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The Florida Mid-Am final ended with a player getting punched in the face. Or did it?

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On paper–that is the Florida State Golf Association’s paper, not the police report–Marc Dull won the Florida Mid-Am when his opponent, Jeff Golden, withdrew.

Dull had just birdied the 16th hole to pull even, when the skies opened.

A FSGA statement on the final match indicates what happened next

“With the players on 17, play was halted by heavy rains. When conditions permitted play to continue nearly two and a half hours later, Golden was unable to continue due to an unfortunate injury and defaulted the match.”

Indeed, the statement is technically correct. However, it hardly tells the full story…and what a story it is.

Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner did some digging into the “unfortunate injury,” and what he found was certainly surprising.

Per a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office police report, Jeff Golden (the man who suffered the “unfortunate injury”) called police. Golden claimed he was assaulted in the Coral Creek Club parking lot by his opponent’s caddie. According to Golden, Dull’s caddie, Brandon Hibbs, punched him in the face.

Why in the world did this happen? Apparently, during the ninth hole of the Golden-Dull match, Golden asked Dull about the condition of one of the holes, inquiring as to whether the cup was damaged.

“Don’t worry about it,” Hibbs (again, this is Dull’s caddie) told Golden. “If you’re going to make it, you’re going around it.”

Following this, Golden told a rules official that he believed the caddie’s statement constituted advice (to Golden, who was not his player). Apparently/incredibly, the rules official agreed, and Golden was awarded the hole.

Hibbs, presumably furious, left the course at this point and returned to the clubhouse.

During the previously mentioned rain delay that interrupted the match, Golden claims Hibbs approached him in the parking lot while he was at his car getting additional clothing.

Per the report, Hibbs “approached him, apologized, then punched him on the left side of the face.”

Now this story would be ridiculous enough if these facts were agreed upon. However, Hibbs says the incident never happened. He claims after leaving the course, he was in the clubhouse during the entire rain delay.

Nobody saw the alleged attack, and there were no surveillance cameras trained on the parking lot. Further, Golden’s face was not swollen or cut and Hibbs’ hands showed no evidence that he’d punched anything.

Golden maintains he was punched and that his shirt had blood on it, also claiming that he suffered “concussion symptoms.”

Golden declined to press charges, and both Hibbs and Dull maintain nothing happened.

Per Ryan Lavner, 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.”

What do you make of this, GolfWRX members? The scales of justice don’t seem to be tipped in Mr. Golden’s favor, do they?

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  1. bjb

    May 22, 2018 at 1:17 am

    no marks on the face, no marks on the hand…and where would the blood on the shirt have come from? My guess is a McDonald’s ketchup packet. what a dumba$$

  2. Dave r

    May 21, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Full contact golf gotta love it.

  3. Draw down

    May 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Didn’t this guy used to caddie for Robert Allenby?

  4. Jack Nash

    May 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Just when you think you’ve seen or heard everything…….

  5. Dan

    May 21, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    What ignorant comments

  6. Sr

    May 21, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Well, it’s Florida. What do you expect from a bunch of silly rednecks

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2019 Presidents Cup betting: Will Tiger be booed? Will Reed be penalized for cheating? Plus our 3 best prop bets

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The Presidents Cup gets underway this evening (ET), and for those of you that like a punt, here we’ll showcase a multitude of exciting markets that are available. From how many points you think Tiger Woods will win at the event to whether you feel a player will be penalized for cheating, there’s a bunch of ways to get involved and bet the biennial event.

Here’s a look at Sportsbetting.ag’s betting markets for the competition, and we’ll also rank our favorite three.

