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Report: Player arrested after fight breaks out at Korn Ferry Tour qualifier

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Etiquette and gentlemanly conduct are synonymous with the game of golf, but both of those when out the window at this week’s Korn Ferry Tour Qualifier.

In a story broken by The Fire Pit Collection’s Ryan French, a player was arrested after attacking another pro in his group. The arrested player’s father/caddie was also accused of waving a putter at the third player in the group who tried to break up the fight.

Per the report, Luke Smith, an amateur of Covington, Tennesse, was arrested after Austen Dailey, a 31-year-old player who has competed on mini-tours, pressed charges.

Derek Fribbs, 31, was the third man in the group and spoke to French to break down what happened, and according to him, this is how it unfolded.

The group fell behind the pace of play early, with Smith and his father, Oliver, refusing to help the others look for their errant tee shots while also not bothering to put the pin back in the hole after putting out.

Then on the 7th hole, after Dailey pulled his tee shot left of the green, Fribbs again helped him find his ball without the aid of the Smiths before putting out first and heading to the eight tee to help speed up play.

Per Fribbs, back on the 7th green, Dailey then told the Smiths that if they helped with the search of balls, the pace of play would improve, to which Luke began berating him for his quality of play while his father exclaimed that they weren’t here to look for his balls.

Then, it all kicked off.

Turning his back to make his way to the eight tee, Dailey was then jumped on from behind by Smith, who began throwing punches at the 31-year-old. When Fribbs attempted to intervene, Smith’s father decided he would not and kept him at bay by waving his putter at Fribbs (a detail also confirmed by a PGA section official on-site).

When staff from the pro shop finally broke up the fight, Smith and Dailey were escorted back to the clubhouse, where charges were pressed, and Luke Smith was arrested before being bailed out shortly after.

Fribbs had an official from the local PGA Section walk with him for the remaining holes to complete the round and on the tenth hole gave a statement to a police officer.

The PGA section refunded Fribbs his entry fee for what was probably the wildest day he’ll ever experience on the golf course.

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

6 Comments

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  1. Rick James

    Jun 17, 2021 at 10:47 am

    World Star!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Hoops

    Jun 15, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Must have been from Jackson County., TN.

    • Chit Show

      Jun 16, 2021 at 7:33 am

      Haha my first guess was Hazard County, KY one in the same i guess.

  3. The Hamburglar

    Jun 15, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    My only question, since they violated socialist distancing, did they have their masks on?

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Rickie Fowler is the next in line to aim subtle dig at Bryson

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Following an impressive 64 at 3M Open to hold a share of the 1st round lead, Rickie Fowler joined the many PGA Tour pros to poke fun at Bryson DeChambeau for his controversial comments at last week’s Open.

DeChambeau infamously blasted his Cobra driver, saying “it sucks,” which prompted Cobra rep, Ben Schomin, to respond, “It’s really painful when he says something that stupid.”

Discussing his Thursday round with the media, Fowler commented on how pleased he was with his efforts off the tee.

“That was something that was kind of holding me back from making birdies, moving forward last week. I drove it very poorly Friday and Saturday. It was not my driver’s fault. Had to.”

Who can blame Fowler for getting in on the action, especially since his game seems to be trending in the right direction.

The five-time PGA Tour winner is in search of his first victory since the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open. He’s off to an awfully strong start.

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Collin Morikawa had to deal with a very unexpected distraction on his final hole at the Open

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Golf fans may remember Collin Morikawa stepping away from the tee on the 18th hole at last week’s Open Championship.

On first thought, it seemed like the 24-year old just needed a moment to recalibrate. Yet Morikawa revealed in an interview with Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast that he stepped away for… another reason.

“Some spectator, at some point in the day, snuck a little old school microphone, like a recording. Threw it underneath one of the marshals around there and started playing these farting noises right as I was about to swing,” Morikawa disclosed.

In typical Morikawa fashion, the two-time major champion was unfazed, and he proceeded to stripe his tee shot down the right-center of the fairway en route to a routine par to win the Open over Jordan Spieth by two strokes.

Morikawa can next be seen representing the United States in the Olympics, as he looks to become the first golfer ever with two major wins and an Olympic Gold Medal.

 

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Nelly Korda spends her off time just like us

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Newly minted number one golfer in the world, Nelly Korda, is in action this week at the Amundi Evian Championship in France, her first major under that title.

With a hectic schedule of the Evian, the Olympics, AIG Women’s Open and Solheim Cup down the stretch, Korda stressed the importance of de-compressing and taking her mind off golf when she is not in the heat of the battle.

Video games wouldn’t have been our first guess, but Korda reveled on media day that they are an essential aspect of her off the course routine. “Right now, Call of Duty and Modern Warfare,” Korda mentioned when asked what games she plays. “But when I was a kid, I really liked card games, so I may download one of those. Complete nerd coming out of me right now.”

No judgement here. Korda has displayed an admirable level of comfortability on the biggest stage. “You kind of need a way to escape sometimes, so I was like hmm, may as well try it out.”

Not that we needed one, but the best female golfer in the world just provided a sound justification of why video games aren’t half bad.

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