Golfer is arrested on the course following a wild brawl at a Korn Ferry Tour qualifier.
Thus ends golf's claim to be a non-contact sport.
A qualifying event on the Korn Ferry Tour – golf's second-tier competition behind the PGA Tour – took an unexpected turn on Monday when Austen Dailey and Luke Smith got into a fight on the green, according to a report from The Fire Pit Collective.
The Korn Ferry Tour is aware of the incident at today's qualifier in Newton, Kansas, the Tour said in a statement to Golfweek. “The individuals involved are not members of the current Korn Ferry Tour. We are gathering additional information and have no further comment at this time.”
Dailey and Smith clashed following the seventh hole, just minutes after Dailey approached Smith and suggested he assist them in searching for lost golf balls. Smith allegedly jumped on Dailey's back and began punching him as he walked to the next hole.
A third golfer, Derek Fribbs, attempted to break up the fight shortly afterwards. Nonetheless, Smith's father, Oliver, immediately waved his putter in front of the quarrel, preventing anyone from intervening.
Following Dailey's decision to press charges, staff arrested Smith and escorted him to the clubhouse.
Fribbs described the fight as "crazy," adding, "I can't believe it happened."