Reed shrugs off rules row for PGA Tour win

Tanya Simon
February 3, 2021

He also had a share of the lead with Carlos Ortiz. The controversy arose because he picked up his ball - although it is allowed under the rules in order to determine whether it was embedded - before consulting a rules official. Reed told the official that no one in his group, as well as a nearby volunteer, saw it bounce.

He went on to save par on his way to a 70 to join Ortiz - who stormed up the leaderboard with the day's best round of six-under 66 - at 10-under.

The only other time the South Course at Torrey Pines was the host for the U.S. Open was in 2008 when Tiger Woods was the victor, outlasting Rocco Mediate in a memorable 91-hole battle. The Norwegian fell away and slipped into a five way tie for second place on nine under par. His compatriots Corey Conners (37e) and Roger Sloan (53e) also took part in the weekend rounds.

Reed has found himself embroiled in another scandal.

. Merritt, B.C. native Roger Sloan shot a 6-over 78 to fall into a tie for 67th.

Xander Schauffele has reacted to the Patrick Reed incident that hit the headlines during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open and revealed that the talk amongst the players on the PGA Tour "isn't great".

A ball embedded anywhere through the green except for sandy areas is entitled to a free drop, which is what Reed sought.

"The ball just disappeared. I wouldn't", Schauffele said, insisting that he would not have picked up the ball in Reed's position.

"If my ball's embedded, I usually will wait and call someone and kind of wait until everyone's on the same page, wait to look at video", Schauffele said. In 2018 at Bay Hill, he tried to get relief from a palmetto bush and, when he was twice denied, said, "I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth".

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"If you sit there and you mark it or if you don't mark it and you wait for a Rules official, it doesn't help for pace of play purposes for groups, whether they're behind you or you're keeping up with the group in front of you". ". When you have the rules officials and everybody come up and say that you did it textbook and you did it exactly how you're supposed to do, then that's all you can do".

The ground was soft because of rain overnight Thursday and during the second round Friday, when play was suspended for almost an hour because of a storm.

". We felt like we did (the right thing), the rules officials felt like they did that at the same time so with that being said I felt fine, I felt great throughout the day".

"Talking to the head rules official yesterday right after the round, he said, "Patrick, you did absolutely everything you could". It's obviously hard and you get to second-guessing when see video; soft conditions, there's a lot of variables out there".

After Reed was accused of cheating at the 2019 Hero World Challenge, Karain got into an altercation with a fan during the Presidents Cup in Australia just weeks later, an incident that saw him kicked out of the event. He reached 13 under with a birdie on No. 9.

South Korean Im sung-jae birdied five of the first eight holes to move within one of the lead, but began the back nine with three bogeys and a double bogey to fade.

Sam Burns (70), Lanto Griffin (72), Viktor Hovland (73), Jon Rahm (72) and Adam Scott (72) were two shots back at 8 under.

"Rory McIlroy did the same thing today on Hole 18!"

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