Jimmy Walker and Lee Westwood in Twitter spat over backstopping

Jimmy Walker Lee Westwood

Forget Tyson Fury versus that other guy. The most compelling sporting fight of the weekend took place on Twitter and it revolved around one thing: backstopping.

It’s all anybody in golf has been talking about for the last few days.

It all kicked off when former European Tour former Michael Clayton tweeted footage of Ben An and John Huh ‘helping each other’, which he called  ‘a joke’.

Here’s the clip…

The root of Clayton’s disapproval was that it appeared to be an example of ‘backstopping’, a long-mooted-but-seldom-proven case of tour pros purposefully not marking their ball in order to give their playing partners a ‘safety net’ to slow down a shot with too much pace.

The video provoked a huge response, with most people agreeing with Clayton that it’s not a particularly good or sportsmanlike habit.

Former US PGA champion Jimmy Walker, however, disagreed.

Then this happened…

Twitter Thread

So that was Saturday.

Then former world No.1 and recently appointed Ryder Cup vice-captain Lee Westwood got involved...

Back came Jimmy.

Cue Lee.

Westwood's fellow Ryder Cup vice-captain Luke Donald also had his say...

Of course, Westwood couldn't resist a jokey little nibble at that.

Fun times all round!

Of course, there is only really one thing that matters in all of this - the rules. And unfortunately for Walker's case, they don't make great reading...

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