Golf: Reed's caddie out of Presidents Cup after shoving fan

US team player Patrick Reed and his caddie, Kessler Karain, left, play a practice round for the President's Cup golf tournament in Melbourne on Dec 10, 2019. Karain will not be on the bag for the final session of the tournament. PHOTO: AP

MELBOURNE (AP) - The caddie for Patrick Reed will not be on the bag for the final session of the Presidents Cup after shoving a spectator who he felt was encroaching too close to the golfer while cursing him.

The PGA Tour announced the decision after Saturday's (Dec 14) session, which ended with the International team holding a 10-8 lead.

American Reed said in a statement he respected the decision and that everyone was focused on winning.

Kessler Karain, The caddie and brother-in-law of Reed, says he heard heckling for three days at Royal Melbourne and some had taken it too far and he had had enough.

Reed was a singular target of the American team this year because of a rules violation last week in the Bahamas.

He twice removed a clump of sand from behind his ball in a waste area at the Hero World Challenge. When he was shown the incident on video, Reed accepted the two-shot penalty.

Reed failed to make a birdie in four-balls on Saturday morning as he and Webb Simpson lost for the third straight time.

"Riding on the cart, guy was about 3 feet from Patrick and said, 'You (expletive) suck'. I got off the cart and shoved him, said a couple things, probably a few expletives," Karrain said in a statement to "Fore Play", a podcast operated by Barstool Sports.

Karrain said security arrived and he left in the cart.

"I don't think there's one caddie I know that could blame me," Karrain said. "Unless his bones break like Mr Glass, the most harm done was a little spilled beer, which I'm more than happy to reimburse him for."

Fans this week have called the former Masters champion such things as "Patrick Cheat" and poked fun at him, with one fan introducing him as "The Excavator" when he teed off for a practice round on Tuesday.

Reed didn't help his cause on Friday when he made a birdie putt, cupped his ear and then pretended to use his putter as a shovel.

He enjoys mixing it up with the gallery in these team competitions, but the rules violation in the Bahamas was blatant on the video and sensitive to players who hold the rules in high regard.

Reed claimed his club was some 8 inches behind the ball. Video did not indicate that.

Reed created the wrong kind of memories at the Ryder Cup last year when he did an interview with The New York Times right after the US loss, criticising Jim Furyk for sitting him out two matches and Jordan Spieth ending their partnership.

Woods, the US captain at Royal Melbourne, used one of his four captain's picks on Reed.

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