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Pat Perez: The R&A “do it right, not like the USGA”

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Pat Perez opened The Open, as it were, with a 2-under 69, and at the time of this writing, he’s 4 under for the second round and tied for the lead.

Clearly, there’s something Double P likes about links golf. And when he was asked whether he was surprised by how receptive the greens at Carnoustie were after his opening round, Perez shook his head with conviction and said.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA…They’ve got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you’ve got the greens receptive. They’re not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn’t. The course is just set up perfect.”

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

Pat Perez has no problem speaking his mind. While it has gotten him in trouble in the past, you have to respect his candor. The interesting question, as I asked in the Morning 9, is how many Tour pros agree him?

Sure, it’s unlikely any of Perez’s compatriots will join him publicly in his “R&A does it right, USGA does it wrong” stance, but it’d be very interesting to know what percentage are of the same mind.

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  1. joro

    Jul 24, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    He said it like it was. The USGA has been getting ridiculous and more ridiculous, maybe this taught them something, I doubt it though.

  2. Bob Jones

    Jul 23, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Pat is exactly right, but in the USGA defense it doesn’t have the kind of course in America to work with like the R&A does in the British Isles. That forces the USGA to make decisions that don’t always work out.

  3. John E

    Jul 23, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Pat Perez needs to go on a diet, the guy is a heart attack waiting to happen.

  4. Dan

    Jul 22, 2018 at 3:01 am

    his hair is just a bad look.

  5. Jimmy's Junk

    Jul 21, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    True Dat Pat!

  6. Tartan Golf Travel

    Jul 21, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Pat is right. The R&A just lets the course and weather dictate the score. The USGA has to trick everything up because they think par is a magical number. Go to a great course, firm up the fairways and greens a bit then let the guys play.

  7. JR

    Jul 20, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    You know what they say about opinions

  8. O

    Jul 20, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    It rained. While you were sleeping, last night.

    Idiot

  9. Jim McPherson

    Jul 20, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    I’ve always just been indifferent to Perez. Not a fan, not a hater.

    But I do admire his ability to say it how he sees it. Keep up the good work Pat!

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Strong start, then tremendous misfortune: David Duval cards a 13 after playing the wrong ball

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David Duval suffered a nightmare first round at Royal Portrush on Thursday, and during his opening nine, the 2001 Claret Jug winner recorded the what was nearly score on a single hole at The Open for 69 years.

The 47-year-old came to the par-5 seventh hole having played his previous two holes five-over-par, but that was nothing compared to what Duval was about to experience.

Duval played the wrong ball on the seventh hole, and his entire play on the hole even managed to confuse the official scoreboard. The former Open Champion was initially credited with a triple-bogey eight on the par-5, which was then adjusted to a whopping 15, before being changed to a 13.

As you would expect, Twitter had plenty to say on the octuple bogey.

*Update*

Thursday afternoon, the R&A announced on The Open’s website that Duval’s score had again been adjusted from a 13 to a 14, stating

“The adjustment was made following an error in reviewing his score on the 7th hole. David lost his first two balls from the tee and then played a wrong ball for the third ball played from the tee. On discovering the mistake at the green he had to return to where the wrong ball was played but the correct ball could not be found. Therefore he had to play again from the tee for a fourth time under penalty of stroke and distance. He played six shots in completing the hole with the fourth ball from the tee. He incurred a two-shot penalty for playing the wrong ball but the strokes played with the wrong ball do not count in his score (Rule 6.3c).”

The correction results in Duval’s opening round becoming 91, 20-over-par.

 

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Justin Harding suffers embarrassing fall in a bunker during the opening round of The Open

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They say that one of the keys to playing links golf is avoiding the plethora of bunkers which are invariably in play, and that was certainly the case for Justin Harding during Thursday’s opening round at The Open.

The 33-year-old’s tee shot on the par-4 fifth hole found a fairway bunker, and while trying to escape from the sand from an awkward lie, Harding lost his footing, which resulted in his ball staying in the sand while he took an embarrassing tumble and in a hapless fashion did his best to avoid his body making contact with the ball.

Check out the amusing moment in the embedded video below.

To Harding’s credit, the South African laughed off the moment and went on to record a bogey on the hole.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (7.18.19)

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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.

Do you believe him, WRXers?

Antony Silvestro showcasing his awesome looking custom Lamb Crafted “Gambler” flat-stick.

A close-look at some of the Bettinardi putters on show this week at Royal Portrush.

Twisted toothpick from PC Golf Customs.

Stunning shot of La Quinta from Channing Benjamin.

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It might be another year away, but check out these Ryder Cup-themed markers from Liberty Ballmarkers.

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

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