Patrick Reed threw a tee at Rory McIlroy in disgust after the world number one appeared to ignore his efforts to say hello at Emirates Golf Club, according to reports.
the former Masters champion, who has moved to LIV Golf but will continue to play DP World Tour events until an arbitration hearing held in Britain in a fortnight determines the Tour’s ability to suspend the rebels, McIlroy’s caddy Harry Diamond greeted without incidents, according to the Spanish golf portal TenGolf.com.
Reed, whose defamation suit against analyst Brandel Chamblee and the Golf Channel was dismissed Friday by a federal judge in Florida, then turned to McIlroy, who at the time was napping and looking at the ground.
Reed stood near McIlroy for a few seconds with the intention of saying hello, but McIlroy did not even turn his head towards him.
Reed insisted on greeting McIlroy, but after getting no response, he gave up and walked away, but not before putting his hand in his pocket and throwing a tee in McIlroy’s direction in disgust.
The incident was the talk of the range and the tournament and comes after reports of tensions during last year’s BMW International.
According to the Telegraph, Sergio Garcia launched a rant against fellow DP World Tour players after being banned from the Scottish Open and fined by the DP World Tour for defecting to LIV Golf.
One player, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed: “The news (of the ban) came out during last week’s BMW International.
“Sergio flew off the handle shouting ‘This trip is s***, you guys are crazy, should have taken the Saudi money’.
While relations between players are considered cordial despite the fallout from LIV Golf, McIlroy and fellow Ryder Cup star Shane Lowry admit they are uncomfortable with LIV Golf players playing it up in DP World Tour events.
Before heading to Wentworth for the BMW PGA, McIlroy said: “I hate what it’s doing to the game of golf. I hate it. I really do. Like it’s going to be hard for me to bear going to Wentworth in a couple of weeks. ‘ time and see 18 of them there It just doesn’t suit me.
“So yes, I feel strongly. I believe that what I’m saying are the right things, and I believe that when you believe that what you’re saying are the right things, then you’re happy to stick your neck out on the line.”
Lowry won the tournament at Wentworth, describing his win as “one for the good guys.”
“Anyone who knows me, I don’t like confrontation or any of that,” Lowry said before the start of that tournament when asked about tensions between former Ryder Cup teammates. “I want to say hi and do my thing. That’s how I want to be. Obviously, the boys, I’ve known them for years and some of them became pretty good friends over the last couple of years.
“But apparently I haven’t seen them for a long time now. Don’t hang out with them anymore. We probably won’t go out to eat because we haven’t seen each other. But yes, there are some boys I shake hands with and certain hands I wouldn’t.”
The DP World Tour revealed on Monday in Dubai that three of the original appellants in the upcoming arbitration case – Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace – have withdrawn their appeal and no longer wish to participate in the arbitration process.
This has fueled speculation that Luke Donald or the tour may be looking to make the LIV Golf players eligible for Ryder Cup selection or participation in the team room in some way.
Back in September, Lowry said: “I’m not going to say too much about it because who knows what’s going to happen, I think February is the court date or something, they’re going to be allowed to play Ryder Cup.
“I don’t see how they’re going to make the team so they’re going to need a pick whether Luke wants to pick them or not.
“For me, I just want to be on the team. I think without those guys, we still have a good team, and we still have a good team. With all due respect to a lot of the guys over at LIV, I think that they know themselves and that’s why they went to LIV.
“Their Ryder Cup days are probably over. Whether it is – of course they’re lined up as the next captains, but there’s not too many of them who would have too many Ryder Cups.
“Look, I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen. This is the thing, and that’s what really gets to me is the unknown of it all and the uncertainty.”
After winning the tournament, he added: “Everybody knows how I feel. Yeah, it was definitely a little bit of extra motivation out there today. “I saw a couple of guys run a little bit and I felt like I wanted to do my best to make sure it wasn’t one of them and glad it was me.”