sport news Patrick Reed calls Rory McIlory an 'immature little child' after tee-throwing ... trends now

sport news Patrick Reed calls Rory McIlory an 'immature little child' after tee-throwing ... trends now
sport news Patrick Reed calls Rory McIlory an 'immature little child' after tee-throwing ... trends now

sport news Patrick Reed calls Rory McIlory an 'immature little child' after tee-throwing ... trends now

A frenzied war of words has erupted over tee-gate with Patrick Reed labelling Rory McIlroy an ‘immature little child’ after the world No 1 admitted on Wednesday that he refused to acknowledge the LIV rebel on the driving range at the Dubai Desert Classic.

In a surreal twist to golf’s civil war, it emerged on Tuesday that Reed had flicked a tee at McIlroy after his greeting was snubbed by the Northern Irishman, who has been the staunchest critic of the LIV breakaway series.

Far from backing away from the row, McIlroy revealed in his pre-tournament media duties that he ignored Reed because of a subpoena he received on Christmas Eve from the American’s lawyer Larry Klayman, which is believed to be geared around compelling McIlroy to testify on the contents of a meeting between PGA Tour players in Delaware last year.

Rory McIlroy admitted ignoring Patrick Reed on the driving range at the Dubai Desert Classic

Rory McIlroy admitted ignoring Patrick Reed on the driving range at the Dubai Desert Classic

Reed gave a stinging response by claiming the world number one is an 'immature little child'

Reed gave a stinging response by claiming the world number one is an 'immature little child' 

In comments that later drew a stinging response from Reed, McIlroy said: ‘I was down by my bag and he came up to me. I was busy working and doing my practice and I didn't really feel the need to acknowledge him. I didn't see a tee coming my direction at all, but apparently that's what happened.

‘And if roles were reversed and I'd have of thrown that tee at him, I'd be expecting a lawsuit.’

The last quip was quite possibly a play on a $750million defamation lawsuit that have been issued by Klayman on Reed’s behalf against Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee.

McIlroy said he blanked Reed because of a subpoena he received from the American’s lawyer

McIlroy said he blanked Reed because of a subpoena he received from the American’s lawyer

When pressed on the driving range scenario, McIlroy added: ‘I mean, I got a subpoena on Christmas Eve. You can't pretend like nothing's happening, right? I think that's the thing. We are living in reality here.’

When later approached on the range, Reed defended his corner. Giving a blow-by-blow account of the situation, he said: ‘Because of the relationship I've had with Rory - let's be honest, we've had some great battles at Augusta and other tournaments and our friendships been pretty good up until obviously joining LIV – I walked over there and wished Harry (Diamond, McIlroy’s caddie) Happy New Year and then

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