Patrick Reed was pleased to have silenced the Presidents Cup crowd with his first victory in Melbourne amid ongoing backlash.  

Reed has endured a tumultuous time at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, where fans have heckled the controversial United States golfer and his caddie clashed with a supporter.

Fans have made their feelings known after Reed was accused of cheating at last week's Hero World Challenge, while the PGA Tour suspended caddie Kessler Karain on Saturday after an altercation.

But 2018 Masters champion Reed finally had reason to celebrate after outclassing International golfer C.T. Pan 4 and 2 in Sunday's singles following three consecutive defeats.

Reed, who posted eight birdies in a brilliant performance, said: "You make birdies, you don't hear much. The biggest thing today, which I felt like I didn't do early on this week, was we didn't get up in our matches. We didn't get up on top.

"When you're not up in your matches, the other team, the crowd will get more vocal. If you get up in your match, the crowd will be pretty quiet. I was able to do that and silence a couple."

"I think the biggest thing is just to continue grinding and not let the crowds or let people get in the way of what you're trying to do, and that's play golf," added Reed, who was 6up through seven against Pan.

"The past couple days were tough, and today still wasn't easy. I played some amazing golf, and even though I got up a lot early, C.T., the kind of golfer he is, he put the pressure right back on. He made clutch putt after clutch putt, and kept making birdies to keep the round interesting."

Tiger Woods broke the record for the most matches won in Presidents Cup history on Sunday.

United States playing captain Woods outclassed International opponent Abraham Ancer 3 and 2 in the deciding singles session for his 27th victory.

American superstar Woods equalled Phil Mickelson's all-time record in Friday's foursomes at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, where he has remained perfect this week with three wins.

Woods - a 15-time major winner - has put defending champions the USA on track for an eighth consecutive Presidents Cup title.

Defending champions the United States are charging towards an unprecedented Presidents Cup comeback, though the Internationals continue to dig deep in Melbourne. 

Down 10-8 prior to Sunday's deciding singles, the USA faced an uphill battle to claim an eighth consecutive title as no team had ever trailed after three sessions and won the Presidents Cup.

However, the USA are on track to sensationally retain their crown, with Tiger Woods' team up in six of the 12 matches and projected to triumph 15.5 - 14.5 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

First out against Abraham Ancer, Woods returned for the singles showdown after sitting out on Saturday and the 15-time major champion has led the way in more overcast conditions.

Woods - who can break the record for most matches won at the Presidents Cup - leads Ancer 3up through 15 holes.

Controversial American Patrick Reed - without his usual caddie following a fan altercation on Saturday - birdied five of his opening seven holes in a remarkable start to his day against C.T. Pan.

The USA's Tony Finau has also mounted a remarkable comeback, rallying from 4down through 10 to be level with Hideki Matsuyama after 14.

Following three consecutive losses, 2018 champion Reed is 2up, having been 6up after seven holes, while compatriot Dustin Johnson is 4up over Li Haotong.

The Internationals - eyeing a first title since 1998 - are ahead in three matches thanks to Louis Oosthuizen, Im Sung-jae and Joaquin Niemann.

Controversial United States golfer Patrick Reed is dialled in on the final day of the Presidents Cup, despite the absence of his caddie in Melbourne.

Reed teed off in Sunday's singles without usual right-hand man Kessler Karain, who was suspended by the PGA Tour following a fan altercation on Saturday.

But after a forgettable first three days amid cheating allegations and heckles at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, 2018 Masters champion Reed is finally enjoying some success.

Reed - coming off three straight defeats - birdied five of his opening seven holes to race out to a commanding 6up lead against International opponent C.T. Pan.

American Reed birdied his first three holes and the sixth as the USA - trailing 10-8 at the start of play - eye their eighth consecutive Presidents Cup.

Kevin Kirk is caddying for Reed, who has endured a tough week at the 13th Presidents Cup.

Reed has been public enemy number one in Australia after his two-stroke penalty during last week's Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Already a maligned figure on the PGA Tour, Reed was penalised for improving his lie in the bunker, hitting the sand twice during his practice swings, sparking controversy and claims of cheating.

Booed on day one, Reed taunted the Melbourne crowd on Friday by mimicking a shovelling motion, before tensions boiled over on Saturday.

Karain clashed with a fan after he had "had enough" of the heckling of Reed, before the Tour ultimately intervened.

