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Joel Dahmen says Sung Kang cheated at the Quicken Loans National

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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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Peter Kessler lashed out at anyone and everyone on Twitter

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With 140K followers on Twitter and a website as well, No Laying Up have become one of the most popular accounts in the golfing world. However, when the group plugged the second season of their show Tourist Sauce” with a new promo, it provoked a strong response from “the voice of golf,” former Golf Channel and PGA Tour host, writer, and producer, Peter Kessler. (Kessler responded to Green Jacket Auctions, who praised NLU’s work).

Kessler, no stranger to speaking his mind, then spent hours feuding with fellow social media users who defended No Laying Up’s promo. As is often the case in the world of social media, the arguments descended into personal insults, on which Kessler did not hold back.

Consider these tweets representative of dozens more in the same vein.

Although Kessler was firmly in attack mode, he had to be on his guard when @ProV1_iron took aim at his Perfect Club infomercials from back in the day. The spots are largely a humorous relic in the golfing world, but Kessler was having none of the “people in glass houses” analogy.

The responses from Kessler went on and on, and many had been expecting the ex-Golf Channel host cool off after yesterday’s exploits. However, the opposite happened, with Kessler getting right back in the saddle this morning and continuing his tirade against defenders of the show, with Kessler claiming NLU’s promo “is like intro to entertainment in 9th grade and school just started. Surely you’ve seen good movies and tv shows. These aren’t them.”

Despite saying that he has “Gotta run,” Kessler remains locked in a battle of personal insults with other social media users.

What do you make of Peter Kessler’s social media outburst, GolfWRX members?

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Which Air Jordan model should Nike release as a golf shoe next?

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According to GolfMagic, Nike’s Air Jordan III golf shoe took off from the foul line and soared right out of stock.

Per the site: “Nike launched this new model back in February… but you’ll do very well to get your hands on either them right now as they have sold out on Nike’s website. However, a Nike spokesperson has since commented saying “more is on the way.”

Grammar aside, this is interesting.

Now, it wasn’t long ago that all golf shoes looked like this.

And with all due respect to the Etonic Dri-Lite of yore, and giving wide berth to the traditionalists in the golf footwear space, the transition to sneaker-style golf shoes is cool, isn’t it? I mean, even if you’re monumentally swagger impaired like myself and could never pull the “Js on the fairways” look off, it’s intriguing, no?

With that in mind, and recognizing the demand for the 3s, I thought it’d be interesting to consider what the next Jordan golf shoe ought to be.

Here are my finalists for the next wide release (yes, I know Nike made Ray Allen custom 11s and MJ has had a few customs). Many of these are new colorways of classic (OG) models. I’ve tried for a range of styles and picks from across the Jordan timeline. Images via the excellent catalogue on the Jordan website.

Air Jordan XXXII

Air Jordan VI

Air Jordan VIII

Air Jordan II (low)

Air Jordan XXX

Let me know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…

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Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

We all know the story of how, after September 11, Woods re-evaluated his charitable endeavors and began to conceive of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. He’s spoken passionately about the students who have made their way through the various programs in the past, and there’s no doubt he cares deeply about the TGR Foundation’s efforts, but seeing a thin slice of that reality is awesome.

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