Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed trade insults as possible tee-throwing video emerges

The drama between Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed escalates after the golf tee toss that went viral on Tuesday.

It has been reported that while on the driving range of the Emirates Golf Club warming up for the Dubai Desert Classic on the DP World Tour, Reed – one of the most high profile defections from the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf – approached World No. 1 Golfer McIlroy in an attempt to say hello. McIlroy ignored him, and after a few more attempts to get his attention, Reed threw a golf tee at McIlroy and ran off in disgust.

A possible video of the incident has emerged and is doing the rounds on social media. While the ‘throw’ is more like a light throw in McIlroy’s direction, one can surely see the Northern Irishman wanting nothing to do with Reed.

Speaking to reporters at a pre-tournament press conference, McIlroy admitted to snubbing Reed, while the American confirmed he threw himself in the direction of the Northern Irishman.

“Patrick came over to say hello and I didn’t really want him to,” McIlroy said. “From what I remember, that was it. I did not see a tee. I didn’t feel a tee. Obviously someone else saw this. But it’s definitely a storm in a teacup. I can’t believe this has become a story, it’s nothing.

McIlroy explained the source of his frustration with Reed, saying that on Christmas Eve, a lawyer served McIlroy with a court subpoena in relation to Reed’s lawsuit against Golf Channel and analyst Brandel Chamblee.

Rory McIlroy at a press conference on the Dubai Desert Classic
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“Trying to have a good time with my family and have someone show up on your doorstep and deliver it to you, you’re not going to take it well,” McIlroy said.

“I live in reality, I don’t know where he lives. If I were her, I wouldn’t expect a hello or a handshake.

McIlroy then addressed the tee again, saying, “I didn’t see a tee coming my way at all, but apparently that’s what happened. And if the tables were turned and I threw that t-shirt at him, I would expect a lawsuit.

Reed, who is not one to keep quiet, then explained his side of the story after McIlroy’s presser ended.

“I went there and wished [McIlroy’s caddie] Harry [Diamond] Happy New Year and then Rory, because it’s the first time I’ve seen them,” Reed told reporters. “Harry shook my hand and Rory just looked over there and was playing with his Trackman (device) and somehow decided to ignore us.


Patrick Reed on the course at a LIV Golf event
Patrick Reed on the course at a LIV Golf event
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“We all know where that came from – being part of LIV. Since my tees are Team Aces LIV tees, I threw one at him. It was kind of a funny line. It’s funny like a little movie s turned into me stabbing him and throwing a t-shirt at him.

“It’s a shame because we’ve always had a good relationship. But it’s one of those things, if you’re going to act like a little immature kid, then you might as well be treated like one.

Reed also claimed the subpoena had nothing to do with him.

McIlroy, 33, and Reed, 32, were once known for their intense Ryder Cup battles. Now the feud has taken a decidedly different turn.

The Dubai Desert Classic begins Wednesday night in the United States and features a number of top golfers from around the world, including McIlroy, Reed, Shane Lowry, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrell Hatton, and many more. LIV golfers are currently permitted to participate in DP World Tour events, although they have been suspended by the PGA Tour.

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