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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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Amateur makes 3 holes-in-one in 36-hole competition

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We’d like to say congratulations to Ali Gibb, 51-year-old amateur golfer, for winning her club championship at Croham Hurst Golf Club in England, Monday. Oh, and she made three holes-in-one on the day.

That’s right, during the 36-hole final, Gibb aced the fifth hole twice and only needed one shot at the 11th hole during her second 18.

“Today was just a weird day. It was just very, very strange,” she said, per a BBC report. “On my card I had a nine, two eights, sixes, fives, fours, threes, twos and three ones.

“I have had a hole-in-one before – three actually. One was here on the seventh, one at Surrey National Golf Club, and one at the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate in South Africa,” Gibb added.

“It’s just absolutely extraordinary. I think I will wake up tomorrow asking if I’ve just been dreaming about it and if it is club championship day today instead!”

Hopefully, Gibb doesn’t have to buy three drinks for everyone at the club.

What can you say about a story like this? Beyond once-in-a-lifetime stuff. If the odds of an average golfer making a hole-in-one are 12,500 to 1, what are the odds of a player making three aces in 36 holes? You probably have a better shot of winning the Powerball. Incredible stuff.

 

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Nick Faldo: Tiger Woods said his career was over in 2017

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It’s safe to say only the most optimistic of fans expected Tiger Woods would contend on the weekend at two major championships in the 2018.

We’ve heard murmurings that Woods himself doubted he would make a comeback, such as his 2015 “I think pretty much everything beyond this will be gravy,” remarks.

However, we’ve never heard explicitly that Tiger Woods thought he was finished playing professional golf. Sure, he’s said he didn’t know how well he’d be able to play and that he’s been surprised by his speed and power, but we haven’t heard anything as extreme as what Nick Faldo claims Woods said at last year’s Masters Champions Dinner.

Talking with Dan Patrick, Monday, Faldo had this to say.

“What he’s been able to do, Dan, is unbelievable, remarkable,” Faldo said. “To go from a frozen back, I know he whispered to another Masters champion two Masters dinners ago, ‘I’m done. I won’t play golf again.’ And here we are 18 months later.”

“He was in agony. He was in pain,” Faldo said. “The pain down his legs, nothing enjoyable, he couldn’t move.”

“What he’s been able to do is, it’s unbelievable, remarkable,” Faldo told Patrick. “To go from a frozen back—I know he whispered to another Masters champion two Masters dinners ago ‘I’m done. I won’t play golf again,’ and here we are, 18 months later…”

“No, I won’t mention the name, but he’s a Masters champion. He said ‘I’m done, my back is done.’ He was in agony, he was in pain, the pain down his legs, there was nothing enjoyable. He couldn’t move.”

Woods had his fourth back surgery April 20th, shortly after the Masters, which put him on the path that ultimately led to a runner-up finish at last week’s PGA Championship.

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An airline lost Thorbjorn Olesen’s golf clubs…and his backup clubs…and his suitcases

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Thorbjorn Olesen has arrived in Sweden for the Nordea Masters. Unfortunately, his golf clubs have not…nor have his back up clubs.

He tweeted this, Tuesday.

“So the comedy continues, @British_Airways have managed to now lose 5 suitcases and 2 sets of golf clubs in 10 days! Decided to bring my only backup set of clubs on this morning’s flight to the Nordea Masters in case my other lost set don’t arrive and BA have also now lost these!”

Thousands of tour pros fly hundreds of times per year, yes, but doesn’t it seem like more golf bags are getting lost than should? Sidebar: Masterful GIF game, Mr. Olesen.

Olesen hasn’t provided an update on his bag(s) since the tweet above, so we’re not sure where things stand now. BA responded with this

Nope…doesn’t sound good at all…

Olesen also fired off this tweet–good he can see the humor in what has to be an utterly enraging situation.

Guess this is a #PlayBetter so you can afford NetJets, etc, situation, because it’s certainly not ever going to be a #AirlinesStoppedLosingBags situation. Also Ship Sticks is at least theoretically in play, right?

Or, of course, there’s option 3: Telescoping golf clubs in a collapsible bag that you can take as a carry on. That’s the surest bet: Just stash ’em overhead! Gotta get to work inventing those…

But really, rough stuff, and here’s hoping the Dane gets his bats back.

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