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Confirmed: Ernie Els did indeed beat the crap out of Steve Marino aboard a private jet

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Perhaps you’ve heard the rumor that Ernie Els and Steve Marino (a colorful member of the Tour in his own right) put back a few and let the fists fly in Els’ private jet a few years back.

The rumor was further substantiated earlier this month when a friend of a friend to Marino, retired hockey player Mike Commodore, appeared on Barstool Sports’ Spittin Chiclets podcast and said this.

“Marino is…sitting at a bar crushing some beers. Ernie Els walks in and sits down and they have a couple beers. Els is like, “What do you do for a living?” Els has no…clue who this guy is. Marino is like, “Actually, I’m so many spots ahead of you on the money list.” They both laugh. Ernie likes him.”

Els then asked Marino if he was playing a particular tournament in Japan. When Marino said he was, Els said he’d give him a ride back to Florida on his jet. Three months later, they both make the cut at the tournament in Japan, and they finish the tournament. Marino wasn’t sure if Els remembered he’d promised him a lift, but then Els says he invited him aboard his plane…Marino, for his part, is pumped, having never experienced the joys of private aviation before.

“They get on the plane. It’s just the two of them. They’re crushing beers. They take off. Have some food. This and that. They’re having a blast. Marino’s like, ‘This is the greatest time of my life! I’m flying private. I’m crushing beers!’

“They’re standing kind of in the aisle or whatever and Ernie Els comes up to him and says something like, ‘Are you having a good time?’…and Els is like, ‘Now we fight!’ and straight-up headbutts him..hard…Ernie starts throwing him around all over the place, and the co-pilot comes back screaming.”

At this point in the pod, one of the hosts cuts in and mentions that the pilot said something along the lines of, “Ernie not again!” indicating Els has a penchant for such behavior.

Marino apparently, “covered in blood,” decided to try to get some sleep. “At some point, he wakes up, and Ernie Els is towering over him and just strokes him.”

The co-pilot then intervened again, in full parental mode, threatening, apparently, to ground the plane. The two then went to their separate corners and didn’t speak for the rest of the flight.

When the plane landed and Marino went to get off, Commodore said, “Ernie’s there waiting at the bottom of the stairs…and Ernie’s like, ‘Great flight, Steve, we’ll see you around!’”

Commodore also added “it’s confirmed” Marino lost a tooth in the fight(s).

Insane, right? Els, a guest on this week’s No Laying Up podcast,, essentially confirmed this tale of mile-high brawling.

“It was just myself and Stevie coming from Japan to Palm Beach,” Els said. “We had a lot to drink. There was a lot to talk about, and we kind of hugged each other. It was a lovefest on the airplane. Nobody got seriously injured. It was all in good fun. It’s just what guys do and there’s a lot of testosterone running.”

Yes. When there’s a lot of testosterone running, a certain set might take to beat the hell out of each other in private jets. The rest of us will have to be content with shouting at the television and our barroom brawls.

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  1. stephenf

    Aug 4, 2018 at 3:19 am

    Bizarre if true, but the odds of it being strictly true are close to zero. Third-hand information from an interested party (on one side). No more than gossip/

    But hey, it’s internet “content.”

  2. Meat

    Aug 3, 2018 at 8:53 am

    I heard a completely different story. The Big Easy did offer Marino a ride but also said he’d check his prostate for him. The BE did and told Steve that it’s slightly enlarged and Steve said “It is now – since you checked it with your fist” – this where the ‘headbutt’ accusations occur.

    Signed,

    Meat Fluffer

    National Enquirer

  3. CrashTestDummy

    Jul 28, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Such a bizarre story. I would like to hear Marino’s side of the story.

  4. the dude

    Jul 9, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    This story did not happen…..confirmed

  5. Bob Parson Jr.

    Jul 8, 2018 at 11:37 am

    What an idiot!

