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Rick Shiels shoots +41 in 3-round pro-am tourney. GolfWRX members discuss.



There’s no way to sugarcoat this: Rick Shiels’ golf game did not travel with him to coastal Spain. Sorry, Rick, (who is by all accounts a great guy). The YouTube personality, instructor, and club reviewer extraordinaire teed it up in the three-round Costa Daurada International Pro-Am at Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club in Spain.

Shiels carded rounds of 88, 88, 79 to finish at 41 over par, last in the field of 17 golfers and seven strokes worse than any other pro.

Not surprisingly, GolfWRX members are discussing the popular YouTuber’s performance and asking some tough questions.

Londoner writes

“This is not intended as a bashing thread. We have all had rounds where it felt like our first. But I thought pros had some level of consistency cracked. Ric hit 41 over for 3 rounds in a pro am…
The winner was +2. How does a pro unravel like that?”

Cornwall1888 suggests

“He’s simply not very good, that’s why he makes money from YouTube and sponsors, not playing golf. He’s probably a 2 or 3 handicap who had a terrible week.”

Stumpnav continues the thought that Shiels may simply not be a good tournament player

“I think Rick spends most of his time at the range using his launch monitor and not enough on the course. He knows how to play swing but not how to play golf. Doesn’t diminish his instructional ability or the enjoyment of his channel.”

Hawkeye77 doesn’t think the scores necessarily reflect his abilities as a player

“On vacation with his family, little or no play or practice in winter, not all that surprising. I’ll bet anyone he played with had a great time.”

Plenty, like Merkury10, defended Shiels and offered potential explanations

“All pros can have a stinker like that. We just aren’t watching them on Sunday. They either missed the cut or played the early tee time not televised. I agree with what was said earlier. I suspect he spends the majority of his time in the hitting bay and not out trying to shoot low scores. Rory 5 putted this weekend, and he’s no Rory.”

03trdblack has a theory about where Shiels is deficient

“Serviceable swing but his chipping and putting are pretty bad. He’s a driving range pro that lives on the GCQuad instead of on the practice green.”

There’s much, much more to the discussion and plenty of hot takes on both sides…and plenty of folks who loved or hated the new Driver vs. Driver panelist before he fired three miserable rounds. In other words, you’ll want to check out this thread.

And it’s neither here nor there, but still worth disclosing, Shiels contributed to this site in the past. You can see his archive here.


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  1. Ryan Michael

    Apr 15, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Watched many of his reviews when he was swinging poorly and blaming the clubs and the lack of forgiveness. Not very surprised by these results.

  2. Bob Parson Jr.

    Apr 7, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    He will never be considered for a sponsorship from PXG, even if he’s the one paying for the clubs. Boohoo!

  3. Al

    Mar 28, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Poor mans Mark Crossfield who burnt his own house down never mind trying to make a few pars ????????????

  4. Robert Parsons

    Mar 21, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    He can only hit from perfectly flat lies. Anything else and he sucks.

  5. Mike W

    Feb 27, 2018 at 11:44 am

    The guy hits the ball so beautifully on the launch monitor, it’s hard to imagine him playing this poorly, but there’s more to it than hitting shots on a range or monitor, there’s the short game, there’s managing your game, there’s having some semblance of golf intelligence–and those factors don’t show up in an edited Youtube session. Back in the day when I was a pretty good low handicap golfer, a guy showed up at the club who I’d never seen before, he had one of those compact, powerful swings that made me feel like a hack, he looked for all the world like a +4: he hit these low risers that landed in the middle of the fairways 280 out in the days of persimmon, he spun his approaches back like they were yanked by an invisible string. And yet, I, with my 3 handicap, could’ve given the guy 2 a side. He had no clue about how to get the ball in the hole–never saw so many bad decisions made on a golf course. No golf intelligence.

  6. Dmack

    Feb 26, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Rick will live to fight another days. I’m sure he didn’t have his A game. Probably not enough course time. Video are great fun to watch and informative.

  7. Alex Jones

    Feb 26, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    I think Jessica Korda had plastic surgery. No way it was for headaches. Giant honker and droopy hound dog looks are gone. Its all for the better. I would give to her now. Before, not so much.

  8. MT

    Feb 25, 2018 at 2:34 am

    Just wondering why this story has occupied such a prominent position on the WRX website for so long?

    Everybody has had a bad weekend – Give the guy a break.

    His vlogs are fun and entertaining, and he does good informative equipment reviews.

