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What the heck were these golfers doing? The photographer explains.

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Perhaps, you’ve seen the photo floating around social media the past couple of days. An extreme example of the #alwaysbegolfing mindset: a group of golfers play on, seemingly unfazed, as a volcano spews ash in the distance.

At the aptly named Volcano Golf and Country Club in Hawaii, photographer Mario Tama captured the incredible image above, Tuesday.

While the photo is pretty unreal. Some questions pop immediately to mind: How close is the volcano? Was this reckless, or was the course full and was nobody in any real danger

Fortunately, Jaclyn Reiss of the Boston Globe tracked down the photographer for a chat.

The Los Angeles-based Getty Images staff photographer told the Globe that he was trolling Hawaii’s Big Island for a good spot to get photos of the volcanic activity.

“We went up there and I wasn’t really expecting to see anyone golfing. I figured it would be empty…Shortly after I got there, the plume started kicking up pretty strongly.”

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, HI – MAY 15: A man drives a golf cart at a golf course as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island on May 15, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. The U.S. Geological Survey said a recent lowering of the lava lake at the volcano’s Halemaumau crater Òhas raised the potential for explosive eruptionsÓ at the volcano. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

While some golfers abandoned the course accordingly, not this group.

“I was trying to get that shot, and as I was shooting, I heard these guys call out to me that I was in the way of their game and could I step aside…They were very gracious about it. Obviously, it didn’t occur to me that I was impeding on someone’s game. So I walked over to the left and got some shots of them as they were teeing off.”

Apparently, though, the golfers weren’t in any danger.

“There was no seismic activity — the ground wasn’t shaking, there was no noise,” he said. “The way the wind was blowing, the plume was going away from [the] golf course. It wasn’t hazardous to breathe. If it was over the golf course, everyone would’ve left.”

While ash was spewing as high as 12,000 feet in the air, it wasn’t blowing toward the golf course, and the lava eruptions were 25 miles away.

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  1. Brett Weir

    May 18, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    When in Rome…

  2. Jamie

    May 18, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Problem #376 of what is wrong with American society: Rampant gawking and trying to make those who don’t gawk appear to be crazy. FFS.

  3. nyguy

    May 17, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    I thinks it’s silly to question what the golfers are doing, so much dramatics. What about all the people behind them just doing nothing.

  4. DaveyD

    May 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    You gotta have a hobby. Why not golf?

  5. 2putttom

    May 17, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    whole new meaning to the word “fore”

    • Peter X Green

      May 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      Pyroclastic flow is a fast-moving current of hot gas and volcanic matter that moves away from a volcano reaching speeds of up to 700 km/h… which is somewhat faster than a golf cart.

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Tweets of the Week: Stenson snaps, Rose’s shank of the year, and G-Mac loses his temper

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Shane Lowry produced the performance of his life to win the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush, but in a great week of golf, here are some of the things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere over the past seven days.

Impressions From The Open

Conor Moore on point as always!

Rose’s Shank Of The Year

The Englishman keeping the cameraman on his toes.

Matt Wallace And His Hero

Stenson Snaps

Beautiful technique from the big Swede.

G-Mac’s Frustration

When you find your ball 12 seconds too late…

Zach Appears On Phireside With Phil

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Brooks Koepka expresses his frustration over J.B. Holmes’ slow play at The Open

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Brooks Koepka began 2019 by calling out golf’s authorities for their lack of action over the slow play issue surrounding the game, and on Sunday at the Open Championship, the 29-year-old appeared visibly agitated over the speed of playing partner J.B. Holmes.

The two men teed off at 1.37 PM local time in the final round, and from their opening tee shots of the day, which Holmes would take significantly longer to play than his compatriot, it appeared the two could be in for an uncomfortable day with each other.

For the most part during Sunday’s final round, on the course, Koepka was to keep whatever frustrations which were bubbling under the surface to himself.

However, coming off the 12th green, the four-time major champ was seen staring at a rules official while motioning to his imaginary wristwatch, and on another occasion, the American looked less than impressed as his playing partner went through his deliberate putting routine.

Following their round, the 29-year-old was quick to point out that Holmes is far from being the only slow player on Tour, but explained what his biggest gripe was with the Kentuckian on Sunday at Royal Portrush – his inability to prepare when it wasn’t his turn.

“There are a lot of slow guys out here, that’s not the first time I’ve done it, especially when you’ve got a walking official with you. I’m ready to go most of the time.

That’s what I don’t understand when it’s your turn to hit, your glove is not on, then you start thinking about it, that’s where the problem lies. It’s not that he takes that long. He doesn’t do anything until his turn. That’s the frustrating part. But he’s not the only one that does it out here.”

