Wednesday 22 January 2020

Kicking Reed a hobby now - McIlroy

Patrick Reed. Photo: Getty Images
Patrick Reed. Photo: Getty Images

Rory McIlroy believes "kicking" Patrick Reed has become a "hobby" and reckons the former Masters champion should be given the benefit of the doubt over his rules infraction in the Hero World Challenge.

Speaking on Golf Channel's Morning Drive on Monday, the world No 2 confessed that he has seen players do "questionable" things during his career, but he did not believe Reed was "trying to get away with something" when he improved his lie and was penalised two strokes in Tiger Woods' season-ending charity event in the Bahamas.

"You try to give the player the benefit of the doubt," McIlroy said of Reed, who has been called out for cheating by Australian Cameron Smith ahead of this week's Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.

"He is in there and trying to figure out what way to play the shot. Obviously, he has moved some sand, so it is a penalty, but I don't think it would be a big deal if it wasn't Patrick Reed. "It is almost like as if a lot of people within the game, it is almost like a hobby to kick him when he is down.

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