A caddie for one of the world’s top golfers has been banned for the rest of the Presidents Cup after pushing a spectator in Melbourne.
Kessler Karain admitted shoving a man, accusing him of “taking it too far” with “banter” for three days in the tournament between the US and an international team in Australia.
Mr Karain, who is the bag man for the 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed and is also his brother-in-law, claimed the member of the public had shouted “you f****** suck”.
He said he got out of his golf cart, pushed the man and said a few “expletives” before security arrived and he got back into the vehicle and left.
The caddie claimed the most harm done was a “little spilled beer”, which he was happy to pay for after the incident during Saturday’s fourballs at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
Reed has accepted the decision from the PGA Tour to effectively ban his caddie from being involved in the final day of action.
A PGA Tour statement read: “Following an incident that took place on Saturday at the Presidents Cup involving Kessler Karain and a spectator, Karain will not return to caddie for Sunday’s final-round singles matches.
“We will have no further comment at this time.”
Reed said: “I respect the tour’s decision. We are all focused on winning the Presidents Cup tomorrow.”
The American, who has not won any of his three matches in the Presidents Cup, had been taunted by fans after he was penalised for improving his lie in a bunker during a tournament last week.
Karain described the latest incident in a statement issued on US-based golf podcast Fore Play.
He said: “We have been known for having fun with some good banter, but after hearing several fans in Australia for three days some had taken it too far. I had had enough. And this gentlemen was one of them.
“Riding on the cart, guy was about three feet from Patrick and said ‘you f****** suck’. I got off the cart and shoved him, said a couple of things, probably a few expletives. Security came and I got back in the cart and left.
“I don’t think there’s one caddie I know that could blame me. Unless his bones break like Mr Glass, the most harm done was a little spilled beer, which I’m more than happy to reimburse him for.”
The international team lead the event 10-8 after the third day’s action.