Published: Fri, February 21, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Reed declines to respond to Koepka criticism

Reed declines to respond to Koepka criticism

Reed declined to respond to Koepka's comments.

"I've been guilty [of not calling players out for cheating]". We bite our tongue a lot.

"I was told by Frank Chirkinian, the godfather of golf on TV, that we are there to report the story, not be a part of the story", Kostis said.

Well, this week former CBS analyst Peter Kostis (who didn't have his contract renewed this year because CBS has proven that they aren't interested in producing good golf broadcasts) said during a must-listen appearance on the No Laying Up podcast that he had seen Reed improve his lie four different times over the years, including this time when he subtly brought it up during a broadcast. You understand the integrity that goes on. "He didn't know what to say when I said, 'Well, the lie I saw originally wouldn't have allowed for this shot'". "Because he put four or five clubs behind the ball, kind of faking whether he's going to hit this shot or hit that shot. It was a sand wedge lay-up originally".

Kostis shared more specifics on the various other circumstances with Reed, consisting of one on the 17 th opening at the Travelers Championship and one from the par-3 16 th at Torrey Pines South throughout an undated version of the Farmers Insurance Open.

He wasn't very apologetic about it, either, and actually blamed the Golf Channel cameras for the penalty.

The world No. 2 said he wouldn't hesitate to be a whistle-blower if he sees such actions moving forward. "He put three or four clubs behind it, and it was really a treacherous shot and nobody had gotten it close all day long from over there. And by the time he was done, I could read "Callaway" on the golf ball from my tower".

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His putting has improved from somewhere around 150th on the PGA Tour over the past two years up to 24th, which has been a big catalyst in his form and his work with Brad Faxon has been a big part of that. I think that'd be nice.

But yeah, apparently the PGA Tour thinks they can just run and hide from this ongoing controversy and it will just go away. Maybe he does, I don't know.

Kostis added that he didn't know the intent behind the infractions he'd seen Reed make on the course.

Koepka, himself a four-time Major victor, was speaking on Monday in a Sirius XM interview with host Sway Calloway, when he was asked if he felt Reed had indeed cheated.

And Brooks Koepka is the latest to strongly weigh in when asked if he felt Reed cheated.

He even compared Reed to the Houston Astros - who are now caught up in a massive cheating scandal themselves.

Oh, and making things even better, Brooks Koepka also took some shots at Reed this week for "building sand castles in the sand" and insinuating that Reed knew what he was doing in the Bahamas. But you know where your club is. "It's one of those things where you know if you look at the video obviously, he grazes the sand twice and then he still chops down on it".

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