Rory McIlroy takes part in the Dubai Desert Classic. What caught the attention of many was the rumor that McIlroy refused to shake Patrick Reed's hand, after which Reed threw tea at him. “Patrick came up to say hello and I didn't really want him to.
From my recollection, that was it. I didn't see a tee. I didn't feel a tee. Obviously someone else saw that. But it's definitely a storm in a teacup. Obviously nothing - I can't believe it's actually turned into a story. Yeah, it's nothing”.
- he said, as quoted by golfmnothly.com McIlroy explained why he refused to shake hands. Namely, his lawyer made a move that Rory McIlroy was not at all happy about. Obviously that provoked him. “I was subpoenaed by his lawyer on Christmas Eve.
So of course, trying to have a nice time with my family and someone shows up on your doorstep and delivers that, you're not going to take that well. So again, I'm living in reality, I don't know where he's living. If I were in his shoes, I wouldn't expect a hello or a handshake”.
Patrick Reed explained how it looked like. "I walked over there and wished Harry (Diamond, McIlroy’s caddie) Happy New Year and then Rory because it is the first time I have seen them. Harry shook my hand and Rory just looked down there and was messing with his Trackman and kind of decided to ignore us.
We all know where it came from, being part of LIV. "Since my tees are Team Aces LIV tees I flicked him one. It was kind of a funny shot back. Funny how a small little flick has turned into basically me stabbing him and throwing a tee at him.
He saw me and he decided not to not to react. But it is one of those things. If you're going to act like an immature little child then you might as well be treated like one."