The climate of tension that golf is experiencing due to the schism between circuits that has caused the irruption of the LIV had a new episode this Tuesday in Dubai after months of ceasefire. It was starred by the American Patrick Reed, one of those enrolled in the Saudi super league, and the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, number one in the world and one of the bastions of the PGA in this brawl, during a training session prior to the Dubai Desert Classic that the city of the United Arab Emirates has been hosting since Thursday.
According to recounts Have Golfspecialized media present at the appointment, both were in the practice area when Reed gave the impression of approaching to greet McIlroy. He shook hands with his caddy, but Rors went on about his business, paying no attention to the 2018 Masters champion, a controversial character, who at the time was caught cheating, the kind he shoots with gunpowder when he talks, always ready to sue. against anyone who publicly attacks you.
Reed stood by her side for a few seconds with his hand outstretched, got tired and left. Not before making a gesture of contempt towards Rory, to whom he threw a tee (the nail that holds the ball in the teeing area of a hole, homonymous, before hitting it) since he seemed to be trying to nail his into the ground, or arrange a picket.
There was no reaction to that from the current FedEx Cup champion either, the complete opposite of Reed in terms of personality: a guy unrelated to controversy, always attentive to the press, usually smiling, who, however, has not been half-measured when it comes to expressing his opinion on the LIV, which, after all, he does not want to know anything about. This Wednesday, at a press conference, he commented on the incident: “On Christmas night I received a summons for his lawsuit. I was trying to spend some quality time with my family and someone shows up at your door like this. I am living reality, I don’t know what he is living (Reed). If he were in his place, he would not expect a greeting or a handshake. Reed didn’t hide either. “As my tees are from the LIV I threw one at him. I think it was a funny way to respond. If you are going to behave like an immature little child, maybe you will be treated as such, ”he argued for his part.