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Is this really the worst golf shot in America?

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The title of the article is the title of an absolute horrorshow of a YouTube video, folks.

Posted by Jeff Ritter some three years ago, the caption for game-of-golf defiling video reads simply.

“As the sun slowly sets, Brian Hutcherson tries — and tries again — to tee off on the 18th hole of the Hall of Fame course in St. Augustine, Fla., in October, 2010.”   

Now, the irony of this man with this swing playing a track in any way associated with the phrase “hall of fame” is just too perfect.

Three points here.

1) Naming the poor bastard in the video is a savage move from Ritter.

2) While this video is hilarious, the amount of tee box excavation he does isn’t. We’ll hope a bounty of booze was involved, but if not, the dude has no place on a golf course.

3) The reason this “shot” stands alone among the worst is that he essentially recorded 12 strokes without even contacting the ball once. At least Tin Cup showed skill while racking up the strokes when standing in the same spot.

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And making things mind-bogglingly worse: It seems Hutcherson hit his ball out of bounds (tough to tell where it ended up as he outlasted the daylight). It sounds like he says he has another ball, and he looks to pull one from his pocket. That’s like taking 15 shots to get one in play!

Stroke-and-distance raises a possibility more horrifying than anything you’ll see this Halloween: Hutcherson did the whole awful thing again.

What do you think, WRXers, ever seen an attempt to tee off gone so terrifyingly awry?

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  1. Herve

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Move over Charles Barkley, there’s a new sheriff in town!

  2. chinchbugs

    Oct 26, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I commend him on having a pre-shot routine though…

  3. Pedro

    Oct 26, 2017 at 6:12 am

    ‘..poor b*stard’? Since when has such profanity been acceptable in a wrx article? M.smzls comments are deleted and yet this is allowed?

  4. KCCO

    Oct 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Poor tee box

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What’s your favorite photo from the history of pro golf?

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Golf history, as we know, is rich. Dramatic storylines, pithy anecdotes, iconic equipment, and storybook shots are all woven into the vibrant tapestry of the game at the professional level.

It’s no surprise, then, that from the rough black-and-white of Old Tom Morris, open-stanced, gazing past the camera to his target, to the present DSLR shots, the history of the professional game is peppered with great photographs.

WRX member Christosterone started a thread with the question, “What’s your favorite tour picture and why?”

He offered this shot of “three reverse-c idols and a Texan.”

Of course, it only took one response, for someone to offer up this classic shot of Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan. One assumes that the fact that they didn’t care for one another only enhanced their badass postures.

 

Also, dicko999 (who better to post the following?), offered a cropped version of the legendary Presidents Cup streaker shot. Beyond the absurdity of the scene, the facial expressions make this shot great.

Just a fantastic thread that you’ll want to check out–and hopefully add a photo of your own to.

Check out the thread.

 

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Do you go high-five or fist-bump on the golf course? #YoGolfWRX

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Equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Tiger’s best swing, high five vs. knuckles and logo up or logo down?

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

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Parents in Montana can’t watch their children golf, and nobody is happy about it

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In Montana, as you may have heard from an irritated friend at some point during the past month, spectators cannot watch high school golf.

Nick Petraccione of KBZK originally did a deep dive into the following passage from the Montana State High School Association Rulebook in November.

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Petraccione found the “designated” areas are generally the first tee box and the 18th green, but at some courses, there are no such area. Needless to say, as the KBZK report has been disseminated through the golf mediasphere over the past month, most are not in favor of the MSHA’s position.

Before drilling down into some of the dissent, it’s worth considering the logic of spectator restrictions. Per Petraccione:

“It comes down to a few factors: mainly that golf courses and tournament managers are involved in opening those spaces, not the MSHA. Other factors include parents being unruly, disrupting play, spectator safety, and illegally coaching players on the course.”

Fair enough. But the other side of the coin, beyond parents merely wanting to watch their kids play, is that the MSHA could be “trampling on civil rights,” per James Greenbaum, an attorney KBZK spoke with.

“The highest court has stated many times that difficulty of enforcement is no excuse for trampling on civil rights. They are discriminating against children and parents in an outrageous manner in violation of the federal and state constitution. That is a fundamental right, for their parent to bond with their child and encourage them in something as innocent as a sporting event. … How could you deny a parent that right?”

The outrage, as mentioned, is abundant. Major-winner Shaun Micheel tweeted his disbelief. Micheel also suggested the policy handicaps potential college recruits.

“Scores are only part of the bigger picture…That being the intangibles like attitude, etiquette and temperament. How does the player handle adversity? All of the extra things that are part of competing. Coaches aren’t able to evaluate those things by looking at just the final score.”

Chris Kelley, a parent of a high school golfer in Montana, created a Change.org petition aimed at bringing awareness and ultimately changing the rule. Dylan Dethier at Golf.com filed a look at some of the petition’s signees, which include Xander Schauffele’s father and a handful of coaches. You can view the petition here.

The MSHA has declined to comment.

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