  6. Stinky Pete

    Jul 3, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    “Now we fight.” That is so stupid. Hilarious, but stupid! I can see Els getting a kick out of throwing a punch of two while pissed, but cornering a guy out of the blue on his plane with the ominous “now we fight” is pretty damn silly.

    • millennial82

      Jul 5, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      tell me you didn’t hear the voice of Ivan Drago from Rocky 4 come out of Ernie face from the picture in this article when you read: “Now we fight”! PURE COMEDY!

    • Benny

      Jul 9, 2018 at 8:47 am

      I agree with Stinky Pete. With all the charity work Ernie and his wife do. With how serious he is about golf and the sponsors the fact he just starts tossing punches is a joke. I can see it now, Ernie shows up for his Autism Awareness Charity’s with missing teeth and black eyes asking for more contributions or “El’s”..

  7. Speedy

    Jul 2, 2018 at 1:15 am

    The Big Easy.

  8. The dude

    Jul 1, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    This story NEVER happened….

  9. calc

    Jun 29, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Drink GOLFERAID …. there’s a swing in every can …. 😮

    • Gary

      Jun 30, 2018 at 7:31 am

      Mustn’t have a lot of width in the backswing.

  10. Liberty Apples

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Are you going to run this stupid story forever?

  11. Bobby Duff

    Jun 29, 2018 at 8:03 am

    No WTF option?

  12. jeffrey monnich

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Earnie’s dad was a drunk and had many many sober years, went to aa.

  13. faq

    Jun 28, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Unsubstantiated garbage gossip…. the pinnacle of Alberstadt’s journalistic career !!!

  14. Tee-Bone

    Jun 28, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    That would have been funny when I was, like, 20. But it shouldn’t have been. And it definitely isn’t now. Nothing funny about being an abusive alcoholic in your late 40’s.

    • Gary

      Jun 28, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      What’s your position on people in their 30s? Just asking for a friend…

    • Tom

      Jun 28, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      Agreed. Nothing funny about being attacked, unprovoked, by a dude who has lost his mind, at any age. No, it aint boys being boys. It’s men being ###holes. If I were hanging with my buds coming out of a mosh pit, that would be one thing. But flying home on a private jet is just plain weird.

  15. no big deal

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:38 am

    guys being dudes is all… some of the nerds in these comments were def the kids who got picked on in school.

  16. Tom

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    As the writer has nothing but 4th hand information –at best– to base this story on, I’ll consider it yet another example of fake news. It’s just too darn easy to publish whatever you feel like anymore. As said by several of you, if this story is anywhere close to the truth, then Els has serous problems. If it isn’t, then Els has a lawsuit if he wants.

  17. Square

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    I read this article this morning and I’ve been laughing all day. “Now we fight!” How old are you? I’m sorry but this is so ridiculously funny. I can hear him say it, “Now we Fight!” in his South African accent. I can’t stop laughing.

    • Geohogan

      Aug 8, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      “If it bleeds, we can kill it.”:

      Arnold Schwarzenegger

      Ernie and Arnold would get along great together, accents and all.

  18. The Dude

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I wanna know how many beers were “crushed” from Tokyo to Florida……..

  19. Kevin

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Ernie beats a hocky player? I guess whoever told the story hasnt really seen a hocky player. Ernie wont be able to beat a hocky player even 20yrs back even though hes from SA and tall. I have never seen any golfer won a fight.

    • Tiger

      Jun 27, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      Oddball comment of the day

    • KiwiWombat

      Jun 28, 2018 at 12:13 am

      Sorry bro, Ernie’s a rugby player and from South Africa to boot so that combination can take care of a hockey boy!

  20. Gary

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Complete embellishment.

  21. cdj

    Jun 27, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Some of these comments are unreal and prove the world has lost his mind. Not normal behavior..those of you thinking it is don’t have kids please.

    • geoh

      Jun 27, 2018 at 8:47 pm

      too late… cdj. Cest dommage.

    • Terry, this is not a Game

      Jun 28, 2018 at 9:38 am

      Soft lib comment right here folks.

