Golf-Reed ‘not living in reality’, says McIlroy after snubbing American
Rory McIlroy has said Patrick Reed is ‘not living in reality’ after the American tried to speak to him at the Dubai Desert Classic this week, a month after his lawyers served the world’s number one court documents at his home on Tuesday. Christmas Eve. Reed, who has been taking legal action on different fronts since joining the Saudi-backed LIV Golf breakaway series, admitted throwing a tee at McIlroy, who cleared him, on Monday. The Northern Irishman said he hadn’t seen it.
“Patrick came over to say hello and I didn’t really want him to,” McIlroy said at a press conference on Wednesday. “From what I remember, that was it. “I was summoned to appear by his lawyer on Christmas Eve. Trying to have a good time with my family and someone showing up at your door and delivering this, you’re not going to take it well.
“I live in reality, I don’t know where he lives. If I were him, I wouldn’t expect a hello or a handshake.” Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, said his affiliation with LIV Golf was the reason McIlroy snubbed him.
The LIV Series, launched in June 2022, has attracted some of the biggest names in the sport with huge purses while those who have joined the Rebel Circuit are no longer eligible to compete in PGA Tour events. “We all know where it comes from, being a part of LIV. Since my tees are Team Aces LIV tees, I gave him one. It was kind of a funny shot back. It’s funny how a little little movie turned into me stabbing him and throwing a t-shirt at him,” he said.
“It’s unfortunate because we’ve always had a good relationship. But it’s one of those things, if you’re going to act like a little immature kid, then you might as well be treated like one.”
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