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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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  1. Bill Millman

    Jan 27, 2018 at 10:41 am

    It’s all about good sportsmanship – something Strange would know nothing about!

  2. dcorun

    Jan 26, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    I don’t mean to bad talk people but, most comments here are correct. I attended a Senior Tour event with my son. I was getting autographs from golfers I had grown up with. I waited for the crowd to die down and approached Mr. Strange. He asked me why I was bothering him now when I had a chance earlier. Before I could explain he took my hat which had autographs on the bill and threw it back at me. My son just stared. Arrogant doesn’t come close. I later talked to Tom Kite about his Lasik surgery, Hale Irwin, Ray Floyd, Tom Watson, who came back like he promised after a Golf Channel interview to sign my hat, Jerry Pate etc.. Then Peter Jacobson was doing a clinic after the round and invited my son down to sit with several other men and kids for a real closeup. REAL GENTLEMEN.

    • Kelly Gallagher

      Jan 29, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      So true. My Godfather told me a story about Strange playing a pro am years back at the Canadian Open. Was a total jerk with everyone. No talking to the guys or helping them out. Just kept to himself and left when it was over. Rude obnoxious you could go on and on. Nothing has changed with him over the years. Little kid or adult he stubs them all. Look up dork in the dictionary. I’m sure his pic is there.

  3. Boyo

    Jan 26, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Tahgah’s hittin drahvah.

    He surely earned his moniker “Oh so Strange”…

  4. Mateo

    Jan 24, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    To each his own. If playing golf means your’e an as@@le on the course, you’re most likely one off the course.
    I liked Curtis in his playing days until I heard repeatedly that he was a jerk. I certainly don’t want my kids to remembered as a jerk.

  5. Adam

    Jan 23, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Don’t want to be a (male private part) in front of the cameras, particularly for the little-known Landry. Potential sponsors are watching.

  6. jdogg

    Jan 23, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    thank god no one cares what Curtis Strange has to say. Most arrogant golfer in history with minimal game to back it up. Love the interview with Tiger in his first year….you really showed him who’s boss there curtis

    • Crazy About Golf

      Jan 26, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Minimal game??? You mean 28 professional wins (17 on PGA Tour), including back-to-back US Opens. Yeah, he’s a total jerk but you can’t honestly write off his golf game.

  7. Brian DeGraf

    Jan 23, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Just one more reason to ignore Curtis Strange. Golfers are playing against the course in medal play, not each other. Talking, joking, and other repartee between shots is up to the players. If they want to, fine. If not, fine. Curtis Strange does not enter the equation except in his own mind.

    • David

      Jan 23, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      Yep. Curtis is such a dork. Never was and never will be a fan for reasons like his idiotic take here.

  8. acew/7iron

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Different times Curtis..Back in the day only a handful got paid and only the “winner” made the lions share of the pot.

    2018? They are chums because even in defeat the paycheck is enormous compared to standard US living wages. So yea…No need to be angry or glare at the other guy…you both just “Won”

  9. Glenn

    Jan 23, 2018 at 2:47 am

    OK, these guys didn’t take the Hogan approach. Their play was excellent in changing light and temperature conditions, and neither backed off in the slightest. It was bound to come down to a putt. Grim posturing doesn’t make shots or putts.

  10. gvogelsang

    Jan 22, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Lee Trevino would have been talking up a storm.

    Lee Trevino’s career, Curtis Strange’s career. You be the judge.

    Besides, it wasn’t a US Open for heaven’s sake. But I stand by the Trevino comment.

  11. Daniel

    Jan 22, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Rahm is a great golfer, but he is a giant toolbag. He acts like every golfer I never want to be paired with.

    • James T

      Jan 22, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      Did you see him blame the green for his missed birdies? When he either mis-read or mis-stroked the putt.

      • Ally

        Jan 22, 2018 at 7:20 pm

        Pros have it hammered into them by psychologists to not blame themselves and find a way to forget the bad shots.

        Blaming something else for your shortcomings is a good start.

  12. Kyle

    Jan 22, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    We don’t know what was said. Could be two good sportsman patting each other on the back for the incredible golf they each played to get there. Or could be some mind games being played to get in the opponents head. Or could be one player knowing he is at his best when he is relaxed so he is forcing the other to engage him so he can better kick his butt.

    In any case, I don’t have an issue with it and I would be willing to bet the scene would have looked a little different if this were Augusta or Carnoustie.

  13. Kristof

    Jan 22, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    i just think rahm acts like a spoiled kid when he misses a putt. as though the green or the hole deprived him. not a nice guy at all. take responsibility pal.

