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Patrick Reed has seen $750 million in defamation cases against the media dismissed.

The 2018 Masters winner was suing 18 companies, including The Golf Channel and announcer Brandel Chamblee.

Reed alleged that “calculated, malicious, false, and reckless attacks” had caused him significant harm.

After joining the LIV Golf Series in 2022, the American filed his lawsuit.

“While Reed may be frustrated by the negative media coverage he receives (some of which appears exaggerated), Reed fails to bring actionable defamation claims under Florida law and the First Amendment, and his cases must therefore be dismissed,” US District Judge Timothy J Corrigan wrote in the court ruling.

The launch of LIV Golf, which is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), sparked a schism in men’s golf, as numerous elite players were enticed to join the series.

However, in a controversial move in June, the PGA Tour and DP World Tour agreed to consolidate with PIF.

According to Reed’s updated filing, more than 50 assertions were defamatory.

“However, many of the statements do not pertain to Reed.” Some statements are about LIV Golf, of which Reed is a member, but not about Reed specifically,” Corrigan noted.

“Others are matters of opinion or allowable rhetorical exaggeration.”

“Yet others are statements of fact, the veracity of which is not called into question.” And Reed fails to allege genuine malice, which is essential to hold the press accountable for defamation.”


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