Patrick Reed refuted the contents of McIlroy’s press conference, saying, “If you act like an immature child, you deserve to be treated that way.” He said, “It was the first time we met in the new year, so we went to say hello. My relationship with McIlroy was good until I went to LIV Golf. However, McIlroy deliberately touched his Trackman tool and ignored me,” he said. In fact, McIlroy didn’t notice that Reed threw a wooden tee behind his back.
At the end of last year, Patrick Reed filed a defamation lawsuit against the Golf Channel and commentator Brandel Chambly, claiming that he had insulted him by calling him a fraud. Reed said the subpoenas given to McIlroy were related to the PGA Tour and LIV Golf lawsuits and not to the new lawsuit.