MELBOURNE, Australia — Captain America is not having a good week at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
Not only has Patrick Reed lost all three matches in which he has played, his caddie and brother-in-law, Kessler Karain, got into an altercation with a fan following his four-ball match during day three of the event.
Karain released a statement to Barstool Sports’ “Fore Play Podcast” regarding the incident: “As a caddy, one of your jobs is to protect your player. And unlike several other sports, in golf fans can get pretty close to Athletes. We have been known for having fun with some good banter, but after hearing several fans in Australia for 3 days some had taken it too far. I had had enough. And this gentleman was one of them. Riding on the cart, guy was about 3 feet from Patrick and said, ‘you [f–k]ing suck.’ I got off the cart and shoved him, said a couple things, probably a few expletives. Security came out and I got back in the car and left. I don’t think there’s one caddy I know that could blame me. Unless his bones break like Mr. Glass, the most harm done was a little spilled beer, which I’m more than happy to reimburse him for.”
The crowds have heckled Reed about his incident at the Bahamas last week, in which he was assessed a two-stroke penalty for improving his lie out of a waste bunker. Words like “excavator” and “cheater” have been hurled his way.
Reed said he would use the heckling as motivation. But that hasn’t worked. He and Simpson were benched for the afternoon’s foursomes session after being beaten 5 and 3 by Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan during the morning session.
Reed likely will have extra security when he plays his singles match on the final day.
Reed, who has competed in every team event for the United States since the 2014 Ryder Cup, was a captain’s pick by Tiger Woods.
“They just ran into some guys that played well, made crucial putts at certain times,” Woods said. “They just didn’t play well and that happens.”