  9. uhgolfguy1

    Feb 24, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Shiels is a teaching pro. Teaching pros and touring pros are very different players. I think his youtube channel is great. He’s never advertised himself as a top flight player so there’s no need to bash the guy about a horrendous week on the course. Teach pros specialize in just that, teaching. The Harlem Globetrotters are all incredibly talented athletes, but none are close to being well rounded enough to play in the NBA.

    I only feel sorry for the amateurs that had to play with.

  10. rogolf

    Feb 23, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Where do you fit in WRX’ers?
    This post not relevant to article. Neither are some of the others.

    *(Aprox. 1000 players out of +40,000,000 golfers worldwide play on recognizable tours.
    Another 40,000 or 1/10th of 1 percent, some club pros, most amateur at local, state and national play around scratch. Probably only about a million can break 80.

    Major World Golf Tours + Senior PGA + LPGA +Developmental. Top 100 Players each Tour.
    *(Top Earner, 50th Earner, 100th Earner in descending order)

    PGA Tour

    European Tour

    Sr. PGA Tour

    Japan Tour

    Web.Com Tour


    Sunshine Tour/South Africa LPGA
    $250,000. $2,000,000.
    $20,000. $400,000.
    $6,000. $100,000.

    PGA Developmental Tours – China, McKenzie(Canada), Latin America, etc.

    • MeetPole

      Mar 3, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      This is GolfWRX. Everyone can break 70 and half are multimillionaires. Don’t you know this?

  11. mlb

    Feb 22, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Who gives a &^%$#@( Rick Shiels is still a solid guy and player:)

  12. BK from NYC

    Feb 22, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I love Ricks channel and watch it all the time. He is entertaining on YouTube. Everyone here has had a meltdown or three. Drives that go out of bounds, bad chips, etc. This guy can play golf, he’s a great personality, and his videos are great at showing global golf courses. Lets Give Rick a pass. Peter Finch did have a respectable showing. Lets give Pete credit ! No Haters!

  13. BenAlbersDad

    Feb 21, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    WTF is the point of this discussion? Who really cares what Shiels carded in some Podunk tourney in Guam? Get a life WRXers!

  14. dvers

    Feb 21, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    I don’t know who at Golf WRX has the ax to grind, but regardless, it’s tough to see what Mr. Shiels’ score in a one-off tournament has to do with the mission of the site.
    I looked him up on YouTube and the top suggestion was a video in which he talked about his experience at the pro-am. He was upfront, candid, and admitted that he should expect some flack given his poor performance. He seems like a classy guy who for whatever reasons had a bad week.
    On the otherhand, the number of opinions excoriating Shiels (and perhaps the fact that he is a topic in the first place) is unbecoming of the site. What usually seems to be a community of light-hearted enthusiasts comes across as a den of know-it-alls and snobby critics.
    Think about how you’d react if Shiels was a buddy or the Pro at your course, not a “YouTuber.” I doubt you’d have the same vitriol worked up.

    The Internet: making us all worse people one comment section at a time!

  15. Joe Perez

    Feb 21, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Rick is a fine talent, but admitted that he hadn’t played much in the previous months. This may have been due to the work he’s doing on Golf Channels new Wilson Driver show (if in fact it has started production). I see this as an unfortunate “one-off.”

  16. TigerArmy

    Feb 20, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    This is a joke. Rick Shiels was introduced on golfwrx about 18 months ago. Almost no activity on this site since then. I guess both parties have fallen out with each other. Golfwrx is a sinking ship and Mr. Shiels.will get along alone much better. Now golfwrx wants to throw him under the bus with this vile discussion. Disgusting stuff!

    • Milton Gombo

      Feb 20, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      Throw him under the bus they did. The man is a legitimate PGA-Euro card holder, competing in a
      silly off season event, which has all the credibility of a spring training baseball game.
      Don’t know who put Ben up to this hatchet job, or why, but WRX as a whole would have been better by another level if they could have found a place for Rick’s reviews.


    Feb 20, 2018 at 11:16 am

    So Rick Shiels had a horrible tournament showing… It happens! What people fail to realize is that most “instructors” are better teachers than they are tournament players. There’s nothing to see here aside from a man having a tough go-at-it over the course of three days. He’s human…

  18. S

    Feb 20, 2018 at 8:14 am

    For three straight days??? seriously? I love watching his equipment reviews all the time. Now I just need to adjust my point of view slightly. Reviews from a long mid-handicapper, basically one of you many GolfWrx’ers. No wonder you guys love him so much LOL

  19. Jeremy

    Feb 19, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    This thread is an absolute joke. I would expect better from GolfWRX. Rick is an awesome PGA Golf Professional! We need more guys like this to continue to help grow the game of golf and less threads like this. WRX, this thread is a triple bogey.

