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Book refunds golf bets after Reed rules snafu

by Will Gray
Updated On: January 31, 2021, 8:03 pm ET

After Patrick Reed turned a controversy-filled weekend into a victory at the Farmers Insurance Open, oddsmakers at PointsBet Sportsbook decided to dole out a little good karma to clients that had a stake on others in the field.

Reed cruised to a five-shot win at Torrey Pines, but the tournament wasn't without debate. The former Masters champ has had a few brushes with the rule book in his past, and during the third round he took free relief for what he believed was an embedded ball - but did so by picking up his ball before a rules official arrived on site. He ended up saving par after the free drop, although subsequent video evidence showed that the ball did, in fact, bounce rather than embedding on the fly.

Reed wasn't the only player impacted by this situation in the long, wet rough in San Diego: Rory McIlroy encountered a similar series of events on the 18th hole during the third round, ultimately taking free relief without consulting an official. McIlroy subsequently shared his belief that his ball bounced up and landed in its own pitch mark.

But Reed wasn't afforded similar leeway in the court of public opinion, given similar rules controversies which included a penalty for improving his lie during a 2019 event. But he put the discussion behind him during the final round, shooting a 4-under 68 to break away from the field after starting the day tied for the lead.

Given the debate sparked by Reed's drop, PointsBet brought back its "Karma Kommittee" to aid bettors who were on the other side of the Farmers result. Win bets placed before the tournament started on any other player in the 156-man field will be refunded in full in the form of free play:

⚠️KARMA KOMMITTEE ALERT⚠️

There was no shortage of Patrick Reed talk on his way to winning the Farmers Insurance Open...

If you bet on a different golfer, we have your back! PointsBet is refunding ALL pre-tournament outright winner wagers on all other golfers in Free Bets! pic.twitter.com/SHH8OfslgV

— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) January 31, 2021

Next week's Waste Management Phoenix Open, which will include the debut of NBC Sports Edge BetCast, a fully betting-centric, second-screen viewing experience airing on Peacock, won't include Reed. Instead he'll look to build upon his controversy-laden victory at the European Tour's stop in Saudi Arabia.

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Will Gray

Will Gray joined Golf Channel in 2007 and currently serves as a staff writer for GolfChannel.com. Gray has been covering fantasy golf since 2012 and is a regular contributor to the Golf Central blog and covers several PGA Tour events each year. He's also a regular contributor to several digital properties on GolfChannel.com, including Stat Man, On the Clock, Fantasy Central, Grill Room and the Monday Scramble podcast.