Rory McIlroy branded “INSULTING” by Patrick Reed after comments on LIV Golf competitors

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Rory McIlroy has publicly spoken out against LIV Golf, he’s now been branded “insulting” by golfing counterpart Patrick Reed.

LIV golf, the Saudi-backed golfing venture, has been met with a furiously backlash by golf fans and golfers who haven’t been tempted by the gold-coated, dangled carrot.

One of the most high-profile critics of LIV golf has been Rory McIlroy, who has not shied away from publicly slating the spin-off tournament and all of those involved.

After the LIV golf rebels returned to the DP World Tour to compete at Wentworth, McIlroy revealed his belied that they should have been shunned and not allowed to play.

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Patrick Reed (pictured) is among the group of high-level golfers competing in LIV Golf

Rather predictably, one of those involved, Patrick Reed, has struck back at McIlroy. Reed, speaking in an exclusive interview with The Times, said:

“I feel like [Rory] making those types of comments is insulting. Let’s be honest, I’ve [played the DP World Tour] more consistently than some of the Europeans on the PGA Tour, so for them to take shots at other guys, especially Billy and Rory taking shots at the LIV guys saying they shouldn’t be here.”

There’s no doubt that LIV golf is causing friction within the golfing community. It’s hard to imagine that friction coming to an end any time soon…