Patrick Reed’s caddie bounced from Presidents Cup for getting physical with fan

Patrick Reed’s caddie won’t be around for his player’s singles match on Sunday.

The PGA Tour which governs the Presidents Cup announced caddie and brother-in-law Kessler Karain won’t be on Reed’s bag after shoving and cursing a spectator after Reed’s Four-Ball match Saturday morning at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Reed said in a statement he respected the decision. “I respect the Tour’s decision,” he wrote. “We are all focused on winning the Presidents Cup tomorrow.”

Karain released a statement to Barstool Sports’ “Fore Play Podcast” earlier in the day regarding the incident: “As a caddy, one of your jobs is to protect your player. And unlike several other sports, in golf fans can get pretty close to Athletes. We have been known for having fun with some good banter, but after hearing several fans in Australia for 3 days some had taken it too far. I had had enough. And this gentleman was one of them. Riding on the cart, guy was about 3 feet from Patrick and said, ‘you [f–k]ing suck.’ I got off the cart and shoved him, said a couple things, probably a few expletives. Security came out and I got back in the car and left. I don’t think there’s one caddy I know that could blame me. 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.”

The crowds have heckled Reed, who is winless at the Presidents Cup about his incident at the Bahamas last week, in which he was assessed a two-stroke penalty for improving his lie out of a waste bunker. Words like “excavator” and “cheater” have been hurled his way.

Reed’s swing coach Kevin Kirk will be his caddie going forward.

“We came here as a team,” U.S. captain Tiger Woods said with his team down 10-8 to the International squad. “We’ll rally around our teammate and we’ve excited about tomorrow.”

International captain Ernie Els feels bad for both parties involved. He didn’t want to comment further having not seen the incident, but called it “unfortunate.”

“The caddie must have been very hot and obviously fed up with what he heard probably and I feel for the fan,” Els said. “He came to watch golf and that’s probably the last thing he thought was going to happen.”

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