In the 24 hours since Patrick Reed swept sand away from behind his ball to improve his lie and attract a two-stroke penalty, his actions have been criticised and lambasted on social media by Tour pros and fans.
Moments after finishing his third round at the Australian Open, Marc Leishman was asked what he thought of Reed’s sandy problem.
“It looked pretty ordinary, to be honest,” Leishman said. “That’s probably all I’ve got to say about that. It didn’t look too good for him.”
Earlier, during the broadcast, Golf Channel commentator Paul Azinger said: “If that’s not improving your lie, I don’t know what is. He knows better. I don’t know why that happened or what he was thinking.”
And that is the question that has been bouncing around the Twittersphere ever since.
This from the always entertaining Eddie Pepperell
Taking Gus and Pip to the beach in a minute. Glad I brought my clubs up with me cause after seeing @PReedGolf last night I’m gonna get some practice in... What the fuck were you thinking?!— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) December 7, 2019
European Tour pro Jamie Donaldson went all guns blazing with these...
Saying this is a bad camera angle is a bit like getting caught with the next door neighbour and telling the missis “I fell” https://t.co/P2jm8Ye5u9— Jamie Donaldson (@DonaldsonJamie) December 7, 2019
It’s just the camera angle https://t.co/XXrjVghV0r— Jamie Donaldson (@DonaldsonJamie) December 7, 2019
A bit of sarcasm is always funny...thanks Stuart Appleby
A low takeaway is a great swing thought.... Repeat twice and hit. https://t.co/gkZFzOlIKB— Stuart Appleby (@StuartAppleby) December 7, 2019
Steve Flesch had a different view...
From a different camera angle, he didn’t even touch him. pic.twitter.com/NRowypGe69— InTheFlesch (@Steve_Flesch) December 7, 2019
You gotta laugh ...
And finally this...the history of the sand push
There are going to be a lot of comparisons to Matt Kuchar digging for gold, but Patrick Reed was actually emulating Gary Player at Lytham with his lie in the sand. https://t.co/1jdWPOiLw6— Skip P. (@skip1001) December 6, 2019