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VIDEO: Trump protestors carve Tiger Woods-inspired quote into green



A group of activists vandalized Trump National Golf Course (Los Angeles) in Rancho Palos Verdes between Sunday night and Monday morning, allegedly sending a message to President Trump and his administration.

The group carved “NO MORE TIGERS, NO MORE WOODS” into the green of hole No. 5 in letters that ABC News said were 6-feet tall. One member of the five-person group captured the criminal activity on video, which is posted at the bottom of the article. A member of the group also spoke to ABC News using a voice-disguising mechanism.

“It’s a protest piece against Trump’s administration’s handling of our environmental policies,” the group member told ABC News. “He’s been very aggressive in gutting a lot of the policies that we’ve had in place for a very long time. We felt it necessary to stand up and go take action against him.”

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  1. KCCO

    Apr 9, 2017 at 7:27 am

    This is as low as keying someone’s car. If I caught someone doing either of the sneaky lack of balls actual I’d let them try make a video titled “running from a person crazy enough to make me dance on camera courtesy of SIG.” Vandalism like this gets under my skin. No balls, when caught, bury on practice range with only their heads above ground.

  2. Brains a golfer

    Mar 23, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Vandalism is NOT protest!

  3. JuNiOR

    Mar 16, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Amazing how fast Rachel Maddow flew to SoCal for with vengeance after embarrassing herself on her very fake new MSNBC.

  4. J

    Mar 15, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    I love golf. If civil war breaks out and we can’t play golf, I’m gonna go hulk mode on everyone. So, golfers, chill the eff out with the childish insults. Haha.

  5. Dave R

    Mar 15, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    I’m a Canuck and there are idiots every where . This type of response does your little gang of mutts nothing . Believe me these types are everywhere ,and the sad part is they are allowed to breed.

  6. Raven

    Mar 15, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Argh! So many idiots! The people responding on Facebook with inappropriate language. The people defending poor actions because Trump does worse. Trump. Left wing lunatics. Right wing lunatics. Seriously, wait 24 hours and if you still think you need to post then come back.

    Anyhow, the whole thing was a hoax. This is just a huge and coincidental divot, and when the left wing golfer saw it he decided to pretend it was a political statement.

    • Casey Ford

      Mar 20, 2017 at 9:28 am

      this is the post everyone on here should be seeing

  7. Mike

    Mar 15, 2017 at 10:59 am

    If they really wanted to make their voice heard and cause a war cry, just try tinkering on down to Augusta National GC dig up their greens and see what happens ???? I’m not condoning this act by the way, but it sure would let the shit hit the fan, with the millions of golf lovers in America.

    Or if you wish to protest then phone Mr trump up arrange a meet, then you can sit down and discuss like normal citizens ways to overcome global warming, not much hope as someone on here said, that Mother earths being changing and evolving for millions of years, and she aint about to change her ways, when we burnt fossil fuels the world over didn’t hear a peep about global warming, probably we were too busy fighting world wars, if they want to protest about Tigers being drove to extinction then go to China and India and protest, if their concerned about trees and forests then go to Brazil and protest, and also the ivory animals, Elephants and rhinos the go to African countries and protest about the Poachers, and war lords condoning this mass killing, I mean Mr trump cant be held responsible for every frigging thing that goes wrong.

  8. David Ciccoritti

    Mar 15, 2017 at 10:29 am

    What’s the problem? Probably no more damage than Trump causes playing a round of golf 🙂

  9. GMatt

    Mar 15, 2017 at 9:43 am

    So many idiots on this site. I love the stupid comment about needing more liberals to grow the game. Vandalism is wrong nothing more to be said. Do you really think this stupid act will change policy? If you do then you’re less intelligent than you think you are. Hope and change by these tactics? Maybe another plan of attack that doesn’t involve anarchy might serve your agenda better, you can’t say that the conservatives would employ these kind of tactics. Stupid is as stupid does

  10. MrMayhem

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Forget the word activists, just plain vandals would be enough.

  11. Steve

    Mar 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Vandalism is the most senseless crime.

    • Raven

      Mar 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      While activities like this are wrong, sometimes people have to cross boundaries to make a statement heard. There are a very small number of people who can change laws so that they don’t have to abide by them. The rest don’t have that luxury. Whatever you or I think, these people were smart enough to find a way to get themselves heard and they have us talking about it.