      • The 2018 Troll Awards

        Jun 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm

        Congratulations! – This post has earned you an Internet Troll Award nomination for 2018. – Well done!

  22. Tartan Golf Travel

    Jun 27, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Ernie is a beast. He wouldn’t lose many fights.

  23. TR3

    Jun 27, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Your story is highly sensationalized and, although directionally correct, is nothing near as severe as what was reported. Add a little or a lot of beer to the equation and guys tend to goof off, push each other around, but there was no head butt, or broken teeth. Steve and Ernie are great guys, friends. This story gets sillier every year, and doesn’t need your literary license to blow it out of proportion. Nor that of an ex hockey player who wasn’t there co-piloting. Remember, there was also a Captain on that G2….!! Love your website, reports on equipment.

    • Tiger

      Jun 27, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      That’s every story Ben does, he’s like an emotional middle school girl with all the gossip.

      • Terry Bombastic

        Jun 27, 2018 at 6:02 pm

        Ben looks like an SJW cuck. Of course he’s emotional and doesn’t listen to facts and logic.

        • gmoney

          Jun 27, 2018 at 9:42 pm

          speaking from authority

        • Gary

          Jun 28, 2018 at 1:08 pm

          Anyone who uses the term “SJW Cuck” should be melted.

          • Gary

            Jul 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm

            Very weak Terry. Lacks facts, logic, reason and evidence. Ironic.

            • Terry Bombastic

              Jul 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm

              Lick my nutz Gary. Lick em real good, they’re salty too!

              • Gary

                Jul 11, 2018 at 10:00 pm

                I’m after a meal, not a snack!

                • Terry BombSpastic

                  Jul 12, 2018 at 6:05 am

                  Ummmmmm…derrrrrrr…SJW….sniffff….derrr…cuck…..derp…libtard….errrr…lick my nutz….

                • Terry Bombastic

                  Jul 13, 2018 at 12:21 pm

                  Knew you were a fa*got all along Gary. Guess you like riding the old bologna pony and galloping off in the sunset to brown town.

          • Gary

            Jul 13, 2018 at 1:29 pm

            You are a hopeless joke Terry. You make me laugh.

            • Terry Bombastic

              Jul 14, 2018 at 10:59 am

              You’re the joke Gary. You’re the JOKE.

              • Gary

                Jul 15, 2018 at 1:58 am

                Sez you Tez.

                • Terry Bombastic

                  Jul 15, 2018 at 11:50 pm

                  Gary, you su*k more than that big nasty sh*t that I took this morning that stunk…………… Like sh*t!

          • Gary

            Jul 16, 2018 at 7:25 am

            Yeah, well your just an SJW Cuck!

          • Gary

            Jul 17, 2018 at 4:56 pm

            Your insults aren’t very good are they Tez?

          • Gary

            Jul 20, 2018 at 7:44 pm

            You’ve run out of steam Tez. Tragic.

            • Gary not Terry Bombastic

              Jul 22, 2018 at 8:54 pm

              My name is Gary. I am a proud member of the lgbtqrstuzxv freak show community. I am also hiv positive!

              • Gary

                Jul 23, 2018 at 5:50 am

                Hi Gary. My name’s Gary as well. Unlike Tez, I won’t judge you.

                • Gary

                  Jul 23, 2018 at 2:13 pm

                  Hi, this is the original Gary here. I am a proud hom*se*ual!

          • Terry BombSpastic

            Jul 26, 2018 at 1:25 am

            I keep talking about hom*se*uals because I am denying my true feelings. I’m equal parts disgusted and intrigued which makes me very conflicted.

  24. millennial82

    Jun 27, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    First El’s headbutts and slam’s Steve around.. then as Steve regains consciousness, El’s on top of him and “strokes” him?

    Either this took place in prison or this writer has never ever been in a fight before!

  25. Moses

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I wonder what would’ve happened if Tiger was on that flight.

