Golf is a game where tempers can flare, but rarely, on the professional circuit at least, do you see players arguing on the course. Of course, players will have words themselves if they hit a poor shot, but rarely do you see players arguing with one another.
At the Australian Open, we saw just that, when American, Marina Alex, seemed to react angrily to an action of Australia’s Julienne Soo, with it unclear as to what the pair were disputing. You can watch the full video here.
According to Nine News, Alex was unhappy with the location of Soo’s ball after the Aussie attempted to throw it into the crowd, with the American claiming that the ball was left in the bunker while others said it was not in the sand, instead in an area adjacent to the crowd.
Nothing has been confirmed yet but, either way, Alex didn't seem best pleased, initially snubbing Soo before the pair walked off the 18th green, with spectators noticing the slight domestic that had taken place.
One player we won't be seeing on Sunday is Cameron Smith, with the Australian missing the Saturday cut by a number of shots. There had been a slightly humorous moment on Friday evening though when, after thinking he had missed the first cut, he headed to the pub.
However, after conditions worsened in the afternoon, Smith found his score was good enough to make it to Saturday. "I was pretty quick to the pub," stated Smith. "I was probably a few too many beers deep and then I realised we had an early tee time, so I got back on the waters and was a good boy the rest of the night."
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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