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Joel Dahmen says Sung Kang cheated at the Quicken Loans National



Update: Comment from Sung Kang via PGA Tour’s Communications department: “He is standing by the ruling that was made by PGA Tour Rules officials on Sunday…”

If you thought Francesco Molinari’s barn burning Sunday 62 in triple-digit heat was hot, check out this fire from Joel Dahmen.

The 30-year-old flat out accused Sung Kang of cheating. It all went down on the overflowing landfill that is Twitter, appropriately.

Here’s the exchange with a fan who wondered about a hold up during play.

Kang is yet to respond to the accusations, and Dahmen hasn’t said anything further.

Seemingly, Kang tried go for the par-5 10th green in two shots. However, his ball went left into a native area. Dahmen didn’t think the ball ever crossed the hazard, whereas Kang, obviously, believed it did. After 25 minutes of argument, presumably mediated by officials, Kang ultimately dropped on the side of the hazard closer to the hole. He played his fourth shot onto the green and made par.

For what it’s worth, here’s the visual from Shotlink.

(c/o PGA Tour’s Shotlink)

We’re sure the PGA Tour is looking into it, however–and not just because they were mentioned in Dahmen’s original tweet–and surely some type of investigation and statement are forthcoming. Or a statement that there will be an investigation. Because integrity is the cornerstone of the Rules of Golf, These Guys are Good, Live Under Par and all that.

We’ll keep an eye on how this one shakes out.

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  1. bc

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    How would this be treated differently if he (Kang) was in contention (as a co-leader) with the likes of Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justice Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day to win one of the majors or the Players Championship? It WOULD be treated differently!!!

  2. Tee-Bone

    Jul 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I’ve been critical of this rule for a long time. For a number of reasons, it is often difficult, or even impossible, to know the point that the ball last crossed the margin of a hazard. Hypothetically, it could come down to the difference of a foot or so. You’re supposed to see that clearly from 200+ yards away? By nature, this rule involves estimation and thus is ripe for error and abuse.

    • steve

      Jul 3, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      I agree. Not to mention that playing partners are almost always facing different angles and not standing directly behind the ball. But somehow they are supposed to be part of this ruling process?

  3. Jamie

    Jul 2, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Good for Joel for speaking up instead of being a silent sheep.

  4. jc

    Jul 2, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    years ago, in an lpga event, anika and another lady were playing…there was a ditch running across the fairway…annika hit a shot and plugged under the lip….she wanted a drop and claimed that the ball had flown over the ditch and somehow backed up and lodged under the lip…the other lady was ‘no way’. it is impossible. they argued for over 10 minutes and finally the other girl said ‘do what you want annika’ and walked away. stardom has it’s privledge.

  5. jc

    Jul 2, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    just wait until the new rules come in and you can take a drop for an out of bounds shot….and try and figure out where to drop

    • Josh

      Jul 3, 2018 at 12:40 am

      That is going to be an optional local rule or widely utilized in casual play, it’s 2 shot penalty drop near where it went out of bounds. They aren’t going to play that on tour…

  6. Lee

    Jul 2, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    There’s a guy on Twitter saying he was running the shotlink from the green and he said the ball never crossed the hazard.

  7. Jeff

    Jul 2, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    All other sports use some type of instant replay. Golf has shotlink (they should use it). If there is a dispute then they should go to the tech to see what happened. This would could prevent name calling and keep up the pace of play. Just my Opinion

    • Christopher

      Jul 2, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      Shotlink doesn’t account for the curvature of the ball, so its not that reliable.

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon



Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Jean van de Velde’s 1999 British Open collapse is still tough to watch in LEGO form



Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.


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Sung Kang finally responds to cheating allegations



Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled British Open programming, but Sung Kang stated today he still doesn’t think he didn’t anything wrong. “I followed the rules by the rules official…I think I did the right thing,” he said after his opening round at The Open.

Joel Dahmen, if you recall, accused the 31-year-old pro of taking a bad drop at the 10th hole during the final round of the Quicken Loans National.

The comments were Kang’s first public remarks since a statement co-released with the PGA Tour which said, “He is standing by the ruling that was made by PGA Tour Rules officials on Sunday and will have no further comment.”

While he stopped short of giving his side of the story, Kang did indeed make “further comment.”

Here’s some of what he said.

“I did not want to say anything bad about Joel. Because there can be difference of opinions. But the way he just said it on Twitter was not right. There can be different opinions. And also, it was made a decision by the rules official. So nothing was wrong.”

“I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened, but no comment because I’m not going to say anything. I think I made the right decision. … Even when I say something, a few people still kind of think i still did something wrong. And if someone believes in me, they aren’t going to trust what Joel said.”

“No matter what I say, some people are going to trust it, some people are not going to trust it. And then I’m going to be thinking about it more and more. So I’m just focusing on my golf game.”

The British press asked Kang if he wishes he had done anything differently.

“No. Why? I did the right thing,” Kang replied.

Now, I’m not here to argue one way or the other, but the rules official wasn’t in position to do anything other than leave things at the player’s discretion, which he did. So, it’s misleading–if not downright deceptive–for Kang to suggest otherwise.

The official didn’t see the shot. There was no video of it. The only thing he had to rely on was the accounts of those who did see it. In a situation where accounts vary, and with the Rules of Golf relying on player integrity as they do, all he could do was leave the ball in Kang’s court. Thus, the decision as to where to drop was wholly Sung Kang’s.

Again, this isn’t to say the drop was necessarily bad, bad to play the “decision by the rules official” card is, well, a bad drop.


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