There is plenty on the line as the United States and the International team go head-to-head on the final day of the Presidents Cup.

The USA are eyeing their eighth consecutive Presidents Cup title, but the defending champions must overturn a 10-8 deficit in Sunday's singles in Melbourne, where fans are queuing up in large numbers at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

No team have trailed after three sessions and won the Presidents Cup, with Ernie Els' Internationals - leading since the opening day - looking to clinch their first crown since 1998 - a triumph also in Melbourne 21 years ago.

After the Internationals managed to preserve their lead in a dramatic finish to Saturday's foursomes, USA captain Tiger Woods has returned for the singles.

Woods sat out both sessions on Saturday - the four-ball and foursomes - but the 15-time major champion is back with club in hand against Abraham Ancer in the opening match.

It could be a historic day for Woods, who can set the record for most matches won at the Presidents Cup, having tied Phil Mickelson's tally of 26 on Friday.

Meanwhile, controversial American Patrick Reed is without caddie Kessler Karain for the third match against C.T. Pan following a fan altercation on Saturday.

Five pairs were tied for the lead after the second round of the QBE Shootout as Bubba Watson and Charles Howell's 66 saw them move into contention.

Harold Varner and Ryan Palmer equalled the tournament's lowest round on Friday with a 17-under 55 to take a two-shot lead through 18 holes, yet they had company at the top after Saturday's round.

Having made gains at 16 of the 18 holes in the first round, Varner and Palmer had three bogeys on Saturday at the event in Naples, Florida.

Watson and Howell had a blemish-free round and back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18 saw them reach 19 under par through 36 holes, the same score as Varner and Palmer and three other pairs.

Brendon Todd and Billy Horschel, Jason Kokrak and JT Poston and Kevin Tway and Rory Sabbatini were the other duos that had a share of the lead.

Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell managed to record the joint-lowest round of the day, though, following up their 61 with a 65 on Saturday.

Four birdies in five holes between the fourth and eighth helped them reach 18 under par for the tournament, one shot back ahead of Sunday's third and final round.

Tiger Woods accused the Royal Melbourne crowd of going "over the top" after a wild third day at the Presidents Cup.

The Internationals head into Sunday's singles with a 10-8 advantage over Woods' United States team, but the day was notable for a crowd disturbance that led to Patrick Reed's caddie being suspended for the rest of the event.

Kessler Karain was involved in an altercation with a fan after Reed and his partner Webb Simpson lost to Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan in the morning four-balls.

Karain admitted he had "had enough" of the hostility shown towards Reed, who has played the role of pantomime villain this week after arriving in Australia on the back of accusations of cheating during the Hero World Challenge.

The caddie told Fore Play: "Riding on the cart, a guy was about three feet from Patrick and said, 'you f****** suck.' I got off the cart and shoved him, said a couple things, probably a few expletives.

"Security came and I got back in the cart and left. I don't think there's one caddie I know that could blame me."

Woods, who will go out first on Sunday before taking over his captaincy duties, felt alcohol had played a part in the incident and asked for a more respectful approach on the final day.

Asked how the atmosphere compared to a Ryder Cup, the US captain said: "Well, I think it's different. There aren't as many people at this venue because it's so small, a lot of bottlenecks.

"There's obviously some yelling. There's people who have had a lot to drink and have gone over the top.

"I've heard it. I've been in the groups playing when it has happened, and I've been inside the ropes as a captain witnessing it.

"Bipartisanship is part of playing in team matches, whether you're home or on the road, it's part of the deal. As long as the fans are respectful, all we ask is for them to be respectful.

"Hopefully they will be excited [about] Sunday and the matches and be very respectful of all the players."

Woods' Internationals counterpart Ernie Els felt the galleries were "pretty quiet" compared to New York in 2017 and that the Americans should "take it and move on".

The South African said: "I've played in many Presidents Cups. I've played in the US many times. If you look back at New York and how these players were treated in New York, this crowd is pretty quiet.

"I mean, we just get treated the same wherever you go as an away game, there's some heckling going on and we all know that, and you prepare for that, and that's just the way it goes.

"We shut up and we get on with things. That's what we did in New York. So it's part of the game.

"And I'm with Tiger; I'm against heckling. I'm against crowds being disrespectful to the players, but it happens. We as professionals, we move on.

"I think Tiger is one of the ultimate professionals that's ever played the game. I've played with him where he's been heckled in US Opens and a lot of other places. He's taken it on the chin and he's moved forward. He's been an example.

