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Players are furious about the conditions at the New Zealand Women’s Open

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Conditions at the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open got about as bad as you’ll see during a professional event. Unfortunately, the decision to suspend play at Windross Farm came later than players would have liked—and it’s hard to argue with them.

Play was finally suspended for the day at 5:23 p.m. local time. The competition was halted early in the day for two hours owing to heavy rains. Play would be suspended another two times, totaling nearly three hours of delays (in addition to the initial two-hour delay).

Players were sent out again amid Biblically awful conditions at 4:53 p.m. The final stoppage of play came just 32 minutes later as cold rain fell.

Aside from lightning, there are few weather situations in professional golf that can legitimately threaten player safety. Gale force winds, however, can be dangerous when signage is blowing around the course.

Belen Mozo, tournament leader through 54 holes, was none too happy about being expected to play in such conditions.

You can see the Wizard of Oz-level stuff in this video from…

Mozo complained to an official after the round, saying “We are going to get hurt (by) a stupid sign. This tour, we’re like sheep!”

Brittany Lincicome, also, was not pleased with how this situation was handled.

Danielle Kang voiced her displeasure on Twitter in a series of since-deleted tweets, taking issue with the lack of on-course shelter for players and fans.

“Players were in serious danger today from not having shelter available on the course. Players safety is #1 no matter the circumstances.”

Adding a crazy wrinkle to this already crazy situation: A massive storm is expected overnight. If the final round is washed out, Mozo, the 54-hole-leader, will win. That’d be a trophy presentation nearly as awkward as Roger Goodell handing the Lombardi Trophy to the Patriots last year.

 

 

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  1. C

    Oct 3, 2017 at 8:22 am

    It’s their jobs to play outside and in adverse weather conditions. They get paid to do it. So they need to shut their pie holes and suck it up just like any other company employee whose job it is to work outside.

  2. robin

    Oct 2, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I played in a tournament at Pacific Grove Monterey with weather like that… At the time it was the best rounds I ever shot.

  3. Philip

    Oct 1, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I’ve played in worse with greens covered in lateral water – besides there was a time when they played majors regardless of the conditions as nature was something everyone had to deal with. Are you sure everyone was “furious” or are you baiting …

  4. Mr. Replier Guy

    Oct 1, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Notice the lack of whining from class act Brooke Henderson.
    Ko’s gone trying to get something going here. Why not support it and keep your mouth shut?

  5. Judge Smeills

    Oct 1, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    sheep bro sheeps

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ATV-riding vandals wrecked a golf course; county offers reward for information leading to arrest

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Vandals on a pair of ATVs began tearing up Putnam County Golf Course December 30, damaging both fairways and greens. Per a lowhud.com report, the clowns have returned to the New York course at least three times this month.

As you may have guessed from its name, Putnam County Golf Course is a municipal track, so taxpayers are stuck with the bill for course repairs.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell told lohud.com, “The Putnam County Golf Course has been a premier destination in the Hudson Valley with its lush greens at public prices. We cannot allow individuals to misuse the golf course at the expense of the taxpayers.”

As such, the county is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of these idiots.

Anyone with information can call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 845-225-4300 and the Carmel police at 845-628-1300.

Hudson Valley GolfWRX members, let’s bring these ATV-riding a-holes to justice.

(h/t Kevin Cunningham, Golf.com)

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Curtis Strange didn’t like Jon Rahm’s behavior during CareerBuilder playoff. Is he right?

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Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry filled their plates at the birdie buffet CareerBuilder Challenge to each finish at 22 under par. The pair battled in a four-hole playoff, with Rahm emerging victorious.

Good stuff if you like watching pros pencil circles on their scorecards, right? Not for Curtis Strange. The two-time U.S. Open winner didn’t like the pair’s chumminess between shots during the playoff, and he did what angry people do in the year 2018: He tweeted about it.

Hat tip to Alex Myers at Golf Digest for spotting this (as one Twitter user commented) “get off my lawn take” from Mr. Strange.

Here’s Strange’s dad tweets, curious punctuation and all, as well as a sampling of some of the replies.

So, what say you, GolfWRX members of all generations?

Plenty have maligned the friendliness of the current crop of young talent. Rahm, for his part, has been characterized as more of a volcano than a gentle breeze on the course in general, but this specific bit of chatter is doubtless bothersome to the old-school hardline set.

Clearly, Rahm wasn’t adversely affected by the dialogue. Was Landry? Was your enjoyment of the telecast affected? Let us know.

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Is this the worst “my clubs were stolen” story ever?

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Tom Owen. Remember the name, because this unfortunate gentleman may have the worst tale of club theft in recent memory.

Now, the experience of having one’s bag pilfered, never to be seen again, is awful. Your clubs are simply gone, and you have no idea who took them and where they went. Tom Owen had the first part of that experience, however, he knows exactly where his clubs are…and he can’t (legally) do anything about it.

Therese Henkin New Zealand’s Howick & Pakuranga Times originally reported the story.

Mr. Owen’s bag, with its thousands of dollars of equipment and his cell phone, was lifted December 15th from Howick Golf Course at Musick Point, New Zealand.

“They took everything, all my clubs, my bag, trundle, golf balls and my mobile phone which was tucked away inside the bag,” he told the paper.

However, as this is the 21st century, Owen was able to track his phone (which was in his golf bag) to a nearby residential address on Pigeon Mountain Road.

Presumably overjoyed, he called the police to report the theft and the location of his stolen property. One can only imagine his despair when he was told the authorities would be unable to lawfully search the premises and thus could not recover his clubs.

After reporting the incident, Owen was surprised to learn that police were not able to search the premises for the goods.

A police spokesperson explained.

“While we understand people may think police can use the tracking system people use on their phones and then send a patrol car to retrieve the property, under the Search and Surveillance Act 2012, police officers do not have the authority to enter a premise based off a locater app on a missing phone. If police resources are available and the technology can pin-point a specific address such as a household, Police are able to knock on the door and make enquiries, but not enter.”

Obviously, Owen isn’t a fan of the law, and he thinks it puts victims in a bad position. He’s right: Knowing the authorities can’t do anything, but knowing where your stolen phone, etc, is, do you risk your life taking the law into your own hands?

“It’s very frustrating to know where your stolen items are and not have anyone do anything about it. If police really can’t act on the information you give them, then something needs to change.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Does this make any sense? Do you join Owen in calling for a rewriting of the law?

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