Following the second round action at Royal Portrush on Friday afternoon, a feud between two golfers emerged.
During the second round, American Kyle Stanley reportedly hit an errant tee shot that went into the crowd.
His playing partner, Bob MacIntyre revealed that Stanley never yelled “fore” as the ball traveled into a hoard of people. The ball struck the mother of MacIntyre’s caddie.
After the round, MacIntyre ripped his playing partner for his actions:
“He’s the only one I’ve seen do that,” MacIntyre said. “It was straight into the crowd. And we’re expecting him to shout fore. She’s all right, I think, but it’s not what you want.”
Following his third round, Stanley addressed the criticism, via The Guardian.
Several people on the tee box yelled fore. My two playing partners, my caddie, a couple of the volunteers or the marshals, even had them signaling it was going right. I mean, everyone to the right of that ball, they knew it was coming.
I thought that was enough. My intention was to never do anything negative or put anybody in the gallery in harm’s way.
Professional golfers have a habit of not yelling “fore” on the course. Spotters are placed around the course to help ensure the safety of the patrons as well.
Luckily no one was hurt in the process – so this should be a non-issue moving forward.