    • Stephen Finley

      Feb 20, 2018 at 1:19 am

      What are you talking about? WRX handled it about as fairly as anybody could. The guy gets ad money for handing out golf advice, but he shot 41 over in three rounds. Doesn’t make him a bad guy, doesn’t mean he would always shoot that bad. Does mean it’s newsworthy within the world of golf journalism. What should they do? Ignore it? Pretend it doesn’t raise at least a glimmer of a question about instructional value? It’s not conclusive, but it’s absolutely a fair concern to raise.

  20. Sandy Bunker

    Feb 19, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Unable to produce the goods when it matters……….typical ,…….too busy filming himself & chasing You Tube subscribers…suck it up Princess.

  21. sam

    Feb 18, 2018 at 3:24 am

    he shot 74 with a hole in one at the British Open qualifying … he can play and he is a great guy too. Stop the hating America, it is getting old and tiresome.

    • ouch

      Feb 18, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      I totally agree with you.

      Unfortunately people here on this site (not everyone obviously but more than enough) seem to love to tear people down, especially youtube guys of late. It’s unfortunate really.

      Honestly kinda surprised this was considered “front page worthy”. Isn’t he a Golfwrx contributor? Might be hard to get other youtubers or coaches to give their opinion to this site when 1 awful tournament score is considered front page news. I guess it’s the American story, build them and wait to tear them down…. Again unfortunate really….

    • Stephen Finley

      Feb 20, 2018 at 1:21 am

      A hole-in-one doesn’t make you a player. With 3 on that hole he shoots 76. Not 90, not terrible, but whether that’s “can play” within a group of pros is a legitimate question.

    • James Glenn

      Feb 20, 2018 at 9:27 am

      He shot 74…WITH a hole in one? That means one lucky shot took what would have been a 76 — middling, at best, from a professional even playing in a British Open Qualifier. That most definitely does not mean, conclusively, “the guy can play.”

    • Jerry

      Mar 6, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Hating and Divisiveness is our National Sport …. unfortunately. In the USA, most people react before thinking. It’s unfortunate.

  22. AriTechnical

    Feb 17, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Sad part is he could still take Tiger. That guy is horrible! At least Shiels provides some valuable content to the world.

    • Mark

      Feb 19, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      Lol..true. But no one wants to talk about how Tiger is DONE!! ANd time to focus on the future of the sport, not a toothless tiger

    • Scratchscorer

      Jan 1, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      This comment sure didn’t age well. Better luck next time.

  23. Daniel Annand

    Feb 16, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    To all the trolls how many subscribers do you have? Get a life you keyboard warriors

    • Stephen Finley

      Feb 20, 2018 at 1:24 am

      What possible difference does “number of subscribers” make? Talk about a nitwit millennial mentality. Golf is a score. This was a bad score for somebody who gets paid based on perceived instructional value. Period. Doesn’t mean he hasn’t had better weeks. Isn’t conclusive as to the value of the instruction. But it _does_ raise legitimate questions about how much authority they would see as inhering in it, aside from questions that would arise on the substance and could be evaluated on the substance.

      • Briggsky

        Feb 26, 2018 at 2:37 pm

        Rick is a great teacher whose lesson card is filled. I’ve followed his lead up to the Open qualifying for years and he can play. People go off when they know nothing about him even comparing their weekend rounds to Rick’s. The difference was Rick actual score was posted and not dreamed up. It sometimes seems like the average poster swings at 119 mph with a double XX shaft. When was the last time any of the great present day teachers actually posted their score.

  24. rex235

    Feb 16, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Surprising there wasn’t a WITB for Shielsy….


    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Course is only 6317 yards off the back.

    This is obviously a low level Pro Golf tournament and is a resort course, being 4 shots inside bogey golf for 36 holes is horrendous however you cut it.

    There are very good club pros out there there are also a lot that are not very good

    Making a launch monitor read a certain number, is not golf


      Feb 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      It’s actually in metres, which is 6908 yards.

    • Stephen Finley

      Feb 20, 2018 at 1:25 am

      Possibly the truest line I’ve seen in months in any golf publication:

      “Making a launch monitor read a certain number is not golf.”

    • Paul CORRADO

      Feb 20, 2018 at 5:20 am

      The courses hosted the final stage of the European Tour Q school, there were a lot of wind, Tell you this is not easy courses.

