Tour professional, caddie get into heated argument after caddie questions transfer

Matt Wallace and Samuel Bernard on Saturday on the 18th gap on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort.


Matt Wallace apparently wished to hit off the cart path. 

His caddie, Samuel Bernard, wished a drop. 

And their dialog carried on for some time after the shot. 

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“He and Sam are having a deep dialogue about it,” announcer Dan Hicks mentioned on the NBC broadcast. “It doesn’t appear to be going too effectively.”

That’s nearly as good of a approach as any to explain a wild scene on Saturday on the 18th gap on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort. Through the third spherical of the Valspar Championship, Wallace hit his second shot, from the concrete cart path, then he and Bernard exchanged pleasantries when Wallace’s iron shot got here up about 30 yards in need of the opening. 

As proven by NBC cameras, after the swing:

— Wallace regarded down, began to stroll and started shaking his head. He and Bernard began to speak. Bernard handed him a towel to wash off the iron. 

— Wallace raised his proper hand. Bernard wished to maintain transferring. Wallace shouted. A part of these phrases included a visual “shut the f**okay up.” 

— Bernard took the membership from Wallace. Bernard talked. Wallace then bought in his face a bit. Bernard talked once more. Wallace took off his golf glove. 

— Bernard talked. Wallace shook his head. Each talked. 

“Ought to have had them mic’d up,” analyst Paul Azinger mentioned on the NBC broadcast. 

Certainly. So what occurred?  

The dust-up apparently concerned “move.” Or lack thereof. 

Afterward, NBC on-course reporter Cara Banks talked with each participant and caddie. She mentioned that they had made peace. However on the second shot on 18, Wallace had wished to hit off the cart path, which was the place his ball had ended up after his tee shot. Bernard, although, wished him to take a drop to the suitable of the trail, which might have put him in a group of grass and pine needles. 

“I can verify that the partnership is all effectively,” Banks mentioned on NBC. “They are going to be again collectively tomorrow. Matt was merely annoyed after his bogey on 17 and hitting that errant drive on 18. He was annoyed that Sam questioned whether or not or not he ought to take a drop earlier than that second shot. 

“He felt he ought to simply play it because it lies, as he did, and Sam questioning him interfered together with his move.”

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From there, Wallace pitched on together with his third shot, rolled within the putt and completed with a one-under 70. He’ll begin Sunday at five-under, three pictures again of chief Adam Schenk

Notably, Wallace and Bernard have been a part of NBC’s mic’d-up phase earlier Saturday; Wallace famous that Bernard is the one French caddie on the PGA Tour. Wallace has additionally had a minimum of one different televised confrontation with a caddie, too. 

On the 2019 BMW Worldwide — at two factors, in accordance with viewers of the printed — Wallace exchanged phrases with then-caddie Dave McNeilly. A number of weeks later, in an interview with the Unbiased, Wallace mentioned he regretted it. 

“The 2 occasions I’ve been in with an opportunity to win tournaments, I’ve reverted again to how I used to win tournaments and that was to be intense, just about an excessive amount of excessive,” he mentioned.

“I used to try this by myself, whereas now I’ve bought a caddie, and stupidly I’ve in all probability blamed him, the place I must take full duty for what I did there — and I do know that. It’s one thing I’m engaged on.

“I’m not happy with how I handled that state of affairs, and I’ve positively addressed it and moved on.”

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