Keegan Bradley and Miguel Angel Jimenez almost gave golf its first televised brawl on Friday at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship.
Posted by Howard Hughes on Friday, May 1, 2015
The two were on the 18th hole in their third and final round-robin match in their group at TPC Harding Park, both with no chance to move onto the weekend knockout stage. Jimenez was 1 up when Bradley drove his ball left and into a television compound — considered a temporary movable obstruction under the Rules of Golf and eligible for a free drop. Bradley and caddie Steve Hale, known as Pepsi out on Tour, called in a PGA Tour rules official for the ruling and the drops, one from the compound and another from the cart path. However, after Bradley made the drop, Jimenez, who was on the other side of the fairway, came over to dispute it.
Hale was ornery from the start, directing Jimenez to speak to Bradley. However, Hale then got agitated with Jimenez, and the Spaniard told him to “shut up.” That prompted Bradley to get into Jimenez’s face, saying, “You don’t tell my caddie to shut up.”
“I felt like he was being disrespectful not only to me but my caddie,” Bradley said. “I was kind of standing up for my boy here.”
After the match, which Jimenez won 2 up, the two had, according to Golf Channel, a heated exchange in the locker room in which the Spaniard looked to clear up his side of things. However, Bradley and Hale didn’t seem satisfied with Jimenez’s explanation and all parties left without a handshake or an apology.
Jimenez simply wanted to move on, saying afterward, “Whatever happened there is finished and is done. There is no point in talking about it.”
It’s unclear if the PGA Tour will choose to fine either player or Hale for their actions.