He then revealed what his first thought was when Reed secured his big win in Mexico. Those words? “There is no God.”
“I mean, ‘there is no God’ was the first thing I said after he’d won last week. There is no God, you know, that’s proof of it right there,” Feherty said. “Amazing. I mean, he is amazing. He’s Captain Oblivious, just can let everything run off his back. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Feherty was the only major golf figure taking Reed to task recently. A week ago, Brooks Koepka admitted he considered Reed’s actions at the Hero, where he used a club to improve his lie in a waste area by moving sand during his practice swings, as cheating.
“Uh, yeah. I think, yeah — yeah. I mean, I don’t know what he was doing, building sand castles in the sand but, you know, you know where your club is,” Koepka said at a PGA Championship media event in California. “I mean, I took three months off and I can promise you I know if I touched sand.”
Then former CBS Sports reporter Peter Kostis joined a podcast to claim that he’s witnessed Reed improve his lie in a bunker several times.
R&A Chief Martin Slumbers took a more diplomatic route earlier this week when he argued that modern Tour golfers face a level of scrutiny unseen by prior generations, and that certain things should remain “behind closed doors and private.”
“We live in a world now where everything is seen and everything is talked about.” Slumbers said. “Did the great players of 30 years ago lose their temper on the golf course? I’m sure they did. It just wasn’t reported upon. I think the young players today are on the whole great ambassadors for our sport — and they’re great company to be around. Certain things should be behind closed doors and private.”
Despite the increasing criticism, Reed has remained silent on the matter recently. But as long as he keeps teeing it up on Tour, and winning the occasional tournament, the now-World No. 8 golfer will likely continue to volley criticism.
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