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Barstool Sports founder shot a 66 (of sorts) at Shinnecock, our Swing Analysis

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Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports’ founder, just brought upcoming U.S. Open venue Shinnecock to its knees…kind of.

How did El Pres wind up teeing it up in Southampton? Portnoy wrote about the genesis of the challenge in a characteristic blog post.

“So Riggs and I got in a huge debate a couple weeks ago on Barstool Radio. The question at hand was whether I could win the US Open with unlimited mulligans. For me the answer was a no brainer. Of course I would. That’s not even me bragging. That’s just me knowing what I’m capable of and knowing what unlimited mulligans actually means. I’d 100% birdie every par 3 and then par everything else. That’s -4 a day. Riggs projects the winner at Shinnecock this year will shoot -4 for the entire tournament. The ENTIRE TOURNAMENT. That means I’ll win by roughly 12 strokes. Easy peasy”

“Well apparently the good folks at the USGA caught wind of our argument and have generously offered to let me play Shinnecock on Monday with unlimited mulligans…When I said I’d win with unlimited mulligans I assumed that for the first 2 rounds I’d play from dawn to dusk to achieve my perfect score of -4 per day.”

Was this an insane expectation or something easily achievable? First of all, what do you think Portnoy’s handicap is? 20-25?

Here’s his action

Our Tom Stickney had these remarks after watching the video.

“His shoulders open and tail needs to be stuck out more. Portnoy gets the club rotated a touch too much to the inside and it gets laid off on the way back. An over-the-top transition and a faulty pivot causes the fire-and-fall-back finish.”

Having seen his swing, knowing he had a wheelbarrow’s worth of golf balls and a crew of mulligan retrievers, how do you think El Pres did?

Surely, Barstool will produce video of the round beyond the few cell phone videos on Twitter and Instagram. And if you’d like to see those fragments, check out Portnoy’s Twitter, the Barstool Instagram, and well, the myriad of Barstool-related accounts.

But here’s the bottom line: With an innumerable amount of mulligans, the Barstool founder managed to shoot 66.

Even say he averaged 10 mulligans per shot, shooting four under with, what we’ll label as an “extremely average” swing is impressive. .

Maybe it’s a feat of endurance, determination, and strategy more than it is a great golfing performance, but Portnoy’s performance in Southampton was more than a mere publicity stunt.

And even though we might stereotype the Stoolies as members of the “mashed potatoes” crowd, it’s tough to say the exposure and interaction is bad for the USGA and the U.S. Open.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Interested? Impressed? Don’t care.

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  1. Patricknorm

    May 23, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Is this not the exact opposite way to promote golf amongst millenials? Unless I had satellite radio I’d have no idea what Barstool Sports was about. I first heard about this shenanigans on PGA Tour radio yesterday during the drive time broadcast. Talk about making a mockery of a fantastic golf course and further, making a mockery of golf altogether. If he wanted to test his “ mulligan “ concept I’d prefer he do it on a course that doesn’t rank in the top 100 in the world. I know there is a market for this kind of culture ( Barstool Sports), but , seriously I have no respect for this kind of experiment.

    • Teeps

      May 23, 2018 at 7:33 am

      You have no idea what you are talking about. Why does it matter what course he did it on. The argument was (from non dedicated golf fans) with unlimited mulligans anyone could win the US Open (shoot under par in one round.) Dave is a horrible golfer and said he could do it while everyone who knows and understands golf said he could not. The USGA itself offered the opportunity to try this. The point was proven in a big way, He managed to shoot under par while under tournament conditions.

      I consider myself a golf “hardo” and do not see any issue with this. It is a fun thing that allows people that don’t have the ability or the connections to play a course like this connect with it and see what it would take for someone of their skill level to compete on a course of this stature.

      They were welcomed by not only the Course Staff but the USGA itself so you are in the minority here. Either except the new age of golf and where it is going or golf will be dead in the near future.

  2. peedeecue

    May 22, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    That swing is worth about as much as his website.

