Fan screams 'Cheater!' at Patrick Reed during Sentry Tournament of Champions playoff

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Fan screams 'Cheater!' at Patrick Reed during Sentry Tournament of Champions playoff

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Fan screams 'Cheater!' at Patrick Reed during Sentry Tournament of Champions playoff

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The year 2020 is shaping up to be a long one for Patrick Reed and caddie Kessler Karain.

It’s been a month since Reed was given a two-stroke penalty during the third round of the Hero World Challenge for a pair of practice swings taken in a waste bunker, and golf fans from Australia to Hawaii refuse to let the 2018 Masters champion forget it.

On Sunday night during the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, Reed was in a three-way playoff with defending champion Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas. Schauffele was ousted after the first hole, but Reed and Thomas went two more holes before Thomas ultimately won with a birdie.

Reed had a birdie putt of his own to put the pressure on Thomas, and shortly after making contact with his ball, a scream of “CHEATER!” emerged from the silent crowd as Reed’s putt missed.

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The Sentry Tournament of Champions was the first Tour event of 2020, and as pointed out by the Action Network’s Jason Sobel, if this is happening in Maui, it’s going to be a long year for Reed.

After the round, Thomas was asked about the incident.

“Did someone do that?,” he asked. “You didn’t notice at all?” He was asked. “Uh-uh,” Thomas said.

“It was a solid day,” Reed said. “I was 8-under through 21 holes, so it was great golf as a whole. But I mean, of course it stings at the end whenever you don’t birdie for the win. But really I gave myself an opportunity. I put myself in position to have a chance, and I needed a little bit of help at the end there, and they gave it to me, allowing me to even get in the playoff.”

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