PEBBLE BEACH, CA. -- One thing was made very clear late on Friday at the 2019 U.S. Open: You won't like Patrick Reed when he's angry.
The 2018 Masters champion let his emotions get the best of him on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach. After flubbing a chip, Reed, seemingly without hesitation, snapped his 61-degree wedge over his knee.
Patrick Reed snaps his club over his leg on No. 18... 😳 pic.twitter.com/BnOWolZjTC— FOX Sports: Golf (@GolfonFOX) June 15, 2019
Reed's caddie, Kessler Karain, clearly had seen that before and was completely unfazed.
REED !!!!!! pic.twitter.com/T9mrzb4Iaq— Christopher Powers (@CPowers14) June 15, 2019
On Saturday, Reed laughed off his angry outburst,
“To me, it’s no big deal,” Reed told Golf Channel's Will Gray. “It was comical after watching it afterwards. But it wasn’t comical having to go through hitting poor wedge shot after poor wedge shot, especially when I pride myself on my short game and being able to get up and down.
“Oh yeah, it deserved it. There’s a reason why I call it '61 and done,' and that’s why it’s done,” Reed said. “We always call it '61 and done' because it usually gets me out of jail all the time. It kept me in jail on that one.”
While the club-snap went viral, Reed didn't think it was that big of a deal.
“I mean, at the end of the day, I got my anger out," Reed said. "I didn’t do anything to the golf course, I didn’t say any obscenities or anything like that. It was a split-second and I moved on.
“You have Sergio (Garcia) with what he did on the greens (in Saudi Arabia). I’ve seen multiple guys tear up golf courses, slam clubs. I mean, Rory (McIlroy) threw his club in the water on 8 at Doral (in 2015). You had Lucas Bjerregaard send his driver in the water here. It happens.
“The thing is, things like that probably shouldn’t happen, but at the end of the day as long as you respect the golf course, as long as you’re not doing anything that is damaging the golf course or damaging the players that you’re playing with, I’d rather let it out than keep it in.”
Reed began Saturday at 2-over-par and fired a 1-over-par-72 on moving day. He won't factor into the championship but his club-snap will be remembered for quite some time.