Caddies fight at Australian Open practice area
Golf officials are investigating a fight between the caddies of
two Australian players near the practice chipping area at The Lakes
before the first round of the Australian Open.
PGA Tour of Australasia officials said on Friday that Grant
Buchanan and Matt Kelly, the caddies of James Nitties and Marc
Leishman respectively, had to be separated after coming to blows as
their players prepared for their opening round.
Tournament director Andrew Langford-Jones said ”we’ve spoken to
those involved and we still need to speak to a few more
In a statement Friday, Langford-Jones said a decision on any
disciplinary action would be determined within a week.
”Our members in no way condone this behavior, and we are
saddened the incident has drawn attention away from this great
tournament,” he said.
Leishman had a 2-under-par 70 on Thursday, four strokes behind
leader John Senden.
Nitties, who has just returned from California and an
unsuccessful attempt at securing his U.S. PGA Tour card for 2013,