Reed received a two-stroke penalty for
improving his lie when he moved sand with his practice swing on
Friday at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. The incident
has dominated the run up to the biennial contest, which begins
Cameron Smith was quoted in Australian media as saying Reed had
been "cheating the rules" and some of his International team
mates said the American had exposed himself to some flak from
the crowd through his actions.
Former Masters champion Reed fired back at a news conference on
Tuesday, saying "cheat" was inaccurate because he had not seen
the sand move and the officials concurred that he inadvertently
improved his lie.
"It's not the right word to use," he said. "If you do something
unintentionally that breaks the rules, it's not considered
"If you're intentionally trying to do something, that would be
considered cheating, but I wasn't intentionally trying to
improve a lie or anything like that...
"It's just wrong, it's just not right."
United States captain Tiger Woods on Monday said he had spoken
to Reed about the incident and was keen to draw a line under it
as he looked to extend the Americans' seven-match winning streak
at the Presidents Cup.
The 15-times major champion sank the winning putt the time the
contest was last held at Royal Melbourne in 2011, when the
Australian crowd was criticized by some Internationals for being
over-awed by the Americans.
Reed suspected the row was being used by the Internationals to
ensure that did not happen again.
"Of course they are going to speak out, because they want to get
their crowds going and get on their side. That's the name of the
game," he said.
Reed said he hoped any banter with the crowd remained respectful
and that the row over his violation had made him more determined
"It goes from wanting to beat those guys to it now turning
personal, so it's going to be a fun week," he said.
(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney; Editing by Christopher
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