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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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Good? Bad? Hilarious? GolfWRX members discuss hypothetical two-man teams



In its second year, the Zurich Classic’s team format is a new and curious beast amidst the medal play that dominates the PGA Tour. The two-man team format got GolfWRX member AceCatKY thinking.

He writes

“What would be some of the best/worst/funniest pairings of two PGA golfers for a two-man event? Current and past golfers can be paired together so you could have Old Tom Morris and Patrick Reed if you wanted…I think DJ/DeChambeau would be hilarious for the dichotomy it would present…What do you guys/gals think?”

Oh boy, what a superb hypothetical; imagine the possibilities: good, bad, and ugly! Naturally, GolfWRXers were quick to weigh in.

Bye writes

Sergio and Tiger would be interesting.

Seve and Phil could have been the most entertaining pairing in history.

jonsnow says

Bubba Watson & Steve Elkington

Patrick Reed & Rory McIlroy

Danny Willett & Smylie Kaufman

Cardoustie says

Lumpy and Jesper

Tom Watson and Gary Player

Seve and Azinger

Robert Rock and Ollie Schneiderjans

Frankensteins Monster says

Ian Poulter/Patrick Reed

Todd Hamilton/Danny Willett

Tony Finau/Colt Knost

Robert Rock/Ben Crane

Michelle Wie/Tad Fujikawa

Check out the rest of the replies in the thread, or let us know your hypothetical two-person squads below. 



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From Master P to Metallica: Check out team walk-up songs for the Zurich Classic



It’s the list you’ve been dying for since you heard the Zurich Classic of New Orleans would feature golfer walk-up music.

OK, you’re at least mildly interested in what, say, Jon Curran and Keegan Bradley will be walking out to (the answer: “Shipping Up To Boston,” by the Dropkick Murphys, appropriate for a pair of sons of New England).

Here’s the official list, per the PGA Tour (not every team is included). As you can see, it’s a mix of classics, local references, hip-hop, and a surprising dose of metal.

Team                                         Song                                      Artist                                       
William McGirt/Sam Burns Callin’ Baton Rouge Garth Brooks
Kevin Na/Byeong Hun An Make ’em say Uhh Master P
Chris Kirk/J.T. Poston Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne
Chez Reavie/Lucas Glover For Whom the Bell Tolls Metallica
Martin Piller/Joel Dahmen Lovumba Daddy Yankee
K.J. Choi/Charlie Wi Gangnam Style PSY
Ryan Armour/Johnson Wagner Enter Sandman Metallica
C.T. Pan/Zac Blair Half Time Ying Yang Twins
Tyrone Van Aswegen/Retief Goosen Africa Toto
Tom Hoge/J.J. Henry Right Now Van Halen
Shawn Stefani/John Rollins Thunderstruck AC/DC
Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) Zapp & Roger
Keith Mitchell/Stephan Jaeger Pizza Guy Touch Sensitive
Ben Silverman/Matt Atkins Enter Sandman Metallica
Zach Johnson/Jonathan Byrd Thunderstruck AC/DC
Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay Eye of the Tiger Survivor
Greg Chalmers/Cameron Percy Down Under Men at Work
Keegan Bradley/Jon Curran Shipping up to Boston Dropkick Murphys
Brendan Steele/Jamie Lovemark California Love Tupac
Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney California Love Tupac
Billy Horschel/Scott Piercy Young Forever Jay Z ft. Mrs. Hudson
Cody Gribble/John Peterson Careless Whisper George Michael
Steve Stricker/Jerry Kelly As Good As I Once Was Toby Keith
Chris Stroud/Brian Stuard Enter Sandman Metallica
Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello The Best Tina Turner
Kevin Tway/Kelly Kraft Gucci Gang Lil Pump
D.A. Points/Kyle Thompson Working for the Weekend Loverboy
Mac Hughes/Corey Conners Big League Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley Circle of Life Carmen Twillie
Shane Lowry/Padraig Harrington Beautiful Day U2
Russell Knox/Martin Laird Flower of Scotland
Gary Woodland/Daniel Berger Forever Drake
Brandon Harkins/Lanto Griffin Started From the Bottom Drake
Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown Slippery Migos
Andrew Landry/Talor Gooch Big Poppa Notorious BIG
Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels Down Under Men at Work
Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson Gold Spandau Ballet
Matt Every/Sam Saunders Running With the Devil Van Halen
Jon Rahm/Wesley Bryan DNA Kendrick Lamar
Emiliano Grillo/Peter Uihlein Mi Gente (Remix) J Balvin, Willy William, Busta K.
Jamie Donaldson/Ross Fisher Sweet Disposition The Temper Trap
Harold Varner III/Robert Garrigus Ebony and Ivory Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Alex Cejka/Ben Crane Here I Go Again Whitesnake
Abraham Ancer/Roberto Diaz Mexico Lindo y Querido Vicente Fernandez
Xinjun Zhang/Zecheng Dou Believe in Myself Zero Point Band

See what GolfWRX members think about the song selections in the forums.


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Tiger Woods gave 18-year-old Nepalese sensation Pratima Sherpa a private lesson



As you may have heard, 18-year-old Pratima Sherpa aspires to be the first Nepalese professional golfer. The story of her attempt to rise from almost unimaginable poverty to the professional ranks is the subject of ESPN’s short film “A Mountain to Climb.”

Visiting the United States for the premier of the film, Sherpa got a 30-minute private lesson with a 14-time major champion, as none other than Tiger Woods invited to the Medalist Club for a meeting, per ESPN.

Woods tweeted these shots of the meeting and the lesson. Regardless of whether you are/were a hardcore Tiger fanatic, it’s nice to see him settling into his “ambassador for the game” role.

Sherpa’s incredible story, as mentioned, is detailed in the ESPN short “A Mountain to Climb,” which you can (and should) watch below.

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