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Details emerge from crazy golf course fight that went viral

April 16, 2021

A viral video of two golfers fighting with fists—and even a flagstick—had many (including us) speculating on what could have possibly prompted such a violent altercation. Turns out, it had nothing to do with golf.

South African publication Times Live reported the incident occurred last week at the Maccauvlei Golf Club in Vereeniging, South Africa, during a fundraiser for a local school. According to the club's general manager, Deon Kruger, one of the men thought the other had stolen his cell phone.

In reality, it appears the man had left his phone on the 17th hole and when he called it, the other man heard it and picked up. Times Live reports neither men were parents of children at the school for which the fundraiser was taking place.

Not surprisingly, Kruger also says alcohol was involved.

“There was a heated exchange of words and a rumpus when the players approached each other," Kruger said. "This whole thing comes down too much alcohol and the players, who until then had been well behaved, drinking on the course. From the video you can see that both were incredibly wobbly on their feet."

In case you haven't seen it, here's the shocking video:

Fortunately, it didn't appear that anyone was seriously hurt.

“Never in the 15 years that I have been here have I seen anything so barbaric taking place on the golf course," Kruger said. "Our club definitely does not condone such behavior."