His drive hit his playing partner’s caddie’s mom, but Kyle Stanley’s refusal to shout “fore” sparked a war of words in the Open at Royal Portrush.
Stanley was accused by Scot Robert MacIntyre of endangering the crowd by not issuing the conventional shout after hitting a wayward shot into the gallery on the 17th which hit a woman on the hand after bouncing.
“There’s a few things I wasn’t happy about today,” MacIntyre told reporters Friday.“And coming down the last I wasn’t happy with one on 17.
“Playing partner doesn’t shout ‘fore.’ The ball is going in the crowd. We’re shouting as it’s coming down in to the crowd and he’s just standing watching it. People don’t have enough time to react after we shout. It hits Greg, my caddie’s mom. I think she’s all right, but it’s not what you want. And so I told them how it was.”
“To me it’s kind of a non issue, I’m not really sure why he’s decided to make such an issue out of it,” he told reporters waiting to quiz him after his third round Saturday.“As far as I’m concerned a number of people yelled ‘fore.’ He made the argument that since I hit the ball it should have came out of my mouth first and I guess I can see that. It’s unfortunate it ended up the way it did. It certainly wasn’t my intention to put anyone in harm’s way. I had my wife in the gallery, my coaches. I’m surprised it’s come to this point.”