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Jeff Golden issues statement on Florida Mid-Am incident

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Jeff Golden is sharing more details about the events of May 16 at the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship.

If you recall, police were summoned to Coral Creek Club during a rain delay in the Golden-Marc Dull final. Golden alleged Dull’s caddie, Brandon Hibbs, punched him in the face during a parking lot altercation. Dull and Hibbs both deny the incident occurred.

Rather than paraphrase or pull quotes, it seems appropriate to post the majority of Golden’s statement as is, since it’s his attempt to speak for himself and set the record straight.

“When my name was announced on the first tee, my opponent’s caddie immediately asked an off color question. I laughed off the timing of that question, along with many other examples of bad etiquette to come. Alcohol appeared to be influencing his behavior. I’ve never seen an opposing caddie engage in so much conversation with a competitor. On the eighth hole I had become extremely frustrated because I was forced to back off my shot two different times when my opponent and caddie were talking and moving. I expressed my disappointment with their etiquette to the match referee following our group.”

“The ruling that came from the caddie’s comments on the ninth hole started because of a simple question that I posed: “Was that advice?” I thought this was the only way to slow down the caddie, clean up the etiquette and play a gentlemanly match. I felt justified in my decision, especially since my opponent then asked his caddie, “Why did you say that?” The caddie recused himself from the match, but he didn’t leave the property.”

“…I didn’t even get my bag out of my car when the caddie reappeared and said he’d like to apologize. I most likely had a smile on my face, because I was ready to put the past behind us, and he punched me in the face. I was knocked to the ground, and by the time I looked up, he was walking away, to my surprise, toward the clubhouse. The pro shop is a separate building, so that’s where I immediately went for help. The inside of my mouth was bleeding and my face was throbbing. I realized my hand was also hurting –that’s what broke my fall instead of my head.

“The pro shop employee called the police and was extremely helpful, getting me ice and offering any help I needed. The police arrived, and the deputy concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to justify pressing charges. I gave a recorded sworn statement to the deputy recapping the events.”

“The FSGA has one job, and that’s to follow the Rules of Golf. Unfortunately, there’s no rule for an inebriated “ex-caddie” punching a player in a match-play rain delay with no witnesses.”

“The FSGA gave me one option when the rain stopped. I had to play. My opponent had the option to concede the match and take responsibility for his caddie, but he told me he had nothing to do with what occurred.”

Golden further indicated that he conceded the match because of “physical and emotional distress, pulsing pain in my face, dizziness and cuts on my right hand.” He indicated he was surprised the FSGA didn’t suspend the match.

With respect to that point, it’s probably worth pointing out that 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.”

The FSGA hasn’t provided additional comment or modified that statement.

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  1. Manfaat Kesehatan

    May 28, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    hopefully all in good health and fine..

  2. Johnny Penso

    May 28, 2018 at 12:18 am

    I suspect there’s a lot more to the story than we’re getting here.

  3. Richard Douglas

    May 27, 2018 at 12:10 am

    This seems to be a very credible account. Why else would Golden choose not to continue?

    I’m baffled by law enforcement’s reaction, but those people are pretty stupid as a rule.

    This match should have been suspended. Better yet, Dull should have conceded the match. It seems pretty obvious what his caddie did.

  4. Mike W

    May 25, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Nothing new under the sun. Ted Ray knocked the daylights out of Wilfred Reid at the U.S. Open between the second and third rounds of the U.S. Open while the latter was leading the field (Reid completely collapsed thereafter), an incident immortalized in the book “The Greatest Game Ever Played”. One can only imagine the huge blow up today in the world of instant media, video of the event, at a restaurant, going viral, the likely suspension of Ray, the whole thing would’ve been blown up into an international scandal. But Ray went on to nearly win it all and later the two patched it up and became good friends.

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The 2019 Presidents Cup: All the details viewers need to know

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It’s the week of the 2019 Presidents Cup, and here we’ll give you all the crucial details you need to know to enjoy the event from Royal Melbourne Golf Club. From general information on the tournament itself to the viewing schedule we have you covered so you don’t get caught out by the enormous time difference!

*All times listed below are EST unless stated.

Host Course: Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Course Details: 7,055 yards – Par 71.

Format: Foursome – 9 matches, Fourballs – 9 matches , Singles – 12 matches.

Points Needed To Win: 15 1/2

International team: Byeong Hun An, Abraham Ancer, Adam Hadwin, Sungjae Im, Marc Leishman, Haotong Li, Hideki Matsuyama, Joaquin Niemann, Louis Oosthuizen, C.T. Pan, Adam Scott, Cameron Smith.

U.S. team: Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas, Gary Woodland, Tiger Woods.

