Patrick Reed has been having a pretty strong week at the Hero World Challenge. But after starting Day 3 in first place, one rough hole ruined his day, and has drawn the ire of fans in the process.
Reed was penalized two strokes after he was judged to be removing sand from the lie in a sand trap on the 11th hole.
Footage from the hole appears to show Reed measuring his stroke on the ball, only to pull it out and remove some sand with it to improve the lie.
Fans didn’t respond warmly to the footage, and have quickly accused the 29-year-old golfer of cheating.
Patrick Reed gets busted cheating at the Hero World Challenge pic.twitter.com/r25cE6zenE
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The two stroke penalty crushed what was ultimately an even day on the course, dropping him from minus-12 to minus-10. As a result, he fell from first all the way to sixth.
2018 was a breakout year for Patrick Reed, who won the Masters and followed that up with a fourth-place finish in the U.S. Open.
But 2019 has seen Reed fall back down to earth in many ways. He finished ranked in the 30s at the Masters and U.S. Open, and was cut from the PGA Championship. But he finished up the majors strong with a 10th-place finish at The Open Championship.
Reed also claimed the seventh PGA Tour win of his career in August, edging out Abraham Ancer to win the Northern Trust.