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Why Cristie Kerr said ‘f*** cancer’ after emotional win

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Cristie Kerr was a woman on a mission at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France. From the time she stepped onto the first tee, through her opening-round 62, to the moment she pointed to the skies after her tournament-winning par at the 72nd hole, Kerr was determined to win.

Understandably emotional following the win, Kerr mentioned the departed Cassandra Kirkland, a 32-year-old Ladies European Tour player, who died of cancer in April.

“I’m sorry, but f*** cancer,” Kerr said.

The 19-time winner was referencing Kirkland’s F#@* CANCER campaign, in which Kirkland launched t-shirt sales bearing the slogan at the 2016 Evian Championship.

Cassandra Kirklnd at the 2016 Evian Championship.

Cassandra Kirklnd at the 2016 Evian Championship.

Kerr herself has raised millions of dollars for cancer research via her Birdies for Breast cancer tournament.

Open de France participants were asked to donate five euros for every birdie to a charity called ARTIC, in memory of Kirkland. Kerr pledged $5,000 per birdie.

“I played for them, and I played for myself. I’m so sorry to say the F word, but I’m so sick of people losing people to cancer,” she said after the win.

Don’t apologize, Cristie Kerr.

As fans, we respect Kerr using something profoundly negative as fuel for a barnstorming victory. And there’s no need to treat a horrendous and devastating disease with respect.

We don’t get anywhere as a society by tip-toeing around cancer and other diseases: Acknowledge the enemy and confront it. “F*** cancer” is right.

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  1. Stephen Finley

    Oct 23, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    It’s not “treating a horrendous and devastating disease with respect” to expect a professional golfer to avoid public profanity. Her motive is good, and I’m happy she’s pissed off at cancer — so am I, so are we all — but this is another case of the game sliding into the cesspool of mass culture.

  2. Rich

    Oct 11, 2017 at 4:22 am

    Why not just print the word? You basically saying that no one should be offended by the language given the topic so why not just write that actual word? Everyone knows which word you’re talking about. Just print the word. Political correctness gone mad.

  3. The dude

    Oct 10, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Interview was cringeworthy

  4. Shawn K

    Oct 9, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    All American’s came from somewhere. Stop speaking irrationally and more importantly tell your friends to stop acting irrationally.

  5. Tennessee Lee

    Oct 9, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Nothing wrong with being passionate about something. Just like how I’m passionate about Multiculturalism and Feminism. “F*** Multiculturalism and Feminism.” I think if Cristie looked into the JQ problem, she will learn a lot about why there are no cures for diseases like Cancer.

  6. Bud Jolley

    Oct 9, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Nothing wrong at all being passionate about something. Just like me with multiculturalism “F*** multiculturalism”

  7. Truth

    Oct 9, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Not televised because the Koreans were not playing. It would be like watching the AM Tour on TV.

    Weak field, and it’s Women’s Golf.

  8. MSchad

    Oct 9, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Was this not televised at all? I watched golf all weekend and didn’t see this listed on any channel.

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Kyle Thompson films man taking his dumped Staff bags, then finds them listed on Craigslist

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Earlier in the week, PGA Tour professional Kyle Thompson put three old Srixon golf bags (that he has since stressed “were in bad shape”) out with the garbage.

What the 39-year-old wasn’t expecting, however, was for someone to come by and snag the items from his trash. That’s precisely what happened however, and Thompson managed to capture the incident, which he then uploaded to his Instagram account (second slide):

The bag burglar displayed some smooth moves as he tiptoed his way across Thompson’s driveway before snagging the items and hopping back into his truck and driving off for a clean getaway.

Thompson then turned investigator, found the items listed on Craigslist, which the seller, who he christened “Cowboy,” had priced at $175.

If that wasn’t enough, the clubs were also spotted on eBay where the items were unashamedly listed as a “Kyle Thompson model,” and the seller, who was clearly struggling to move the bags, had dropped his asking price down to $100.

As for Thompson, he appeared to find the entire episode amusing, even praising his man “Cowboy” for his ingenuity.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today: 9/20/18

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Aiken Golf Club, looks like y’all are good to go. All bag room and cart barn photos are 100% WRX approved.

Some puttorial handiwork from Bradley Putters, here. Acrylic + wood = nastiness.

A post that will only resonate with golfers of a certain age…

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When golf balls were golf balls….

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Do lambs travel in a herd? (Technically correct, according to Google)

Lovely Lincoln ball makers, indeed. Nice work here from CNC Creations.

The expected singular ferrule work from Boyd Blade & Ferrule. Very nice.

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1958

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Lovely Red Bird & Avian wand.

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Heat-stained, Stamped & Fitted. ??

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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ICYMI: The incredible story of a golf course artist freed from jail

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Since Max Adler of Golf Digest profiled convicted killer and golf artist Valentino Dixon in 2012, the Attica inmate has been on much of the golf audience’s collective radar.

It wasn’t just that Dixon, who never so much stepped onto a golf course in his life, dedicated himself to putting beautiful golf landscapes on paper, but rather, many, including Adler, believed he was wrongfully convicted. Jimmy Roberts, too, profiled Dixon, albeit in video form, and was of the same mind.

Adler and Roberts both played a small part in what happened this week, as the publicity generated by their work alerted wrongful conviction advocates to Dixon’s case: Dixon’s murder conviction was vacated.

It’s an incredible story of both justice served (albeit woefully late), and a surprising passion. If you’re unfamiliar with Dixon’s work, you can see some of it in this YouTube video by tinad426, presumably featuring the photos of his drawings taken by Golf Digest. (Many outlets refer to Dixon’s art as “paintings.” This is incorrect as his medium in colored pencil: he wasn’t allowed to use paint and paintbrushes)

“The guys [in prison] can’t understand,” Dixon said. “They always say I don’t need to be drawing this golf stuff. I know it makes no sense, but for some reason my spirit is attuned to this game.”

A quick recap of the case: Dixon had been serving a minimum 38-year-to-life sentence since August, 1991, for the shooting of 17-year-old Torriano Jackson, allegedly following an argument about a girl.

While Dixon admitted he was at the crime scene, he claimed was in a nearby liquor store at the time of the killing. Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative found that a gunpowder test on Dixon’s clothes had come back negative and the prosecution failed to share the information with the defence.

Additionally, Lamarr Scott told local media he was in fact the shooter, and has maintained that he, not Dixon, was guilty in the years since.

He was never arrested for the crime. However, Scott, in jail for a separate crime, was given the opportunity to formally confess to the crime this week. He did so, and Dixon was exonerated hours later.

“Maybe he’ll even take up golf,” Golf Digest’s Max Adler quoted his subject of six years ago as saying.

Let’s hope he does.

 

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