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Joe LaCava, Tiger Woods’ caddie, paid a heckler $25 to leave at the WGC-Bridgestone

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While Steve Williams would likely have taken a different route, Tiger Woods’ current caddie admitted to bribing a fan to leave his boss alone.

LaCava called into ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” and told a tale of paying of a heckler at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

LaCava said the man heckled Woods throughout his final round at the Bridgestone, and on the 14th hole, LaCava interceded, telling the man to check out action elsewhere on the course. Interestingly/absurdly, the man said he would be happy to, provided LaCava reimburse him for his ticket.

Here’s the full transcript c/o ESPN.

Mike Golic: “Did you have any issues with the people at Bellerive?”

Joe LaCava: “Not at all, and you hit it right on the head, 99 percent of the guys and women are behind Tiger, pushing for Tiger. They want to see good golf in general they’re not anti-the-other-guys, but they’re certainly rooting for Tiger more so than the other guys. But, funny you guys ask that question. The week before in Akron, I had a little incident with a guy who was harassing my guy on the 14th hole at Akron the last day outside the ropes, roughening him up pretty good. And I said, hey listen bud, why do you gotta go there? Everyone’s having a good time, everyone’s pulling for Tiger. You don’t like the guy that’s one thing, but you don’t to be yelling at my guy, screaming negative stuff like that. And I said at the end of the day, if you affect him, his performance, it effects my bottomline. So he calls me a couple names and I go back and forth with the guy, and I say why don’t you just leave. And he says well if you give me $25 for the ticket that I bought today I’ll leave. And I said here you go, here’s $25.”

Mike: “Did he leave?”

Joe: “So I whip out $25 and he starts to go down the 14th fairway toward the green. I say look pal $25 is $25 you gotta head the other way. So he starts to head the other way, he goes 20 yards down the line, then he calls me a certain other, a swear word. So I run 20 yards back the other way and I’m going face to face with this guy. And all the sudden Tiger’s looking for a yardage, and I’m in it with this guy 20 yards down the line. So some cop has to come in, push this guy outta the way, and take him outta the tournament.

Mike: “So what did Tiger say when you came back to give him the yardage?”

Joe: “Well that’s a great question. We were so far to the right of the trees, and he was on his third shot believe it or not, we were still 150 yards away from the green, and he didn’t really know what happened. He heard the commotion, he heard the guy yelling at him, so we talked about it after the fact, but he didn’t really know how it developed. And he says I was wondering what happened, and he goes normally it wouldn’t that long to get a yardage. I said well a little incident down the road. He didn’t have a problem with it, and actually I gotta standing ovation for kicking the guy outta there.

Security probably should have happened sooner when LaCava was $25 richer.

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  1. joro

    Aug 18, 2018 at 11:02 am

    That was stupid, now all the ignorant fools will be lined up looking for a few bucks to shut up. That is why he has a “Security Squad” walking with him, that is to get rid of the ignorant SOBs that can’t keep their stupid mouths shut. Bad move.

  2. Hagen

    Aug 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    All slobs should be removed. If it were a movie theater or restaurant, same thing would happen.

  3. nignogwozawog

    Aug 17, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Only $25? Dude should have asked for more

  4. CrashTestDummy

    Aug 17, 2018 at 12:50 am

    LaCava is one good caddie. Keeping the drama and distractions under control.

  5. Regan

    Aug 17, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Steve Williams wouldve smashed him hands down.

  6. chance

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    There needs to be much less tolerance of fan heckling. They should not only be removed from a tournament but also fined. This needs to happen sooner rather than later. I think whoever is running things is dropping the ball on this issue.

    • ChipNRun

      Aug 17, 2018 at 12:03 am

      Chronic heckling is “disturbing the peace.” For dealing with chronic hecklers, the marshall with the small radio can call the guys with the handcuffs.

      Bribing hecklers sets a bad precedent.

    • CrashTestDummy

      Aug 17, 2018 at 12:49 am

      I agree. The hecklers can affect play and outcomes. The hecklers have been watching Happy Gilmore too much.

  7. Timmay

    Aug 16, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Tiger needs to have a few “enforcers” following him around in the crowd. Kinda like the fella in Happy Gilmore. Couple unneeded outbursts and they would just get a quick tap on the shoulder from someone that makes a NFL linebacker look like a small child. Some people these days just need thrown to the ground by their throat. This heckler looks like one of those people.

  8. Nolan

    Aug 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    So dishonorable. I mean hes heckling an adulterer but still…

  9. lakawak

    Aug 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Why should people who aren’t actually interfering with shots be removed from a tournament

    • the dude

      Aug 16, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      this isn’t Heinz stadium you dolt….(Class….it’s the 1st door on your right…..)

  10. carl spackler

    Aug 16, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    The heckler looks like the kind of guy you see at your local muni blaring music and slamming a six pack per 9. I am sure glad we grew the game.

    • lakawak

      Aug 16, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Who is “we”? You did nothing. And “the game” hasn’t grown. It is in a tailspin. Has been for close to 20 years. Several hundred fewer golf courses open than in the 90s.

