Jimenez on Bradley incident: 'It's about the attitude'


The dust has settled from TPC Harding Park, but two weeks later the most contentious on-course moment in recent memory remains a discussion point.

Miguel Angel Jimenez is back in action this week at the Open de Espana, where the 51-year-old is the defending champion. At his pre-tournament press conference in Barcelona, Jimenez was asked about the incident that led to a shouting match between him, Keegan Bradley and Bradley's caddie, Steve "Pepsi" Hale, at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

According to the Spaniard, his request for information about a drop Bradley was taking was repeatedly rebuffed.

"As a playing competitor, you need to give explanation or the referee give an explanation," Jimenez told reporters in a video posted by Ten Golf. "I say, 'OK, to me is it normal, the two clubs (drop)?' I'm trying to, I never can. I start to finish a sentence (but) he says please give me a favor and go to your ball. That's what he said the second time, and I said no. Then his caddie started talking."

The incident heated up when Hale directed comments toward Jimenez, which led to Jimenez telling Hale to "shut up" and a subsequent face-to-face confrontation between Jimenez and Bradley.

"He tell me in my face, 'You never tell my caddie to shut up.' Of course, I don't have to tell that, you have to tell that," Jimenez said. "I think that we need to have respect to everyone. If I go there and demand that information, just give me the information. Simple. If you don't want to give me it, then let the referee give me it."

Jimenez called the incident a "pity," and noted that all parties involved may have been on edge because of the "stress of the match," which was all square on the 18th hole when tempers flared.

"My thing is we need to be honest (with) each other, and be professional as we are," Jimenez said. "It's not about a rule anymore. It's about the attitude."