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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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Stephen Curry sponsors the creation of golf program at Howard University

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NBA star and avid golfer Stephen Curry has donated a seven-figure sum to Howard University in a move that will see men’s and women’s golf teams at the school for at least the next six years.

As the Washington Post reported on Monday, this will be the first time the school will compete at the Division I level in the sport, and the university plans to have the teams ready to compete for the 2020/21 academic year.

Curry’s donation was partly inspired by Howard senior and golfer Otis Ferguson IV, and speaking on bringing golf back to Howard, the 31-year-old stated

“Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful. It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master, so when you hear about these passionate student athletes who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game, it’s tough. I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University.”

Howard University’s previous collegiate golf team competed in Division II before disbanding three decades ago, and Curry’s donation is set to be paid out over six years in order for the golf team to become self-sustainable.

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Here is where each player will start the Tour Championship

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Justin Thomas’ win at last week’s BMW Championship now gives him the lead in the FedEx Cup playoff race heading to the revamped Tour finale. The 26-year-old will start the Tour Championship at 10-under par, with his closest challenger Patrick Cantlay beginning the event two strokes further back at eight-under par.

Here are the starting positions for the 30 players at this week’s Tour Championship.

  • -10: Thomas
  • -8: Patrick Cantlay
  • -7: Brooks Koepka
  • -6: Patrick Reed
  • -5: Rory McIlroy
  • -4: Jon Rahm, Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Abraham Ancer
  • -3: Gary Woodland, Tony Finau, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama
  • -2: Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner
  • -1: Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood, Corey Conners, Sungjae Im, Chez Reavie
  • Even Par: Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen, Charles Howell III, Lucas Glover, Jason Kokrak

The Tour Championship takes begins on August 22 from East Lake GC in Atlanta, GA, with the winner receiving $15 million.

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How much each player won at the 2019 BMW Championship

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Justin Thomas produced a masterclass at Medinah Country Club to take home the BMW Championship title and with it claim the winner’s check worth just over $1.6 million. In what was a crucial week in the FedEx Cup race, Patrick Cantlay who finished runner-up to Thomas collects a check for just under $1 million and will head to Atlanta for the Tour Championship one place back of the 26-year-old.

With players battling for a place at East Lake and no cut in place, here’s a look at what the 69 players in action earned at last week’s BMW Championship.

1: Justin Thomas $1,665,000.00

2 Patrick Cantlay 999,000.00

3 Hideki Matsuyama 629,000.00

4 Tony Finau 444,000.00

T5 Jon Rahm 351,500.00

T5 Brandt Snedeker 351,500.00

T7 Corey Conners 298,312.50

T7 Lucas Glover 298,312.50

T9 Kevin Kisner 259,000.00

T9 Adam Scott 259,000.00

T11 Tommy Fleetwood 196,100.00

T11 Rickie Fowler 196,100.00

T11 Sungjae Im 196,100.00

T11 Louis Oosthuizen 196,100.00

T11 Kevin Tway 196,100.00

T16 J.T. Poston 148,000.00

T16 Rory Sabbatini 148,000.00

T16 Vaughn Taylor 148,000.00

T19 Jason Kokrak 112,110.00

T19 Marc Leishman 112,110.00

T19 Rory McIlroy 112,110.00

T19 Patrick Reed 112,110.00

T19 Xander Schauffele 112,110.00

T24 Paul Casey 78,856.25

T24 Joel Dahmen 78,856.25

T24 Brooks Koepka 78,856.25

T24 Webb Simpson 78,856.25

T28 Byeong Hun An 65,675.00

T28 Abraham Ancer 65,675.00

T28 Si Woo Kim 65,675.00

T31 Wyndham Clark 53,650.00

T31 Emiliano Grillo 53,650.00

T31 Joaquin Niemann 53,650.00

T31 C.T. Pan 53,650.00

T31 Ian Poulter 53,650.00

T31 Gary Woodland 53,650.00

T37 Billy Horschel 40,700.00

T37 Charles Howell III 40,700.00

T37 Ryan Moore 40,700.00

T37 Scott Piercy 40,700.00

T37 Jordan Spieth 40,700.00

T37 Tiger Woods 40,700.00

T43 Keegan Bradley 30,525.00

T43 Adam Hadwin 30,525.00

T43 Troy Merritt 30,525.00

T43 Ryan Palmer 30,525.00

T43 Andrew Putnam 30,525.00

T48 Bryson DeChambeau 23,865.00

T48 Shane Lowry 23,865.00

T48 Phil Mickelson 23,865.00

T48 Collin Morikawa 23,865.00

T52 Jason Day 21,571.00

T52 Dylan Frittelli 21,571.00

T52 Matt Kuchar 21,571.00

T52 Keith Mitchell 21,571.00

T52 Justin Rose 21,571.00

T57 Jim Furyk 20,627.50

T57 Dustin Johnson 20,627.50

T57 Graeme McDowell 20,627.50

T57 Chez Reavie 20,627.50

T61 Max Homa 20,072.50

T61 Francesco Molinari 20,072.50

T63 Rafa Cabrera Bello 19,702.50

T63 Sung Kang 19,702.50

T65 Cameron Champ 19,240.00

T65 J.B. Holmes 19,240.00

T65 Adam Long 19,240.00

68 Harold Varner III 18,870.00

69 Nate Lashley 18,685.00

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