The caddy of American golfer Patrick Reed has been kicked out of the Presidential Cup. Kessler Karain made a mistake on Saturday by giving a push to an observer who would have made insulting comments toward Reed.
29-year-old Reed was discredited earlier this week after breaking the rules at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. The 29-year-old American improved the position of the ball that lay on a sandy surface - a so-called waste area - by smoothing the sand during his practice strokes.
His action caused a lot of commotion in the golf world and that continued through the Presidents Cup, a tournament in which American golfers compete against a team of golfers from all continents except Europe. Reed received the necessary commentary from spectators during his matches in Melbourne.
For his caddy (and brother-in-law) Karain, the crowd was full on Saturday. He stepped out of his golf cart and gave a spectator a push along the course. The organization of the Presidents Cup decided to put the caddy out of the tournament.
"Other caddies won't blame me for this"
Karain nevertheless does not regret his action because he thinks he should stand up as a caddy for his player. "I don't think there is a caddy who would blame me for this. I pushed the viewer and maybe used some power terms and then stepped back into the cart when security came."
"Assuming he's not made of glass and broken any bones, wasting some beer is the worst thing I've done to him. I'd love to pay that beer back for him. After three days of bullying, the size was full for me "
Reed, who won the Masters in Augusta in 2018, says he respects Karain's exclusion and wants to focus entirely on winning the Presidential Cup. The American team is still one day ahead of 8-10.