      • Raj

        Aug 16, 2018 at 8:54 pm

        If you’re out there playing, contributing to the golfing community local or online, you’re helping grow the game. If you jump in to make snide comments, you’re likely not.

      • Solzhenitsen

        Aug 16, 2018 at 11:34 pm

        Sigh. I do believe these golfwrx stories draw the most foolhardy and meaninglessly self-righteous comments on the internet. I wonder what draws these tiresome dots to the site?

    • Muni Man

      Aug 17, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Like having a little music is a bad thing. You’re probably the kind of guy playing a 5 hour round of golf and posting up a solid 89 with three mulligans.

      And who is “we” you and your bro Lacav?

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5 men who need to win this week’s Open Championship for their season to be viewed as a success

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The year’s final major championship is upon us, with 156 players ready to battle it out at Royal Portrush for the Claret Jug. The oldest tournament in the sport presents the last opportunity for players to achieve major glory for nine months, and while some players will look back at this year’s majors and view them as a success, others will see them as a missed opportunity.

Here are five players who will tee it up at The Open, needing a win to transform their season, and in doing so, their career.

Adam Scott

Adam Scott has looked revived in 2019 with four top-10 finishes, including a T7 at the U.S. Open and a T8 at the PGA Championship. The Australian hasn’t won since 2016, and at 39-years-old, Scott knows better than anyone that the final narrative over his career comes down to whether or not he can add to his lone major championship victory he achieved at the 2013 Masters.

Speaking following his final round at Pebble Beach last month, Scott stated

“I’m angry; I want to win one of these so badly. I play so much consistent golf. But that’s kind of annoying; I’d almost rather miss every cut and win one tournament for the year if that win was a major.” 

A gut-wrenching finish cost Scott the Claret Jug at Royal Lytham and St. Annes seven years ago, and the 39-year-old has held at least a share of the back-nine lead on Sunday on three occasions at the event since 2012. The Australian’s statement following the U.S. Open says it all; a successful 2019 depends on whether or not he can finally put his Open Championship demons to bed.

Dustin Johnson

With a win in Mexico earlier this year, Dustin Johnson has now made it 11 straight seasons with at least one victory on the PGA Tour. However, Johnson continues to be judged, rightly or wrongly, on his struggles to capture major championships. The 35-year-old remains on one major victory for his career, which is a hugely disappointing total for a player of his talent.

Should the American remain stuck on one major for another nine months following this week’s event, it’s hard to imagine the 35-year-old feeling satisfied. Johnson came to Pebble Beach last month as the prohibitive favorite and failed to fire, but it’s what occurred at the PGA Championship which will leave a sour taste. With Brooks Koepka feeling the heat, Johnson had the opportunity to step up and reverse his major championship fortune, but two bogeys in his final three holes just added to his ‘nearly man’ tag at the most significant events.

A win in Northern Ireland removes both the ‘nearly man’ and ‘one major wonder’ tags, and turns his least successful season, victory wise, into one of his best.

Rory McIlroy

Whatever happens this week at Royal Portrush, Rory McIlroy’s season has been impressive, but it’s missing something big. That something is a win at a major championship, and it’s been missing since 2014. To avoid a five-year drought at the majors, McIlroy must win the 148th Open Championship at home, and with it, claim the greatest victory of his career.

Speaking prior to this week’s tournament, McIlroy stated

“I want to win for me. It’s not about trying to do something in front of friends and family.”

The home-town hero is currently in the midst of one of the greatest ball-striking seasons of all time. But without a win at a major to show for it, there’s undoubtedly going to be frustration and regret in the aftermath. On the flip side, should the Ulsterman triumph this week then it would likely eclipse his double major season success of 2014, and according to the man himself, it would also eclipse anything that he could ever go on to achieve in the game thereafter.

Rickie Fowler

Without getting his hands on a major, the narrative behind Rickie Fowler is not going to change. ‘The best player without a major’ tag has been there for a while now with Fowler – who hasn’t been close to shaking it off in 2019. Victory at the Phoenix Open back in February snapped a 24-month streak without a win on the PGA Tour, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone considering the 30-year-old’s season a success without him finally getting the monkey off his back and entering the winner’s circle at a major.

Justin Rose

Justin Rose turns 39-years-old this year, and each season from now to the house, he will be judged on his success at the majors. With  wins at the U.S. Open and Olympics already achieved in his career, a successful season for the Englishman now depends on whether he can become a multiple major champion.

Talking ahead of his bid to win his first Open Championship, Rose said

“People don’t come up to me and say, ‘Hey, you won the FedEx!’. It’s the US Open, the Olympic gold, the Ryder Cup. I’m 40 next year and yes, the clock is ticking.

I’ve had three top threes in the majors in the last three seasons, with two seconds, so I know I’m right there doing the right things. It’s just a case of making it happen again, because the chances won’t keep coming forever.”

Rose’s sense of urgency may stem from tough losses at the 2017 Masters, 2018 Open Championship and more recently at the 2019 U.S. Open. In Rose’s favor is that the average age of winners of The Open since 2011 is almost five years higher than the average age of those who won the Masters, and over eight years older than those who won the U.S. Open. To elevate his 2019 to elite levels, Rose is relying on victory at Royal Portrush.