  26. Macualay Culkin Jr

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Ernie can do whatever he wants to do. Especially when he pounds on the bottle. The guy is a former #1 and major champion. Marino has never won a thing so its completely justified. Ernie should give Marino a couple more licks next time he see’s him at a tourney. Steve should not be able to get away with shooting off his mouth like he did.

  27. Jack

    Jun 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    If this is true, Els is completely psychotic. Not normal behavior, Ernie…

  28. artvandalai

    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Don’t ever cause any kind of commotion on a jet. Just ask Kramer.

  29. Terry, this is not a Game

    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Men being men.

  30. mike pickens

    Jun 27, 2018 at 11:44 am

    very strange story – if it’s true, I’d say maybe quit with the alcohol, period

  31. Tommy

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Why do you think Ernie doesn’t drink anymore? He was well known for that kind of thing and other very embarrassing stuff.

  32. Stomzeye

    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:22 am

    I live near Ernie Els and have heard rumors that the last thing he is is The Big Easy.

  33. 2 Steep

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:58 am

    This is just a re-hashed version of the Rick James/Charlie Murphy True Hollywood Story.

  34. Bob T

    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:51 am

    As a favor to other players over the years he has regularly given many of them free rides on his plane and on this occasion they had way too much to drink and ended up doing some rough and tumble (considering they were both hammered I doubt either have a clear recollection of what actually happened). Probably not a good idea to jump to too many conclusions. The guy is still a legend in my book and it’s a hilarious story

  35. Mike C

    Jun 26, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    This is not normal behavior. Els clearly has some problems.

  36. Shane Ingram

    Jun 26, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    “just strokes him” What does that mean?

  37. Dave r

    Jun 26, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Booze brings out the best in people .

  38. Point misser

    Jun 26, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Best article you have ever written

  39. Commoner

    Jun 26, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Now it’s Els’ turn to wear the ‘fool’ label. Just another cardboard hero.

  40. mike

    Jun 26, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Does he have that easy, languid rhythm when punching someone in the head?

  41. jgpl001

    Jun 26, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Thuggish behavior and if true shame on Ernie

  42. Aaron

    Jun 26, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Poor Steve Marino! He’ll never fly private again!

  43. 2putttom

    Jun 26, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Rough and Tumble South African Ruby player mentality

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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 1. Woodbrook Golf Club, Wicklow

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Having been born and raised in Ireland, I can safely say that this little island offers a fantastic amount of breathtaking natural beauty, some of the best bars in the world, as well as magnificent golf courses.

In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit that go a little under the radar 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.

Woodbrook Golf Club, Wicklow

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Beginning with my area on the east coast, Wicklow, which is situated just below Dublin and therefore very easy to reach. Wicklow offers plenty of stunning views and is home to some beautiful golf courses. After Glen of The  Downs shut its doors last year, the cream of those courses now has to be Woodbrook Golf Club, which is an underrated gem.

Right off the bat, Woodbrook shows its uniqueness with its clubhouse. The old pavilion-style clubhouse resembles that of a cricket club, which is due to Sir Stanley Cochrane, the club’s founder, and his fondness for that sport. Inside the clubhouse, you will find all your usual facilities in pristine condition, with the walls displaying plenty of famous faces who have played the course in the past.

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Woodbrook has excellent credentials as a course, hosting the very first revived version of the Irish Open in 1975. The golf course is situated on the coast and offers stunning views of the Irish Sea on one side and the Dublin and Wicklow mountains on the other. So no matter how you’re playing, your day out will be a treat.

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Always in immaculate condition, Woodbrook offers up a stern challenge, and despite being a flat course, when the wind blows this a true links test. Unusually, the course features five par 3s and five par 5s, and you will want to avoid the nasty fairway bunkers if you can.

18 holes at Woodbrook GC will set visitors back a little over $50.

Food & Drink – the Harbour Bar, Bray

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A five-minute taxi will take you right onto the seafront where you will find The Harbour Bar tucked away. A very traditional Irish bar full of character that describes itself as “scruffy, wild and elegant”. The Harbour Bar was once voted the best bar in the world by Lonely Planet, and even gets mentioned in the iconic novel “Finnegans Wake,” written by Ireland’s very own James Joyce.

