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Patrick Reed loses 3 matches, 1 caddie in Presidents Cup

After caddie Kessler Karain shoves fan who reportedly heckled winless Reed, PGA Tour moves to suspend caddie for singles play

Patrick Reed will be looking for a replacement caddie Sunday in the Presidents Cup.

Kessler Karain, Reed’s caddie and brother-in-law, was banned by the PGA Tour from carrying Reed’s bag on the final day of the matches after an altercation with a fan Saturday at Royal Melbourne.

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The losses keep mounting for American Patrick Reed in the Presidents Cup as caddie Kessler Karain has been banned from Reed's bag for Sunday's singles play.

Karain reportedly shoved a spectator who the caddie thought had gotten to close to Reed while cursing him before security intervened. Reed has been heckled for three days, during which he has lost all three of his matches while paired with Webb Simpson. Last week, Reed was assessed a two-stroke penalty after video showed he had improved his lie – twice – by sweeping sand from behind his ball while taking practice swings in a waste area in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas (“Patrick Reed denies cheating as questions persist,” Dec. 9).

Karain said in a statement to the golf blog Fore Play, which was circulated on Twitter, that one fan taunted Reed by saying, “You [expletive] suck,” prompting the caddie’s reaction.

In a statement released by the PGA Tour, Reed said, “I respect the Tour’s decision. We are all focused on winning the Presidents Cup tomorrow.”

According to golf writer Doug Ferguson of The Associated Press, one option Sunday for Reed will be to put his swing coach, Kevin Kirk, on the bag. Reed, who was one of captain Tiger Woods’ four at-large picks, is scheduled to play C.T. Pan in the third of 12 singles matches (scores / pairings).

The Americans trail the Internationals, 10-8. The U.S. has won seven consecutive matches in the biennial series and leads overall, 10-1-1.