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Golf’s most-hated man Patrick Reed absent from Ryder Cup after Team USA snub

Controversial American golfer Patrick Reed is absent from this weekend’s Ryder Cup after missing out on selection for Steve Stricker’s Team USA.

The 2018 Masters champion is well-known for his off-course antics.

Reed has been absent from the Whistling Straights tournament this year, despite appearing at the Ryder Cups last three times, winning two. He was overlooked as a captain’s choice.

Stricker did not select him as one of six captain’s choices after Reed finished 11th in Team USA selection’s points standings.

Patrick Reed shushes the crowd
Controversial golfer Patrick Reed was not selected for this weekend’s Ryder Cup

Reed is a polarising figure in the world of golf, having been a patriotic member of three Ryder Cup campaigns but has also been accused of unsportsmanlike conduct in the past.

Here are some of his most controversial moments, despite his exclusion from the biennial tournament.

Kicked out of university

Reed was reportedly kicked out of the University of Georgia (UGA) after less than two years as a student and member of their golf team.

He was allegedly dismissed for under-age drinking, using fake ID and cheating on the course by taking another player’s golf ball.

Reed strongly denies these allegations, along with the claim that he stole $400 in cash and a putter from his teammates.

Reed has continued to upset UGA staff by wearing Notre Dame clothing when he attended a Notre Dame football match.

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Patrick Reed shushes on the course
Patrick Reed was kicked out of the University of Georgia for underage drinking but was also accused of stealing and cheating

Homophobic slurs

In 2014, Reed was forced to apologise after using homophobic language while shouting at himself following a bogey.

Reed unleashed a f-bomb-filled rant about himself at the WGC/HSBC Champions event, Shanghai, China.

TV microphones positioned around the green picked up Reed shouting “Nice f****** three-putt, you f****** f*****”.

Ryder Cup antics

During his first Ryder Cup in 2014, Reed shushed fans after putting at Gleneagles, producing an angry reaction from those in attendance.

Patrick Reed celebrates winning a hole
Patrick Reed has been an entertaining figure at each of the last three Ryder Cups

Reed’s behaviour riled the fans up so much that he reportedly required a police escort when he left the venue that day.

Reed was again at it two years later in a heated duel between Rory McIlroy, Team Europe’s captain.

They had a series passionate celebrations, and then they shushed one another as they finished their match. However, after that, the pair fist-bumped to show it was all good will.

Golf's most-hated man Patrick Reed absent from Ryder Cup after Team USA snub
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