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A golf etiquette debate lead to a near-fatal stabbing (and ridiculous jail sentence)



What’s the worst outcome of a debate over etiquette you’ve seen on a golf course?

You tell a buddy to rake the trap, he grumbles, stalks off, and does it. You tell a member of your foursome his pickup artist routine with the beer cart girl is creeping everyone out, and he doesn’t talk to you for the rest of the round.

Well, in Australia things went quite a bit worse for Simon Mudd. Mudd’s (presumably former) friend, Matthew McKay, stabbed him in 2017 following an on-course dispute. McKay was just sentenced to 20 months in prison.

So, what the heck leads a man to stab a member of his foursome? Well, at Broadford Golf Course outside of Melbourne in August 2017, idiot Matthew McKay was golfing with the unfortunate Simon Mudd and Shaun Peterson.

Per a Herald Sun report, McKay was damaging greens, dragging the flagstick and stomping balls into the putting surface.

After his friends told him he was acting like a complete jackwagon and ought to cease and desist, McKay flew off to his car in a rage and returned with a knife.

Drunk on booze and rage, McKay stabbed Mudd in the left thigh, piercing an artery. Mudd was eventually airlifted to a hospital where he received an emergency blood transfusion. He was only minutes away from death after the stabbing, according to the judge who sentenced McKay.

Mudd has permanent nerve damage in his leg from the attack. Horrible and unfortunate experience for a guy who was just trying to do the right thing and stand up for basic on-course decorum.

McKay is eligible for parole after 10 months in prison, which seems slightly ridiculous considering he stabbed a woman in 2009 as well.

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  1. Jerrod Andrade

    Apr 18, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Wow that’s something I haven’t heard if happening on the course but I have been in situations where others tell golfers to respect the course and leave the cart girl alone and usually there’s a shrug that ends up with a beer and cigar after but never the need or want to stab someone that’s crazy !!!!!!!

  2. Jose Pro Se

    Apr 17, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Why doesn’t govt just ban violence altogether. Wouldn’t that solve all our problems.

  3. bb

    Apr 16, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    “you yanks should really ban guns like us, solves the violence problem” – Australians

    • RoyR

      Apr 16, 2018 at 11:20 pm

      Dogs, horses and guns are a man’s best friends… but not exactly in that order !!!

    • Michael J ????????

      Apr 16, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      No, let him take an AR-15 out there, take out half the field and most of the clubhouse in the blink of an eye. Might help speed up play though …

      • Funkaholic

        Apr 19, 2018 at 9:41 am

        You don’t know anything about guns, do you princess?

    • Trump Fail

      Apr 17, 2018 at 8:35 am

      “Let’s do nothing about our kids being killed at school, because Murica!” – Americans

      • stephenf

        Apr 18, 2018 at 12:32 pm

        Stupid. People who disagree with what _yo_ want to do about kids being killed at school don’t advocate doing “nothing” about it. Idiot.

  4. ogo

    Apr 16, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Sounds plausible… and the same thing almost happened to me during twilight golf and finishing off at the 18th hole; where I encountered a drunken foursome who deciding to play the golf course backwards. They were drilling balls in my direction! I skidaddled out of there.

  5. Andrew

    Apr 16, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    There isn’t a gun or knife problem. There is a useless eater problem. Surround yourself with people who are not liabilities.

    • RoyR

      Apr 16, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      … but that excludes most women (feminists)… 😮

  6. Mat

    Apr 16, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    If that happened in the US, it would have been a multi-person shooting.

    That sentence was no cautionary tale, either.

    • RoyR

      Apr 16, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      How about wedged to death..?

    • Egor

      Apr 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      There have been some really stupid ignorant comments about Americans and guns, but this one tops them all I think.

      Multi-person shooting ?

  7. Rob

    Apr 16, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Your writing is the worst part of the whole story

    • Brian

      Apr 17, 2018 at 12:23 am

      Ben badly needs a copy editor, one who knows the difference between “lead” and “led”. Ben, wise up, and get some grammar lessons or change careers. Your writing is awful.

  8. Will

    Apr 16, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Did the woman he stabbed in 2009 try to give him swing tips during his round?

    • RoyR

      Apr 16, 2018 at 11:24 pm

      No… however she was swinging/cheating on him.

  9. Smail

    Apr 16, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    They’re all idiots, the lot of ’em. Why be a friend with a jerk like that in the first place, and why play golf with him? Obviously there’s prior history of his bad behavior, and not just on the golf course. At least it wasn’t a gun. But then they got rid of guns down there. So he had to use a knife. They should just shut Australia from the rest of the world and dump all our garbage there. Lets ask Jason Day his thoughts.

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Adam “Pacman” Jones talks handicap, lowest score, shows off new clubs



The trick-shot artist, golfing dynamo, and general internet phenomenon that is Matty sat down for a quick nine questions with veteran NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who plays to a 14 handicap.

Check out their conversation below.

Matty also took a peek at the fresh set of clubs in Jones’ bag. It looks like Matty, who is affiliated with Bridgestone Golf, has made sure the veteran cornerback has the company’s latest wares, including custom Tour B X-CB irons and custom KBS Tour shafts.

