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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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That’s one way to grow the game: First Nude Golf Day held in Australia



Ready your shaft and balls jokes, golf fans, it’s time for the tale of the the first Wandering Bears Nude Golf Day at (you can’t make this stuff up) Humpty Doo Golf Club in Australia.

According to a Northern Territory News report, Bruce Jensen and Julie Jarvie of Brujul Nude Retreat organized the event. They agreed to steer clear of the seventh and eight holes because those are next to the clubhouse and, presumably, the membership loaned the course out to the nudists for the day but they didn’t particularly want to see a flesh parade while chowing down in the grill room.

The event attracted about 30 swingers of the golf club. Jensen promises there will be more golfers sans clothes at next year’s event.

And here are a couple of quotes from participants in the event, presented without comment because, well, what can you really say?

“There’s plenty of sun block. And the sausage sizzle got people going a bit.”

“Everything is swinging when you play golf nude.”

It’s unclear whether “sausage sizzle” was a literal or figurative term…

So, while some of us are bellyaching about the state of the game, Jensen, Jarvie, the Wandering Bears, and the Humpty Doo Golf Club are doing something about it…albeit something that 99.9 percent of golfers would never consider.

But seriously. Good on you, participants in/organizers of Nude Golf Day. We always talk about playing golf the way that suits you — nine holes, teeing it forward, on a simulator, etc. — and these folks are truly doing it.

What say you, GolfWRX members, anyone plan to wander fairways in the buff with the Wandering Bears next year?

(image c/o Clive Hyde)

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Rickie Fowler sings the praises of slow greens. What do you think?



Following his opening-round 64 at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open yesterday, Rickie Fowler had some interesting remarks about his enjoyment of slower greens.

Writing for Golfweek, Geoff Shackelford mentioned Guillane “is playing firm and fast tee-to-fringe, the greens themselves are kept much slower than the typical European Tour course due to the possibility of high winds.”

Rickie Fowler, a past winner of the tournament, suggested slower greens may actually show who the better putters are.

“I think it’s kind of nice because (you) actually get to hit the putt, you’re not just trying to hit it to a spot and letting it work to the hole unless you have a downhill, downwind putt,” he said. ‘“You have to use your imagination as far as creativity and trying to judge how much the wind will affect it. At the end of the day, you just have to hit solid putts.”’

“Slower greens may accentuate a mis-hit putt more. Whereas if you have a downhill putt in the States you kind of just have to hit it to get it going. Here, you mis-hit it a little bit uphill, into the wind and it can be a pretty big difference.”

While Shackelford, advocate for rolling back the ball and against “firm and fast” that he is, saw great important in Fowler’s remarks, he’s not at all wrong to highlight them

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Is it worth reading anything into Fowler’s remarks? Clearly, with current ball distances, pros would be shooting fish in a barrel with their approach shots on greens that stimp at nine or 10, right?

Let us know what you think!

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It’s a boom time for Phil Mickelson stories



A few tasty morsels are being served for fans of the game’s greatest left-hander today.

Coming on the heels of Alan Shipnuck’s superb ride along with Phil (as in, riding in Mickelson’s souped-up golf cart) the other day, Lefty had plenty of note to say at the Scottish Open (per John Huggan). 

Question: Do you think the backlash has been over the top?

“You have to be accountable for yourself,” said Mickelson. “I do a lot of dumb stuff. I had that rules deal at Greenbrier last week. And last year at Greenbrier I picked up my ball in the middle of the fairway, marked it and cleaned it. I have these like just moments where I’m in a ‘cloud.’ I’m not really sure what I’m doing. I’m just going through the motions and not really aware of the moment. I’ve done that a bunch in my career. I keep doing stuff like that. That’s the way my mind works.”

Next question: “One of the confusing things for people is that you said after the round at the U.S. Open on Saturday that you thought about doing it a lot of times before, and that indicated that maybe it was premeditated what you did?”

“Not only was I not great on the course, I was not great after the round, either…So it was just not a great day, and it was my birthday. I tend to do dumb stuff on my birthday. The way I show anger is not the traditionally accepted way, throwing clubs and berating the fans and marshals. I tend to be a little more passive aggressive in my actions, and that was kind of what I was doing.”

And if that weren’t good enough, filed a roundup of some great Mickelson stories, courtesy of his fellow Tour pros and others.

Keegan Bradley

“I have a Phil story from Muirfield Village, at the 2013 Presidents Cup. We were doing really well, playing alternate shot, and we were dormie, 6 up with whatever left to play. And I had about a 5-foot putt on 13 to win the match — and it 360ed the hole. Lipped out. I got up on the next hole, it’s my tee and just a 3-iron, but I was rattled — I hit this 3-iron 100 yards right. So they win that hole. And then we get to the next hole, a par 5, and we get up there and I’ve got 5 feet for birdie; Graham DeLaet has about 25 feet for his birdie.”

“So all Graham has to do is miss his putt and we win the match. And Phil looks over at Graham and goes, ‘Pick it up, it’s good.’ And I looked over at Phil and I’m like, Are you kidding me? Now, if I miss the putt, we lose the hole. So I was pissed. But then, sure enough, I made the putt, we won the match. Now it’s funny — but if I’d missed the putt it wouldn’t have been funny. Now he says he knew I was rattled and he wanted me to make that putt to win the match. So, typical Phil, trying to teach lessons. But it was wild. I mean, a 25-footer!”

Xander Schauffele

“This year, I played all four rounds at the Waste Management with Phil, and it was incredible. I feel like I got the full Phil experience. But the coolest moment I’ve had with him was when I was on the Tour. I played a pickup round with Phil and Charley Hoffman at The Grand, my home course in San Diego, and [laughs] there’s so much banter between those guys. This was sort of my introduction into what the top dogs do. So we’re on the second hole, and I think Charley was already up on him. You know, they always gamble a certain amount of money.

“Phil’s about to tee off, and he’s pretending to struggle. He was like, ‘Oh, gosh, it’s so hard to swing.’ I was like, what’s going on? And Phil goes, ‘Here Charley, you mind holding onto this?’ And he pulls this wad of cash out of his back pocket! The whole day, I was sitting in the cart, just lookin’ around, like, ‘I’m not gonna say anything here; I’m just gonna let these guys battle it out.’ And it was so much fun. Phil showed how competitive and fun he can make golf.”

Check out the rest of the anecdotes here.

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