The music and good times rarely stop in this place, and although most nights you will hear traditional music played in the bar, there are also plenty of occasions where modern artists and comedy acts take to the stage in the lounge.

As far as drinks go, you’re never going to go wrong with a pint of the black stuff anywhere you visit in Ireland. However, if you want to sample a local craft beer, try a pint of Wicklow Wolf, the deep and rich tasting lager that is brewed just up the road. Soak up the booze by ordering the Fish And Chips for about $15 from the Fish Bar located in the same complex that offers up a variety of fishy goodness.

Where To Stay

If you decide to stay in the town, then the seafront of Bray is undoubtedly the most attractive area to spend your time. The Martello is a nice little hotel smack back in the middle of the seafront, and a double room for the night costs around $85. For slightly extra, you can stay in the Strand Hotel just a few doors down, the building which was the childhood home of Irish writer Oscar Wilde.

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A half an hour away from Dublin on the train, Bray is also a great spot to stay to explore the capital at a fraction of the price. There are a plethora of things to see and do in Dublin itself. For general sports fans, my recommendation is to try and catch a game of hurling, Ireland’s national sport, in the 80,000 seater stadium Croke Park.

How To Get There

From the centre of Dublin, this area of Wicklow is easily accessible. It will take about 30 minutes to get here in a car, or you can take the train from the capital right into the heart of Bray. On your ride, you’ll get to admire Dublin bay, and you’ll also get a sneak peek of Woodbrook GC just before your stop.

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Video (allegedly) of Anthony Kim discussing Woods-Mickelson match posted on social media

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Sightings of Anthony Kim are about as rare as those of Bigfoot these days, which makes the short video posted yesterday on social media from the guys over at No Laying Up quite a development.

In the video, Anthony Kim (or someone who sounds and looks a lot like him) surrounded by a multitude of dogs, discusses Friday’s upcoming match at Shadow Creek between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

It’s not clear where the original video emerged from, and though in it Kim is discussing this week’s $9 million shoot-out between Woods and Mickelson, previous false alarms regarding Kim’s whereabouts means that when it comes to AK, social media users are always wary of being disappointed.

Anthony Kim last played on the PGA Tour in 2012, and in 2015 the American described the game as just “a fond memory” now.

What do you think about the authenticity of the video, GolfWRX Members?

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Peter Kessler lashed out at anyone and everyone on Twitter

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With 140K followers on Twitter and a website as well, No Laying Up have become one of the most popular accounts in the golfing world. However, when the group plugged the second season of their show Tourist Sauce” with a new promo, it provoked a strong response from “the voice of golf,” former Golf Channel and PGA Tour host, writer, and producer, Peter Kessler. (Kessler responded to Green Jacket Auctions, who praised NLU’s work).

Kessler, no stranger to speaking his mind, then spent hours feuding with fellow social media users who defended No Laying Up’s promo. As is often the case in the world of social media, the arguments descended into personal insults, on which Kessler did not hold back.

Consider these tweets representative of dozens more in the same vein.

Although Kessler was firmly in attack mode, he had to be on his guard when @ProV1_iron took aim at his Perfect Club infomercials from back in the day. The spots are largely a humorous relic in the golfing world, but Kessler was having none of the “people in glass houses” analogy.

The responses from Kessler went on and on, and many had been expecting the ex-Golf Channel host cool off after yesterday’s exploits. However, the opposite happened, with Kessler getting right back in the saddle this morning and continuing his tirade against defenders of the show, with Kessler claiming NLU’s promo “is like intro to entertainment in 9th grade and school just started. Surely you’ve seen good movies and tv shows. These aren’t them.”

Despite saying that he has “Gotta run,” Kessler remains locked in a battle of personal insults with other social media users.

What do you make of Peter Kessler’s social media outburst, GolfWRX members?

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