Robert MacIntyre and Kyle Stanley in war of words over fore incident

Robert MacIntyre and Kyle Stanley have been in a war of words following a fore incident on Friday at the Open, when Stanley's ball struck the mother of MacIntyre's caddie.

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Tue, 23 Jul 2019
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On Sunday, Robert MacIntyre shot a 68 to become the first Scotsman to finish inside the top 10 at the Open since Colin Montgomerie in 2005, but the 22 year old was in a war of words with his Friday playing partner Kyle Stanley, after Stanley refused to shout fore and his all struck the mother of MacIntyre's caddie.

It was a life-changing week for MacIntyre, a 22-year-old rookie, who has looked like a future superstar as of late. He earned £311,000 from the Open and secured qualification for next year's championship at Royal St George's.

On Friday, one of MacIntyre's playing partners was American Kyle Stanley, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, where MacIntrye was left extremely aggravated with Stanley over a number of issues and made his feelings clear to the media.

"There's a few things I wasn't happy about today," MacIntyre told reporters Friday following his round, where he shot a one-over 72.
 
"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's mum (his caddie). I think she's all right, but it's not what you want. And so I told them how it was."
 
MacIntyre was also playing with England's Andrew 'Beef' Johnston and said that Stanley "didn't take it too well."
 

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"It wasn't too pleasant but you've got to tell them," he added.
 
Stanley defended himself by saying that a number of people were shouting fore to warn the spectators, so felt like he didn't need to say it himself.
 
"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 on 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.
 
"Listen, I saw what he said, the way things were painted from his perspective he left off quite a few details. They knew the ball was going over there. When you tell your story you've got to make sure you've got all the details and from what I read last night he didn't do that.
 
"He's a young player and I've been out here a while. I don't feel I need to be schooled in the laws of golf."
 
Since the exchange of words between the two, multiple golfers have come to the defence of MacIntyre, saying he was well in his right to call Stanley out over his actions, but Stanley has refused to apologise.

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