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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. Terry Bombastic

    Jul 13, 2018 at 12:20 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 1:27 pm

      You’ve got nothing.

      • Gary’s Lover, Mike

        Jul 14, 2018 at 10:34 am

        I got you babe!

        • Gary

          Jul 15, 2018 at 1:59 am

          Ah yes, Mr Rutch. How have you been?

          • Terry Bombastic

            Jul 15, 2018 at 11:51 pm

            This isn’t a game anymore Gary. This isn’t a game.

            • Gary

              Jul 16, 2018 at 7:23 am

              You aren’t a game.

              • Terry Bombastic

                Jul 16, 2018 at 2:12 pm

                You just don’t get, do you Gary?

                • Gary

                  Jul 16, 2018 at 5:59 pm

                  Get it? I wrote the book on it.

                • Terry Bombastic

                  Jul 17, 2018 at 1:40 pm

                  Fu*k you Gary!

          • Gary

            Jul 17, 2018 at 4:55 pm

            Bad day Tez?

            • Terry Bombastic

              Jul 18, 2018 at 2:15 pm

              You think you know so much Gary. The reality is you don’t know sh*t!

    • M. Y

      Jul 15, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      I am a 22 year police officer, and so far I have not seen one shred of evidence to show this happened. You want to make me believe in this, show me a picture or a e.r report of Steve’s injuries. One must corroborate what you are telling me because most people lie about what happened. Some may also tell the truth, but only disclose about 50% of the facts. Give me more evidence and I can be convinced, but there is a lot of information missing here. If this were to go to a prosecutor to request charges filed it will never happen.

  2. the dude

    Jul 9, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    This story did not happen…..confirmed

  3. Bob Parson Jr.

    Jul 8, 2018 at 11:37 am

    What an idiot!

  4. 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”..

  5. Speedy

    Jul 2, 2018 at 1:15 am

    The Big Easy.

  6. The dude

    Jul 1, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    This story NEVER happened….

  7. 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.

  8. Liberty Apples

    Jun 29, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Are you going to run this stupid story forever?

  9. Bobby Duff

    Jun 29, 2018 at 8:03 am

    No WTF option?

  10. jeffrey monnich

    Jun 28, 2018 at 10:47 pm

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

  11. faq

    Jun 28, 2018 at 3:43 pm

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. The Dude

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:56 pm

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

  17. 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!

  18. Gary

    Jun 27, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Complete embellishment.

  19. 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!

  20. Tartan Golf Travel

    Jun 27, 2018 at 5:47 pm

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

  21. 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!

            • Terry Bombastic

              Jul 16, 2018 at 2:14 pm

              You’re the Libtard SJW reject. Cuck and half. You raise Nig*er babies.

              • Gary

                Jul 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm

                No. That’s you. Don’t try and deflect. You just don’t get it do you Tez?

                • Terry Bombastic

                  Jul 17, 2018 at 1:41 pm

                  Someone told me you only date fat chicks Gary. Ha ha ha ha ha. Good luck riding the boom boom express.

          • Gary

            Jul 17, 2018 at 4:56 pm

            Your insults aren’t very good are they Tez?

            • Terry Bombastic

              Jul 18, 2018 at 2:14 pm

              Why do Gary and Nig*ers smell so bad? So blind people can h8 them too!

              • Gary

                Jul 18, 2018 at 6:03 pm

                That’s hopeless Tez. You are horribly bereft of any ideas aren’t you?

  22. 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!

  23. Moses

    Jun 27, 2018 at 3:27 pm

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

  24. 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.

  25. Jack

    Jun 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm

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

  26. artvandalai

    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:59 pm

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

  27. Terry, this is not a Game

    Jun 27, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Men being men.

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. Mike C

    Jun 26, 2018 at 11:24 pm

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

  34. Shane Ingram

    Jun 26, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    “just strokes him” What does that mean?

  35. Dave r

    Jun 26, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Booze brings out the best in people .

  36. Point misser

    Jun 26, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Best article you have ever written

  37. Commoner

    Jun 26, 2018 at 6:26 pm

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

  38. mike

    Jun 26, 2018 at 4:56 pm

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

  39. jgpl001

    Jun 26, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Thuggish behavior and if true shame on Ernie

  40. Aaron

    Jun 26, 2018 at 2:25 pm

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

  41. 2putttom

    Jun 26, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Rough and Tumble South African Ruby player mentality

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon

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Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.

 

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Sung Kang finally responds to cheating allegations

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Joel Dahmen, if you recall, accused the 31-year-old pro of taking a bad drop at the 10th hole during the final round of the Quicken Loans National.

The comments were Kang’s first public remarks since a statement co-released with the PGA Tour which said, “He is standing by the ruling that was made by PGA Tour Rules officials on Sunday and will have no further comment.”

While he stopped short of giving his side of the story, Kang did indeed make “further comment.”

Here’s some of what he said.

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“I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened, but no comment because I’m not going to say anything. I think I made the right decision. … Even when I say something, a few people still kind of think i still did something wrong. And if someone believes in me, they aren’t going to trust what Joel said.”

“No matter what I say, some people are going to trust it, some people are not going to trust it. And then I’m going to be thinking about it more and more. So I’m just focusing on my golf game.”

The British press asked Kang if he wishes he had done anything differently.

“No. Why? I did the right thing,” Kang replied.

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The official didn’t see the shot. There was no video of it. The only thing he had to rely on was the accounts of those who did see it. In a situation where accounts vary, and with the Rules of Golf relying on player integrity as they do, all he could do was leave the ball in Kang’s court. Thus, the decision as to where to drop was wholly Sung Kang’s.

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