      • Stephen Finley

        Feb 21, 2018 at 12:37 am

        Yeah, kinda looks like like conditions were difficult and the course wasn’t so much a lark, but averaging 14 over a round when you’re teaching people how to play the game is still a newsworthy story. I doubt this indicates his normal level of play, but nobody should ask a golf publication to ignore it. Imagine what would happen if Sean Foley went out and shot triple 90s in a tournament. Doesn’t mean his theories are necessarily wrong, doesn’t mean he’s always that bad, but it’d be news.

  26. RG

    Feb 15, 2018 at 10:01 am

    What I find really funny is that he calls himself a “teacher.” If your a good teacher, why don’t you figure it out after day 1 and make the correction?

  27. Sam Sung

    Feb 15, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Wait a minute! Rick Shiels plays in tournaments?

  28. chris

    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:57 am

    The real numbers to look at are # of putts. Then penalty strokes. When discussing a bad round.

  29. John

    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:36 am

    I noticed that 27 out of 51 of the rounds played were 77 or over. Either bad or tough conditions or bad Pros. I have a hard time believing that this is the norm for these guys .

  30. CB

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:08 am

    So he tests drivers all the time purely for ball speed and feel pleasure for you idiots to gawk at on Youtube, and you expect him to be able to hit the driver straight onto a fairway , tight iron shots into pins and make putts? I am not surprised in the least.

    • indyvic

      Feb 14, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      CB your comment that people are “idiots” for watching him on YouTube is what’s idiotic and low class and IMO comes in even worse than his score. This is a gentleman’s game with exception to people like you. But hey, nothing stopping You from going on YouTube and showing us “idiots” how it’s done. Be sure and post on WRX and let everyone know when you’re ready so we can become your “idiots.”

      • Mark

        Feb 19, 2018 at 10:04 pm

        Lol exactly..dude is a troll shields is the man. Guy could’ve shot 100 n it doesn’t change the fact he is great at what he does

        • Brandon

          Feb 19, 2018 at 10:55 pm

          Shooting 100 and being a golf pro don’t go together. I’m not a pro but I still shot 74 this weekend from tips. I’m surely not a pro and not bragging, I’m just saying there are lots of “pros” who got really good for a few months and then stopped practicing like they did to get their certification.

        • Stephen Finley

          Feb 20, 2018 at 1:28 am

          “Guy could’ve shot 100 n it doesn’t change the fact he is great at what he does.”

          Are you even remotely serious?

          Having a bad week doesn’t automatically or conclusively mean everything (or anything) he says is wrong, but acting like there’s no connection between some level of playing ability and instructional theory is just ridiculous.

        • James Glenn

          Feb 20, 2018 at 9:33 am

          It absolutely does. There’s a reason the PGA make you play in a Playing Ability Test. Would you take business advice from someone who’s bankrupted a company and currently broke?

  31. John Ireland

    Feb 13, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    What’s the story with the half irish/half GB flags???

  32. the dude

    Feb 13, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    who is he????…seriously

    • Benny

      Feb 16, 2018 at 7:01 am

      I have no clue either lol…

    • Scarface

      Feb 18, 2018 at 3:48 am

      It’s Ok, I don’t mind the confusing flag situation, it’s the same as all those morons in Boston who call themselves Irish, oh I’m Irish but then when you ask them well then did you support the IRA when they went around bombing things in the UK, they all say no because I’m an American lmao

      • Stephen Finley

        Feb 20, 2018 at 1:30 am

        I’m Irish-American, and it’s ludicrous to suggest either support for the IRA or opposition to the IRA makes you more Irish or less Irish. What are you even talking about?

        • Andy

          Feb 21, 2018 at 7:01 pm

          Maybe, but whether or not you support people who blew up babies may make you more humane or less humane…

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.25.20)



In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Awesome looking Tupac and Biggy themed wedges from The Golf Garage.

Up-close with Patrick Reed’s Scotty Cameron Tour Rat.

A look inside the bag of Tommy Fleetwood.

Our Johnny Newbern with plenty of great shots of The Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.

Slick looking blade from Embrace Putters.

Any other fans of the low-lofted 3-wood?

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Women’s Golf Day offering locations free registration before March 1st



Women's Golf Day 2020

Women’s Golf Day in 2020 looks set to be a record-breaking year, and for clubs signing up before March 1st, they can now avail of free location registration for the event which takes place on June 2, 2020.

A dedicated day to celebrate the female golf game, in 2019 Women’s Golf Day saw more than 900 events taking place in a whopping 52 countries.

With more locations and people participation planned for the 2020 event, the team behind WGD is offering free location registration with code VIP2020 to anyone signing up before March 1st.

Along with a new website, for 2020 the celebration is set to have an even greater global reach with WGD now taking place in all continents across the world, with different events also being arranged for the run-up to the main event.

