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Sung Kang finally responds to cheating allegations

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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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  1. Dan Jones

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    I’ve known Joel since he was 6 years old, he has even been my scramble partner in tournaments at Clarkston G&CC. He was raised very well by his parents and the whole family has good values. I most definitely trust Joel’s interpretation of this event.

  2. Naph

    Jul 20, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Give it a rest. We get it. You don’t like Kang and you think he’s a cheater. Your last poorly written article about it was enough, now here you are claiming “I’m not here to argue one way or the other” yet that’s exactly what you’re doing with this biased piece of “reporting”. Stick to the equipment news lest you want us to start thinking that you’ve either got the hugest crush on the guy and have a funny way of showing it or you’re just plain jealous of him.

  3. Bob Parson Jr.

    Jul 20, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    A really bad biased article! A yawn!

  4. Jim McPherson

    Jul 20, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Once a cheater, always a cheater. I will never be a fan of the guy. Actually, I will root for him to lose.

  5. Michael

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Such a biased article. Leave your feelings out of it.

  6. Holein1

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    If you see your playing parnert doing the wrong thing, call him out. Joe decided to be a little girl came crying on tweeter so everyone will know about is just as bad as a cheater.

    When you are writing an article, please keep ur bias point of view to yourself. Were you there standing with Joe?

  7. Jack

    Jul 19, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    With the exception of Kang, every person in a position to see the line of the shot said the drop was improper. I suspect those who are unhappy with your article are the type people who would act just like Kang did.

  8. millennial82

    Jul 19, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    yes, yes.. we already understood from your previous articles and made it clear how much you hate Sung Kang the cheater and Joel Dahmen is a cry baby little girl.. enough.

  9. Joe

    Jul 19, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    You are absolutely biased – if you claim yourself as written- you have to be objective view-

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Tweets of the Week: McIlroy’s umbrella mishap, DeChambeau’s new celebration, Wahlberg’s unique swing

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J.B. Holmes won a marathon rain-affected Genesis Open, while Ryan Fox captured his first European Tour title at the World Super 6 in Perth. In an eventful week, full of controversy, here are some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere over the past seven days.

Swag Range Swing

I’ve been doing it wrong my entire life.

Phil Mickelson’s Crazy Par

Before the scores were reset due to the weather on Day One of the Genesis Open, Phil Mickelson made the most incredible par save that unfortunately never was.

Sergio In Disguise?

Could have fooled me too.

McIlroy’s Umbrella Moment

Boink.

DeChambeau Reels It In

Not sure on this celebration from Bryson DeChambeau which he showed off during his second round at Riviera…

Tiger is THAT Guy

Might be best not to try this one with Sergio. Then again…

Wahlberg’s Interesting Swing

What do you make of actor Mark Wahlberg’s very different swing, GolfWRXers?

J.B. Holmes’ “Deliberate” Play

We have a new poster boy for slow play it seems…

…and on the subject of slow play, Adam Scott says nothing will change, sadly.

 

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Twitter user Legal Hooks: Matt Kuchar disrespected me when I was a 16-year-old caddie

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With Matt Kuchar’s character being called into question by many golf fans after the nine-time winner on the PGA Tour justified paying stand-in caddie David Ortiz $5,000 at last year’s Mayakoba Classic, a can of worms appears as if it may be about to spill open.

Going by the username of Legal Hooks, a Twitter user who allegedly caddied within the same group as Matt Kuchar at the 2006 Rheem Classic on the then Nationwide Tour, has claimed that Kuchar treated the then 16-year-old in an unfavorable manner.

In Legal Hooks’ social media thread, he claims that while in the group caddying for Bryce Molder, as the players exited the clubhouse, minus Molder who had made a pit-stop, the players and caddies began to hand out ice cream, which is when his experience turned sour.

Treating this with the requisite grain of salt necessitated in the social mediaverse, here’s the thread.

According to the then caddie, Kuchar “hadn’t a single kind word (to say) to me or act like I even existed” throughout the day. The reaction of Kuchar’s caddie, which involved tapping the youngster on the back and offering him a granola bar, is a sign to Legal Hooks that he wasn’t the first or last to be treated disrespectfully by the former Players champ.

The backlash against Kuchar appears to be gathering pace, with plenty of people on social media voicing their disappointment at the 40-year-old’s handling of the caddie dispute involving David Ortiz. Previous incidents, which made little impact on golf fans, such as the one below, look a lot more cynical all of a sudden and are gaining much more traction than they did when they first surfaced.

As business mogul Warren Buffett once said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” Kuchar may be finding out the truth of that adage the hard way.

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Tweets of the Week: Tony Romo’s sorcery, Brooks Koepka’s slow play solution, and Jordan Spieth’s distressed hands

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Phil Mickelson is on the verge of career win number 44, while over at the Vic Open, David Law won his first European Tour title, while Celine Boutier also broke through and claimed her maiden LPGA Tour victory at the same event. In a busy past week, here are some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere over the past seven days.

No Stopping Brooks

Koepka is on a roll to begin 2019, and his plan to sort the issue of slow play out, at least in the groups he’s playing with, is indeed a novel one.

Romo’s Brilliance

I’m almost certain that Tony Romo perfectly called how this shot would play out in his head before hitting it too.

Lefty Not Keen On Early Starts

You’d think a three-shot lead with two holes to play would have left Phil Mickelson feeling good as he departed the course due to bad light last night. However, Lefty’s reaction to play being suspended said it all…

…Phil had plenty to smile about on Thursday though. For the first time in over two decades, Mickelson found every fairway in a round. Wet fairways FTW.

Ho sung’s Debut

Golf fans everywhere were excited to see Ho sung Choi’s first appearance on the PGA Tour, and while things didn’t all go to plan for the viral sensation, Choi still entertained the fans with eccentricities like this.

Jordan’s Poor Hand

If you thought being a professional golfer was all fun and games then check out this tweet displaying Jordan Spieth’s battered right hand. Eek.

New Players Trophy

The Players Championship has a new trophy on offer, which is said to incorporate aspects of each of the 38 different winners of the event.

 

 

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