Reed: Temper 'got the best of me' during profane outburst


Patrick Reed issued a verbal apology Friday for his profane outburst during the first round of the WGC-HSBC Champions.

"At the level I’m playing nowadays you can’t have outbursts and unfortunately I did and it happened to be on camera,” Reed told reporters in Shanghai, China.

"I made a stupid error. Never should have happened. All I can do is just learn from it and move on.”

Reed used a pair of expletives and a gay slur, which were audible on televsion, after missing a putt during the opening round of the event. He sent out an apology on Twitter hours later.

Friday, after shooting a 1-over 73 to sit tied for 27th, he continued his contrition.

"I'm young and growing up. I had temper issues, on and off the golf course. I live and die through every shot,” he reportedly said.

"I love the game so much, and I expect perfection, but no one is ever going to be perfect in this game. It's just one of those things that I have to learn how to deal with. It got the best of me this week."

Bubba Watson, who dealt with backlash after uttering obscenties at this year's PGA Championship, told the Agence France-Presse that he talked with Reed and told him to take it as a learning experience.

"I said, 'Well, we always learn something out of every situation,'" Watson said, accoring to AFP. 

"That's how you become a better man, and that's what I told him.

"I said, tell everybody you're sorry and move on and hopefully everybody will forgive you over time."

The PGA Tour issued a statement on Thursday, 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.”