  12. Ben

    Mar 14, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I don’t come to Golfwrx to talk about politics. This trash doesn’t belong here. It belongs on the dreck that is both sides of the media, desperate for a reason for being.

    • get off your high horse

      Mar 14, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      then why did you read/post in the article? just skip it, your lordship!

    • birdie

      Mar 15, 2017 at 9:11 am

      who forced you to read the article?

  13. birdie

    Mar 14, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I can only hope that criminals, vandals, violent paid protestors, anarchists, and nancy pelosi become the face of the democrat party. lol

    • good luck with your stupid wall

      Mar 14, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      you dumpsters just dont get it. go ahead and keep voting against your own best interests. in 20 months there shall be a reckoning. you’re welcome

      • MrMayhem

        Mar 14, 2017 at 9:22 pm

        I bet you lock your door and have a fence at your house!

      • birdie

        Mar 15, 2017 at 9:12 am

        oh look, another dem who thinks they should get to decide what someone else’s best interests are. curious, what are the best interests of someone in the working middle class and how were they met under previous president?

  14. Matt

    Mar 14, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Support this action 100%. Science denying, no-nothing republicans are the ugliest sentient beings in the history of the universe. No time for argument these days, its literally pointless to use facts anymore.

    • Matt

      Mar 14, 2017 at 11:40 am


    • birdie

      Mar 14, 2017 at 11:55 am

      so you’re saying its ok to vandalize others property?

    • birdie

      Mar 14, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      The truth is that fossil fuels have resulted in increased human health and prosperity and have extended human life in every nation where they have been used plentifully.

      • Double Mocha Man

        Mar 14, 2017 at 6:26 pm

        Birdie, I think you are making bogeys.

    • IHateLoveGolf

      Mar 15, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Appreciate you once again insulting me for disagreeing with you enlightened ones. Budget-denying, do-nothing, lying libs are a scourge on this country. There – that really forwarded the dialogue, didn’t it. Name-calling never does.

      First amendment for libs only, right? Shout down conservatives and non-lib students everywhere.
      Require total transparency on Trump’s taxes but it’s ok for Wasserman Schultz to surreptitiously undermine Bernie’s campaign.
      Laws should be adhered to unless the crimes are committed against conservatives.
      Laws should be adhered to unless it’s for illegals, their families, and their voting.

      If we can’t even agree that crimes are crimes, where do we start? Your move, sport.

      A 1%er, ex-military, summa cum laude college grad who supports Trump while also supporting gay marriage, Roe v Wade, and legal immigration while condemning the incredible untruthfulness seen from Dems and from some on the GOP side

  15. Mat

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Almost nothing to do with the sport of golf. Just clickbait.

  16. birdie

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:34 am

    as usual, our media labels this as coragous and brave act of defiance (Wash Post) ….yet if this was a conservative they’d label it as hateful, intolerant, vandalism, and anarchists.

    the double standard among the media is stunning, yet predictable. As is the intolerance and hypocrisy among the left

    • PCR

      Mar 14, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Read. He wrote that the act was spun that way in the Washington Post. And suggestions that there is no media bias to the left, is as ridiculous as they come.

  17. chip

    Mar 14, 2017 at 9:32 am

    which is worse? Some damaged grass or a man trying to turn the United States into the most hateful, deceitful, and corrupt country in the world?

    • birdie

      Mar 14, 2017 at 9:49 am

      luckily obama is now out of office huh

      • Blake

        Mar 14, 2017 at 11:20 am

        What did obama do? Im sincerely asking because i see you people say things like this and then i cant find any speeches or quotes or actions that would justify it. So what did he do?

        • Toad2017

          Mar 14, 2017 at 12:23 pm

          His hope and change was nothing more than business as usual. He fixed nothing, just made existing problems bigger.

        • birdie

          Mar 14, 2017 at 1:33 pm

          used irs as political weapon, blamed benghazi on youtube video for months, lied about aca saving families money, fast and furious (illegal arms transfers to mexican cartels), jumped into every criminal cases based on race before facts and verdict known only to incite anger and divide, payment to iran, spying on journalist james rosen…… i can go on if you want…..

    • PCR

      Mar 14, 2017 at 11:53 am

      So we can tear up your grass and say, “Well, it’s not as bad as the President”.

    • Tom

      Mar 14, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      we’re not running a popularity contest

  18. JThunder

    Mar 14, 2017 at 6:46 am

    “Murdering grass”? Really? Grass is not an endangered species, nor is it difficult to grow back. Would you call taking a divot “murdering grass”? Because the average 130-shooting hack tears up that much grass with their play.

