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Ben Crane receives 8-shot penalty for launch monitor stickers



Ben Crane received an 8-shot penalty at the Tour’s Alberstsons Boise Open for launch monitor stickers he had on two of his golf clubs.

Technically, Crane received a pair of 4-shot penalties, as he did not discover that he had the stickers on two of his clubs (his driver and his 6-iron) until later in the round. Crane explains in the video below.

Related: The Hottest Launch Monitors of 2017

Let that be a lesson to golfers with access to a launch monitor. If you use stickers, take them off before you play… at least if it’s a competitive round.

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  1. Mike

    Oct 2, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Fake news, the stickers mean and effect nothing unless being read by the launch monitor

  2. Webby

    Sep 18, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    The rules are the rules, Crane should be applauded for notifying the officials; obviously he knew it was a technical illegality.

    Golfers, most of us, are keenly aware of such rules and would rather be penalized for an oversight than to be thought of or accused of cheating.

    Bravo Ben, now get your PGA Tour card back.

  3. John Krug

    Sep 18, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Another reason why golf has declined in popularity.

    • Ron

      Sep 18, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Ahhh the inevitable comment when there’s any type of technical rules violation. As if one really has to do with the other

  4. Quine Duhem

    Sep 18, 2017 at 11:44 am

    This is proof that the rules of golf need simplifying. In cases such as this where no advantage is gained and where no deliberate attempt to cheat occur, the rules should allow the the officials to waive any penalties. How complicated is that?

  5. Chirpy

    Sep 17, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    First world problems.

  6. Johnnylongballz

    Sep 17, 2017 at 7:29 am

    The USGA and R&A need to learn how to make the punishment fit the crime. SMH

  7. Chris B

    Sep 17, 2017 at 3:44 am

    It must have given him a massive advantage having those stickers on his club.

  8. Rich

    Sep 16, 2017 at 6:14 am

    When will the madness end. What a stupid ruling/rule. Bad luck Ben Crane.

  9. Rob

    Sep 15, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Yet ANOTHER reason I sold my GC2 & upgraded to Trackman.

    (And yes, I do play in competitive golf tournaments)

  10. TR1PTIK

    Sep 15, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Which rule was used to assess the penalty?

  11. Andrew

    Sep 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

    What’s the difference between stickers and lead tape?

    • Joe Perez

      Sep 18, 2017 at 10:41 am

      I believe it has to do with applying something (the stickers) to the *face* of the club. Lead tape is put on the bottom, back.

  12. Steve

    Sep 15, 2017 at 10:35 am

    This is bonkers. What in the christ would stickers possibly do to affect a swing during a round?

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Excerpts from upcoming Tiger Woods biography released… and they’re shocking



If you haven’t heard, there’s a Tiger Woods biography looming large on the horizon. Nary a week from the release of Armen Ketayian and Jeff Benedict’s Tiger Woods, the excerpts are predictably trickling out in that precisely calibrated flow that’s sure to tease just enough of the content enough the book to bump sales, but leave readers hungry for more.

Thus, we can assume the excerpts we’re privy to, and every outlet is eagerly covering, aren’t among the 10 best in the book. Example: Ketayian has said explicitly he won’t discuss anything related to Woods’ potential PED use, but has deftly indicated there is a chapter in the book devoted to the topic.

Anyway, here’s what we’re looking at so far (and they’re not for the faint of heart).

An excerpt detailing Woods and company’s efforts to get Bill Clinton to appear at the 2006 opening of the Tiger Woods Learning Center, including some memorably bad behavior from Woods.

The most eye-popping portion describes Woods and Clinton meeting for a round of golf ahead of the opening.

“On the day before the official opening of the learning center, Woods met Clinton, Doug Band, sports agent Arn Tellum and Wasserman for the promised round of golf at Shady Canyon Country Club in Irvine. Tiger was having breakfast with McLaughlin in the clubhouse when Tellum and Wasserman approached. At that point, Woods had never met either man. Dispensing with introductions, Tiger wanted to know if the president had arrived. When told Clinton was on his way, Woods replied with a straight face, “I can’t wait to talk about [expletive].”

“The situation got even more awkward after Clinton arrived. Tiger’s behavior did nothing to bridge the gap between him and Clinton. At the outset, Clinton started carrying on, monopolizing the conversation, as he was known to do, before Woods interrupted and said, “How do you remember all that [expletive]?” Once they got onto the course, Tiger acted completely indifferent to the entire group, mostly riding alone in his cart and spending an inordinate amount of time on his phone. After finishing a hole, he would routinely exit the green while others were still putting, a major breach of golf etiquette. When the president hit a wayward drive, Woods snickered. He also told a series of off-color jokes.”

Next, there’s an excerpt looking at Woods 1995 U.S. Amateur, some notable remarks from Earl, and Tim Rosaforte’s decision not to report said remarks and potentially damage the blooming Woods mythos.

