Presidents Cup: Patrick Reed silences the hecklers with singles win for USA

Tanya Simon
December 16, 2019

Patrick Reed's caddie, Kessler Karain, was involved in an altercation with a fan at the conclusion of Saturday's four-ball session and won't be on the bag for Sunday's final round.

Reed had endured a tough first three days at Royal Melbourne where he was targeted by hecklers and lost his opening three matches alongside Webb Simpson.

Reed, part of Tiger Woods' US team at Royal Melbourne, was docked two strokes for improving his lie in sand in the Bahamas last week, causing worldwide team opponent Cameron Smith of Australia to brand him a cheat. Another report said that Karain will meet with Tour commissioner Jay Monahan before the day is over.

Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, had moved sand in a bunker with his practice swing at last week's PGA Tour event in the Bahamas, an offence which carries a two-stroke penalty.

Karain went on to defend his actions by referencing his role as a caddie.

"As a caddy, one of your jobs is to protect your player". In a statement shared with ESPN, Karain said he got off of a golf cart to confront a fan who had "taken it too far". And this gentlemen was one of them.

"I think the biggest thing is, with what went down yesterday, and really how the whole week was ... was to come out today and continue playing some solid golf, continue playing well and to go out and get a crucial point early in the day to help the team". I played some incredible golf, and even though I got up a lot early, C.T., the kind of golfer he is, he put the pressure right back on.

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Reed, who arrived in Melbourne following cheating allegations at the Hero World Challenge, suffered his third consecutive loss of the Presidents Cup, after which tensions boiled over.

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Reed had the last laugh at the Presidents Cup with the controversial golf star's singles win crucial to the USA team's historic victory.

"Following an incident that took place on Saturday at the Presidents Cup involving Kessler Karain and a spectator, Karain will not return to caddie for Sunday's final-round Singles matches".

A fiery day three of the Presidents Cup saw the United States fight back to within two points of the global team and a physical altercation between a caddie and a spectator.

Saturday's incident put a stain on the Presidents Cup, which was set for perhaps the most watched and dramatic finish in the 25-year history of the event with Woods serving as a playing captain.

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