Woods calls on fans be respectful after Reed s caddie clash
|reuters.com 14 Dec 2019 at 04:51|
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - United States captain Tiger Woods has asked fans to be “respectful” of his team at the Presidents Cup after Patrick Reed’s caddie was stood down from the event following a clash with a spectator at Royal Melbourne on Saturday.
FILE PHOTO: Patrick Reed of the U.S. talks with his caddie Kessler Karain as they walk off the 12th tee during third round play of the 2018 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, U.S. April 7, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Reed’s caddie Kessler Karain, who is also the golfer’s brother-in-law, had a heated altercation with a fan after Reed and Webb Simpson were thrashed 5&3 by the Internationals in the morning fourballs.
The PGA Tour later issued a statement saying Karain would not carry Reed’s bag on Sunday when the American meets Taiwan’s C.T. Pan in the third singles match.
Reed has been heckled by fans throughout the event following his controversial penalty in the Bahamas last week where he was penalized two strokes for improving his lie in a waste bunker.
Woods said some fans had drunk too much alcohol at the event and had taken things too far.
“There’s obviously some yelling. There’s people who have had a lot to drink and have gone over the top,” he told reporters.
“Bipartisanship is part of playing in team matches, whether you’re home or on the road; it’s part of the deal.
“As long as ... the fans are respectful, and that’s all we ask is for them to be respectful, and hopefully they will be excited tomorrow and into the matches and be very respectful of all the players.”