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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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Jeff Golden issues statement on Florida Mid-Am incident

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Jeff Golden is sharing more details about the events of May 16 at the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship.

If you recall, police were summoned to Coral Creek Club during a rain delay in the Golden-Marc Dull final. Golden alleged Dull’s caddie, Brandon Hibbs, punched him in the face during a parking lot altercation. Dull and Hibbs both deny the incident occurred.

Rather than paraphrase or pull quotes, it seems appropriate to post the majority of Golden’s statement as is, since it’s his attempt to speak for himself and set the record straight.

“When my name was announced on the first tee, my opponent’s caddie immediately asked an off color question. I laughed off the timing of that question, along with many other examples of bad etiquette to come. Alcohol appeared to be influencing his behavior. I’ve never seen an opposing caddie engage in so much conversation with a competitor. On the eighth hole I had become extremely frustrated because I was forced to back off my shot two different times when my opponent and caddie were talking and moving. I expressed my disappointment with their etiquette to the match referee following our group.”

“The ruling that came from the caddie’s comments on the ninth hole started because of a simple question that I posed: “Was that advice?” I thought this was the only way to slow down the caddie, clean up the etiquette and play a gentlemanly match. I felt justified in my decision, especially since my opponent then asked his caddie, “Why did you say that?” The caddie recused himself from the match, but he didn’t leave the property.”

“…I didn’t even get my bag out of my car when the caddie reappeared and said he’d like to apologize. I most likely had a smile on my face, because I was ready to put the past behind us, and he punched me in the face. I was knocked to the ground, and by the time I looked up, he was walking away, to my surprise, toward the clubhouse. The pro shop is a separate building, so that’s where I immediately went for help. The inside of my mouth was bleeding and my face was throbbing. I realized my hand was also hurting –that’s what broke my fall instead of my head.

“The pro shop employee called the police and was extremely helpful, getting me ice and offering any help I needed. The police arrived, and the deputy concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to justify pressing charges. I gave a recorded sworn statement to the deputy recapping the events.”

“The FSGA has one job, and that’s to follow the Rules of Golf. Unfortunately, there’s no rule for an inebriated “ex-caddie” punching a player in a match-play rain delay with no witnesses.”

“The FSGA gave me one option when the rain stopped. I had to play. My opponent had the option to concede the match and take responsibility for his caddie, but he told me he had nothing to do with what occurred.”

Golden further indicated that he conceded the match because of “physical and emotional distress, pulsing pain in my face, dizziness and cuts on my right hand.” He indicated he was surprised the FSGA didn’t suspend the match.

With respect to that point, it’s probably worth pointing out that FSGA executive director Jim Demick said that Golden “didn’t want to play anymore.”

“Regrettably, the golf course was very playable and Jeff understood that he needed to resume the match. I think he was just ready to go,” adding police “found absolutely no evidence of an assault.”

The FSGA hasn’t provided additional comment or modified that statement.

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Must be the Arby’s: Beef Johnston deadlifts 485 lbs

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Update: Thanks to WRX member Sam who pointed out: “The correct term for that lift would be a rack pull (weight does not start on the ground).”

An Instagram video posted by the European Tour’s Performance Institute shows Beef Johnston readying for a deadlift attempt.

Fueled by Beef ‘n Cheddars and curly fries, Johnston steps in for an attempt at hoisting 220kg (485 lbs).

To the uninitiated (me), the feat certainly looked impressive. But just how impressive? I fired up Google to find out…

Per PhysicalLiving.com

“Dan John, suggests in his book, Intervention: Course Corrections For The Athlete And Trainer, that the average weightlifter should be able to deadlift between 1 and 1.5 times their body weight. I think that’s a good general recommendation for most people who are interested in health, fitness, longevity, and quality of life. However, Coach Dan John also considers a deadlift using double your bodyweight to be a game-changer. So, there are certainly benefits to be had from doing more than the minimum.”

Johnston reportedly weighs 212 pounds. Thus, Beef lifted nearly 2.3 times his body weight.

Impressive stuff (don’t tell Brandel Chamblee).

WRXers who lift heavy things, what do you think?

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How could a child hitting a golf ball off his father’s face go wrong?

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We’re bringing you this video in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere: Young Sam Blewett attempts to hit a golf ball off his father’s face, and…

Now, most people are assuming that this three-year-old lad had no idea what he was doing. His father orchestrated the video, told the son, who had never held a golf club nor had any concept of the game to hit the ball, and wood-chopping at the ball followed.

Hot take: I don’t think that’s true. The Instagram account is the three-year-old kid’s (managed by his mother), and he certainly knows how to hit a golf ball properly. See?

So, I’m positing that the kid saw an opportunity to whack his dad in the dome with a golf club and couldn’t pass it up. Yes, young Sam knew exactly what he was doing.

And more power to him. Cunning AND capable with a golf club.

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