Reed responds to cheat claims

The American has often been asked about the ill-fated year he spent at the university and the rocky relationship he is rumoured to have had with those at the school before being he was expelled.

In a book that will be released later in the year, journalist Shane Ryan alleges that during his college days Reed stole "a watch, a Scotty Cameron putter, and $400 cash" and that Reed's team-mates believed they caught him "red-handed trying to cheat" during a qualifying round.

While not addressing the validity of the claims, Reed said that his representatives were investigating the allegations. In a statement released to GolfChannel.com, Reed said:

"The accusations that were made against me are serious and were intended to damage my reputation and character. They will not be taken lightly. My team and my representatives are looking into all aspects of this matter, and we look forward to setting the record straight. 

“For now, I’m staying focused on my life in the present and being the best husband, father and golfer I can be.'

Asked for comment on Reed's statement, Ryan told GolfDigest.com that he stuck by his story. 

"The piece on Patrick Reed has inspired more than a few strong reactions, and I hope to respond to some of those thoughts soon. For the moment, I can confirm that I haven't heard directly from Patrick or anyone on his team. I'd also like to reiterate that my confidence in the work hasn't changed a bit since publication. I stand by the reporting methods, the truth of the content that was presented, and the ultimate relevance of the story," Ryan's statement read.

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