"Same has happened to me. It's happened to a lot of players. But I must say, this Aussie crowd, okay, they got a little bit boisterous this afternoon with a couple of beers, but which crowd doesn't. You take it and you move on."

Justin Thomas labelled Saturday's halved match against Marc Leishman and Abraham Ancer "unacceptable" after he and Rickie Fowler sensationally coughed up a commanding lead at the Presidents Cup.

United States pair Thomas and Fowler surrendered a 5up cushion through 10 holes as Leishman and Ancer somehow secured half a point for the Internationals in Saturday afternoon's foursomes in Melbourne.

Thomas and Fowler arrived on the 11th poised to seal a third point for seven-time defending champions the USA, who threatened to sweep the session and tie the Presidents Cup at 9-9.

However, Thomas and Fowler capitulated as the Internationals ended the day 10-8 in front of Tiger Woods' USA heading into Sunday's singles.

"Speechless," Thomas said afterwards. "It's unacceptable for us to get half a point. I mean, they made a couple of long putts there on 15 and 16 to keep it going. 

"We had our chances, and I mean, flat honest, just didn't execute. I'm just disappointed in myself for burning that, I felt like, for us on 18.

"Our team is playing well today, and we've got to put it behind us and go get a point tomorrow."

The match was decided at the last with Thomas' tee shot sailing into the trees, immediately putting the USA on the back foot.

Leishman and the Internationals capitalised after the former's quality approach shot within seven feet set up Ancer - who converted the birdie as the USA could only manage a third straight bogey.

It sparked wild celebrations and Leishman told reporters: "That's probably as good as I've felt on a golf course, and I only halved the match. We've all won up here; we've won tournaments, but we don't get chances to play with a team-mate very often.

"To be successful with a team-mate would be pretty cool. We had a taste of that today, but I think if we can play well and do our jobs tomorrow, what we felt today is going to probably be pushed aside for what we may feel tomorrow. So it ranks pretty high for me."

Leishman added: "I spoke to [captain] Ernie [Els] going down 12, and he was just saying, get as far as you can. Take it as for as you can. I'm like, 'Hang on. Let's not talk about losing this yet. We're going to fight this out', and yeah, we did."

United States captain Tiger Woods will attempt to lead from the front after putting himself out first for Sunday's singles as the seven-time defending champions fight to retain their Presidents Cup crown against the Internationals.  

The USA head into the final day trailing the Internationals 10-8 following a dramatic ending to Saturday's action at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Playing captain Woods kept himself out of both the morning four-ball and the afternoon foursomes as Ernie Els' International team preserved their lead, despite a USA rally.

But with the USA - who threatened to sweep the foursomes before the Internationals stormed back - eyeing an eighth straight title, Woods will open the singles against Abraham Ancer in Melbourne.

Woods has the chance to set the record for most matches won at the Presidents Cup, after the 15-time major champion tied Phil Mickelson with his 26th victory on Friday.

Controversial American Patrick Reed will face C.T. Pan in the third match, but without caddie Kessler Karain - who has been banned following a fan altercation on Saturday.

Australian Marc Leishman will be the final International to tee off after being drawn against Rickie Fowler as the challengers target a first Presidents Cup triumph since 1998.

Leishman has confidence and momentum after he and Ancer sensationally rallied from 5down through 10 holes to halve their match against Fowler and Justin Thomas in Saturday's foursomes.

 

Sunday's singles matches (Internationals v the USA)

Abraham Ancer v Tiger Woods
Hideki Matsuyama v Tony Finau
C.T. Pan v Patrick Reed
Li Haotong v Dustin Johnson
Adam Hadwin v Bryson DeChambeau
Im Sung-jae v Gary Woodland
Joaquin v Niemann v Patrick Cantlay
Adam Scott v Xander Schauffele
Byeong Hun An v Webb Simpson
Cameron Smith v Justin Thomas
Louis Oosthuizen v Matt Kuchar
Marc Leishman v Rickie Fowler

Patrick Reed's caddie Kessler Karain has been suspended for the fourth and final day of the Presidents Cup following an altercation with a spectator. ​

Karain clashed with a fan after he had "had enough" of the heckling of controversial United States golfer Reed at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Saturday.

Reed - who arrived in Melbourne following cheating allegations at the Hero World Challenge - suffered his third consecutive loss of the Presidents Cup, after which tensions boiled over.

