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Golfers clash on final green at Australian Open over end-of-round tradition

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In a tough final round at the Australian Open, Ashleigh Buhai proved as gritty as when winning the 2022 Women’s Open Championship, coming home a single shot of Korean legend Jiyai Shin.

That story should be the main takeaway from a historic event, at which both the men’s and women’s events ran simultaneously and for equal prize money. However, it was somewhat overshadowed by a spat on the 18th green on Saturday afternoon.

As the pairing of Marina Alex and Julienne Soo finished their 54th hole of the tournament, the two-time LPGA winner appeared unhappy with her playing partner, pointing to the side of the green.

FoxSports.com.au reported that the Epson Tour player “attempted to throw it [her ball] into the crowd – as is tradition during Australian summer of golf tournaments, giving away the balls as souvenirs.”

The news organization then relays an account by Nine Network that, “Alex claimed the ball was left in the bunker while others said it was not in the sand, instead in an adjacent area near the crowd.”

The players refused the traditional end-of-round handshake and embrace, leaving a small, but significantly unpleasant taste.

In an event that contained two cuts for each of the events, Soo failed to make the final-day top-35, whilst Alex finished tied-eighth.

Check out the video of the incident here.

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  1. Gene

    Dec 6, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    What’s the point of the argument? Obviously I didn’t watch the event and just reading this news. So Alex was not happy Soo threw the ball into the crowd? I don’t get it.

  2. Tom K

    Dec 5, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    The matriarchy in action.

  3. Frankie Furter

    Dec 5, 2022 at 4:32 pm

    The only finger I point is the middle one.. FU beyatchezzzz… crotch thrust, crotch thrust, crotch thrust…. Timewarp, I’m outta here. More drama like mentioned from the LPGA ladies please.

  4. Jed

    Dec 5, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Saw it live. Typical American non event. Always the yanks that carry on about nothing.

    • Get Real

      Dec 5, 2022 at 1:12 pm

      That’s a little harsh coming from a brogan! You should be careful with your nationally focused generalizations! All Americans aren’t the same just like all Aussies aren’t the same.

    • Mike

      Dec 6, 2022 at 10:48 pm

      You mean the yanks (PGA/LPGA) that support & basically prop up all the other worldwide tours?

      • Not My Cheif

        Dec 7, 2022 at 9:50 am

        No, he means the yanks that have a predominantly Korean based membership here. None of us are actually Americans. We’re all just European, Asian, African, or Indian descendants of land theives. That is unless your indigenous.

  5. Acemandrake

    Dec 5, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Pro level finger-pointing

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Report: PGA Tour winner latest player to sign with LIV Golf

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Another PGA Tour winner is headed to LIV Golf.

According to The Telegraph, Colombian Sebastian Munoz has agreed to a deal with the rival circuit. Munoz adds to the growing list of Spanish speaking players on LIV including Joaquin Niemann, Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Mito Pereira and Eugenio Chacarra.

Munoz has previously won the Sanderson Farms Championship and has six additional top-5 finishes on the PGA Tour.

At the time of his signing, the 30-year-old was ranked 90th in the Official World Golf Rankings. Munoz is set to make his LIV Golf debut at Mayakoba on February 24-26.

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Bubba Watson says that he will beg Jay Monahan to play in this PGA Tour event

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Bubba Watson, who joined LIV Golf last year, is still hoping he can play in a PGA Tour event.

The two-time major champion plans to “beg” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to allow Watson and his son to play in next year’s PNC Championship, which is an event that consists of a father/son or father/daughter tandem with one professional on each team.

“My son, like I said, he doesn’t play golf, but now his whole goal was – I’ll put this out there, his whole goal was to play in the PNC, which is the parent-junior, and now I’m not allowed to play in it. As soon as I see Jay Monahan – if Jay Monahan is watching this, I’ll see you at Augusta and I’ll try to beg you to let us play the PNC again.”

Watson and the other LIV golfers who were previously exempt or top-50 in the world will still get a chance to compete in this year Masters Tournament, to which Bubba is grateful.

“I was very thankful that we get to go back to the Masters. Then LIV announced their schedule, so I won’t be able to go to the women’s tournament or the Drive, Chip & Putt with the kids because we’ll be in Orlando. But it’s one year, I’m going to definitely be in the ears of people at LIV and try to see if I can get back there because I want to support what the Masters means to the game of golf, what the membership of Augusta means to the game of golf, and I would love to be there for the Women’s Amateur and the kids on Sunday.”

The 44-year-old (along with all LIV players) is currently suspended from the PGA Tour but will make his first start since the PGA Championship in May of 2022 at this week’s Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club after missing time with a torn meniscus.

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Patrick Reed issues statement following rules controversy in Dubai

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On his way to finishing runner-up at last week’s Dubai Desert Classic, Patrick Reed found himself caught up in two incidents of note.

The first, widely nicknamed ‘Tee Gate’ saw a pre-event spat between Reed and the world number one and tournament favourite Rory McIlroy, resulting in the former Masters winner lobbing a LIV-branded tee in his opponent’s direction. Little were they aware that it would take a birdie at each of the final two holes for McIlroy to overcome the most talked-about player in golf.

The second newsworthy episode involved Reed losing his ball up a tree on the 17th fairway, an escapade that resulted in a social media frenzy asking whether the ball found was, in fact, the correct ball and how several marshals identified it.

The DP World Tour’s statement at the time cleared Reed, stating that, “Using binoculars [the DP World Tour Chief Referee] joined the player in the area and asked him to identify his distinctive ball markings,” and “was satisfied that a ball with those markings was lodged in the tree.”

Video footage and players’ comments subsequently pointed to the ball flying into a different tee, but in Reed’s defence, he was likely to have been advised to the exact tree to look into, rather than guess himself.

He signed for a bogey five on the hole, a score that could have been one shot worse if having to reload on the tee box.

Reed himself sees the event much like most did the tee-peg incident – as something and nothing – and posted a statement to that effect on Twitter today:

With that all over, this week Reed returns to the Asian Tour for the Saudi International, where he meets up with much of his LIV counterparts in an event dominated by two-time champion Dustin Johnson.

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