  3. TheCityGame

    May 22, 2018 at 11:58 am

    This doesn’t make sense. He had unlimited mulligans only on tee shots? Or every shot?

    If it was only tee shots, then I don’t know how he shot 66. So, he has a ball out there 225(?) on every tee shot? No way he shoots 66.

    On the other hand, if it was every shot and every putt, 66 seems too high. Anyone who can contact a ball should be able to shoot 60 before sunset.

    • 3puttPar

      May 22, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      I agree, he should have shot closer to 60.

      I’d like to see what he shot, from the tips, no mulligans, 150?

    • Teeps

      May 22, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      It was media day, it was a shotgun start, they had a group behind them all day. USGA said they would give him 5 hours and 15 mins to finish, but they actually told him he had to leave a green before he could make the birdie because there was a group waiting on the tee.

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Check out the betting markets for the potential Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson “The Match” Part 2

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“The Match” Part 2 may have only just been teased by Phil Mickelson this week on his social media account, but that hasn’t stopped bookmakers from pricing up some exciting betting markets for the potential showdown.

BetOnline.ag have chalked up Woods as favorite to exact revenge on Lefty, but the company have also priced up markets on the total curse words used between the two, the number of Tiger twirls we will potentially see, and much more.

Here’s a full list of the betting markets BetOnline.ag have created ahead of the potential Woods-Mickelson “The Match” Part 2:

How many holes will be conceded?

  • Under 2½ holes 4/11
  • Over 2½ holes 2/1

Match Winner

  • Tiger Woods 20/33
  • Phil Mickelson 5/4

Number of 3-putts recorded by Tiger and Phil

  • Under ½ 3-putts 5/12
  • Over ½ 3-putts 33/20

Which pairing will win Tiger vs Phil II?

  • Tiger Woods / Peyton Manning 5/9
  • Tiger Woods / Tom Brady 2/3
  • Phil Mickelson / Peyton Manning 11/10
  • Phil Mickelson / Tom Brady 7/5

Which player will make the most birdies?

  • Tiger Woods 10/13
  • Phil Mickelson 10/11

Will a Play Off be needed to decide the winner?

  • No 1/3
  • Yes 5/2

Will Hole No. 18 be played?

  • Yes 10/13
  • No 10/11

Will there be a Hole In One?

  • No 2/55
  • Yes 17/2

Will Tiger Woods wear a red shirt?

  • Yes 2/5
  • No 17/10
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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.1.20)

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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.

Beautiful custom work on these Mizuno MP64’s from The Golf Garage.

‘Sweet Swingin’ Strawberry’ headcovers added to Bettinardi’s Thursday release!

One of the most underrated irons of all time says our Ryan Barath.

‘Lightly Seasoned’

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Fancy looking long neck lefty flat-stick from SGC Putters.

Colorful Squareback Scotty.

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

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14 players disqualified from mini-tour event for playing from the wrong tees

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Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, there is still golf being played in some regions of the US in mini-tour events, and Tuesday during an event on the Outlaw Tour saw a significant rules controversy.

Per Ryan French (Twitter’s Monday Q Info), 14 players during round one of the Outlaw Tour’s Verrado Founders Championship were DQ’d from the event after playing from the wrong set of tees on one hole.

Despite the 14-men playing from a distance longer than they should have, there is no dispensation from the rule despite it being clear there was no intent to gain an advantage on their competitors.

Following the opening round, tournament director Jesse Burghart released a statement on Facebook where he defiantly stuck by his decision to disqualify the 14 players.

“I stand by my decision to uphold the integrity of the game and the Rules of Golf…Penalty for breach of rules is disqualification. It’s very black and white and one of the most important rules to follow.

I’ve heard all the name calling and peanut gallery remarks. At the end of the day we are supposed to be professional golfers. Ultimately it’s your decision to be one or not.

Sheriff Out”

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One of the players DQ’d because of the error was James Feutz who backed the Tour’s decision on his social media, but explained how he feels some compensation should be given “considering how many people made the same mistake and the current world situation.”

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