“How do you like this, Bobby Jones?” Earl said, hoisting the trophy above his head as if it were his. “A black man is the best golfer who ever lived.” Everyone stopped clapping, and an awkward silence amplified Earl’s voice. “Bobby Jones can kiss my son’s black [expletive],” Earl continued…”

“…Rosaforte faced a dilemma. If he wrote verbatim what Earl had said, the ramifications would be potentially devastating for Tiger. In addition to being difficult to explain, Earl’s racially inflammatory comments could unfairly stigmatize Tiger, prompting corporate America to hesitate when considering whether to sign him as a spokesman once he turned pro. Instead, Rosaforte handled the situation with class, choosing not to complicate Tiger’s future.”

Benedict and Ketayian also did a Q&A, which includes a couple of interesting responses.

Q: In the 1996 U.S. Amateur final, Tiger was 2 down with three holes to play and had a six-footer to win the 34th hole. (Tiger had moved his ball marker on the green to accommodate his opponent, Steve Scott, who had made a tough par putt.) You report that as Tiger prepared to putt for birdie to cut the lead to 1 up, Scott stopped him and asked if he’d replaced his mark to its previous spot. (“Woods immediately paused, stood up, and reset his ball to the correct spot.”) If Tiger had putted without doing so, he would have lost the hole and the match. Tiger made the birdie putt and went on to win the title, but you report that he didn’t thank Scott or acknowledge his action. What did Scott think of that, then and now?

A: It’s fair to say that Steve Scott was deeply disappointed at the time. So was his caddie, Kristi Hommel, who is now his wife. It was a pretty bruising loss for Scott, and the lack of acknowledgment from Tiger was hurtful. However, when Tiger complimented Steve for his sportsmanship on the 20th anniversary of the match, his words went a long way to mending the past.

Additionally, for those wondering about Woods’ gambling prowess, he’s hardly a whale, apparently.

Q: You report that at one point, Tiger was one of about 100 people in the country who had a $1 million line of credit with the MGM Grand in Vegas, and that at blackjack he would “routinely play $20,000 a hand, often two or more hands at a time.” What kind of a gambler was he?

A: A very good one. Competitive, with a mind for numbers. A “sharp,” in Las Vegas parlance, meaning he won more than he lost. It wasn’t unusual for him to walk away with $500,000 in winnings. And he rarely if ever chased big losses. Gamblers are rarely described as “disciplined,” but that fits Tiger.

So there you have, it GolfWRX members. Check out the full excerpts, and let us know what you think. We’ll have a full review of the book once it hits the shelves, and likely more content related to other notable morsels making the rounds.

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In-Kyung Kim’s clubs were stolen, sold to Play It Again Sports



In-Kyung Kim’s missing clubs: found! The 2017 Women’s British Open champ’s sticks disappeared in January. Kim was on a flight from Miami to San Diego, when she arrived sans clubs.

Reportedly, when she contacted the airline about her missing bag, an American Airlines representative told the major winner she should rent a set. Yeah, that’ll work!

Kudos to Beth Ann Nichols at Golfweek for spotting Kim’s Instagram post sharing some happy news: A trio of golfers found her clubs at Play It Again Sports.

Kim shared the reunion on Instagram, although only her TaylorMade M2 hybrids and a trio of Vokey Wedges are pictured in the video. Thus, it seems the rest of her wares were sold.

Based on the video, it seems the trio of good samaritan golfers brough Kim her clubs at this week’s tour stop in Carlsbad.

Well played!

Of course, not to call Play It Again Sports a fence, but you’d hope the person who originally sold Kim’s clubs had a spectacular story about how s/he came by them lawfully. Otherwise, how could the store assume they were anything other than pilfered?

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Instagram Investigations: “Milling Madness” from Lajosi Putters #GolfWRX



In this new daily feature, “Instagram Investigations” sheds light on golf equipment photos that are being shared everyday on Instagram — more specifically, being shared on Instagram using the hashtag #GolfWRX. The magic of social media allows us to see photos from all over the world and from all walks of life. For Instagram Investigations, these shared photos provide GolfWRX the opportunity to highlight golf companies you’ve never heard of, see custom golf equipment that may spark your own creativity, learn something you didn’t know about the world of golf, or see a golf course you never would have otherwise.

Today, we take a look at this photo of a Lajosi Tour DD201 putter with a Blue Oil Can finish. According to the Instagram caption, the putter has spiral face milling and V-grooves.

The company is owned by Kari Lajosi of Melbourne, Australia, and he’s a toolmaker who works for his family business: LCM Eng – Precision Tool & Die Makers.

According to the website, Lajosi is a custom putter making enthusiast who purchased a CNC milling machine in 2001 and has been producing custom putters ever since.

“I pride myself on the fact that I personally complete each step of the putter making process,” Lajosi says on his website. “I handle everything from the 3D modeling of the design and writing the milling programs, to setting the machine and then stamping, buffing/polishing, plating, paint fill, shafting & gripping each putter.”

Lajosi Putters offers a wide array of custom putters, and we’re grateful to Instagram account touruseonly for sharing one with us. Check out the photo below, and here’s a link to the post!

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