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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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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (7.22.19)

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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.

Embrace Putters with this Ping Anser 2 featuring a fresh face remill and satin finish.

Some great shots of Bettinardi’s “Box Car” flat-stick.

A look inside Oak Quarry Golf Club in Jurupa Valley, California, courtesy of Roberto Escartin.

Slick looking P790 driving iron with a micro annealed digital camo custom job from the guys at The Golf Garage.

Sweet finishing skills from Royal Payne Custom Putters on these flat-sticks.

Legacy putter featuring a welded plumbers neck, tri sole, and a lightly milled face 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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Tweets of the Week: Stenson snaps, Rose’s shank of the year, and G-Mac loses his temper

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Shane Lowry produced the performance of his life to win the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush, but in a great week of golf, here are some of the 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.

Impressions From The Open

Conor Moore on point as always!

Rose’s Shank Of The Year

The Englishman keeping the cameraman on his toes.

Matt Wallace And His Hero

Stenson Snaps

Beautiful technique from the big Swede.

G-Mac’s Frustration

When you find your ball 12 seconds too late…

Zach Appears On Phireside With Phil

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Brooks Koepka expresses his frustration over J.B. Holmes’ slow play at The Open

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Brooks Koepka began 2019 by calling out golf’s authorities for their lack of action over the slow play issue surrounding the game, and on Sunday at the Open Championship, the 29-year-old appeared visibly agitated over the speed of playing partner J.B. Holmes.

The two men teed off at 1.37 PM local time in the final round, and from their opening tee shots of the day, which Holmes would take significantly longer to play than his compatriot, it appeared the two could be in for an uncomfortable day with each other.

For the most part during Sunday’s final round, on the course, Koepka was to keep whatever frustrations which were bubbling under the surface to himself.

However, coming off the 12th green, the four-time major champ was seen staring at a rules official while motioning to his imaginary wristwatch, and on another occasion, the American looked less than impressed as his playing partner went through his deliberate putting routine.

Following their round, the 29-year-old was quick to point out that Holmes is far from being the only slow player on Tour, but explained what his biggest gripe was with the Kentuckian on Sunday at Royal Portrush – his inability to prepare when it wasn’t his turn.

“There are a lot of slow guys out here, that’s not the first time I’ve done it, especially when you’ve got a walking official with you. I’m ready to go most of the time.

That’s what I don’t understand when it’s your turn to hit, your glove is not on, then you start thinking about it, that’s where the problem lies. It’s not that he takes that long. He doesn’t do anything until his turn. That’s the frustrating part. But he’s not the only one that does it out here.”

Holmes’ nightmare performance didn’t help his pace of play as he struggled mightily in the harsh conditions during Sunday’s final round. The 37-year-old shot an 87 – 16 over par to move from third place at the start of the day to fourth last on six over.

Koepka had some sympathy for Holmes’ struggles in the wind and rain in Northern Ireland, but despite this, the Florida native made it clear that he still found the pace at times too slow.

“He had a rough day, but JB is a slow player. We were on pace for 13 holes, but if I’m in the group we’re going to be on pace no matter what. But there were some times where I thought it was slow.”

Koepka’s final round of 74 secured a T4 finish for the four-time major champ to complete an exceptional year at the major tournaments which included a win at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in May.

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