MacIntyre was incencsed that Stanley wasn't yelling "fore!" when his ball headed for fans. So he let him know.
If you've ever played golf—and maybe even if you haven't—you know that you're supposed to yell "fore!" any time your golf ball is headed for another human being. It's basic etiquette, and professionals are also expected to extend innocent bystanders this common courtesy.
The problem is, PGA Tour players often don't do it. Whether they think the on-course marshals will yell it or they're simply too engrossed in their round to remember (or care), guys often just turn away in disgust or simply don't say anything when they hit a foul ball. It's become such an issue that the Tour sent a memo to its players in June reminding them to yell the "traditional and expected warning/etiquette when there is danger of hitting someone."
It seems Kyle Stanley didn't get that memo.
At the Open Championshiph at Royal Portrush, the two-time PGA Tour winner apparently didn't yell "fore!" any of the multiple times that he hit balls toward fans. This incensed playing partner Robert MacIntyre, especially when his caddie's mother was struck by an errant shot.
MacIntyre told The Scotsman that he confronted Stanley as the two, who were also playing with Andrew "Beef" Johnston, were coming up the 18th hole on Friday. Both players made the cut.
“Coming down the last I wasn’t happy with what had happened on the 17th," the 22-year-old Scot said.
“My playing partner doesn’t shout ‘Fore’, his ball goes into the crowd, we’re shouting ‘Fore’ as the ball is coming into the crowd. He’s just standing watching it. And people didn’t have enough time to react when we shouted."
Stanley, who is known as one of the quietest players on Tour, apparently did not take well to MacIntyre's words.
“It hit Greg’s mum. So I told him how it was. I said I wasn’t happy – and he didn’t really like my response. He’s the only one I’ve seen do that. It was straight into the crowd. It was into the crowd from the word go. And we’re expecting him to shout fore. She’s all right, I think, but it’s not what you want."
Stanley offered his side of the story to Golf Digest after shooting a two-over 73 on Saturday.
“I hit a ball right on 17 yesterday,” Stanley said. “There was a hard wind off the left. After I hit, several people on the tee box yelled fore—my two playing partners, my caddie and a couple of the volunteers. Marshals were signaling it was going right. Everyone knew it was coming. So to me, this is kind of a non-issue. I’m not really sure why he [Macintyre] decided to make such a thing of it.”