Patrick Reed during dispute over drop: 'I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth'

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Patrick Reed during dispute over drop: 'I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth'

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Patrick Reed during dispute over drop: 'I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth'

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth have been nearly unstoppable as a pair in team competitions. The duo is so close that Reed will even invoke Spieth’s name while trying to get a free drop.

Well, about that…

Reed found himself in a spot of bother behind Bay Hill’s par-4 11th green Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Per SB Nation’s Brendan Porath, Reed was looking for a free drop because TV tower cables were allegedly obstructing his stance or play from his position in an area of trees.

Unfortunately for Reed, the rules official there did not see it that way. The official disagreed with Reed’s assessment, meaning no free relief.

That did not sit well with Reed, who got in a discussion with the official and at one point quipped, “I guess my name needs to be Jordan Spieth, guys.”

That is very likely in reference to Spieth getting free relief on Royal Birkdale’s driving range during the final round of last year’s British Open (you might recall, this free relief helped lead to a miraculous bogey that saved Spieth’s chances in an eventual victory).

Anyway, Reed’s talk with the official was captured by a fan. The video showed footage of the line about Spieth, as well as some other gems – including Reed telling the official he wanted a third opinion.

Here you go:

Reed would end up double bogeying the hole on his way to a tie for seventh at 8 under.

Look, as interesting as this all is, this stuff happens.

Did Reed and the official disagree? Yes. Does the line about Spieth show there’s animosity between the two? Absolutely not. It appeared light-hearted.

It wasn’t Reed’s most cordial moment, but nobody is perfectly pleasant 100 percent of the time. If Reed had a point here, too, he’d certainly be justified in his tone, with a lack of free relief possibly costing him a stroke on a day when that could mean a huge difference in earnings.

Anyway, this footage of Reed has gotten plenty of reaction.

At the very least, the man in Sunday Red – the other one, we mean – doesn’t lack in his ability to entertain.

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