McIlroy plays down storm in a ‘tee’ cup with Reed



The feud between two of the world’s high golfers continued Wednesday with Rory McIlroy saying he did “not really feel the necessity to acknowledge” Patrick Reed, who reportedly threw a tee in direction of the world primary on the follow vary of the Dubai Desert Basic.

The incident, which occurred on Tuesday and was first reported by Spanish web site TenGolf, noticed Reed apparently standing behind McIlroy whereas he was hitting balls.

When McIlroy didn’t flip and communicate to him, Reed left and threw a tee on the bottom in anger.

The 2 have been at odds since McIlroy criticised gamers, together with Reed, who joined the Saudi-backed LIV Golf circuit, though McIlroy performed down the incident.

“It was nothing,” the 33-year-old instructed a press convention.

“Patrick got here as much as say hi there and I didn’t really need him to. From my recollection, that was it. I didn’t see a tee. I didn’t really feel a tee.

“Clearly, another person noticed that. However it’s positively a storm in a teacup. I can’t imagine it’s really changed into a narrative.

“I didn’t see him. I used to be down by my bag and he got here as much as me, and I used to be busy working and type of doing my follow, and I didn’t actually really feel the necessity to acknowledge him.

“I didn’t see a tee coming in my path in any respect however apparently that’s what occurred.

‘Subpoenaed on Christmas Eve’

“And if roles had been reversed and I’d have thrown that tee at him, I’d expect him to deliver a lawsuit,” added McIlroy who was served a subpoena by Reed to seem as a witness in his case in opposition to the Golf Channel, Brandel Chamblee and the PGA Tour.

“I used to be subpoenaed by his lawyer on Christmas Eve,” stated four-time main champion McIlroy.

“I used to be making an attempt to have a pleasant time with my household and somebody reveals up in your doorstep and delivers that, you’re not going to take that properly.

“You may’t fake like nothing’s taking place, proper? 

“So once more, I’m residing in actuality. I don’t know the place he’s residing. If I had been in his sneakers, I wouldn’t anticipate a hi there or a handshake.”

Wheels in movement

McIlroy stated he felt mentally drained in direction of the tip of final season due to every part occurring outdoors the ropes, supporting the PGA Tour in opposition to the rise of LIV Golf.

“On reflection, I felt like I wanted to tackle quite a bit,” stated McIlroy.

“However I believe getting the wheels in movement of how hopefully the brand new system and the brand new construction {of professional} golf might be, it took a whole lot of effort final yr.

“However now these wheels are in movement and we simply should attempt to tidy up the schedule for 2024. However I really feel like a lot of the heavy lifting was completed final yr.”

McIlroy is in Dubai to start out his new season because the world primary.

Recollections

Final yr, he narrowly missed the title when he dumped his second shot on the 72nd gap into the water guarding the par-five inexperienced, and the ensuing bogey compelled him to overlook the play-off by one shot. 

Viktor Hovland prevailed on the primary additional gap in opposition to Richard Bland.

“I’ve had a whole lot of nice reminiscences and success over time within the Emirates however really feel like I’ve slightly little bit of unfinished enterprise with how the match ended for me final yr. (It) Wasn’t fairly the way in which I wished to complete it off,” stated McIlroy, who gained his first title as knowledgeable on the occasion in 2009.

“However I went on from that week and performed rather well and had a terrific yr.

“It’s been good to attempt to take slightly little bit of time away and attempt to distance myself from the sport of golf for not less than a month or two, and recharge and reset and attempt to begin 2023 with renewed optimism, a full tank and able to go.”