Patrick Reed’s caddie Kessler Karain was involved in an incident with a fan after the Saturday morning session of matches at the Presidents Cup, Golf Channel reported during its telecast just as the second session of matches began. Steve Sands’ report was as follows:
“There was a little bit of an altercation earlier today after the morning matches with Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson. Kessler Karain, the caddie for Patrick Reed, got into an altercation with one of the fans. Now we’re all familiar with what happened last Friday at the Hero World Challenge, and everybody knew coming into the week that the fans in Australia were really going to get on Reed whenever he played. He played in the first three matches, went 0-3, was really hearing it from the fans, Reed was really hearing it from the fans and it got a little out of control there after the match and that’s where the altercation took place.”
P-Reed’s caddie punching fans? The #PresidentsCup is so back. pic.twitter.com/EoWFwivbQy
— Riggs (@RiggsBarstool) December 14, 2019
According to reports, Karain was scheduled to meet with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan at 2:30 p.m. local time.
A short time after the Golf Channel report, Karain spoke with Barstool Sports’ Fore Play Podcast, which released the following quote:
“As a caddie, one of your jobs is to protect your player. And unlike several other sports, in golf fans can get pretty close to athletes. 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. And this gentleman was one of them. Riding on the cart, guy was about three feet from Patrick and said, “You f—ing 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.”
This report will be updated as further information becomes available.