MELBOURNE, Australia — The caddie for Patrick Reed will not be on the bag for the final session of the Presidents Cup after shoving a spectator who he felt was encroaching too close to Reed while cursing him.

The tour announced the decision after Saturday’s dual session, which ended with the International team holding a 10-8 lead. Reed said in a statement he respected the decision and that everyone was focused on winning.

Kessler Karain, the brother-in-law of Reed, said he heard heckling for three days at Royal Melbourne, and thought some had taken it too far and he’d had enough.

Reed was a singular target of the American team this year because of a rules violation last week in the Bahamas. He twice removed a clump of sand from behind his ball in a waste area at the Hero World Challenge. When he was shown the incident on video, Reed accepted a two-shot penalty.

Reed failed to make a birdie in fourballs Saturday morning as he and Webb Simpson lost for the third straight time.

“Riding on the cart, guy was about 3 feet from Patrick and said, `You (expletive) suck.’ I got off the cart and shoved him, said a couple things, probably a few expletives,” Karain said in a statement to “Fore Play,” a podcast operated by Barstool Sports.

Karain said security arrived and he left in the cart.

“I don’t think there’s one caddie I know that could blame me,” Karain said. “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.”

U.S. captain Tiger Woods said the situation involving Reed, one of his four captain’s picks, was not a distraction.

“We came here as a team. We rallied around our teammate and we’re excited about tomorrow,” Woods said.

Woods placed Reed in the No. 3 spot in the lineup, after International captain Ernie Els picked his lineup first and put C.T. Pan in the No. 3 spot. That avoided the chance of Reed facing one of the three Australians on the International team.

Fans this week have called the former Masters champion such things as “Patrick Cheat” and “The Excavator.”

Reed didn’t help his cause Friday when he made a birdie putt, cupped his ear and then pretended to use his putter as a shovel. He enjoys mixing it up with the gallery in these team competitions, but the rules violation in the Bahamas sensitive to players who hold the rules in high regard. Reed claimed his club was some 8 inches behind the ball. Video did not indicate that.

Els said he felt bad for the caddie and the fan, and he made a point of saying the gallery was not nearly as bad as what the International team faced two years ago in New Jersey.

“The caddie must have been very hot, obviously fed up with what he heard, probably,” Els said. “I feel for the fan. He came to watch golf, and that’s probably the last thing he thought was going to happen. So I feel for both of them.”

Reed created the wrong kind of memories at the Ryder Cup last year when he did an interview with The New York Times right after the U.S. loss, criticizing captain Jim Furyk for sitting him out two matches and Jordan Spieth ending their partnership.

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