The power of the three-putt often brings out our worst, and so it was with Patrick Reed today on the 10th hole of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China. Reed three-putted for a bogey and muttered to himself a pair of naughty words — and then a gay slur. On-course microphones picked up the meltdown, and the PGA Tour will nail Reed with an undisclosed fine.
The PGA Tour issued a statement early Thursday morning, saying: “The PGA Tour 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.”
Reed has apologized on Twitter with this statement: “I'm sorry for using offensive language today in China. My passion to play well got the best of me and my word choice was unacceptable.”
The incident comes less than two weeks after the PGA of America ousted Ted Bishop as its president for calling Ian Poulter a “Lil girl” on Twitter.