Masters champion Patrick Reed berated the camera crew on the 10th hole during the first round of the Porsche European Open after he was accused of rattling change in his pocket while the American enigma was about to chip.
Reed has one of the more colourful personalities on tour and it certainly doesn’t take much to rattle his cage.
Known worldwide not only for his golfing prowess, but also his Ryder Cup exploits, fiery interviews and overzealous celebrations.
The 27-year-old major winner also has a chequered past as he was kicked off the golf team at the university of Georgia amid allegations he cheated and stole from teammates.
Reed has denied those accusations, claiming alcohol abuse was the reason for his dismissal.
Reed also was caught on camera using a gay slur after missing a putt at the WGC-HSBC Open in China four years ago.
Microphones picked up the Texan saying “don’t f***ing three-putt you, f***ing f****t.”
At the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland, he held one finger to his mouth to shush the crowd, which angered the vast majority of Europeans and certainly didn’t help his popularity within the golfing community.
Reed’s latest exploit earlier today will only add to his ever growing reputation as “the bad boy of golf.”
Bothered by a noise as he prepared to take his approach shot on the 10th hole, the American stepped off his ball, allowing his caddy Kessler Karain to confront the crew.
“You’re rattling change in your pocket,” Karain said. “That’s what I’m pointing at you for.”
After telling them to stop, Reed decided to step in: “You know what? No. I need y’all to to go over there at that side of the green,” he said, pointing across the green.
“Camera guy too, sorry. Because he’s part of you. He lost privileges by going like that with change.”
The two-man crew began to retreat, and Reed offered further encouragement.
“Keep going,” he said. "I’m not hitting until you get the heck out of here. Like, completely out of here. Ridiculous.”
The incident didn’t seem to affect the enigmatic major winner as he chipped to within 5-feet and rolled his putt in for par.
Reed finished his first day with a 72 (2-under par) which puts him four behind the leader Bryson DeChambeau.