Golf may not be a contact sport, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t disputes.
This week, Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed got into a fight shortly before the Dubai Desert Classic tournament, which begins on Wednesday, January 25.
Irish golfer McIlroy is part of the European and PGA tours and is currently ranked No. 1 in the official world golf rankings, while his American counterpart, Reed, is part of the Saudi-backed LIV golf league.
Here’s why the two highly respected athletes discussed it this week:
What happened between Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed?
McIlroy accused Reed of not “living reality” and refused to speak to Reed ahead of this week’s Dubai Desert Classic.
McIlroy has apparently ignored Reed ahead of this year’s Rolex Series at the Emirates Golf Club, which includes the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Dubai Desert Classic, Genesis Scottish Open, BMW PGA Championship and DP World Tour Championship.
Why are McIlroy and Reed in dispute?
As mentioned above, McIlroy and Reed are currently part of different golf leagues, McIlroy is on the European and PGA tours and Reed recently joined the LIV tour.
Members of the LIV tour have come under fire for their involvement in the Saudi-backed league, and Reed is among several players involved in an arbitration case with the DP World Tour over penalties imposed for playing in LIV’s debut. Golf last June. A hearing is expected to begin in February.
But where does McIlroy fit in? Well, Reed launched a defamation lawsuit against members of the media and organizations, while his lawyer cited McIlroy and Tiger Woods as part of a civil lawsuit filed in June for their participation in the players-only gathering that took place. place before the BMW Championship. last August.
What does McIlroy have to say about Reed’s actions?
“His lawyer summoned me on Christmas Eve,” four-time Grand Slam champion McIlroy told Sky Sports in an interview. “Then, of course, trying to have a good time with my family and someone shows up at your door and hands that over to you, you’re not going to take it well.
“I am living in reality, I don’t know where he lives. If he were in his place, he would not expect a greeting or a handshake.
Did Patrick Reed tee off Rory McIlroy?
Yes, it sure did. Reed tried to say hello to McIlroy on Tuesday, January 24, but was ignored. As a result of the dis, Reed teeed off to McIlroy.
“I was standing by my bag and he came up to me, and I was busy working and doing my practice, and I really didn’t feel like it…I didn’t feel the need to acknowledge him,” McIlroy said.
“So I didn’t see any tees in my direction, but apparently that’s what happened. And if the roles were reversed and he had thrown that shirt at him, he would be waiting for a lawsuit.”