This is very serious stuff. It seems poor old Patrick Reed is having his college life muck-raked in a forthcoming book by a golf writer called Shane Ryan. In the book, "Slaying The Tiger: How golf's young guns took over the sport," to be released in May, Ryan paints Reed as a difficult character who was constantly arguing with his teammates and coaches and was actually caught attempting to cheat to ensure he won.

And Ryan doesn't stop there, alleging that while at the University Of Georgia, Reed stole "a watch, a Scotty Cameron putter, and $400 cash."



Needlessly to say, Reed and his management company IMG are incensed at the allegations and yesterday issued a statement to the GolfChannel.
 
"The accusations that were made against me are serious and were intended to damage my reputation and character. They will not be taken lightly. My team and my representatives are looking into all aspects of this matter, and we look forward to setting the record straight. “For now, I’m staying focused on my life in the present and being the best husband, father and golfer I can be."



The author however is not backing down and is doing one hell of a job promoting his book. He said this to GolfDigest.com.

"The piece on Patrick Reed has inspired more than a few strong reactions, and I hope to respond to some of those thoughts soon. For the moment, I can confirm that I haven't heard directly from Patrick or anyone on his team. I'd also like to reiterate that my confidence in the work hasn't changed a bit since publication. I stand by the reporting methods, the truth of the content that was presented, and the ultimate relevance of the story."

I think we've all done things in our college days we are not proud of, but being accused of being the last great train robber? I have a feeling this could get very messy.


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