Holmes’ nightmare performance didn’t help his pace of play as he struggled mightily in the harsh conditions during Sunday’s final round. The 37-year-old shot an 87 – 16 over par to move from third place at the start of the day to fourth last on six over.

Koepka had some sympathy for Holmes’ struggles in the wind and rain in Northern Ireland, but despite this, the Florida native made it clear that he still found the pace at times too slow.

“He had a rough day, but JB is a slow player. We were on pace for 13 holes, but if I’m in the group we’re going to be on pace no matter what. But there were some times where I thought it was slow.”

Koepka’s final round of 74 secured a T4 finish for the four-time major champ to complete an exceptional year at the major tournaments which included a win at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in May.

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How much each player won at the 2019 Open Championship

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Irishman Shane Lowry produced a fairytale victory at Royal Portrush, winning by six strokes and claiming the title of 2019 Champion Golfer of the Year. There was no stopping the man from Co. Offaly as he surged to victory on Sunday afternoon in the north of Ireland, and Lowry took home just shy of $2 million in prize money in the process.

This year’s Open Championship prize purse was raised to a total of $10.75 million, with this year’s champion pocketing almost $500,000 more than last year’s winner, Francesco Molinari.

Here we take a look at how much each player who played all 72 holes earned at the 2019 Open Championship.

1: Shane Lowry, 269/-15, $1,935,000

2: Tommy Fleetwood, 275/-9, $1,120,000

3: Tony Finau, 277/-7, $718,000

T4: Brooks Koepka, 278/-6, $503,500

T-4: Lee Westwood, 278/-6, $503,500

T-6: Rickie Fowler, 279/-5, $313,000

T-6: Tyrrell Hatton, 279/-5, $313,000

T-6: Robert MacIntyre, 279/-5, $313,000

T-6: Danny Willett, 279/-5, $313,000

10: Patrick Reed, 280/-4, $223,000

T-11: Tom Lewis, 281/-3, $171,700

T-11: Francesco Molinari, 281/-3, $171,700

T-11: Alex Noren, 281/-3, $171,700

T-11: Jon Rahm, 281/-3, $171,700

T-11: Justin Thomas, 281/-3, $171,700

T-16: Lucas Bjerregaard, 282/-2, $126,313

T-16: Ryan Fox, 282/-2, $126,313

T-16: Sanghyun Park, 282/-2, $126,313

T-16: Rory Sabbatini, 282/-2, $126,313

T-20: Stewart Cink, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Matthew Fitzpatrick, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Lucas Glover, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Louis Oosthuizen, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Doc Redman, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Justin Rose, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Cameron Smith, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Jordan Spieth, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Henrik Stenson, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Erik van Rooyen, 283/-1, $91,350

T-30: Kevin Kisner, 284/E, $69,875

T-30: Webb Simpson, 284/E, $69,875

T-32: Byeong Hun An, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Ernie Els, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Dylan Frittelli, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Jason Kokrak, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Joost Luiten, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Andrew Putnam, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Bernd Wiesberger, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Andrew Wilson, 285/1, $56,278

T-41: Patrick Cantlay, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Justin Harding, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Benjamin Hebert, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Innchoon Hwang, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Russell Knox, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Matt Kuchar, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Xander Schauffele, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Callum Shinkwin, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Kyle Stanley, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Aaron Wise, 286/2, $36,925

T-51: Branden Grace, 287/3, $28,317

T-51: Charley Hoffman, 287/3, $28,317

T-51: Dustin Johnson, 287/3, $28,317

T-51: Shubhankar Sharma, 287/3, $28,317

T-51: Matt Wallace, 287/3, $28,317

T-51: Bubba Watson, 287/3, $28,317

T-57: Paul Casey, 288/4, $26,467

T-57: Adam Hadwin, 288/4, $26,467

T-57: Graeme McDowell, 288/4, $26,467

T-57: Thorbjørn Olesen, 288/4, $26,467

T-57: Kevin Streelman, 288/4, $26,467

T-57: Ashton Turner, 288/4, $26,467

T-63: Jim Furyk, 289/5, $25,800

T-63: Mikko Korhonen, 289/5, $25,800

T-63: Romain Langasque, 289/5, $25,800

T-63: Paul Waring, 289/5, $25,800

T-67: Yosuke Asaji, 290/6, $25,088

T-67: Sergio Garcia, 290/6, $25,088

T-67: J.B. Holmes, 290/6, $25,088

T-67: Thomas Pieters, 290/6, $25,088

71: Eddie Pepperell, 292/8, $24,625

T-72: Nino Bertasio, 293/9, $24,438

T-72: Yuki Inamori, 293/9, $24,438

 

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