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Lee McCoy blasts Colombian golf fans, claims they harassed him for his hat, shoes, other “free stuff” during tourney

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Lee McCoy, wasn’t exactly pleased with fan behavior at the Web.com Tour’s Club Colombia Championship in Bogota, where the tied for 20th.

Now, we can’t vouch for the decorum outside the ropes at Country Club de Bogota. One’s tempted to remember some of the clueless spectator antics at the Olympics in Brazil last year. That said, there’s the PGA Tour Latinoamerica and both Web.com and PGA Tour events in South America where we assume fans are acting appropriately, so painting with a broad brush in any color doesn’t make sense.

We’ll stick to the facts, then: No Laying Up’s Tron Carter tweeted the following pair of emojis Sunday night. He appeared to be responding to a since deleted tweet, which we can assume was the one screenshotted in his following tweet.

In a seeming rebuttal to McCoy’s claims about fan behavior, and as a suggestion for how professional golfers ought to interact with spectators, the co-founder of ProTraj Holdings tweeted a shot of tournament winner, Ben Taylor signing autographs.

McCoy deleted his Twitter shortly thereafter.

We attempted to reach Lee via his management, TLA Worldwide, but did not receive a response. McCoy did, however, offer the statement below to Golf Digest.

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  1. Lea

    Feb 18, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    These are gamines or gangs of Colombian Street children that acost people in the streets and try to steal what they cannot get begging. Look it up. Colombians will react the same way.

  2. Donald Trump

    Feb 14, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    I’m pretty sure Lee won’t have that problem much longer. He will be working at the driving range next year.

  3. M-Herd4

    Feb 13, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Hey Lee – I’ll trade places with you for a week! You do my job and I’ll chase the little white ball around and give free gloves/balls away to some adoring kids…

  4. Dale

    Feb 13, 2018 at 9:08 am

    I agree with McCoy. Glad he has the nerve to speak his mind. Hopefully the PC police won’t shut him up like they do everyone else.

    • Wes

      Feb 13, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      They have already beat him. Great job by Twitter. People complain about athletes being too generic but when they have an opinion, right or wrong, they get blasted.

  5. EDWARD Brumby

    Feb 12, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    McCoy will never be on my like list after this pretentious display of entitlement.

    • the dude

      Feb 14, 2018 at 9:35 am

      NOW that’s a reason for LM to be regretful…..(not making the list)….haha….idiot.

  6. Mike

    Feb 12, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Do we really think this is news worthy? Golfers are human beings… they are sons and daughters and the Web.com is part of a very difficult journey. Mix in a strange country with a different language and customs and you have a nice mixture to learn from. Mr McCoy, battling and trying to post a score, struggled at the finish… he’s allowed to be human. Lesson to be learned: there will always be internet trolls looking for an opportunity to make something out of nothing.

  7. Wes

    Feb 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    After following McCoy on twitter, I think this is being blown out of proportion by someone with a axe to grind. Most of his tweets have a sarcastic tone them. But just like the mob mentality on the Internet, you can’t win.

  8. Mj

    Feb 12, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Mccoy had $350 in his bank account less than 2 years ago
    Give the kid a break.

    • ding

      Feb 12, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      his dad is a multi-millionair the kid doesn’t have to worry about money

      • Mike

        Feb 12, 2018 at 7:22 pm

        ….. really ding? And you know this…. sad.

  9. Marty

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    There was more information in the headline than the article – not very well written in my opinion.

  10. Hater

    Feb 12, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    He’s a bulldog….what do you expect?

  11. Timothy W Kennedy

    Feb 12, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    McCoy should be embarrassed for his attitude is out of alignment. Of course fans want free stuff. At least show some respect and give the fans your attention. Those fans all know someone that pays your salary. Being one that is lucky to be in the spotlight means that self centered attitude does not work.

  12. George

    Feb 12, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Lee McCoy = Self entitled little boy

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Another rules incident for Lexi Thompson

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For Lexi Thompson and the LPGA Tour, the day they hoped would never come has arrived. Lexi Thompson made a rules blunder and nearly signed for an incorrect scorecard for her second round of play at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Details are scant, but based on a report from Keeley Levins at Golf Digest, it seems Thompson’s ball came to rest near an advertising sign at the 15th hole. Believing the sign was a moveable obstruction, Thompson moved the sign. And, well, you know where this is going. The sign was an immovable obstruction. It’s unclear who Thompson consulted before making her decision, but it doesn’t appear she sought out a rules official.

Unaware that she was in violation, Thompson was told of the two-stroke penalty while she was in the scorers’ tent. After the rules official’s intercession, Thompson signed for a second-round 68, rather than 66.

The LPGA issued this statement

“During the second round of the Honda LPGA Thailand, Lexi Thompson incurred a two-stroke penalty on hole 15 for breach of the Local Rule regarding temporary immovable obstructions as prescribed in Appendix 1. The Supplementary Rules of Play for the Honda LPGA Thailand state that advertising boards are temporary immovable obstructions.”

Now, opinions on what befell Thompson at the 2017 Ana Inspiration range from “she was a victim” to “her cavalier ballmarking finally caught up with her.” Regardless of where you sit in that continuum, you’d have to expect Lexi Thompson would be calling in a rules official in any potentially dubious situation, or at the very least, giving the local rules a close read.

Ultimately, you’d have to think the takesmiths will remain largely entrenched in their post-Ana rules fiasco positions on this one. What say you, GolfWRX members?

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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.

Tuesday’s Photos

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

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