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Matt Kuchar ran the Presidents Cup press conference as only Matt Kuchar could

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When Matt Kuchar hangs up his Skechers, he might have a future as a media official.

With the U.S. team assembled in the media center following their 19-11 thrashing of the Internationals, Matt Kuchar elected to play the part of official, posing questions to his teammates.

Kuchar started by throwing a couple of softballs Presidents Cup rookie Daniel Berger’s way, at which point Dustin Johnson cut in and asked Jordan Spieth about his abysmal Presidents Cup singles record.

“Golden Child here needs a little jab once in awhile,” DJ said.

Kuchar then tried to set the record for shortest post-win presser in tour history by saying

“Well, if there are no further questions, I think we’re done.”

Amanda Herrington stepped in for the PGA Tour and restored order. Kuchar wasn’t done clowning, however. When his turn at the mic came, he decided to wind Phil Mickelson up (the only team member who didn’t make it to the Tour Championship).

MATT KUCHAR: This team was just an amazing bunch of guys, amazing performance. Everybody was on great form. For us to have — we had 11 guys in the Tour Championship; everybody except Phil Mickelson was at East Lake (laughter).

It was like, how many times does it happen that you get 11 out of 12. If it was only for Phil, we would have had 12 of 12, but Phil was not there. So if we just — we were one guy short of having an entire team there (laughter) and if Phil was there, that would have been the whole team. Like how many times does a team ever have that many guys play that well to make the tour champion?

Mickelson, for his part, surprisingly didn’t have a great rebuttal.

PHIL MICKELSON: Gave me a chance to go home and work on my game in case it did come down to my singles match, you know.

MATT KUCHAR: Justin, tell him how great East Lake was (laughter).

Well played, Kuch. Kuchar gets plenty of guff on social media for his Sketchers sponsorship, G-rated cursing, and back-door top-10 finishes. But the guy is funny. Like, you might actually want to hang out with him.

Ultimately, if you’re a fan of the United States squad, you can happily file all of this away as a team-building exercise for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National.

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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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