Jimenez and Bradley involved in row

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Miguel Angel Jimenez and Keegan Bradley were involved in a heated argument at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship on Friday.

The two were involved in a dead rubber after losing their opening two games of the group stages, but that did not stop them almost coming to blows.

A disagreement sparked over where Bradley had taken a drop on the 18th. Bradley’s caddie Steve Hale got involved as Jimenez tried to get his point across to rules officials, prompting the Spaniard to tell Hale to “shut up”.

Hale took exception to this and Bradley – who had already asked Jimenez to “do me a favour” and walk over to his own ball – then stepped right in front of the Spaniard to say “Don’t tell my caddie to shut up.”

The issue was eventually resolved and though the two players did shake hands on the 18th green, Hale refused to shake Jimenez’ hand.

“We didn’t do much talking after the round. I have nothing but respect for him. He’s a great player out here but I have to be able to stick up for myself,” Bradley told reporters afterwards.

“It was just a heat-of-the-moment thing.

“It was disappointing. I’m pretty bummed out about it. It was just … 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, but I have to be able to stick up for myself when I feel something is wrong.”

Jimenez was keen to move on from the argument.

“Whatever he say, now is finished,” he said. “The round is finished and everything is done. We had a little discussion, but it is done.”

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