Man Stabbed on Golf Course in Slow Play Dispute

The man was told he and his wife were not allowed to come through and proceeded to stab a member of the group ahead

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Man stabbed on golf course near Salt Lake City in Utah after refusing to let group behind play through

Man Stabbed on Golf Course in Slow Play Dispute

Have you ever been so fed up with slow play on the golf course that it's pushed you over the edge?

That's what happened to 61-year-old Lee Johnson in Payson, Utah, south of Salt Lake City.

Johnson was playing golf with his wife and had to ask the group ahead of him to be let through, however they didn't take it very well.

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Lieutenant Bill Wright of Payson Police said that a fight broke out and the clubhouse security staff were called out to resolve the issue.

According to, a Salt Lake City news website, around the ninth hole Johnson and his wife caught up with part of the group and thought they would be allowed to play through, but again the group refused.

Man stabbed on Utah golf course

Image from the Payson Golf Course courtesy of Facebook

Johnson then pulled a pocket knife and stabbed one person, Wright said. He was wrestled to the ground by the other golfer from the group.

The victim was treated at hospital for non life-threatening injuries whilst Johnson was sent to the Utah County Jail.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV