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Drunken Aussie golfer on SAA afraid of flying

Published Feb 6, 2001


Sydney - Golfer Wayne Riley was fined an undisclosed amount by the PGA Tour of Australasia on Tuesday for misbehaving while drinking on board a plane last week.

The former Australian Open champion was involved in an incident on a South African Airlines flight from Johannesburg to Perth, where he was met by police on arrival and escorted to his baggage after being interviewed.

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According to a report submitted by the flight crew, Riley was warned verbally and then in writing about his behaviour, which he later blamed on excessive drinking caused by a fear of flying.

The report alleged that Riley was told by the flight crew he would be handcuffed if he did not tone down his behaviour.

"I will undertake to resolve my behaviour problems and adhere to the requests of the PGA Tour in relation to my problem," Riley said in a statement. - Sapa-AFP

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