Golf superstars Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed are not big fans of one another.
That much is abundantly clear.
In fact, it appears that few fellow golfers are fans of Reed. Which isn’t a huge surprise given his brash and often unsavory attitude.
But McIlroy, in particular, isn’t overly fond of him.
The pair had an awkward run in at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic earlier this year and led to verbal sparring in the media. But now it appears that’s all behind them.
Thankfully for Reed, he won’t have to see McIlroy when he attends the Masters Champions Dinner in April as a guest of reigning champ Scottie Scheffler. ‘
Reed won the prestigious tournament in 2018. It’s his only major championship victory. McIlroy, meanwhile, has four major championships to his name. But he last won in 2014 and has never won The Masters. It’s the lone major the Northern Irishman has not yet won.
Evin Priest of Golf Digest recently asked Reed about the Champions Dinner and whether he’ll feel uncomfortable around his piers. But Reed said that the night isn’t about him and that he expects things to remain civil.
“The thing is, the Champions Dinner has nothing to do with myself or any other person in that room except for Scottie Scheffler,” he said. “That’s his dinner. My experiences during those dinners have been amazing. We’re always talking about past experiences at Augusta, how the other guys have won the [Masters], what obstacles they had to overcome, the shots they pulled off in their experiences.
“Knowing the guys out here on LIV and also some of the older guys … that night and that dinner is all about Scottie and has nothing to do with where someone’s playing, what happened a week ago, what’s happening going forward. It’s all about that event [the Masters]. It is literally Scottie’s night and that’s how it’s always going to be.” – via Golf Digest
The 2023 edition of The Masters begins on April 6 and DraftKings Sportsbook lists McIlroy as the second favorite at +800. Reed, meanwhile, is listed at +5000.