Winner

USA -350

International2 +260

Draw +1200

Day 1 Winner

USA -140

Internationals +200

Tie +450

Event Correct Score

USA 16.5-13.5 +900

USA 17-13 +900

USA 15.5-14.5 +1000

USA 16-14 +1000

USA 17.5-12.5 +1000

USA 18-12 +1100

Tie 15-15 +1200

USA 18.5-11.5 +1200

Internationals 15.5-14.5 +1400

Internationals 16-14 +1400

USA 19-11 +1400

USA 19.5-10.5 +1800

Internationals 16.5-13.5 +2000

USA 20-10 +2200

Internationals 17-13 +2500

USA 20.5-9.5 +2500

Internationals 17.5-12.5 +3300

USA 21-9 +4000

Internationals 18-12 +5000

Internationals 18.5-11.5 +6600

USA 21.5-8.5 +6600

USA 22-8 +8000

Internationals 19-11 +10000

Internationals 19.5-10.5 +12500

USA 22.5-7.5 +12500

Internationals 20.5-9.5 +15000

Internationals 20-10 +15000

USA 23-7 +15000

Internationals 21-9 +20000

USA 23.5-6.5 +20000

Internationals 21.5-8.5 +25000

USA 24-6 +25000

Internationals 22-8 +30000

Internationals 22.5-7.5 +40000

Internationals 23.5-6.5 +50000

Internationals 23-7 +50000

Internationals 24-6 +75000

Leader After Day 2

USA -150

Internationals +190

Tie +550

Margin of Victory

5 points or more +100

3 Points +350

2 Points +450

4 Points +550

1 Point +700

When will the Cup be decided?

Singles Matches 5-8 -110

Singles Matches 1-4 +150

Singles Matches 9-10 +500

Singles Matches 11-12 +1000

Cup to be decided before Day 4 +2500

Will there be a Hole in One?

No -600

Yes +350

Will Tiger Woods score the maximum 5 points?

No -25000

Yes +2000

Will Tiger Woods sink the winning putt?

No -6600

Yes +1200

How many matches will Tiger Woods play?

Under 3½ Matches -170

Over 3½ Matches +140

How many points will Justin Thomas win?

Over 2½ Points -155

Under 2½ Points +135

How many points will Rickie Fowler win?

Under 2½ Points -350

Over 2½ Points +220

How many points will Tiger Woods win?

Over 1½ Points -200

Under 1½ Points +160

Tiger Woods to go undefeated?

No -600

Yes +350

Will Tiger be booed by fans when introduced?

No -600

Yes +350

Will Patrick Reed be penalized for cheating?

Yes +2000

No -25000

Will any player be penalized for cheating?

Yes +500

No -10000

Will Tiger Woods have a Hole in One?

No -25000

Yes +10000

How many points will Adam Scott win?

Under 2½ Points -130

Over 2½ Points +110

How many points will Patrick Reed win?

Over 2½ Points -165

Under 2½ Points +145

Who will Tiger Woods play in his singles match?

Adam Scott +300

Hideki Matsuyama +450

Louis Oosthuizen +450

Marc Leishman +550

Sungjae Im +800

Byeong Hun An +900

Cameron Smith +900

Adam Hadwin +1000

Haotong Li +1200

Abraham Ancer +1400

C.T. Pan +1400

Joaquinn Niemann +1400

Day 2 Winner

USA -120

Internationals +175

Tie +500

Day 3 Fourballs Winner

USA -110

Internationals +230

Tie +300

Day 3 Winner

USA -130

Internationals +180

Tie +450

Day 3 Foursomes Winner

USA +100

Internationals +220

Tie +275

Day 4 Singles Winner

USA -250

Internationals +275

Tie +700

Who will have highest winning margin in Singles?

Justin Thomas +1000

Dustin Johnson +1100

Hideki Matsuyama +1100

Tiger Woods +1200

Xander Schauffele +1200

Adam Scott +1400

Patrick Cantlay +1400

Rickie Fowler +1400

Louis Oosthuizen +1600

Patrick Reed +1600

Webb Simpson +1600

Bryson De Chambeau +2000

Gary Woodland +2000

Matt Kuchar +2000

Marc Leishman +2200

Tony Finau +2200

Byeong Hun An +2500

Cameron Smith +2500

Sungjae Im +2500

Adam Hadwin +3300

Joaquin Niemann +3300

Abraham Ancer +4000

C.T. Pan +4000

Hao Tong Li +4000

Will Tiger Woods win his Singles match?

