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Battle Of The Bagmen Down Under!

Michael Chammas shares all of the blissfully beautiful details of a caddie brouhaha before round two of the Emirates Australian Open, where luggage handlers for James Nitties and Marc Leishman got into physical alteration over the success of their bosses on the PGA Tour.

Not--sorry to break the news to those of you in the pool--over a woman or money. Though the fighting did start at a casino before spilling onto the practice putting gree at The Lakes.

Leishman, Australia's only winner on the US PGA tour this season, on Friday welcomed an investigation into the dust-up between his caddie Matt Kelly and Grant Buchanan, the bagman of compatriot Nitties.

The PGA Tour of Australasia condemned the incident, which occurred near a practice green as the players prepared for their opening rounds, and did not rule out involving police.

However, it appears more likely one or both of the caddies will cop fines from the PGA, with an outcome expected by the end of next week.

The pair had to be separated during the incident, which was fuelled by an altercation between the caddies at the Star casino on Tuesday night.

Buchanan claimed Kelly had made taunts over Nitties' failure to crack the US PGA Tour but the blame game continued on Friday, with Leishman adamant his caddie was the victim.

"I don't think me or Matty have got anything to worry about," Leishman said.

"I was there and he (Kelly) didn't do anything.

"He stood there, copped what he got and didn't do anything apart from that. I was proud of him, to be honest."

Yes, a proud day indeed!

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Reader Comments (8)

Dam it, I left the course just before the fight. I could have taken bets and played the Rocky Soundtrack from the side of the putting green as they punched on. I see that one of the bag men need a cut man in his corner, was that a technical knockout or was he cut just like his boss
12.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimon
Hmmm last year it was Ogilvy and Allenby, this year it's a couple of bagmen, so maybe next year it will be a between a couple of standard bearers!!! I guess some folks can never leave their schoolies, pissing-contest days behind sad in this day and age.

How come no one hasn't uploaded the fight to youtube so far? I'm assuming there must've been lots of camera phones onsite....c'mon folks down under...some journalism 2.0 por favor.
12.7.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
"You.....Pick up that blood."
12.7.2012 | Unregistered Commenterzippy
''Nobody make me bleed my own blood.''
12.7.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
you owe me one gumball machine

...want to be replaced by golf carts, keep it up

I think they have been replaced by golf carts :(
ty should ban em for the west coast swing
12.7.2012 | Unregistered Commentersmails
This is awesome!!!
12.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob
Those boys need to eat an extra vegemite sandwich or 2.
12.7.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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