On Wednesday night, Patrick Reed attended the Red Sox game with his wife, Justine, and his sister-in-law. Reed received the tickets through the PGA Tour, but, upon arrival at the game, found their location less than pleasing. Upset at sitting in Fenway’s “line drive section,” Reed took to social media.
“Thank you @pgatour for the tickets to the @RedSox game tonight,” he wrote on Twitter and Instagram. “I love how you put my wife, sister in law and myself in the line drive section. We paid $650 to upgrade our seats and ended up in the same section as the rest of the @PGATOUR! #frontrow.” He clarified the situation in a reply tweet. “*we paid $650 to upgrade and ended up with everyone else on the @PGATOUR #shocker,” he wrote.
— Patrick Reed (@PReedGolf) August 30, 2018
The posts quickly spread across social media; Reed faced widespread criticism for taking the issue public. One of the more polite responses summed up the general sentiment: “Blasting how much money you spend just to complain about it – classy. Really tryin to get behind you and cheer for ya, but you make liking Rory way easier,” wrote Twitter user Tania Richards.
Which PGA Tour members had already received front-row seats remained unclear. Justin Thomas, the defending champion at this week’s Dell Technologies Championship, threw out the first pitch and attended the game with his father. Whatever else may be true, that “#shocker” appears telling: it suggests that this isn’t the first time Reed has felt slighted by the Tour.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 29, 2018
On the field, the Red Sox rallied with 11 seventh-inning runs to steamroll the visiting Miami Marlins. Off the field, in the depths of the golf internet, the action was just beginning.