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The 2019 Open Championship tee times; Tiger Woods grouped with Patrick Reed and Matt Wallace

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The 2019 Open Championship tee times have been released for Round One, and it’s the 2011 champion Darren Clarke who will strike the opening tee shot of the 148th Open Championship when he tees off this Thursday at 6:35 AM local time.

Clarke’s fellow countryman, Rory McIlroy, will begin his attempt to capture the claret jug on home soil alongside Paul Casey and the current U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland on Thursday at 10:09 a.m., and Tiger Woods goes in search of major victory number 16 alongside Patrick Reed and Matt Wallace with a Round One starting time of 3:10 PM.

Defending champion, Francesco Molinari, tees off alongside Bryson DeChambeau and Adam Scott at 9:58 AM on Thursday morning.

Full Open Championship Round One Tee times: *All times BST

6:35am: Darren Clarke, James Surgue (a), Charley Hoffman

6:46am: Emiliano Grillo, Sung Kang, Thomas Thurloway (a)

6:57am: Andy Sullivan Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Alexander Levy

7:08am: Chan Kim, Zander Lombard, Brandon Wu (a)

7:19am: Richard Sterne, Romain Langasque, Matthias Schmid (a)

7:30am: Padraig Harrington, Matt Fitzpatrick, Andrew Putnam

7:41am: Bubba Watson, Eddie Pepperell, Rafa Cabrera Bello

7:52am: Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry, Branden Grace

8:03am: Alex Noren, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Sam Locke

8:14am: Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, CT Pan

8:25am: Ryan Palmer, Andrea Pavan, Dylan Frittelli

8:36am: Kyle Stanley, Robert MacIntyre, Andrew Johnston

8:47am: Mikko Korhonen, Oliver Wilson, Curtis Knipes (a)

9:03am: Ian Poulter, Sungjae Im, Kiradech Aphibarnat

9:14am: Henrik Stenson, Xander Schauffele, Graeme McDowell

9:25am: Haotong Li, Russel Knox, Bernd Wiesberger

9:36am: Jason Kokrak, Connor Syme, Austin Connelly

9:47am: Zach Johnson, David Duval, Corey Conners

9:58am: Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau, Adam Scott

10:09am: Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland, Paul Casey

10:20am: Rickie Folwer, Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama

10:31am: Jim Furyk, Si-Woo Kim, Jimmy Walker

10:42am: Luke List, Alexander Bjork, Paul Waring

10:53am: Shugo Imahira, Nate Lashley, Benjamin Hebert

11:04am: Mikumu Horikawa, Cullum Shinkwin, Garrick Porteous

11:15am: Prom Meesawat, Matthew Baldwin, Jack Senior

11:36am: Tom Lehman, Joaquin Niemann, Miguel Angel Jimenez

11:47am: Byeong Hun An, Jorge Campillo, Chris Wood

11:58am: Joel Dahmen, Adri Arnaus, Dimitrios Papadatos

12:09pm: Stewart Cink, Rory Sabbatini, Innchoon Hwang

12:20pm: Erik van Rooyen, Kurt Kitayama, Jake McLeod

12:31pm: Ryan Fox, Shaun Norris, Dongkyu Jang

12:42pm: Tyrrell Hatton, Keith Mitchell, Thomas Pieters

12:53pm: Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Thorbjorn Olesen

1:04pm: Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Shubhankar Sharma

1:15pm: Billy Horschel, Jazz Janewattananond, Aaron Wise

1:26pm: Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman, Danny Willett

1:37pm: Cameron Smith, Adam Hadwin, David Lipsky

1:48pm: Paul Lawrie, Chez Reavie, Justin Harding

2:04pm: Takumi Kanaya (a), Tom Lewis, Brandon Stone

2:15pm: Lucas Glover, Joost Luiten, Nino Bertasio

2:26pm: Ernie Els, JB Holmes, Abraham Ancer

2:37pm: Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood, Brian Harman

2:48pm: Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Lucas Bjerregaard

2:59pm: Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Keegan Bradley

3:10pm: Tiger Woods, Matt Wallace, Patrick Reed

3:21pm: Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Matt Kuchar

3:32pm: Kevin Streelman, Doc Redman, Robert Rock

3:43pm: Adrian Otaegui, Yuta Ikeda, Isidro Benitez

3:54pm: Patton Kizzire, Sang Hyun Park, Yuki Inamori

4:05pm: Yoshinori Fukimoto, Doyeob Mun, Andrew Wilson

4:16pm: Gunn Charoenkul, Yosuke Asaji, Ashton Turner

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (7.15.19)

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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.

Awesome armlock style putter giveaway from Golf Sub 70.

Final major headcover dropping tomorrow in the Hive from Bettinardi.

Chris Utting showcasing the 14th hole at Ledgeview Golf Course.

Open Championship special covers from Sugar Skull Golf.

Cool before and after pics of this green paintfill Studio Select NP 1.5 restoration job.

Slick looking welded sight dot on this flashy flat-stick from Olson Putter Co.

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

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