Yes -150

No +130

Day 1 Fourballs – Match 1
1st to go 1up

Tiger Woods/Justin Thomas -155

Marc Leishman/Joaquin Niemann +135

Presidents Cup – Day 1 Fourballs – Match 1
Match Finishing Hole

17th hole or before -160

18th Hole +140

Day 1 Fourballs – Match 1

To Lead After 9 Holes

Tiger Woods/Justin Thomas -110

Marc Leishman/Joaquín Niemann +225

Match Tied After 9 Holes +275

Our 3 best Presidents Cup bets

Patrick Reed to win Under 2½ Points +145

All eyes will be on Patrick Reed at Royal Melbourne this week, and Woods has shown plenty of faith in the Texan putting him out with Webb Simpson in Day 1’s fourballs. Despite Reed playing the opening day, I’d expect to see him appear a maximum of four times this week and there’s a higher chance we may see the 29-year-old just once more before singles action.

Reed as a dog to win under 2.5 matches screams value this week, who faces the International’s star player in Hideki Matsuyama in Day 1’s fourballs. Reed lost Day 1 at the 2018 Ryder Cup and played just one more time before the singles at that event, collecting 1 point in total for the week. With the crowd on his back, Reed to win under 2½ points at odds against is enormous value in Royal Melbourne.

Tiger Woods to go undefeated? Yes +350

I would be surprised if Tiger Woods played more than three matches this week. I expect him to sit both foursome sessions to concentrate fully on captain duties, and to appear twice in the fourballs before singles action. He’s paired himself with Justin Thomas which is a formidable duo, and they are the shortest-priced pair in today’s fourballs action as the books expect them to dispatch Leishman and Niemann.

Woods is also a heavy odds on chance to win his singles match, and you can expect to see him pair up in the second fourball matches with Thomas again. He will be favorite to win that match, and should he only play the three games in Royal Melbourne then +350 is an excellent price on the 15-time major champion going undefeated this week.

USA to win Day 2 -120

The U.S. in foursomes!? That’s right. This isn’t the Ryder Cup where Team USA continue to get smashed in foursome action, and their record in the format at the Presidents Cup is excellent. In the history of the event, the U.S. side has dominated foursome action, winning 78 points to the International’s 46 – the U.S. side’s most prosperous format.

Since 2005, the Internationals have won just ONE foursome session (2013) in the Presidents Cup. It’s a dismal record, so take the -120 that the U.S. win Day 2 down under.

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Cam Smith claims his friendship with Patrick Reed is finished as tensions rise at Presidents Cup

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Emotions are running high at this week’s Presidents Cup, and Cameron Smith has continued his back and forth with Patrick Reed ahead of the opening day from Royal Melbourne, claiming that their friendship is now a thing of the past.

The Australian accused Reed of cheating at last week’s Hero Challenge, an accusation Reed took umbrage with, who dismissed those claims from the 26-year-old on Monday.

Speaking to the media at this week’s Presidents Cup, Smith described how tensions are reaching boiling point down under after both men’s disagreement on the incident, per the AFP.

“I’m sure he didn’t like it. I think there is a little bit of tension there. I’ve looked at Patrick a couple times but he hasn’t looked back. I’m looking forward to the weekend.”

But don’t expect Smith to make the first move in putting to bed their current quarrel, who added that he wouldn’t be going out of his way to speak to Reed this week, and how their friendship has disintegrated over the dispute which began last weekend.

“I definitely won’t go out of my way. I think our friendship, I guess, is not quite there anymore. I’m here to do a job for Ernie and that’s all I’m focusing on. I think it’s case of team versus team, what’s right and what’s wrong.”

Anyone for a Smith-Reed singles match at this week’s Presidents Cup?

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (12.10.19)

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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.

New creation from Embrace Putters.

I’ll leave this one for our members!

New beauties from Tyson Lamb.

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That new leather smell. #Lambcrafted

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For South Park fans out there.

Up-close with Rickie Fowler’s Cobra Proto irons.

Bettinardi’s 2020 BB1.

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

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