Hopefully, Matty will follow up with an Adam Jones WOTW (What’s on the Wrist). Holy Rolly, Pacman!

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Tweets of the Week: Best golf posts from Twitter over the last week



Louis Oosthuizen cried tears of joy after winning the South African Open, while Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman triumphed at the QBE shootout. But those weren’t the only talking points over the last week in the golfing world. Here’s a look at some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere.

Uncanny Bubba Impression

He’s nailed impressions of Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley in the past, and now Jack Bartlett turned his talents to the mercurial Bubba Watson. The result is both hysterical and scarily impressive.

“Mud Ball!!”

Because the original “mud ball” moment is just as hilarious.

The Turf Chopper

A look into the future of golf on the fairways?

DeChambeau’s New Bag

Bryson showed off his slick new golf bag while in action last week. What do we think GolfWRXers?

Please Replace Divots

A squirrel at the QBE Shootout this week showing more etiquette on the course than some golfers do.

Open Championship Mania

An 11-year old’s mother showed just how much her boy enjoyed his experience at this year’s Open Championship…

…leading to The R&A and Open Championship combining to provide the kid with an experience that he will never forget.






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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 2. Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal



In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part One of our Exploring Ireland series, we focused on County Wicklow and showcased Woodbrook Golf Club. Now it’s time for Part Two, and we’re taking a trip to the far northwest corner of the island, and into County Donegal.

While it may not be the most accessible destination, Donegal is an absolute must for anyone traveling to Ireland. Voted number one on The National Geographic Traveler’s ‘cool list’ for 2017, Donegal is like no place you’ve ever seen. Full of breathtaking beaches, incredible walking trails, cosy pubs and of course, excellent golf courses, you’re guaranteed to have a great time here.

Old Tom Morris Links, Donegal


My pick for the top golf course to visit in the county is the Old Tom Morris Links, situated within the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort.

In 1891, while a guest of Lord Leitrim, Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews decided to visit Donegal, and in typical Tom Morris fashion, he believed that it was the ideal location to build a championship course. What Morris created was a course with wide rolling fairways and magnificent greens that have stood the test of time.


The course was renovated twice before a new Strand Nine opened in 2009 which now plays as the front nine of the Old Tom Morris Links. The addition gives the course a wonderful mix of a traditional and modern links feel.

The challenging course plays over 6,900 yards from the back tees, and only offers up the relief of three par-fives. The challenge can also become even more daunting should the wind blow, and being situated along “The Wild Atlantic Way,” you should expect nothing less.


While you will no doubt enjoy the stern test and the natural feel of the golf course, visitors will have even more to look forward to should they take the trip here. The course runs along Tramore beach overlooking Sheephaven Bay and offers up sensational views no matter what hole you are on during your round.

The rates to play 18 holes at the Old Tom Morris Links begin at $40 in winter, and $60 during the summer months.

Food & Drink – The Olde Glen Bar, Carrigart


A 10-minute drive from the course will take you to The Olde Glen Bar a few minutes from Carrigart, which Ulster’s very own Hollywood star and golf fan Jamie Dornan (The Fall, 50 Shades of Grey) called the “best bar in the world.”

The bar first opened in 1768, making it one of the oldest bars in Donegal. The Olde Glen Bar has kept its very traditional feel, and when you get there, you will feel like you’ve been transported back in time. Wooden floors, big open-lit fires, low ceilings and door frames add to the charm of this little bar where there is always something going on.


There is live traditional music playing in the bar every weekend, and along with the music, The Olde Glen Bar boasts an excellent craft beer, whiskey and gin selection. The bar prides itself on its Kinnegar beer, brewed just up the road, and it’s well worth a try if Guinness isn’t your thing.

The bar also features a highly acclaimed restaurant, offering up dishes such as seatrout, venison, supreme of chicken and plenty of other delights.


Where To Stay

The obvious choice is the Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort itself. This luxury establishment will cater to all your needs and is the ideal place to stay when in the area if you have the money to splash out. A classic double room will set you back around $200 a night, or you can go for the stay and play option which provides you with two nights bed, and breakfast along with a round of golf at both the Old Tom Morris and the Sandy Hills Links for around $300 per person.

If you’re looking for somewhere less expensive or more traditional, then there are plenty of cottages in the area that will add even more character to your adventure. Here’s what you can expect should you wish to stay in an Irish cottage in the area, and it will give you a feel for true Irish life out on the Atlantic Ocean.


Donegal has lots to offer should you manage to pull yourself away from the course or the bar. Fishing, walking trails, surfing and scuba diving are all favorite activities to do while visiting Donegal. One must visit, however, is Glenveagh National Park, which is a nature reserve with beautiful scenery of mountains, lakes and woodlands. The highlight of the park though has to be Glenveagh Castle, built in 1870.

How To Get There

The lack of quality public transport in the area makes it a little trickier than other spots to get to, but if you’re driving, then there’s no issue at all. The Old Tom Morris Links is a 3 hrs 30mins drive from Dublin City Centre, 4hrs 10mins from Galway City Centre, and 1hr 15mins from Derry City Centre. If you happen to be flying into Donegal Airport, then it will take you around an hour to get to the area.

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