Golf’s most-hated man Patrick Reed absent from Ryder Cup after Team USA snub

Controversial American golfer Patrick Reed is absent from this weekend's Ryder Cup after missing out on selection for Steve Stricker's Team USA.

The 2018 Masters champion is renowned for his on course antics, such as riling up and shushing the crowd, and is also reportedly embroiled in a feud with his family.

Despite appearing at the last three Ryder Cups, winning two, Reed is absent from this year's tournament at Whistling Straights after being overlooked for a captain's pick.

Having finished 11th in the points standings for Team USA selection, he was not chosen as one of six captain's picks by Stricker.

Reed is a polarising figure in the world of golf, having been a patriotic member of three Ryder Cup campaigns but has also been accused of unsportsmanlike conduct in the past.

With his absence from this year's edition of the biennial golf tournament, here are some of his most controversial moments.

Kicked out of university

Reed was reportedly kicked out of the University of Georgia (UGA) after less than two years as a student and member of their golf team.

Allegedly dismissed due to under-age drinking and using a fake ID but has also been accused of cheating on the golf course by claiming another player's ball.

Reed has strongly denied those rumours as well as the claims that he stole $400 and a putter from his team-mates.

Since leaving UGA he has continued to anger those at the school by wearing Notre Dame attire when he attended a football match between Notre Dame and UGA.

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Homophobic slurs

In 2014, Reed was forced to apologise after using homophobic language while shouting at himself following a bogey.

Reed made the f-bomb filled rant at himself during day one of the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, China.

TV microphones positioned around the green picked up Reed shouting "Nice f****** three-putt, you f****** f*****".

Ryder Cup antics

During his first Ryder Cup in 2014, Reed shushed fans after putting at Gleneagles, producing an angry reaction from those in attendance.

Reed's behaviour riled the fans up so much that he reportedly required a police escort when he left the venue that day.

Two years later, Reed was at it again during a heated duel with Team Europe's Rory McIlroy.

The pair produced a series of passionate celebrations and shushed each other as they completed their match, before fist-bumping afterwards to suggest it was all good natured.

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