Patrick Reed’s caddie, Kessler Karain, has been banned from the final day of the President’s Cup after he was involved in an altercation with a fan at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Saturday.
Karain, who is also Reed’s brother-in-law, has admitted to shoving the fan after Reed and himself were heckled. In a statement, Karain said
"Riding on the cart, (the) guy was about three feet from Patrick and said, "you f***ing suck". I got off the cart and shoved him, said a couple of things, probably a few expletives. Security came and I got back in the cart and left.
I don't think there's one caddie I know that could blame me. Unless his bones break like Mr. Glass, the most harm done was a little spilled beer, which I'm more than happy to reimburse him for."
Reed arrived in Melbourne following allegations of cheating at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Saturday resulted in his third consecutive loss of the President’s Cup and this, in turn, resulted in tensions boiling over.
The PGA Tour made a decision on Saturday that Karain will be absent from Sunday’s singles after the incident.
Following an incident that took place on Saturday at the Presidents Cup involving Kessler Karain and a spectator, Karain will not return to caddie for Sunday’s final-round Singles matches. We will have no further comment at this time.
Reed has declared that he respects the Tour’s decision and that they are all focused on winning the President’s Cup. His coach, Josh Gregory is expected to step in and take Karain’s place for the final day.
United States captain, Tiger Woods has asked fans to be “respectful” to his team following the incident.
The Rest Of The World go into Sunday’s singles with a 10-8 lead over the United States.