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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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Which Air Jordan model should Nike release as a golf shoe next?

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According to GolfMagic, Nike’s Air Jordan III golf shoe took off from the foul line and soared right out of stock.

Per the site: “Nike launched this new model back in February… but you’ll do very well to get your hands on either them right now as they have sold out on Nike’s website. However, a Nike spokesperson has since commented saying “more is on the way.”

Grammar aside, this is interesting.

Now, it wasn’t long ago that all golf shoes looked like this.

And with all due respect to the Etonic Dri-Lite of yore, and giving wide berth to the traditionalists in the golf footwear space, the transition to sneaker-style golf shoes is cool, isn’t it? I mean, even if you’re monumentally swagger impaired like myself and could never pull the “Js on the fairways” look off, it’s intriguing, no?

With that in mind, and recognizing the demand for the 3s, I thought it’d be interesting to consider what the next Jordan golf shoe ought to be.

Here are my finalists for the next wide release (yes, I know Nike made Ray Allen custom 11s and MJ has had a few customs). Many of these are new colorways of classic (OG) models. I’ve tried for a range of styles and picks from across the Jordan timeline. Images via the excellent catalogue on the Jordan website.

Air Jordan XXXII

Air Jordan VI

Air Jordan VIII

Air Jordan II (low)

Air Jordan XXX

Let me know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…

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Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

We all know the story of how, after September 11, Woods re-evaluated his charitable endeavors and began to conceive of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. He’s spoken passionately about the students who have made their way through the various programs in the past, and there’s no doubt he cares deeply about the TGR Foundation’s efforts, but seeing a thin slice of that reality is awesome.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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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.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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