The microphones at a golf tournament pick up everything. Everything. Including what the players mutter to themselves when they're upset.
Patrick Reed missed a par putt at the first hole (his 10th) in Thursday's first round of the WGC-HSBC Champions, and the Augusta State (Georgia Regents) University castigated himself by saying, "Nice f***in' three-putt you f***in' fa**ot." That slur has to be eliminated from not only Reed's vocabulary, but that of any PGA Tour player.
Golf Channel's Frank Nobilo immediately apologized for the remark.
The PGA Tour issued a statement on Reed's remark, saying, “The PGA Tour Conduct Unbecoming regulations prohibit the use of obscene language on the golf course. The PGA Tour will deal with this matter internally in accordance with its regulations.” Reed will be fined.
Reed responded on Twitter after the round.
I'm sorry for using offensive language today in China. My passion to play well got the best of me and my word choice was unacceptable.
— Patrick Reed (@PReedGolf) November 6, 2014
Reed shot 1-under 71 at Sheshan International to trail leader Graeme McDowell by four shots after Day 1. Maybe best to recall that shushing taunt from the Ryder Cup and apply to himself for the rest of the week.