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McIlroy And Reed Cleared Of Wrongdoing At Farmers Insurance Open

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Patrick Reed wins the Farmers Insurance Open

Also Saturday, McIlroy's second shot to the par-5 18th hole came to rest in the right rough, and he believed his ball had plugged.

Making matters worse, Reed picked up the ball - which should have been allowed only if his playing partners, Robby Shelton and * a href="http://www.espn.com/golf/player/_/id/*/will-gordon" *Will Gordon, had been consulted and allowed him to do it.

On Sunday, Reed called over a rules official regarding a ball that moved slightly on the par-3 16th green as he replaced it after marking.

While PGA rules officials declared Reed's decision to pick up and take a drop "textbook" after his round, this isn't the first time Reed has flirted with the limits of the rules.

Reed was awarded a free drop and saved par.

Reed acknowledged that situation was "unfortunate", but defended his actions.

Brad Fabel, the tour rules official, determined that Reed was allowed relief, so he cleaned the ball and dropped it within a club length.

"I would not put myself [in] and create a situation like that. None of us saw it bounce", said Reed, who added that a nearby volunteer told him that it did not bounce.

"With that being said, I felt fine, I felt great throughout the day".

"I was able to go out there and shoot a low number today and get the job done". The CBS broadcast team, including six-time major champion Nick Faldo, questioned how a ball could embed after bouncing. He said that the rules controversy, construed as cheating among many golf fans following on social media, had failed to rattle him and he maintained his innocence.

On Sunday, Reed jump-started his round with a 45-foot eagle putt on the No. 6 to get to 12 under and followed with a birdie on the par-4 seventh.

"So it's tough to see, it's sad, kind of pisses us off, but it's the way it is". I knew you were going to have to go out and play on offense. "When we're out there, we can't see everything and when that happens, you have to go with what the volunteers say and what the rules officials say and when all comes push and shove we felt like we did the right thing and the rules official said we did absolutely perfectly". The great thing is I still have a chance to win a golf tournament. "I said, well, I'm going to just check if it's embedded. So now it's go out tomorrow and put the foot down and try to make as many birdies as possible".

The Ryder Cup star, who was penalised two strokes for appearing to deliberately improve his lie in a bunker at the Tiger Woods' Hero World Challenge in December 2019, pushed ahead undaunted on Sunday to close with a four-under 68 at Torrey Pines.

American golfer Patrick Reed was leading the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open when he picked his ball up from the rough on the 10th hole, before calling for a rules official.

Speaking after his final round, McIlroy, who had not been told in advance that the PGA Tour would be issuing a statement on the issue, insisted he has "never tried to get away with anything out there". He reached 13 under with a birdie on No. 9.

World No.2 Jon Rahm (72) and half-way leader Viktor Hovland (73) are among the five-man group tied for third with Scott while McIlroy is one of four players at seven-under after a round of 70. Rory McIlroy (70) was in a group of four at 7 under.

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