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'Kind of a nonissue': Kyle Stanley has his say on 'fore' controversy after hitting caddy's mother during The Open

Kyle Stanley has defended his actions on Friday at The Open.
Kyle Stanley has defended his actions on Friday at The Open.

Kyle Stanley has had his say on the 'fore' controversy during day two of The Open at Royal Portrush.

The American ended up locked in a war of words with playing partner Robert MacIntyre on Friday after he sent a shot into the crowd on 17 without a shout.

Incredibly, of all the people for it to hit, it struck the mother of MacIntyre's caddy Greg Milne, and it was the second time Stanley hadn't shouted 'fore' when he hit the ball into the crowd.

MacIntyre went on to say he told Stanley 'how it was' with 'harsh words' used in the exchange.

However, Stanley has put forward his case, claiming that there were already a lot of people to shout 'fore' including his own caddie, who also yelled on the first occasion he had hit a shot towards the crowd three holes earlier.

"After I hit, several people on the tee box yelled 'fore'," he explained.

"My two playing partners, my caddie, a couple of the volunteers or the marshals, even had them signaling it was going right. I mean, everyone to the right of that ball, they knew it was coming.

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"So to me it's kind of a nonissue. I'm not really sure why he decided to make such an issue about it. I know it hit his caddie's mum's hands off the bounce, and that's unfortunate.

"But as far as I'm concerned, a number of people yelled "fore." He made the argument that since I hit the ball that it maybe should have come out of my mouth first. I guess I can see that.

"But 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. So I'm surprised it's kind of come to this point.

"I went up there and the first thing that I asked everybody was if I hit anybody. And nobody gave me an indication that I did.

Stanley would also say that if it hadn't been Milne's mother involved, 'I don't think we'd be talking about it right now' and that he does usually should 'fore' when he hits a ball off line.

"We talked about it briefly," he said about that conversation with MacIntyre, that he wouldn't call 'heated'. "I was surprised. I was caught off guard that it even came up, really. I just explained to him my side of it, just like I told you guys.

"And listen, I saw what he said last night.

"To paint somebody in a bad light, not playing within the etiquette of the game, you've got to be careful when you do that.

"He's a young player. I've been out here a while. So I don't feel the need to be schooled on the rules of golf or what to do when you hit a shot off line.

"So that's kind of my perspective on it. I don't know, maybe a good learning experience for all."

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