  14. ParGuy

    Jan 22, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Curtis who …? :-O

  15. Iain

    Jan 22, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    These guys are Pros, they can switch on and off between shots.
    They all want to win, just like Curtis did, but if chilling between shots helps them better as trying to be the silent tough guy then why not.
    I think Rahm is going to win a lot of tournaments and he has obviously learned how he can deal with things best.

  16. RTR17

    Jan 22, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    What would I rather see, two golfers talking during a play off, showing excellent sportsmanship and competitiveness while. Or Curtis Strange helicopetering a 3 wood down the fairway and yelling at the 15 year old sign girl after a fat shot? FWIW, I have now seen both

  17. HeineyLite

    Jan 22, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Old school!!! I like it!!! It’s an era thing, it’s not personal, Curtis just wanted to beat you… Tiger used to be like that also. Watch his older amateur videos…

  18. Jason

    Jan 22, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    I can relate to Curtis’s comments. Good sportsmanship is a must at all levels of competitive golf, but when it’s time to win, it’s time to win. Any chatting is reserved for the beer we have after I beat you, and anything I can do to make you feel like I am going to beat you, within proper golf course etiquette, is fair game. But hey, to each his own… I don’t play golf for fun, the fun is in the winning.

  19. Acemandrake

    Jan 22, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Curtis was born bitter.

    Times change and thank God not everyone is like Curtis.

  20. BG

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Some people need every edge imaginable to be competitive.

  21. Biff

    Jan 22, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    “The issue is I don’t want to make you a bit relaxed or comfortable.”

    Strange would’ve walked in his opponent’s line on purpose I guess? Not against the rules. Total “your dad” take.

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Retired pro cricketer blasts Kevin Na for slow play. Is he right?

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A tweet and follow-up video from a retired English cricketer are making the rounds in the golf social mediaverse and snackable content realms. And while most agree that it’s not a good look for golf when Kevin Pietersen, who has more than three million Twitter followers, mocks Kevin Na for taking a small eternity over a putt and slow play is an issue on Tour, Pietersen may not exactly be hitting the mark.

Anyway, here’s the tweet and succeeding tutorial.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Surely it’s hyperbole to call the putt a “tap-in,” no? But given the length of the putt, how excessive is the amount of time Na took?

And for the millionth time, expecting players like Kevin Na (who prefers a…deliberate pace) to play quickly because it’s courteous, isn’t going to happen. Pro golf is the man’s job, and he clearly believes he does it best when he does it slowly with great deliberation. Expecting Na, or any other player of a similar mindset, to change without outside influence (slow play penalties) is unrealistic.

In other words, Pietersen ought to include @PGATour in his tweet as well.

Update: Na posted this defense/explanation on Instagram. 

 

 

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On the range at PGA National: Gerald is missing, a major winner throws down the WITB gauntlet, Artisan sighting

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. And just like Monday, there was plenty of visual interest Tuesday. We got WITB looks at Sergio Garcia, Harold Varner III, and Ian Poulter, in addition to others, as well as a look at a new Toulon offering. Two galleries of general range photos as well, for your viewing pleasure.

Here are a few of the best shots.

We’ll start with Sergio Garcia, who is gaming some absolutely savage stuff since signing with Callaway. Apex MB irons with the Sergio Garcia logo and a chrome finish that’d make an exhaust tip blush.

Garcia is also gaming this Toulon Azalea putter, appropriately.

Also in the Toulon department, Cody Gribble’s Toulon San Diego is, classy. It…stays classy, if you will.

Interestingly, we spotted Gribble with this Nike Engage wedge. And is that an Artisan Golf stamp? Hmm…

A quick scan of Harold Varner III’s bag revealed Gerald, Varner’s iconic puppet-like headcover to be absent. Upon closer inspection, Gerald is embroidered on HV3’s putter cover. Does this mean Gerald the headcover is no more? Say it ain’t so!

The only Ben Hogan staff bag on Tour. And a beauty it is! J.J. Henry with a set o’ Hogan PTx irons.

We spotted Ian Poulter with some Superspeed Golf sticks and a…baseball bat? That can’t be right. What is that thing? At his side in case Ted Bishop comes around?

Poulter, one of the most frequent flatstick flippers, also looks to be a new admirer of the work of Rife Guerin, as he was testing both an Evnroll and Rife Antigua putter. We’ll see what he puts in play.

Oh boy, the putter buffet was fully stocked at PGA National Tuesday. Golden Corral has nothing on these offerings.

A helping of Odyssey…

Bettinardi…

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Toulon…

…makes you want to fill up a plate and come back for seconds.

Check our full spread of photos from Tuesday at PGA National below.

