Patrick Reed Taunts European Crowd After Being Taunted On First Tee

Patrick Reed Taunts European Crowd After Being Taunted On First Tee

Patrick Reed celebrates a birdie putt on the 8th green on Sunday at the Ryder Cup.
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It was only a matter of time.

Patrick Reed has been one of the few bright spots for Team USA at the 2014 Ryder Cup. The brash rookie partnered with fellow first-timer Jordan Spieth to go 2-0-1 on Friday and Saturday, and the duo energized a team desperately in need of a spark. Reed is doing his best to provide one on Sunday as well.

On the 7th hole of his singles match against Henrik Stenson, Reed curled in his second-straight birdie to halve the hole. Reed turned to the pro-Euro crowd and put a finger to his lips. On the way to the next tee, he pumped his fist and shouted "Come on!", prompting criticism from Jack Nicklaus on Sky Sports ("What in the world is he doing? He's going to incite a riot."), but it appears to have worked in the short-term. He would win the 8th hole to go 1- up over Stenson. Hey, it works for Ian Poulter.

Reed's outburst may have been sparked by an incident on the first tee, usually the place for songs, cheers and jokes among the boisterous crowd. During a lull in the action, a fan shouted at Reed, "Did you practice your putting Patrick?" Reed's struggles with the flatstick cost him and Spieth a full point in their match against Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer on Saturday afternoon.

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