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Brandon Matthews displays profound empathy to yelling fan who contributed to his playoff defeat on Latinoamérica Tour

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The Visa Open de Argentina played host to one of the most heartwarming golf moments of the year, set off after an unfortunate incident during the two-man playoff.

Brandon Matthews faced an 8-foot birdie attempt during the third playoff hole to keep his hopes alive at the Latinoamérica event in Buenos Aires, but missed the putt after hearing a scream during his stroke – knowing immediately he had missed the attempt.

An understandably visibly frustrated and shocked Matthews looked around in the direction of where the noise came from, while victor Ricardo Celia was drenched in water having clinched his spot at the 2020 Open Championship.

Speaking to GolfChannel, Matthews said

“I thought someone had done it intentionally. I was frustrated. Really, I was in shock that that just happened.”

Soon after the incident, Claudio Rivas, PGA Tour Latinoamérica’s tournament administration manager, apologized to Matthews and explained to the 25-year-old that the fan who had screamed was a middle-aged man with Down Syndrome.

Matthews, whose mother worked to manage group homes and his best friend had a sister who also had Down Syndrome, then immediately wanted to meet the fan, where Matthews then displayed inspiring empathy towards him.

“I gave him a hug and I asked him, ‘Hey, are you doing OK? Are you having fun?’ I just wanted to make sure he was enjoying himself, that he had no hard feelings, that he didn’t feel bad about what happened.

“I didn’t want to anyone to be mad at him. I didn’t want him to be mad at himself. I wanted to make sure he knew that I wasn’t mad. That’s all I wanted to do.”

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Brandon Matthews ???????? falló un putt que le habría dado la posibilidad de seguir luchando un intenso play-off con @PipoCelia por el ????del #VisaOpenbyMacro . ¿La razón de su fallo? Un señor con Síndrome de Down hizo un sonido involuntario en el momento menos oportuno. En un acto de caballero, Matthews se acercó, le pidió disculpas por su inmediata reacción, le firmó un guante y le regaló una pelota. On the third playoff hole of the VISA Open de Argentina on Sunday, a mentally disabled fan moved and talked right as @brandonmatthewsgolf was about to make his stroke on an eight-foot birdie putt that would have extended the playoff. Matthews missed the putt and lost the playoff to Ricardo Celia ????????. In a #classact Matthews went over and signed a glove and a ball for this fan. • ???? @martinbachiller. #Volvo #Hilton #GoVacaciones

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Matthews also signed a glove for the man, and though his playoff defeat means potentially missing out in a spot in next year’s Open Championship, the American has secured full Latinoamérica status for 2020.

For Matthews, however, this was a moment more important than the game itself.

“Some things are bigger than golf, and this was one of them.”

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Dave

    Nov 19, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Brandon. You now have me as a fan for life. very inspirational.

  2. Rich Douglas

    Nov 19, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Stay classy, Argentina. (You too, Brandon!)

  3. L

    Nov 19, 2019 at 11:54 am

    The world definitely needs more of this!
    A LOT less people would struggle in all areas of life if they just adapted a mentality such as the one Brandon displayed here.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (12.13.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

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Lefty love from Cushman Custom Golf.

Phil Carlson showcasing Pinehurst No. 4.

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Thorbjorn Olesen pleads not guilty to sexual assault; will stand trial in May

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European Tour professional Thorbjorn Olesen has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and assault by beating.

The Dane appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday morning where he issued his not guilty plea to the three charges. Olesen will now stand trial on May 11, 2020, which is the week of the PGA Championship.

Olesen was arrested at Heathrow Airport on his return to London from Memphis on 29 July, where he is alleged to have abused passengers, molested a woman and urinated in the first-class aisle of the plane.

The 29-year-old remains suspended from the European Tour pending the outcome of his trial.

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