Report by Anand Datla
May 2, 2015: Miguel Angel Jimenez and Keegan Bradley turned an insequential match at the WGC Cadillac Match Play championship into a side show on Friday, when they came at each other, just stopping short of dealing blows to each other. The two eliminated players indulged in a face off at the 18th hole of their match, when Jimenez argued with the officials over a drop afforded to Bradley.
The situation got heated with the involvement of Steve Hale, the caddie to Bradley. Jimenez asked the caddie to shut up, even as he tried to intervene and explain to the Spaniard. ‘You don’t tell me to shut up,” said Hale. Words had already been exchanged and Bradley decided it was time walk straight into the face of Jimenez.
“You don’t tell my caddie to shut up,” warned Bradley as he walked up close to Jimenez. As the two men confronted each other eye ball to eye ball, the tips of their noses nearly collided with each other.
Here is an excerpt of the incident, via Tout.com –
”I felt like he was being very disrespectful to me – not only me, but my caddie,” Bradley told the media. ”I felt like I had to stand up for my boy here. Me and Pepsi have been through a lot.”
”Whatever he say, now is finished,” Jimenez said to reporters. ”The round is finished and everything is done. We had a little discussion, but it is done. Nobody listen to me (sic). But anyway, this is over now.” concluded Jimenez.
The Spaniard won their on field contest 2 up, but it was the altercation at the 18th that earned them talking points. ”It was just a heat-of-the-moment thing,” Bradley said. ”It was disappointing. I’m pretty bummed out about it. I had a ruling and he felt like he needed to intervene and I felt like he was being inappropriate to me and my caddie.”
”I have nothing but respect for him. He’s a great player out here,” Bradley said. ”But I have to be able to stick up for myself when I feel something is wrong.”
“I don’t think it will help to talk about it,” Jimenez said. “Whatever happened there is finished. It’s OK. It’s fine.”
“The only I’ll say is I was just trying to be helpful, and they didn’t want to listen to what I had to say,” added Jimenez. “That’s it. There’s nothing more I want to talk about.”
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