‘Bad boy’ Patrick Reed (USA), 메이저놀이터 who is active in LIV Golf, threw a wooden tee at Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) who was ignoring him on the driving range.
Britain’s The Times reported on the 24th (Korean time), “Patrick Reed pretended to know Rory McIlroy at the driving range of Emirates Golf Club, where the Dubai Desert Classic will be held this week, but threw a wooden tee when he was ignored.” According to the media, Reid approached McIlroy first and said hello, but when McIlroy pretended not to know, he felt insulted and stared at him for a few seconds before taking out a wooden tee from his pocket and throwing it.
Reed and McIlroy will compete in the DP World Tour Hero Dubai Desert Classic, which will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for four days from the 25th. Unlike the PGA Tour, players who play in LIV Golf can still participate in the DP World Tour. Whether or not to ban them from participating will be decided at a trial in London next month.
The emotional battle between the two takes on the character of a proxy war between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour. World No. 1 McIlroy, the star of the PGA Tour, has criticized LIV golf, which is sponsored by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, the most intensely, along with Tiger Woods (USA), the ‘Emperor of Golf’. McIlroy and Woods, who have a close relationship, came to the fore as spokesperson for the PGA Tour at the end of last year, demanding the resignation of Greg Norman, the CEO of LIV Golf.
At the BMW PGA Championship, the flagship event of the DP World Tour in September of last year, McIlroy had an emotional argument with Reed when he strongly insisted that “LIV golf players should be banned from participating in the DP World Tour.” Reid told The Times at the time, “I feel insulted by McIlroy’s comments. Let’s be more honest. I have played on the DP World Tour more often than European players like McIlroy who play on the PGA Tour.” Reed is a lifelong member with three wins on the DP World Tour.
In addition to Reed, Lee Westwood of LIV Golf, Ian Poulter (England), Abraham Answer (Mexico), Adrian Otegi (Spain) and Henrik Stenson (Sweden) will also participate in this Hero Dubai Desert Classic. Lee Min-woo (Australia) and Victor Pirez (France), who competed for the title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship last week, will play the first and second rounds in the same group. Wang Jeong-hoon is the only Korean player to participate.