    • Double Mocha Man

      Mar 14, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Bubba doesn’t take a divot… but he does dent a lot of perfectly good trees.

  19. JThunder

    Mar 14, 2017 at 6:27 am

    It’s funny how to conservative golfers, this is such a “disgusting crime”, and they are appalled and judge all liberal-minded folks by these actions. But when conservative politicians manage to legalize the fleecing of the American people via things like the healthcare industry and pharmaceutical companies, which KILL people on an hourly basis, this is “just business” and defended to the hilt.
    (And when Trump, Bannon and Pence take charge on their vote, they can claim “but I’m not racist or misogynist”.)

    To say we have different values is an understatement.
    But the past 9 years have proven that.

    One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

    • birdie

      Mar 14, 2017 at 9:36 am

      what are you talking about? were people not being fleeced under obama? were prescriptions cheap under obama? fun fact…obama oversaw a fleecing of the american working class. trump is reflection of americans turning against liberal policy.

  20. R

    Mar 14, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Liberals what is your problem.
    You are worthless. Just causing more
    and more problems. We have enough
    in the world as it is. Get over it.
    Grow up.

    • JThunder

      Mar 14, 2017 at 6:32 am

      They’re protesting the destruction of the environment, and your suggestion is “get over it”? Why couldn’t the billionaires and their corporations “get over” the regulations enacted to save the planet? Why couldn’t Republican Congress and 42% of the country “get over” the fact that Obama won two elections? People who put greed and ignorance above the good of the people and planet are the ones who need to “grow up”. But if you see shining a light on real problems as “causing more and more problems”, then that explains why the world is as f-ed up as it is now. I guess everyone should just keep their mouths shut and put up with whatever is done to them, and somehow it will all be OK.

  21. Michael

    Mar 14, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Fantastic work.

  22. Bubba Wilson

    Mar 13, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Wow – Talk about a country divided right now.

    • mik

      Apr 7, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      So true, my local course installed separate restrooms. Liberals on the left and republicans on the right. It’s bad, very very bad.

  23. Bubba Smith

    Mar 13, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Stupidity at its finest.

  24. SlapHappy

    Mar 13, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I mean seriously……. we ought to be able to hang these people in public once we arrest them

    • Brian

      Mar 13, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Like Pete Dye said, “It’s just grass.” Really, hang someone from wrecking some grass? Did you think about those words before you typed them, or are you just a ridiculous reactionary like the morons that defaced this green?

      • JThunder

        Mar 14, 2017 at 6:43 am

        If you’re suggesting hanging people for hurting some grass, what do you suggest for all the Wall Street execs who destroyed peoples’ lives? Or the pharmaceutical companies and health care companies who kill people every day for profit?

        Oh, right, laws in their favor and achievement awards. Nice values.

        • Tom

          Mar 14, 2017 at 1:36 pm

          I don’t think so, that’s counter productive to the bottom line.

          • J

            Mar 15, 2017 at 4:05 pm

            I think you’re being over-simplistic. The reality is if you’re trying to bank a bonus, you couldn’t care much less if there’s a long term fallout on the bottom line. It’d be dishonest to say people only consider the company’s infinite bottom line. More likely, there are some individuals who focus on the near terms profits, without regard for what happens later. And these decisions have consequences much larger than turf damage. They just don’t have the image problem of someone carving into a green.

      • birdie

        Mar 14, 2017 at 9:38 am

        firing squad works too

  25. KoreanSlumLord

    Mar 13, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    So that is your new America, huh? If you don’t agree with another political party, just burn, vandalize, perform acts of violence against supporters of the other party. In Japan, were not shown this type of behavior that Republicans did when Obama was in office. Odd.

    • Bryan

      Mar 14, 2017 at 12:22 am

      It’s the liberal way, it’s how they roll. Kind of reminds you of a 3 year old when they don’t get their way.

      • JThunder

        Mar 14, 2017 at 6:34 am

        Reminds me of Republicans for the last 8 years. And I mean, ALL of them. Not a handful of people who “vandalized” some grass. Republican golfers care more about a patch of grass than peoples’ lives or the planet. That’s the conservative way, because that little patch of grass is PROFIT!

