Reed responds to accusations of cheating, stealing

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Patrick Reed issued a statement to Golf Channel Monday after a book excerpt was released last week that depicted the 24-year-old as a win-at-all-costs competitor who was accused of stealing and cheating by former college teammates.

In a statement released by his management team at IMG, Reed said, “The accusations that were made against me are serious and were intended to damage my reputation and character. They will not be taken lightly. My team and my representatives are looking into all aspects of this matter, and we look forward to setting the record straight. 

“For now, I’m staying focused on my life in the present and being the best husband, father and golfer I can be.”

In the upcoming book, slated for a May release, author Shane Ryan wrote that the four-time PGA Tour winner would openly challenge others’ talents upon meeting them and was so unpopular amongst his Augusta State teammates that they hoped he lost his match in the NCAA Championship final.

Most damaging in Ryan’s story, however, were the accusations that Reed cheated during qualifying rounds and stole from teammates during his time at Georgia.

Reed is not entered in this week’s Farmers Insurance Open field.