Womens Golf Day 2020

Speaking on the 2020 event, Elisa Gaudet, founder of Women’s Golf Day stated

“We are extremely proud of the number of countries around the world who have embraced Women’s Golf Day. Golf is a fabulous sport that brings people of all nations together. Our official birthday will always be the first Tuesday in June, but with our global reach comes a responsibility to cater for everyone.

This means that there will be some events taking place a few days prior in the build-up to our 5th birthday on June 2nd making the countdown even more exciting than in previous years!”

Venues can sign up for free ($79.99 after March 1st ) using the code VIP2020 on the website.

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The Premier Golf League: Everything you need to know about the proposed new world tour




The Premier Golf League has been a hot topic of discussion in the world of golf this year, and more information has emerged on the potential new world tour over the past few days.

With those recently released details from the minds behind the new concept and with plenty of reaction being given to the press from Tour players over the past week, here’s a breakdown of all the essential details of the Premier Golf League.

Who is behind the Premier Golf League?

CEO of the Premier Golf League is Andrew Gardiner—an attorney and London-based director at Barclays Capital. Together with Gardiner, Colin Neville, a partner at Raine Group—a New York-based sports, media and entertainment investment firm—is reported to have been highly influential in the PGL’s conception.

What is the concept of the Premier Golf League?

The new Premier Golf League would consist of an 18 event circuit featuring the top 48 players in the world who would be competing for a total prize purse of $240 million. 

The PGL would involve an eight-month season—including 10 U.S. events—which would be played over 54 holes. 

The remaining eight events would be split as follows: four in Asia, three in Europe, and one in Australia.

At each event, there would be a total prize purse of $10 million up for grabs, with the winner of each stroke play event taking home the $2 million winner’s share. The end of season champion would collect a bonus of $10 million.

Would the Premier Golf League consist solely of strokeplay events?

No. Co-existing alongside the individual strokeplay events would be a team event. The team event would consist of 12 four-man teams, with one player from each side being the team owner.

Each team would be competing for a total prize of $40 million with the winner’s share being $14 million.

What other details do we know?

  • Shotgun starts for the first two rounds with each captain deciding before each round which two player’s scores would count towards the team event.
  • No dress code outside of potential team uniforms.
  • A draft system.
  • A transfer window.
  • A relegation and promotion system as seen in soccer.
  • A playoff concept for the final event involving top seeds.
  • No course venues have thus far been discussed.

Could a player compete on the PGA Tour and the PGL?

No. Players would have to choose between one or the other.

Could players compete in the PGL and golf’s four major championships?

Yes. Separate bodies run the four majors and therefore players in the PGL could compete in golf’s four biggest events.

When could the PGL launch?

The PGL would likely kick off in 2022 or 2023.

What has the PGA Tour and European Tour said in regards to the proposed new World Tour?

PGA Tour chief Jay Monahan issued a memo to Tour players last month stating

“If the Team Golf Concept or another iteration of this structure becomes a reality in 2022 or at any time before or after, our members will have to decide whether they want to continue to be a member of the PGA Tour or play on a new series.”

European Tour chief, Keith Pelley, has not spoken publicly on the matter.

What have players said about the PGL?

Tiger Woods confirmed at a press conference at this month’s Genesis Invitational that he had been “personally approached” about his potential involvement in the world super-circuit and that he and his team are currently “looking into it.”

Earlier this year, The Scotsman reported that Phil Mickelson met and played with key PGL members during the Saudi International Pro-Am and told the media that he was “intrigued” by the idea.

“I haven’t had the chance to put it all together and think about what I want to say about it publicly, but I do think it was an informative day for me to have the chance to spend time with them.”

Last week, Justin Rose told the Daily Mail that “It’s (The PGL) increasingly becoming talked about in the locker room,” and that “there are a lot of incentives for the guys to be interested.”

Before the WGC-Mexico, Rory McIlroy dealt the PGL its most significant blow yet, when he told reporters that 

“The more I’ve thought about it, the more I don’t like it. For me, I’m out.”

The Ulsterman also added that he believes opinions in the locker room are currently split on the concept.

Following McIlroy’s comments, Bubba Watson also ruled out any potential involvement in the PGL telling Golf Channel last week 

“It doesn’t matter to me; I’m playing on the PGA Tour. Why go anywhere else, we have the best tour in the world?”

While Xander Schauffele looks to have also sided with the PGA Tour, telling the publication that

“Our commissioner set us straight, you have to pick which tour you want to play on and the benefits we have on the PGA Tour are pretty hard to beat. For me, how young I am and how early it is in my career all the history is made on the PGA Tour and that’s where I want to be.”






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