American player Kyle Stanley was unrepentant after his fairway row with Scotland’s Bob MacIntyre over him failing to shout ‘Fore’ during their round at T
MacIntyre reprimanded his more experienced playing partner after he first hit a marshal on the shin and then, three holes later on the 17th, struck the mother of his caddie Greg Milne following a misdirected drive.
The 22-year-old Open rookie was incensed at the American’s failure to shout any warning on either occasion.
Bob MacIntyre (right) angrily confronted Kyle Stanley (left) for not shouting ‘Fore’ at The Open
The American hit a marshal and also MacIntyre’s caddie’s mum during play on Friday afternoon
Following his 73 that left him on two over Stanley denied he had done anything wrong, and hit back at MacIntyre by alleging that he had not told the full story when he made their argument public.
‘After I hit several people on the tee box yelled “fore”. My two playing partners, my caddie, a couple of the volunteers or the marshals had them signalling it was going right,’ said Stanley, twice a winner on the PGA tour.
‘I mean, everyone to the right of that ball, they knew it was coming. So to me it’s kind of a nonissue. I’m not really sure why he decided to make such an issue about it. I was surprised. I was caught off guard that it even came up, really. I just explained to him my side of it.
MacIntyre and his caddie Greg Milne (right) were not at all happy with Stanley’s conduct
‘I know it hit his caddie’s mum’s hands off the bounce, and that’s unfortunate. It certainly wasn’t my intention to put anyone in harm’s way. I had my wife in the gallery, my coaches. So I’m surprised it’s kind of come to this point.’
The 31-year-old added that he would not be seeking anyone out to apologise, and he did not appreciate MacIntyre confronting him as they walked down the 17th hole.
He added: ‘It’s not awkward for me. You know, when you talk about somebody playing within the boundaries of etiquette in golf, that’s kind of a touchy situation.
‘To paint somebody in a bad light, not playing within the etiquette of the game, you’ve got to be careful when you do that.
‘When you tell your story, you’ve got to make sure you have all the details. From what I read last night, he didn’t do that.
‘He’s a young player. I’ve been out here a while. So I don’t feel the need to be schooled on the rules of golf or what to do when you hit a shot off line.
Stanley claimed that MacIntyre should have got both sides of the story before his claims
‘No one told me I hit anybody. I went up there and the first thing that I asked everybody was if I hit anybody. And nobody gave me any indication I did. I found out in the scorer’s trailer while we were signing the card after our round.’
MacIntyre did not wish to further inflame the row after a 71 on Saturday left him on two under: ‘I’ve done my part, it’s the etiquette of the game, I’ve said my piece,’ he commented.
The spat has brought to a head a growing feeling in Europe that some Americans are slack when it comes to shouting warnings when they hit an errant shot.
The issue of spectator safety has been a growing one in the wake of an incident at last year’s Ryder Cup when a spectator suffered the loss of sight in one eye after being hit in the face by a Brooks Koepka drive.