Patrick Reed, who never seems to lack controversy, found it again Saturday during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open in the tenth hole of his par-4 category when he pulled his ball out of a built-in lie and took a free drop. The tenth was part of Rollercoaster 18 in which Reed fired a tied 70 in the lead in the final round on Sunday.
After his second shot on the tenth par-4 hole, she veered to the left side of the hole in the thick bristle, Reed walked toward it, bent over and picked it up. He claimed it was included although video evidence shows that he bounced back after landing for the first time and only leaping more than 3 feet in the air. For it to be incorporated, the ground had to be insanely wet.
After his tour, Reid said he saw no one in his group nor the volunteer standing near the ball bouncing, so he was checking to see if it had “broken the plane” on the ground.
After moving him, Reid called the rules officer and had him put his fingers in the pitch mark. Obviously, the referee was surprised Reid was already moving the ball, and confirmed that there was indeed a lip where Reed’s ball had landed for the first time and deemed Reid was right to remove the inline ball. From there, Reed kept getting a drop and stopping up and down equally.
Reid was shocked that the post-tour video showed the ball had bounced and emphasized that it was “almost impossible” to block the ball (or involve) if it bounced at all. This raises a lot of questions, not the least of which was what lip he and the rules official would have felt if it was “nearly impossible” to block the ball when it bounced.
Reid confirmed that the rules official told him that everything was done “to the fullest” and that it was a “textbook” that dealt with a precarious situation. He also appeared to shift the blame to the volunteer who had never seen the ball bounce as well as the rules official who confirmed the inclusion. If it was an attempt to find out how much leeway a baseman would give him (not be the first to do so), it was successful.
Reid said, “If you have 100 people around there, and there’s a bunch of fans out there and a fan said they saw it bounce off, I’d never have to put a tee or even check to see if it’s included or not. By the best judgment in addition to this.” The reason you always call the rules official is because at the end of the day they will have the best judgment on everyone. If they think it’s included too, then they will say.
Reid said he wouldn’t have done anything differently and in fact, he considers himself a model of what players on the PGA Tour have to do in situations like these.
“It’s a pity that happened today, but at the same time this is exactly what I would do every time, exactly what every player should do,” Reid said. “You should ask your opponents in the game if they have seen whether the ball rebounds or crosses the danger line, you always ask them first and then ask the volunteer, then from there you check to see and at that point, you call the rules officer.
“It’s unfortunate, but at the same time when you have the stewards of the rules and everyone comes out and says you did it in a textbook and did it exactly as you’re supposed to do, that’s all you can do. I mean, when” there and we’re playing, we can’t see it all. ” . That is why you depend on other players, and other opponents, and you rely on volunteers as well as relying on the ruling rules. When they all say what we are “You did the right thing, then go ahead and move on”.
The whole thing was questionable for someone who had never encountered the rules. Reid? It’s an indefensible frontier, and the more you happen to be after the tour, the worse it looks. After the hype at 10, Reed made four ghosts in his next six holes before a bird finally put him at the age of 10 and tied in the lead until Sunday.
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