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Patrick Reed rages at fan's 'cheater' heckle during play-off defeat to Justin Thomas

Patrick Reed rages at fan's 'cheater' heckle during play-off defeat to Justin Thomas 1

Patrick Reed reacted furiously to being heckled by a fan after missing a putt during the play-off at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Reed had already played the putt but as it dragged wide of the hole a fan screamed out ‘cheater’.

But Reed still turned to face the crowd and was seen glaring and muttering under his breath in response.

Reed went on to lose to Justin Thomas on the third play-off hole and was disappointed not to pick up his first win since the Northern Trust in August.

But the flashpoint follows the controversial incident at the World Challenge in the Bahamas where he was hit with a two-shot penalty for brushing back sand behind his ball before playing a shot.

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Reed was also heckled during the Presidents Cup and his caddie was banned for the final day after an altercation with a fan.

“It’s something that he’s going to have to deal with,” Golf Channel pundit Notah Begay.

“I don’t think we’ll ever get to that point [of Reed apologizing]. I don’t think Patrick Reed sees it in the same light as a lot of people, and I think he’s going to stick with the decision that he’s made up to this point and do his best to move on.”

Reed missed the chance to win the event with a 25 foot eagle chance in the first play-off hole with Thomas finally finishing the job on the third go.

“I was eight under through 21 holes, so it was great golf as a whole,” Reed said.

“Of course it stings at the end whenever you don’t birdie for the win, but really I gave myself an opportunity.

“I didn’t think I was going to have an opportunity to even be in a play-off. That was a gift there towards the end to even give me an opportunity. I had a shot, though.

“I birdied the first one and got bested on the next two putts. Unfortunately from that point it just wasn’t meant to be.”

It began as a play-off between Reed, Thomas and Xander Schauffele who was eliminated after one hole.

“I should have won the tournament,” Schauffele said.

“I know it, everyone knows it. J.T [Justin Thomas] was right there, but under the circumstances I should have closed it off and I didn’t.

“I kind of did everything I was supposed to do until the last moment, which sucks. But this is another learning experience, and I guess I’ll have to work on some wind putting.

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“I can win, I think that’s pretty plain and simple. I’m good enough to hang with the best and I just need to be a little bit smarter when the time is right and able to close it out.”

And Thomas, who now has the most PGA Tour wins of any current player under 30, admits he was lucky.

He also becomes only the third player to pick up 12 wins before the age of 27 in the last 60 years, after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.

“For some reason I was supposed to win this week,” Thomas said. “I got very, very lucky to even have that opportunity.

“I truly felt like through 15 holes it was one of the best rounds I had played. I was in such control tee to green. I was putting it beautifully, my irons were awesome.

“I hit a really good drive on 16, just the wind took it more, and then 18 was just a disaster. I really didn’t hit very many good shots on the hole, but it worked out.”

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