MELBOURNE, Australia — Patrick Reed’s caddie, Kessler Karain, confirmed he was in an altercation with a fan on the Presidents Cup on Saturday.

Reed’s forgettable marketing campaign at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, the place he arrived amid dishonest allegations, continued following a 3rd consecutive defeat alongside United States teammate Webb Simpson.

Booed and heckled all through the 13th Presidents Cup following his antics on the Hero World Challenge, 2018 Masters champion Reed went down 5 and three to International pair Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan within the morning’s 4-ball.

The outcome led to a conflict between Reed’s caddie and a supporter previous to Saturday’s foursomes.

“As a caddie, one of your jobs is to protect your player,” Karain mentioned in a press release to Fore Play.

“We have been recognized for having enjoyable with some good banter, however after listening to a number of followers in Australia for 3 days some had taken it too far. I had had enough.

“Riding on the cart, man was about three toes from Patrick and mentioned, ‘You f—ing suck.’ I received off the cart and shoved him, mentioned a pair issues, in all probability a number of expletives.

“I do not suppose there’s one caddie I know that might blame me.

“The most hurt achieved was slightly spilled beer, which I’m more than pleased to reimburse him for.”

Reed has been public enemy No. 1 after his two-stroke penalty throughout final week’s Hero World Challenge within the Bahamas.

Already a maligned determine on the PGA Tour, American golfer Reed was penalized for enhancing his lie within the bunker, hitting the sand twice throughout his follow swings, sparking controversy and claims of dishonest.

Booed on Day 1, Reed taunted the Melbourne crowd on Friday by mimicking a shovelling movement amid heckles.

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