        • birdie

          Mar 14, 2017 at 9:40 am

          maybe you should go burn down a building or block people from getting to work…..vandalism is the liberal way. don’t agree or don’t get your way….stomp your feet and destroy others property…so pathetic yet so predictable. i can only hope these protestors become the face of the democrat party.

        • Tom

          Mar 14, 2017 at 1:39 pm

          play the victim card much?

  26. ROY

    Mar 13, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Think I will go cut down some trees and dump some oil into the local lake to show my support for them and the environment!!!

  27. Barry

    Mar 13, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    This makes me angry

  28. Double Mocha Man

    Mar 13, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I think we’re on to something here! 90% of the responses below are from conservatives/Republicans. If GolfWRX is a cross section of the average golfer then it’s obvious we need many, many more liberals to grow the game.

    • Barry

      Mar 13, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Good luck with that. “Liberals” (nothing liberal about them these days) aren’t going to be attracted to golf because it’s too hard and requires too much patience.

      • JThunder

        Mar 14, 2017 at 6:52 am

        Yeah, liberals fight for the environment and the poor and disenfranchised because it’s not hard and requires no patience. Well said.

    • JThunder

      Mar 14, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Golfwrx is not a cross-section of the average golfer. it’s a cross-section of the avid golfer. It might be suggested the connection is avid golfer = likely wealthier golfer = likelier conservative.

    • birdie

      Mar 14, 2017 at 9:41 am

      they’ll start demanding that others pay for their round of golf…..because equality or something

      • Blake

        Mar 14, 2017 at 11:23 am

        Oh i get it. Your doing some bit where you act like a “typical dumb trump supporter”. Good one

    • Bert

      Mar 14, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      +1 exactly on the point.

    • mik

      Apr 7, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      I agree.

      I like to keep the Republicans in the group ahead of me, I pick up their Prov1s and Prov1xs that they don’t want to look for along the tree line. I keep the Liberals in the group behind me in case I leave a club or a head cover, I’ll get it back on the next hole.

  29. golfomatic

    Mar 13, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Kind of a stupid crime. Much less risky to make money as a Wells Fargo exec while looking the other way as thousands of employees open millions of accounts without customers’ permission over many years to meet absurd quotas, then retire with a 9-figure payout as your punishment, then play lots of golf on courses like this.

  30. larry

    Mar 13, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Stuff like this makes me hate liberals even more, what a joke.

    • Dr Troy

      Mar 13, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Could not agree more Larry.

      • JThunder

        Mar 14, 2017 at 6:55 am

        This thread makes me hate conservatives more. What a joke.

        • birdie

          Mar 14, 2017 at 9:44 am

          why because conservatives support law and order? or is the fact that liberals don’t get their way no matter how much they whine, destroy property, protest, or all the other useless means of organized intimidation and destruction they employ

          • Tom

            Mar 14, 2017 at 1:41 pm


          • J

            Mar 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm

            What a joke. What makes you think conservatives support law and order, and liberals do not? Those vandalizers = all liberals, just as Dennis Hastert = all conservatives. Non-reasoning individuals on both sides are the coals that keep this division going. It’s all so stupid. I’m not your enemy, and you’re not my enemy. Congratulations on both sides being used as pawns.

  31. alan

    Mar 13, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    destroy something the POTUS owns, and get caught on camera? and do interviews. amateur hour. i hope no one feels sorry for them when they get hammered for this.

    • Double Mocha Man

      Mar 13, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      They did the video recording themselves… didn’t “get caught” on camera.

  32. Bryan

    Mar 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Liberals at their finest….

  33. Double Mocha Man

    Mar 13, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    It got the message across (and directly to Trump in this case) without anyone getting hurt. Other than hurting the wallets of some very well-off club members. On a positive note it caused the extra employment of some greenskeeping crew members, thus strengthening the economy as Trump has promised.

    Though the message was weak… if Tiger wants to rub shoulders with Trump that’s his right. Doesn’t mean we have to like him for it.

    • Barry

      Mar 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      If the message was “we are idiots and criminals,” then yeah, message received

  34. Blake

    Mar 13, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Really? He has nominated a climate change denier to the head of the epa and he sees any regulations that protect clean air and water as bad and is actively trying to repeal them to benefit big business. His nom to the epa has actively sued the EPA to lighten restrictions on coal plants, and several other issues. Basically he is doing everything in his power to harm the environment.

    • Joey5Picks

      Mar 13, 2017 at 3:56 pm


    • JThunder

      Mar 14, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Read a book.