Karain released a statement to Fore Play, admitting he shoved a fan who told Reed "you f****** suck" following his defeat alongside Webb Simpson to International pair Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan in the morning's four-ball.

After a meeting on Saturday, the PGA Tour said Karain will be absent from Sunday's singles as defending champions the USA try to overturn a 10-8 deficit.

"Following an incident that took place on Saturday at the Presidents Cup involving Kessler Karain and a spectator, Karain will not return to caddie for Sunday’s final-round Singles matches. We will have no further comment at this time," the Tour's statement read.

American Reed added: "I respect the Tour's decision. We are all focused on winning the Presidents Cup tomorrow."

Reed has been public enemy number one in Australia after his two-stroke penalty during last week's Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Already a maligned figure on the PGA Tour, Reed was penalised for improving his lie in the bunker, hitting the sand twice during his practice swings, sparking controversy and claims of cheating.

Booed on day one, Reed taunted the Melbourne crowd on Friday by mimicking a shovelling motion.

"As a caddie, one of your jobs is to protect your player," Karain said. "We have been known for having fun with some good banter, but after hearing several fans in Australia for three days, some had taken it too far. I had had enough.

"Riding on the cart, a guy was about three feet from Patrick and said, 'you f****** suck'. I got off the cart and shoved him, said a couple things, probably a few expletives.

"Security came and I got back in the cart and left. I don't think there's one caddie I know that could blame me.

"Unless his bones break like Mr Glass, the most harm done was a little spilled beer, which I'm more than happy to reimburse him for."

Marc Leishman and Abraham Ancer produced an incredible recovery against Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas at the Presidents Cup on Saturday.

The Internationals were in huge trouble in the foursomes at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, but staged a late rally.

The biggest one belonged to Leishman and Ancer, who somehow managed to salvage a tie against Fowler and Thomas.

Perhaps showing some signs of fatigue after winning earlier in the day – with Thomas playing for the fourth straight session – the Americans gave up a point that looked certain.

We look at how Leishman and Ancer, who were 5down through 10, produced their response.

Back-to-back birdies spark Internationals

Leishman and Ancer headed to the 11th hole 5down, but put the pressure on the American stars.

Ancer's superb approach shot to within five feet set up a Leishman birdie before the roles reversed.

The Internationals' second shot at the 12th, played by Leishman, went to within 10 feet, setting up Ancer's birdie putt.

Fowler and Thomas managed pars at both holes, but that form would soon change.

 

Missed putts bring Internationals within one

The USA still looked in control with a 3up lead with just three holes to play.

However, pars at 16 and 17 from the Internationals would be enough to reduce that deficit.

Fowler missed a six-footer for par at 16 before Thomas' miss from nine feet meant the USA's lead was just 1up heading to the last.

 

Perfect storm at the last

Thomas' tee shot into the trees immediately put the USA on the back foot at the last.

While they tried to recover, Leishman put a quality approach shot to within seven feet for Ancer, setting up the Internationals' birdie.

The USA could only manage another bogey – their third straight – to somehow cough up a win that appeared certain.

The Internationals produced a stunning late comeback to stay in the lead over the United States heading into the final day of the Presidents Cup.

Seven-time defending champions the USA were on track to sweep the afternoon's foursomes, which would have tied the Presidents Cup at 9-9 on Saturday.

Approaching 17:30 local time (06:30 GMT) in Melbourne, Tiger Woods' USA led all four matchups in a remarkable comeback, having ended the morning four-balls 9-5 adrift.

But Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler sensationally coughed up a 5up lead against Marc Leishman and Abraham Ancer, who triggered a dramatic finish to the fourth session at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

By the time proceedings ended after 18:00 local time (07:00 GMT), the Internationals held a 10-8 lead heading into Sunday's 12 singles.

No team have trailed after three sessions and won the Presidents Cup, however, the USA emerged for the foursomes on a mission to create history.

Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland put a point on the board for the USA via a 2 and 1 victory over Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen.

A second point came thanks to Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, who saw off Im Sung-jae and Cameron Smith by the same scoreline.

That is when the fun began. Thomas - carrying a perfect 3-0-0 record - and Fowler approached the 11th tee boasting a commanding 5up advantage against Australian Leishman and Mexican team-mate Ancer.

Leishman had not won all week, but his rally alongside Ancer energised the crowd during a memorable ending to the day's play. After Thomas' wild tee shot landed among the trees, Leishman's stunning approach helped secure an unthinkable halve for the Internationals.