TV Schedule

*All Golf Channel unless stated

Monday, December 9:

7-9 AM: Morning Drive

7 PM-1 AM: Live From the Presidents Cup

Tuesday, December 10:

7-9 AM: Morning Drive

7PM-2 AM: Live From the Presidents Cup

Wednesday, December 11 (Day 1)

7-10 AM: Morning Drive

3:30-5:30 PM: Live From the Presidents Cup

5:30 PM-Midnight: Presidents Cup, Day 1 (Also Online here)

Midnight-2 AM: Live From the Presidents Cup

Thursday, December 12 (Day 2)

7-10 AM: Morning Drive

4:30-7 PM: Live From the Presidents Cup

7 PM-Midnight: Presidents Cup, Day 2 (Also Online Here)

Midnight-2 AM: Live From the Presidents Cup

Friday, December 13 (Day 3)

7-8 AM: Morning Drive

2-3 PM: Live From the Presidents Cup

3 PM-2 AM: Presidents Cup, Day 3 (Also Online Here)

2-4 AM: Live From the Presidents Cup

Saturday, December 14 (Day 4)

10 AM-Noon: Morning Drive

2:30-6 PM: Presidents Cup, Day 3 replay on NBC Sports

4-6 PM: Live From the Presidents Cup

6 PM-Midnight: Presidents Cup, Day 4 (Also Online Here)

Midnight-2 AM: Live From the Presidents Cup

Sunday, December 15:

10 AM-Noon: Morning Drive, Golf Channel

1-6 PM: Presidents Cup, Day 4 replay on NBC Sports

Players Schedule

Monday, Dec. 9

General Practice Round

Tuesday, Dec. 10

8 AM (Local Time): International Team practice rounds begins.

9 AM (Local Time): U.S. Team practice rounds begins.

Captain’s Press Conference in Media Center.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

9:30 AM (Local Time): U.S. Team practice.

10:30 AM (Local Time): International Team practice.

4 PM (Local Time): Captain’s Pairings for Round 1 announced.

Day 1 Play

5:30 PM Wednesday : First round, four-ball.

Following play: Captains’ pairings for Day 2 announced.

Day 2 Play

7 PM Thursday: Second round, foursomes.

Following play: Captains’ pairings for Day 3 matches.

Day 3 Play

3 PM Friday: Third round, four-ball.

6 PM: Captains’ pairings for evening matches

8 PM: Fourth round, foursomes.

Following play: Captains’ pairings for Day 4 singles matches announced.

Day 4 Play

6 PM Saturday: Final round, singles matches.

Following play: Closing ceremony celebration

 

 

 

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How fellow Tour pros reacted to Patrick Reed’s waste bunker violation at the Hero

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In case you missed it, Patrick Reed was embroiled in a rules controversy last Friday evening that saw the Texan eventually penalized two strokes after twice brushing sand backwards in a waste bunker at the Hero Challenge. As you would expect, Reed received plenty of scathing criticism for the rule violation from golf fans, but plenty of fellow pros weighed in on the incident as well.

Check out some of the interesting reactions to the controversy below.

@pepperelleddie

@donaldsonjamie

Rickie Fowler after being told that officials were reviewing tape on the incident

“I don’t even know what you have to review”

@z_blair & HV3_golf

Cameron Smith didn’t hold back when talking to AAP

“If you make a mistake maybe once, you could maybe understand but to give a bit of a bullshit response like the camera angle … that’s pretty up there.

“I don’t have any sympathy for anyone that cheats. I hope the crowd absolutely gives it to not only him, but everyone (on the U.S. team) next week.”

@stuartappleby

Marc Leishman speaking to reporters at the Australian Open and suggesting Australian fans may now have some fun with him at this week’s Presidents Cup.

“It didn’t look too good for him. There are opportunities there, put it that way. Maybe not shovels, but I think he’s definitely opened a door there that he’s brought on himself.”

 

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Details: Imperial’s Tour Visor Fundraiser

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It’s the season of giving, and Imperial is giving back to worthwhile non-profit organizations this holiday season with the help of 7 one-off custom Tour Visors designs, all being auctioned off, with 100% of the proceeds going to their respected causes.

Giving you the chance to both feel good and look good at the same time.

For the inaugural Tour Visor Fundraiser Imperial teamed up with the American Junior Golf Association, Evans Scholars Foundation, The First Green, LPGA USGA Girls Golf, PGA Reach, Tee It Up for the Troops and Youth on Course.

From there each selected organization partnered with an artist to create a single custom Tour Visor™ that epitomizes the mission, vision and values of the respective organization. Each design was created using a variety of artistic mediums, from painting and photography to graphic design, then Imperial collaborated with Lee Wybranski, Dave Baysden and Seth McWhorter to bring their visions to life.

“The Tour Visor Fundraiser was an incredibly rewarding process of bringing together the non-profit organizations we currently support with renowned artists who can help bring their stories to life,” said David Shaffer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Imperial. “These Tour VisorsTM are truly one of a kind and the auction winners for each visor will have an artistic piece that gives back to these wonderful organizations.”

For more information on the artists and the organizations, or to place a bid on one of these one of a kind Visors, check out this page.

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