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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11 insights from Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington’s wide-ranging chat

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Paul Kimmage of the Irish Independent got Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington to sit down for an extensive and wide-ranging interview. That alone is an achievement.

McIlroy and Harrington, the greatest golfers in recent memory from Northern Ireland and Ireland respectively, have never been the best of friends. That isn’t to say they’ve been adversaries, they’ve just never been particularly chummy.

Both men, accomplished and insightful, are great interviews individually. Together, however, the transcript is even better. Harrington, for example, can probe McIlroy in a way a reporter can’t. And McIlroy is compelled to answer the elder statesman when he calls him on the carpet for trying to act like Tiger Woods in press conferences, for example.

Here are a few of the more insightful portions of Kimmage’s Q&A.

Harrington and McIlroy prepare for tournaments in very different ways

PH: And we have a very different way of preparing for tournaments. He likes to play early, I like to play late. I’m not prepared to do his thing, he’s not prepared to do mine…
RM: Yeah, what’s the best way to prepare?
PH: I like a good sleep and to play later.
RM: I’m up at five every morning.
PH: I can think of nothing worse than playing practice rounds when you do.

McIlroy’s tournament week is structured with little socializing outside his inner circle

RM: Yeah, for example, I’ve rented a house this week and I have a chef and everything revolves around that house. I get back (after playing) and there’s six people in the house and that’s my week: I don’t see anyone else; I don’t want to see anyone else.

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PK: What about you, Rory? Any player you’re close to?
(Long pause)
PK: I’ll take that as a no.
RM: Not particularly, but I think that’s more to do with the stage I’m at in my life. If Erica wasn’t with me, I’d reach out to some people or play a practice round or whatever. But I wouldn’t be particularly . . .

They keep their trophies in very different places

Where do you keep your Claret Jug?
RM: (Nods to Pádraig) Ssss . . . plural.
PH: Sitting on the breakfast bar in the kitchen at home.
RM: I don’t have it on display. I have a trophy room, but if you were in the house you would never find it.

Three majors would be a failure for Rory, both agree

PH: I’m at a stage where I’ve done what I need to do. You’re at a stage, Rory, where you’re still trying to get more . . . actually, I’m going to say this, and it’s probably not what you want to hear, but four Majors for you is a failure.
RM: I 100 per cent agree.
PH: Three Majors for me was an over-achievement. I love what I’m doing and I’d like to win another one, but I’m well aware that I’m not going to change my legacy at this stage. Whereas you’re still on that path.

McIlroy admits he doesn’t have Harrington’s “mental stamina”

RM: (smiles) Yeah, he’s the ultimate . . . at 46, I’ll probably be at the point where I accept what I have – he does not accept it. There’s always something to work on; there’s always something to get better at. That’s where we differ as well; I don’t know if I have the mental capacity or the mental stamina to get up every morning and do that.
PK: You don’t?
RM: Yeah, to practise like that. The way he goes about it is too mentally draining for me.

Self belief or the lack thereof determines the quality of Rory’s play

PH: There are two things that stand out with Rory; the first thing kills him but it also makes him and that’s his belief: when it’s there it’s phenomenal, and when it’s not there it hurts him. When he has it he sends people running scared, and when he doesn’t have it he fades – you can see that from the sideline.

Harrington thinks McIlroy often comes off as cold in interviews

PH: I don’t think I’ve ever been in your company where I haven’t walked away thinking you’re a nicer guy than I thought beforehand. And yet, media-wise, you can sound quite cold and clinical at times and I think: ‘He’s trying to be Tiger Woods.’ Because you present this . . . wall.

When Rory and Tiger played in November, Tiger insisted Rory bring his dad

RM: On the night before we played (in November) Tiger sent me a text: ‘Why don’t you bring your dad along?’. Dad wasn’t sure. “I’ll leave you two to it,” he said. “I don’t want to get in the way.’ So I sent him a text: ‘No, I don’t think he is going to make it.’ He texted me back: ‘Oh, come on! When he is ever going to get a chance to play with two former number ones?’

McIlroy thinks Spieth is golf’s most underrated player

RM: I had a chat with Brandt Snedeker last night and we both said it: “Jordan Spieth is the most underrated player in the game.” When you look at what he’s done, and what he’s achieved, but all you hear are negatives.

Neither seem to be fans of Brandel Chamblee

PH: They can’t see the X factor. Dustin Johnson hit a drive a few weeks ago (in Hawaii) and one of the main TV commentators said it was the greatest shot ever hit.
PK: Brandel Chamblee.
PH: Talk about hyperbole.
RM: It was nonsense.

All this is but the tip of the iceberg of a frank, insightful, and often funny exchange. Check out the full transcript of the sit down here.

 

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