Does this look like the face of a man who beat another man with a golf club for an on-course incident?
File this as a horror story of the golf etiquette variety. At Indian Creek Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas, last Friday, Michael Plumlee and the rest of his foursome were putting out on the 17th green.
The group behind Plumlee, which included Kevin Keo Sivilay, hit into Plumlee’s group.
If you’re scoring at home: That’s a stern breach of golf etiquette from Sivilay and company.
Plumlee, rightfully, wasn’t happy. He reacted by tossing the offending group’s balls off the green, which didn’t turn out to be a very good idea. Responding to an aggressive act (hitting into the group) with an aggressive act (throwing the balls off the green) was only ever going to cause the situation to escalate.
And escalate it did.
Sivilay went ballistic, attacking Plumlee with a club, fracturing his skull and continuing to bludgeon the golfer after he hit the ground.
According to a report from CBS DFW, Plumlee remains in the hospital and could have suffered a brain injury in addition to the fractured skull and broken ribs.
Sivilay could face 20 years in prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Damn. Crazy stuff. But let’s call this the Elin Woods Rule: Don’t provoke an individual who has a golf club within reach (regardless of the grounds you feel you have to do so). It didn’t end well for Tiger, and it didn’t end well for Michael Plumlee.