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He may be the coolest man on tour but nobody messes with Miguel Angel Jimenez

You don’t see this everyday.

FLAMBOYANT SPANIARD MIGUEL Angel Jimenez was involved in a dramatic on-course confrontation with Keegan Bradley as tempers flared in their dead rubber at the WGC-Championship Match Play on Friday evening.

Jimenez and Bradley were only playing for pride after both losing their opening two games at Harding Park earlier this week.

But the futile nature of the contest did not prevent an extraordinary flare-up on the final hole of their match, with the golfers squaring up to each other after a disputed drop.

The flashpoint was triggered when Jimenez and Bradley’s caddie Steve Hale clashed verbally over a drop off of a cart path.

After Jimenez appeared to tell Hale to “shut up”, Bradley intervened and went nose-to-nose with the Spaniard in scenes rarely witnessed in the typically genteel world of golf.

Source: PGA TOUR/YouTube

Bradley later moved to damp down the controversy following the match, which Jimenez won by a margin of two up.

“I’m not going to say any more about it. It’s fine. The round is over,” Bradley said.

“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 like something is wrong.”

Meanwhile, World number one Rory McIlroy produced a scintillating late comeback to beat Billy Horschel and advance to the knockout stages but Masters champion Jordan Spieth crashed out.

Northern Irishman McIlroy seemed to be following Spieth out of the $9.25 million tournament after finding himself two down with two holes to play against Horschel in the Group 1 decider.

But a magnificent long birdie putt on the must-win 17th ignited a late charge from McIlroy who then won the 18th before prevailing on the second hole of sudden death.

Match Play Golf McIlroy showed all his tenacity to edge past Billy Horschel on Friday Source: AP/Press Association Images

McIlroy will now face Hideki Matsuyama in the last 16 on Saturday.

WGC-Championship Match Play draw:

  • Rory McIlroy (1) v Hideki Matsuyama (16)
  • Charl Schwartzel (38) v Paul Casey (37)
  • Lee Westwood (27) v Danny Willett (49)
  • Branden Grace (39) v Tommy Fleetwood (57)
  • John Senden (65) v Hunter Mahan (32)
  • Marc Leishman (60) v Gary Woodland (52)
  • Louis Oosthuizen (30) v Rickie Fowler (13)
  • Jim Furyk (5) v JB Holmes (12)

 - © AFP, 2015

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