Rory McIlroy accused Patrick Reed of ‘not living in reality’ after range incident at Dubai Desert Classic. Golf News

Rory McIlroy hero on reports of conflict with Patrick Reed ahead of Dubai Desert Classic Live on Sky Sports: “I’m actually living, I don’t know where he is. [Reed] If I were in his shoes, I wouldn’t expect a hello or a handshake.”

Last updated: 25/01/23 2:06pm


Rory McIlroy has played down talk of a clash with Patrick Reed ahead of this week's Hero Dubai Desert Classic but added he was not interested in talking to him on the course.

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Rory McIlroy has played down talk of a clash with Patrick Reed ahead of this week’s Hero Dubai Desert Classic but added he was not interested in talking to him on the course.

Rory McIlroy has played down talk of a clash with Patrick Reed ahead of this week’s Hero Dubai Desert Classic but added he was not interested in talking to him on the course.

Rory McIlroy has accused Patrick Reed of “not living in reality” after the world No 1 reportedly refused to speak to the American ahead of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic.

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Nick Doherty and Andrew Coltart look forward to this week's hero Dubai Desert Classic where expectations are high for world No.1 McIlroy.

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Nick Doherty and Andrew Coltart look forward to this week’s hero Dubai Desert Classic where expectations are high for world No.1 McIlroy.

Nick Doherty and Andrew Coltart look forward to this week’s hero Dubai Desert Classic where expectations are high for world No.1 McIlroy.

Reed has launched a defamation suit against several members of the media and organizations, while the lawyer representing the American in the case has accused him of his role in a meeting for players ahead of the BMW Championship in August. Also featured McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

Asked if it was naive of Reed to expect a warm welcome given the circumstances, McIlroy said: Sky Sports: “I was summoned by his lawyer at Christmas.

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“So of course, trying to spend quality time with your family and someone comes to your doorstep and delivers, you’re not going to take it well.

“I’m actually living, I don’t know where he’s living. If I were in his shoes, I wouldn’t expect a hello or a handshake.”

The filings are part of a civil lawsuit filed by Larry Kleiman in June that claims Florida residents who purchased tickets to PGA Tour events, or will in the future, the PGA Tour allegedly joined LIV. The field was weakened by suspending the players.

After an exciting 2022, there's plenty of action to get excited about this year on Sky Sports Golf.

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After an exciting 2022, there’s plenty of action to get excited about this year on Sky Sports Golf.

After an exciting 2022, there’s plenty of action to get excited about this year on Sky Sports Golf.

T Episode “Something That’s Nothing”

According to a report by Spanish website ten-golf.com, Reed allegedly threw the tee at the four-time major champion after being snubbed, although McIlroy denied the incident.

Asked what happened at his pre-tournament press conference, McIlroy said: “I was down with my bag and he came up to me, and I was busy working and doing my drills, and I really felt like that. Didn’t feel.. I didn’t feel the need to admit it.

McIlroy (right) with DP World Tour Chief Executive Keith Paley ahead of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic

McIlroy (right) with DP World Tour Chief Executive Keith Paley ahead of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic

“So I didn’t see the tee coming at me at all, but apparently that’s what happened. And if the roles were reversed and I threw that tee at him, I would expect a lawsuit.”

McIlroy’s dispute with Reed dominated the conversation ahead of the DP World Tour event, although former Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart questioned why so much attention was being paid to the incident.

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“It’s a funny one, isn’t it?” Coltart said Sky Sports. “It’s crazy that we’re actually focusing on something like this when we’ve got a great tournament here with the world No. 1.

“Patrick [Reed] It seems like everyone in the golfing world is suing everyone. It hasn’t come with much joy.

Sky Sports' Nick Dougherty and Andrew Coltart discuss the issue of LIV players competing on the DP World Tour at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship last week.

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Sky Sports’ Nick Dougherty and Andrew Coltart discuss the issue of LIV players competing on the DP World Tour at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship last week.

Sky Sports’ Nick Dougherty and Andrew Coltart discuss the issue of LIV players competing on the DP World Tour at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship last week.

“An awful lot was happening yesterday. [Tuesday]. It’s the first time McIlroy has been back here and it’s fair to say he hasn’t really noticed. [Reed] And he was just going about his business.

“I really can’t believe we’re talking about something that doesn’t exist at all.”

Watch the Hero Dubai Desert Classic live on Sky Sports throughout the week. Live coverage begins with the featured groups on Thursday at 3.30am on Sky Sports Golf, before full coverage from 7am.



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