    • Blake

      Mar 14, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Oh i get it. Your doing some bit where you act like a “typical dumb trump supporter”. Good one

    • Bert

      Mar 14, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Great news! I didn’t know he was doing so well.

  35. Chris

    Mar 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm


  36. Steve

    Mar 13, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Disgusting. I’m not a big Trump guy by any means, but I find it absolutely disgusting that A) people would do this to a golf course just because it has his name attached to it, and B) that ABC would happily keep these people anonymous and disguise the voice just to get the scoop. THIS IS A FREAKIN CRIME. They belong in jail.

  37. Golfwhiler

    Mar 13, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Eco-terrorists. They will be found out and will be shocked to learn the cost of repairing greens, not to mention felony trespassing.

  38. Silky Johnson

    Mar 13, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Why the voice-disguising mech, you wuss? You want to vandalize private property, own up to it. Coward.

  39. Blake

    Mar 13, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Good. At least this way he cant say he never saw it.

  40. Joe

    Mar 13, 2017 at 11:55 am

    when it is against Trump (or conservatives) they’re called ‘activists’ and ‘protesters’. When it was against Obama (or the left) they’re ‘racists’ and ‘terrorists’.

    • JThunder

      Mar 14, 2017 at 6:41 am

      Yep, there’s no difference between fighting for the environment by harming some grass and carrying a sign with a painting of lynching an African American President. Yep, exactly the same.

      At least you admit that fighting for the environment is “against conservatives”.

  41. MikeyB

    Mar 13, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Well the solution is quite clear. These people have a deep abiding love and respect for the environment. I think they should be given the chance to experience the environment in all it’s glory.
    So, with just the clothes on their backs, they will be flown to a spot that is 500 miles from any trace of civilization and be chucked out of the airplane with a static line parachute attached.
    If they can survive, and walk out, they don’t have to go to jail. Seems fair. I mean since their point is the Trump administration has allegedly endangered the environment, a pen and notebook will be provided to our hapless eco-warriors so that they can log, in person and in real time, the effects of said policy reversals on their immediate surroundings. Well, it’s research, right?

    • Mower

      Mar 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      As long as it’s televised. #nakedandafraid lol

  42. Tom

    Mar 13, 2017 at 11:42 am


  43. Whaatt

    Mar 13, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Vandalism isnt a protest it is a crime, Im no Trump fan, but I hope these criminals are prosecuted.

    • JThunder

      Mar 14, 2017 at 6:37 am

      As long as they’re not millionaire businessmen, they’ll likely be prosecuted for crime. If they’re millionaire conservative businessmen, they’ll be praised and have a chance to run for President.

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5 things we learned on Sunday of the 2018 U.S. Open



Opportunity knocked for so many golfers, yet it was the 2017 champion who seized the moment when it was his. Brooks Koepka fired his second sub-par round of the week on Sunday to separate from playing partner Dustin Johnson, and enter the pantheon of multiple major champions. He became the 7th player to defend his title, joining old-school legends like Willie Anderson and John McDermott, mid-century icons like Ralph Guldahl and Ben Hogan, and the last man to accomplish the feat, Curtis Strange. With that introduction, let’s move to the main event, the 5 things we learned on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

5) The USGA gave golf a chance

True to its word, the USGA pulled out all the stops in the wee hours of Sunday morn. The course set-up team ensured that enough water was distributed to putting surfaces, that worthy shots would not be punished. Hole locations were assessed and confirmed, also ensuring that multiple opportunities for success were available. As a result, 15 golfers turned in scores under par of 70, highlighted by Tommy Fleetwood’s 7-under stunner. Although many fans, writers and players were quick to assault the organizers for losing control of the course, the USGA reminded us that it always had control of the conditions at Shinny, and that its only mistake was to soar too close to the sun.

4) Captain America ran out of gas

If Patrick Reed had been able to sign his card on the 9th tee, when he stood 5-under on the day and 1-over for the tournament, he would be in a playoff with the eventual champion as I type. Unfortunate for this year’s Masters champion was that 10 holes remained. Reed promptly bogeyed the 9th, added 3 more bogeys on the inward half, and summoned just one birdie toward the end. His fourth-place finish was his best in a U.S. Open, but knowing that victory was in the cards will sting for a while.