Attention then turned to Joaquin Niemann and Byeong Hun An, who were 2down through 13 against Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar.

With Ernie Els watching on and fans at full voice, Niemann's brilliant shot from the rough paved the way for the Internationals - without a Presidents Cup triumph since 1998 - to halve another match. An did have a birdie chance to win the match but his effort slid agonisingly wide of the hole.

Patrick Reed's caddie Kessler Karain confirmed he was in an altercation with a fan at the Presidents Cup on Saturday.

Reed's forgettable campaign at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, where he arrived amid cheating allegations, continued following a third consecutive defeat alongside United States team-mate Webb Simpson.

Booed and heckled throughout the 13th Presidents Cup following his antics at the Hero World Challenge, 2018 Masters champion Reed went down 5 and 3 to International pair Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan in the morning's four-ball.

And it led to a clash between Reed's caddie and a supporter prior to Saturday's foursomes.

"As a caddie, one of your jobs is to protect your player," Karain said in a statement to Fore Play.

"We have been known for having fun with some good banter, but after hearing several fans in Australia for three days some had taken it too far. I had had enough.

"Riding on the cart, guy was about three feet from Patrick and said, 'you f****** suck'. I got off the cart and shoved him, said a couple things, probably a few expletives.

"I don't think there's one caddie I know that could blame me.

"The most harm done was a little spilled beer, which I'm more than happy to reimburse him for."

Reed has been public enemy number one after his two-stroke penalty during last week's Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Already a maligned figure on the PGA Tour, American golfer Reed was penalised for improving his lie in the bunker, hitting the sand twice during his practice swings, sparking controversy and claims of cheating.

Booed on day one, Reed taunted the Melbourne crowd on Friday by mimicking a shovelling motion amid heckles.

The United States have recovered from a difficult morning session as the reigning Presidents Cup champions threaten to move within a point of the Internationals.

A strong showing in the four-ball format saw the Internationals take a 9-5 lead over the USA in their pursuit of a first Presidents Cup title since 1998 on Saturday.

No one has trailed after three sessions and won the Presidents Cup, but led by Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, the USA are projected to reduce the deficit to 10-8 in the foursomes at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

The Internationals almost won three of the four matches in the four-balls, but some late heroics from Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar salvaged half a point for the USA in the session's final contest.

That moment appears to be a turning point for the USA, who are ahead in three of the four scheduled foursomes in Melbourne.

Playing captain Tiger Woods surprisingly left himself sidelined for the afternoon, having sat out the four-ball, but his team have not missed a beat.

After outclassing Marc Leishman and Li Haotong, Thomas and Fowler are on track for another big victory.

Thomas - boasting a flawless 3-0-0 record this year - and Fowler are 4up through 11 holes against Leishman and Abraham Ancer.

Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland, brought back into the mix for the foursomes, are 2up after 12 over Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen, while Finau and Kuchar are also 2up through nine against Joaquin Niemann and Byeong Hun An.

As for International pair Cameron Smith and Im Sung-jae, they are 1up against Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele through 10.

Tiger Woods insisted he is not injured after sidelining himself for back-to-back sessions as the United States continue to struggle at the Presidents Cup.

Saturday morning's four-ball contests left seven-time reigning champions the USA trailing Ernie Els' Internationals 9-5 in Melbourne, where Woods sat out.

Despite the USA facing an uphill battle to maintain their stranglehold on the tournament, playing captain Woods again opted to partner Justin Thomas with Rickie Fowler for the afternoon's foursomes.

It came as a surprise, given Woods won consecutive matches alongside Thomas on Thursday and Friday at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

However, 15-time major champion Woods - who equalled Phil Mickelson's record for most Presidents Cup wins on Friday - told reporters: "You have to do what's best for the team, and I'm getting ready for the singles tomorrow [Sunday]."

"I tried to talk myself out of it, too," added Woods, who denied he is injured. "But you know, it is what it is, and we're going to go out there and try and get some points today and be ready for tomorrow."

Woods' decision to leave himself out of action until Sunday's singles surprised International captain Els - whose team are on track for their first Presidents Cup triumph since 1998.

"Yes, especially the way he's been playing with JT," Els replied when asked if he was surprised by the absence of Woods. "But JT has been a rock-solid on their side, and looks like he's teaming well with Rickie.

"But yeah, I thought Tiger would play this afternoon."

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