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Billy Horschel believes he saw a UFO

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“I just think that to think we’re the only people in this universe that are alive or living or anything like that is sort of naive in my opinion.” That’s a statement from Billy Horschel that I think most people would agree with.

Most people, however, don’t have an experience to support that belief. PGATour.com’s Helen Ross talked with Billy Horschel about his close encounter (how did they get on the subject in the first place?).

Apparently, when Horschel was younger, he was riding in a car with his mother and younger brother along U.S. 1 in central Florida. It was then that he saw, as Ross writes, “arched lights glowed yellow above the water as if to outline a bridge.”

“I was like that’s weird, the Melbourne Causeway looks so nice and then it hit us that we had passed the Melbourne Causeway and there’s no other bridge for the next 40 or 50 miles,” Horschel said. “So it was just weird that there were six perfect lights that were hovering over the Indian River in a perfect little arch that looked like a bridge.”

So many people saw the lights that night and called the police that the local newspaper ran an article about the phenomenon the next day.

According to Horschel

“Millions of people have seen UFOs and have video recordings. And when you think about pilots — these guys are in the skies hours and hours and they know what a plane is and they know stuff and when they talk about their experiences and what they’ve seen and they can’t justify what they’ve seen, it sort of makes you think a little bit.”

Millions? Ross noted that Horschel’s peers tease him about his flying saucer frenzy, and that he is prepared for more needling following her article.

As we love Billy Horschel at GolfWRX, he reads the site, and is a friend of our TG2 podcast, I’ll just say, plenty of respect for sticking to your guns, Billy Ho, whether it’s about the greens at Chambers Bay or little green men.

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  1. WTFF

    May 18, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Put the bottle down….and hand it to the Mrs.

  2. Ian Woosnam

    May 17, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Likely he was standing next to his wife, and got a contact high which caused him to hallucinate

  3. SK

    May 17, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    UFOs were golf balls hit with PXGs…. 😮

  4. Darryl

    May 17, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Maybe just the new PXG Period Period Period driver coming in to land?

  5. Lordy

    May 16, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    UFO’s are simply an agglomeration of the lost souls who are stuck between heaven, earth and the 16th hole after a hellish 5 hour round of golf.

  6. Terry

    May 16, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    This is about par for the course for Billy

    • Jack Nicholas

      May 17, 2018 at 10:52 am

      He’s always struck me as being a bit ‘light’ in the brain department.

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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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Only 24 percent of golfers are women. 18Birdies, LPGA Tour partner to do something about it.

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Women make up 50 percent of the population but only 24 percent of golfers. Why is this? A joint effort between the LPGA and 18Birdies attempts to understand what limits women’s participation in the game and how to do something about it.

Announced today, the 18Birdies-LPGA partnership seeks to leverage the two organizations’ resources to boost the number of female players.

18Birdies and research firm, Fusion Hill, conducted a joint ethnographic research study, “It’s His Game, Not Her Game,” that underpins the partnership. The study looks at barriers to women’s golf participation and motivations among women who do play.

Among the study’s findings…

  • Many women golf under the guidance of someone more experienced and thus don’t have a passionate sense of “ownership” of their games.
  • Many women often lack the social network that’s key to enjoying golf for many men.
  • Many women feel guilty prioritizing golf over traditional family needs.
  • Women often enter the game knowing less about golf and sports in general, making them less confident.
  • Most women learn golf from a significant other who is relatively advanced, thus from the start, golf is “his thing.”
  • Many women say golf is an expensive sport in terms of greens fees and investing in equipment/clothes for infrequent play is a barrier to entry.

Based on these data points, 18Birdies and Fusion Hill put together the following recommendations to engage and retain the female golfer.

Even ardent skeptics who would suggest the company is merely trying to find a way to get more women to download its app have to acknowledge the value of the heavy lifting 18Birdies has done for the golf industry.

Heck, even if you disagree with the specific recommendations (which I think are on point), at worst, industry organizations, club manufacturers, courses, and pretty much everyone under the “golf biz” umbrella now has a heap of actionable data at their disposal for dealing with something few would say isn’t a big problem.

What do you think, GolfWRX members?

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