Patrick Reed’s behavior was at times obscured by smoke. This behavior seems to extend into the social media sphere.
Reed’s official Twitter username has long been known for preventing the media and golf fans from viewing Reed’s accounts. This in itself is not newsworthy; While the number of people claiming that Reed has silenced them is enormous, many athletes and personalities are blocking users who criticize them. There are Twitter users who can still see Reed’s Twitter activity though, and one of Reed’s tweets over the weekend was an interesting copy of another twitter account.
Following Reed’s controversial drop in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open, Reed’s official Twitter posted the following response to a Twitter thread featuring Amanda Balionis of CBS Sports at 8:09 PM ET: “RORY MCILROY @McIlroyRory TODAY HE DID THE SAME THING HOLE 18! AND THE BALL-PLACED RULES NO OFFICIAL RULES CALLED THE END OF THE STORY. ” Twitter users quickly stated that the “useGolfFACTS” account identifier sent a very similar message (16 times after all) to various Twitter accounts to defend Reed. The first message of the “UseGolfFACTS” account about Reed / Rory was posted at 19:59, lastly at 20:44.
The parallels were notable due to year-round speculation that the “useGolfFACTS” account was linked to Reed, his family or his team. A glance at the account’s responses shows that there has been intense activity in defending Reed against a variety of claims throughout his career. The account, however, did more than defend Reed and made a number of critical and humiliating remarks against Reed’s opponents and the PGA Tour.
The “UseGolfFACTS” promoter routinely knocked out Justin Thomas amid complaints that Thomas did not deserve to be featured on the cover of the PGA Tour’s 2K21 video game, Thomas was the “collector” and Thomas shouldn’t be getting the $ 2. He received a million Wyndham Rewards bonus for not playing in the Wyndham Championship. There was also a throw in Thomas’ temperament. “His bad attitude and deeds were fully displayed and he was disrespectful to Niemann,” he said on January 4, 2020.
Xander Schauffele was another of the goals of the account. Also on January 4, 2020, under a Golf Channel heading on the odds that Schauffele will be repeating at the 2020 TOC, the “useGolfFACTS” arm responded, “Someone should check out their new driver and hinting that Schauffele’s driver failed. R&A at the 2019 Open Championship. The account also claimed that Schauffele patted the roughness of the 2020 TOC and added a video where Schauffele made practical oscillations.
The “UseGolfFACTS” account also regularly criticized the PGA Tour, complaining about the pay structure of the tour (“The tour will kill more gold picks like greed. Every year they have to pay a base salary to all 125 top players” don’t even do that “), certain Fix players, the leader board implementation of the tour and the placements that support the selection of the highlights of the tour. Other notable comments from the “useGolfFACTS” account include that the green jacket should not have been awarded in 2020. As there are no fans on the property, the masters and Ryder Cup are questioning the team selection process .
But for those who believe Reed’s Saturday tweet was a smoking gun, Reed’s lawyers say that isn’t necessarily the case. In response to a Golf Digest e-mail about Reed’s Saturday night Tweet and his connection to “useGolfFACTS”, Reed’s lawyer, Phillip B. Costa said, “The person managing Patrick Reed’s Twitter and Instagram accounts did not run @ use. Please note. GolfFACTS account. “At the time of writing, a direct message from Golf Digest to the” useGolfFACTS “account was not returned.
Why is this important? In addition to providing some strange tournament matches, evidence of Reed’s direct involvement with the tour and a Twitter account that denigrates other players would appear to violate part of the player code of conduct that appeals to such public criticism. A PGA Tour spokesperson told Golf Digest that the tour did not comment on the issue. At the time of writing Golf Digest did not receive a response from Thomas or Schauffele for comment.