3) DJ and Finau gave it a run

Where to begin? How about this: DJ had four bogeys on Sunday. He totaled that many on Thursday-Friday combined. He had birdies, too, but couldn’t find the game that possessed him over the opening 36 holes. Oddly enough, this type of experience won’t be a setback for the 2016 champion. After all, he came back from a career-killer in 2015, when he 3-whacked his way out of a playoff with Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. As for Milton Pouhau Finau, aka Tony, the Utah native had never before been in the final group on any day of a major professional championship. He acquitted himself well, standing even on the day and 3-over for T2 at the 18th tee. Knowing that he needed eagle for a playoff might have taken the final winds from his sails, and he limped home with double bogey and solo third. Looking ahead to the final August playing of the PGA Championship, Bellerive near St. Louis might just be his type of course.

2) Tom Terrific nearly made his own U.S. Open history

I’ll write this cautiously, as I’m certain I would have intimated in the 1980s and 90s that Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood would have been major champions by now. Tommy Fleetwood ought to win one of these things soon. His record-tying 63 was a short putt away from a record-breaking 62. Eight birdies against a single bogey was the stuff of legend, and if only he had trusted that final putt a bit higher on the break … that’s not fair. Fleetwood right now is the fellow to watch at Carnoustie next month. Bet a few quid or bob or whatever on the Southport native, as he should contend for the title.

1) Brooks cooks up a winning broth

It’s easy to look back and see all the great shots that the defending champion hit over the four days of the 2018 U.S. Open, shots that would win him his second consecutive trophy. Remember that 60-feet bomb to save par on Saturday? Shades of Costantino Rocca. How about the approach shots to within mere feet that earned him 5 birdies on Sunday, including a competition-killer on 16? Koepka was the guy we thought Dustin Johnson would be. Perhaps it was the time off for wrist rehabilitation early this season that gave him the burning desire to win. Out for nearly 4 months, Koepka had plenty of time to ponder what he achieved last June in Wisconsin, and what might lay ahead for him. The begged question is, does the most recent, two-time major winner have the game to acquire more of the game’s cherished trophies?

Related: Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB from the 2018 U.S. Open

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WATCH: Phil Mickelson purposely hits the ball while moving at the U.S. Open (updated with Phil’s response)



Update: In a post-round interview, Phil had this to say: “I took the penalty, no disrespect to the game, I didn’t feel like going back and forth and I’ve always wanted to take the two-shot penalty, and I finally did… It’s meant to take advantage of the rules the best you can. I’d gladly take the two shots over continuing that display.”


You don’t see Phil Mickelson lose his cool very often, but that’s seemingly what happened on Saturday — his 48th birthday — at the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

After blowing his bogey putt by the hole on No. 13, Phil ran after his ball and decided to hit it while it was still moving. Phil finished out the hole in 8 shots; adding in the two-stroke penalty for hitting the golf ball while moving, and it was a 10 on the scorecard.

Check out the bizarre scene that Phil Mickelson put on at the 13th hole below:

Phil was four-over par in the round going into the 13th hole, and exited the 13th hole at 10-over par after the fiasco. He is currently continuing his third round as regularly scheduled.


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WATCH: Ian Poulter, sitting 1 back of the lead, completely butchered his 17th hole



The majorless Ian Poulter was coming off birdies on hole nos. 4, 5 and 7 — his 13, 14 and 16th holes of the second round of the 2018 U.S. Open — when he came to the 8th hole (his 17th hole) sitting at 3-under and just one shot back of leader Dustin Johnson (4-under).

Then, he bladed one from the greenside bunker, soaring the ball into the fescue over the green.

Yikes. But not a disaster. He drew a great lie… just get it on the green, make the putt and take your bogey — or make double at the very worst. But then he laid the sod over his fourth shot, sending it into the real thick stuff. Three shots later, Ian Poulter made a triple-bogey 7, and back to even par for the event.

Watch it unfold below (or click here if the Twitter embed doesn’t work for you).



Poulter then finished his round with a closing bogey, and currently sits at 1-over through 36 holes (T4). By no means is Ian Poulter out of this tournament, but finishing triple-bogey, bogey was definitely not what Ian Poulter had in mind sitting in the greenside bunker on his 17th hole just a stroke off the lead.

Can Poulter get back on track and win his first? Will Dustin Johnson run away with his second U.S. Open victory? Or will Stenson, Rose, Koepka or Fowler (each sitting at 1-over par) make a run? Regardless, the champion will need to avoid late-tournament triple bogeys and costly mistakes that can happen so easily at the penal Shinnecock setup.

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