Rory McIlroy speaks out on ‘teegate’ after arguing with US golf bad boy Patrick Reed

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Rory McIlroy speaks out on ‘teegate’ after arguing with US golf bad boy Patrick Reed


Rory McIlroy has spoken for his side after America’s Patrick Reed reportedly threw him a tee, saying, “If the roles were reversed, I would have expected a lawsuit.”

Clashes at the training grounds of the Dubai Desert Classic saw tensions rise between those on the Saudi-backed tour and diehard supporters of the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. .

Spanish website ten-golf.com reported that Reed threw a tee after being snatched in McIlroy’s direction.

“I was by the bag and he came to me. I was busy with work and practice. I really… didn’t feel the need to thank him.” McIlroy said.

“So I never saw a tee coming in my direction, but apparently it happened. If the roles were reversed and I threw him a t-shirt, I would expect a lawsuit.” would have been.”

This was a reference to the legal action Reed is taking on several fronts after deciding to join the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Series.

The former Masters champion is one of 13 players and several media members involved in a DP World Tour arbitration lawsuit over sanctions imposed for playing its first LIV event last June. and filed a defamation lawsuit against the organization.

Lawyers representing Reid in the case also served subpoenas to McIlroy and Tiger Woods regarding a players-only meeting held before the BMW Championship in August.

The subpoena is part of a civil lawsuit filed in June by Larry Kleiman, in which a Florida resident who purchased, or planned to purchase, tickets to a PGA Tour event was sued for a player who participated in the LIV. It claims it was damaged by the PGA Tour, which allegedly undermined the field by stopping the

Asked if Reed was naive to expect a warm welcome in this situation, McIlroy told Sky Sports:

“Of course, when you’re trying to have a good time with your family, someone shows up at your doorstep and delivers it, but you don’t get it right.

“I live in reality. I don’t know where he lives. If I were him, I wouldn’t expect a greeting or a handshake.”

McIlroy also denied the possibility of repairing his former close relationship with another LIV player, Sergio Garcia, and said that LIV CEO Greg Norman’s position was replaced by Majed Al Soroa as managing director. He dismissed claims that he was reinforced by his resignation as director.

“I don’t know how strong a chief executive can be if he doesn’t have a management team,” McIlroy said, calling for Norman to resign so he could negotiate a settlement to the golf civil war. Mr. McIlroy agreed with Mr. Woods.

“He can’t do it on his own. He has to rely on the team like we all rely on the team to get things done.”

PA contributed to this report

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