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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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Check out these limited-edition Ryder Cup Adidas Tour360 shoes



Here are GolfWRX, we love our Ryder Cup swag. Gianni brought you news of the U.S. squad’s apparel and some goodies from Puma last week. Today, we have more Ryder Cup-related gear news for fans of golf’s most storied team competition: Adidas is launching a limited edition Tour360 to commemorate the showdown at Le Golf National.

Available Sept. 24, the shoes draw their inspiration from the famed Ryder Cup trophy. The 10-cleated TPU outsole is designed to look like the wood grain finish at the trophy’s base, and the TPU top plate is shiny and gold like the trophy itself.

While the exterior of the shoe is the same whether your support the United States or Europe, the fortunate souls who snag a pair of the limited-edition shoes will be able to choose their preferred sockliner. One features the American flag and the final scores from every Ryder Cup since 1979, the other, the European flag.

“We know how much the Ryder Cup means to fans all over the world,” said Masun Denison, global footwear director, adidas Golf. “It’s the most competitive event in golf, and brings out a level of emotion that you don’t normally see in the sport. Possession of the Ryder Cup trophy is what both of these teams and fans are after, so we looked to it for inspiration.”

The shoes (MSRP $220) will come with a limited-edition shoe bag and will only available online at

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Rope hat fans, rejoice: Titleist’s Tour Rope Flat Bill is here



The rope hat is having something of a moment, isn’t it? As the mesh trucker fades to the periphery and the outer recesses of hipsterdom where it belongs, the good old-fashioned cotton rope snapback is stepping up to fill the void in vintage-inspired headwear.

Titleist is getting into the rope hat game with its Tour Rope Flat Bill, worn perhaps most prominently by Cameron Smith recently, but seen adorning the heads of Adam Scott, Jason Kokrak, and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Check ’em out.

The Tour Rope Flat Bill is available on Titleist’s website for $30 now in black/white, navy/white, and white/hunter green colorways.


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GolfWRX Members analyze (and roast) Cosmo Kramer’s golf swing



Kramer Hickok’s win last week on the Tour brought to mind the greatest golfing Kramer of them all: Cosmo Kramer, of course.

Jerry Seinfield’s singular “hipster doofus” next-door neighbor flirted with the great game on occasion, if you recall: Beating ball into the Atlantic (which ultimately factors into George’s great “marine biologist” ruse), Stan the Caddie, playing Westchester, and a handful of other angles.

It’s during the “Marine Biologist” episode that we get a look at Cosmo’s action, and it is something to behold. The fluidity of Snead, here, folks.

We asked our GolfWRX members to fire up their V1 and give us their best breakdown of Kramer’s “driver off the beach” swing. Here are some of the best replies.

BewareTheGlowball writes

“On takeaway the hands get a little too close to the body, which would lead to a tendency to move over the top on the downswing. In this case however, Kramer makes a great move to put the club back on path from the top of his swing. Nearing impact his weight shifts backwards, which he owns and holds it like it was a classic swing of old…Better than about 75% of swings on the driving range when I go out.”

D1bound says: “Looks like he had a seizure.”

Getair23 says: “It’s so bad, he can’t even hit the ocean from the beach!”

ThunderBuzzworth says

“Horizontal takeaway equals more space for that flying elbow and massive hip turn. Then notice his transition and how he violently thrusts his upper body backwards into a silky smooth back-snap finishing with ALL his weight on his rear leg. Considering he is on the beach… take notes on the unorthodox ground impact location which happens to be 10 inches behind the ball to dramatically reduce spin.”

PowderedToastMan knows his Seinfeld: “That swing has the power to kill a whale, literally.”

Nony noke does as well: “Almost as good as Larry David’s swing. Preeettty, preeeettty good.”

And Gioguy21: “Kramer’s reverse C finish is simply poetic – if only he had the man hands necessary to release properly.”

And DavePelz4: “He’s not the Master of his Domain…or his swing.”

ZAP may have the most concise and spot-on breakdown.

“Stack and realaaaaaaaaaaalllllllly tilt.”

Thanks for the analysis, GolfWRX Members! And if anyone else would like to chime in on Cosmo’s club swinging motion, please do. Also, if there’s another swing from the big or small screen you’d like to see scrutinized, let us know.

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