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Paige Spiranac Dragged Into Social Media Spat With Scott Baio

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Golfer and social media influencer Paige Spiranac found herself in a brief social media "beef" with actor Scott Baio on Tuesday (December 5).

The situation appears to have been started by a since-deleted X post shared by Baio best known for his role as Chachi Arcola on 'Happy Days' and its spinoff 'Joanie Loves Chachi,' criticized a woman wearing tight clothing at a driving range, who followers falsely identified as Spiranac. Baio claimed the original poster tried to "drag" his daughter, Bailey, a junior golfer, which led to an apparent negative post targeting Spiranac.

“Add Scott Baio to the list of people I never thought I would have beef with. What a world," Spiranac wrote on her X account Tuesday.

Baio responded within 30 minutes and explained the situation.

“My apologies. Someone posted a video saying it was you and attempted to drag my minor daughter (a junior golfer) and I defended myself,” Baio wrote. “I apologize as I don’t know you or the other woman from the video. I have no problem admitting when I am wrong.”

"I appreciate your apology. I understand how protective you must feel of your daughter," Spiranac responded. "I played junior golf at a high level, in college and as well pro for a little. If your daughter ever needs any golf advice let me know! I learned a lot through out my golf career especially during the recruiting process for college. Always happy to help!"

Spiranac then confirmed her "beef with Scott Baio has ended. I’m sure you were all on the edge of your seat."

Spiranac gained a massive following in recent years amid her self-promotion for "sexualizing" women's golf and has playfully made jokes at her own expense. In June, the former collegiate golf standout shared a "social media vs. reality" of herself in which she wore the same revealing outfit "on social media" and then a baggy shirt while teeing off in "reality."

“Jokes. I very rarely ever cover up lol the girls need air,” Spiranac wrote in the caption of the clip.

Spiranac, who played collegiately at the University of Arizona and San Diego State University, went pro in May 2016 and completed her first LPGA Qualifying Tournament, but didn't earn a card to play on the circuit, in August 2016.

The United States team has a 27-14 advantage over the Europeans in 43 events and 1,012 matches since the Ryder Cup's initial event in 1927. The U.S. team won the last Ryder Cup event in 2021, which was delayed one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.