Top coach brands Matt Wallace a "complete idiot"

Matt Wallace Open 2019

Top coach Pete Cowen has hit out at Matt Wallace over an incident with his caddie at the recent BMW International Open, branding the Englishman a ‘complete idiot’ and calling for him to be banned.

Wallace was heavily criticised for his behaviour towards Dave McNeilly during the final round of the event in Munich last month.

He subsequently apologised and vowed to change his ways.

However, Cowen, who works with the likes of US Open champion Gary Woodland and former Open winner Henrik Stenson, believes he should more severely punished.

• R&A chief address Sons of Ulster concerns

• Record-breaking crowd to attend Open

“He is a complete idiot and the European Tour has to do something about it,” Cowen told The Times. “A b--------g is no good, a fine is no good. He needs a ban. It’s a form of cheating because you’re putting your opponent off.

“The best thing would have been if his caddie had dropped his bag - I’d have chucked it in the bloody lake - but that wouldn’t do Dave McNeilly any good.”

WIN $1MILLION WITH DRAFTKINGS THIS WEEK

Royal Portrush

In response, Wallace’s agent, Chubby Chandler, told The Telegraph: “It’s a shame on the eve of Matt playing with Tiger at such a special event that something has come up for which Matt has already apologised and signified that he is and has been addressing.

• What is the unusual jacket Rory is wearing at Portrush?

“Matt is determined to control his emotions and has been working with Dr Steve McGregor on the issue and the pair are already confident they have made great strides, together with input from Dave.”

He added: “He’s a good kid who hasn’t smashed up markers or abused officials unlike some other players and to say he should be banned is utterly ridiculous. It’s funny, I remember a young player who I was on Tour with in the 70s who was renowned for his tantrums and snapping clubs. His name was Pete Cowen.”

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
2022 Driver Test | Which one is going in my bag?
Drivers
play button
The most powerful PING irons ever? | PING i525 review
Ping
play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
Titleist
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
Cobra
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

US PGA 2022: Full prize money breakdown
9 things Justin Thomas gets for winning the US PGA
Justin Thomas wins US PGA in playoff
US PGA: Mito Pereira rues painful finish
Who is Mito Pereira? Everything you need to know about the US PGA leader

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
How to hold your finish like a tour pro
Callaway
play button
The correct set up is crucial
Watch
play button
A very individual golf swing and lesson
Watch
play button
Stand closer to the golf ball at address
Callaway
See all videos right arrow