Reed rejects cheat allegations after punishment for improving lie from his ball

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Patrick Reed is part of the American Tiger Woods team for the Presidential Cup

Patrick Reed says he should not be called a cheat after being punished for improving the lie of his ball during the Hero World Challenge last Friday.

The 2018 Masters champion moved sand into a bunker with his practice swing, which has a two-stroke penalty.

Reed, who will play for the US in this week's Presidential Cup, was criticized by players from the International team.

He said, "I didn't try to improve a lie. If you accidentally break the rules, it's not cheating."

The 29-year-old is a selection of wildcards in the Tiger Woods team at the Presidential Cup-style in Ryder Cup, which starts on Thursday in Royal Melbourne in Australia.

Team Captain Woods called Reed & # 39; a great kid & # 39; and said they had discussed the incident on the Bahamas plane to Australia.

"It was not a long conversation," he explained. "We kept it short and to the point.

" The official official gave him two shots. He finished at 16 below, two behind [winner] Henrik [Stenson] and now we continue to this week. "

Reed has been criticized by members of Ernie Els' international team, including the Australian Cameron Smith, who said he" has no sympathy for someone cheating ".

" I think it's only natural, "said Els." These guys are competitors. They clearly didn't like what they saw.

"Like Tiger, we move on; we have a cup to play for. It has nothing to do with us. It is actually what happened, and I think Tiger deals with this and Patrick with it.

"We are getting ready to play the Presidential Cup. There is nothing more to say. "

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