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Kyle Thompson films man taking his dumped Staff bags, then finds them listed on Craigslist



Earlier in the week, PGA Tour professional Kyle Thompson put three old Srixon golf bags (that he has since stressed “were in bad shape”) out with the garbage.

What the 39-year-old wasn’t expecting, however, was for someone to come by and snag the items from his trash. That’s precisely what happened however, and Thompson managed to capture the incident, which he then uploaded to his Instagram account (second slide):

The bag burglar displayed some smooth moves as he tiptoed his way across Thompson’s driveway before snagging the items and hopping back into his truck and driving off for a clean getaway.

Thompson then turned investigator, found the items listed on Craigslist, which the seller, who he christened “Cowboy,” had priced at $175.

If that wasn’t enough, the clubs were also spotted on eBay where the items were unashamedly listed as a “Kyle Thompson model,” and the seller, who was clearly struggling to move the bags, had dropped his asking price down to $100.

As for Thompson, he appeared to find the entire episode amusing, even praising his man “Cowboy” for his ingenuity.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag



  1. Geoffrey Holland

    Sep 24, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    “If that wasn’t enough, the clubs were also spotted on eBay”

    Nice job of proofreading guys way to go.


    Sep 22, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Strange that he dumped them in the trash. Even if worn a bit I’m sure theres lots of people who would gladly have taken them.

  3. Reid

    Sep 22, 2018 at 11:24 am

    The funny part is the blatant lies the guy is telling about the bags to sell them. You guys have no sense of humor. Hating in the comment section is pathetic and cliche.

    • Jamie

      Sep 22, 2018 at 11:54 am

      Crying hate is pathetic and cliche.

      • Nobody likes Jamie

        Sep 22, 2018 at 12:57 pm

        Hating on somebody calling out a bunch of whiners is cliche and pathetic.

        • JoJo

          Sep 22, 2018 at 12:59 pm

          Keyboard social justice warriors is totally 2015.

        • Jamie

          Sep 22, 2018 at 9:58 pm

          Reading comprehension much? That’s exactly what I’m doing.

  4. Jamie

    Sep 22, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Who’s Kyle Thompson? So the bags were abandoned on the curb and some entrepreneur salvages them and puts them up for auction to see if they have any value. Probably not since, again, who is Kyle Thompson? Go back to entertaining us, Kyle, if that’s possible. Or get a real job, if that’s possible too. Spoiled 39 year-old child.

  5. Kevin

    Sep 22, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Wow!!! No sense of humor on this site. It is not so much about the guy taking the bags but the funny post on craigslist and the guy trying to pawn them off as his own. I got a good laugh at it because growing up we had 2 guys that would drive by every trash night and grab stuff and try to be stealthy about it even though you could hear them from a mile away. I always wanted them to meet just to see what would happen!

    Ya’ll in the comments need to relax a little bit.

  6. John Ferrando

    Sep 22, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Don’t know what the big deal is, we put stuff out expecting people to take it.

  7. cinch bugs

    Sep 22, 2018 at 7:53 am

    I would have sold them on WRX BST… “tour issue, rare, and minty”

  8. Tom

    Sep 22, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Hey Kyle, get some perspective. Why don’t you browse other peoples’ refuse to earn a few extra bucks and see if you like it. Snowmen forever for you buddy.

  9. Mat

    Sep 22, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Kind of like shaming a child actor for having a real job…?

  10. tim

    Sep 22, 2018 at 12:45 am

    This is a story on Golfwrx, wow…

  11. Matt Stovall

    Sep 21, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Things left at the trash aren’t considered theft. Should have donated to charity auction or something. If I leave something at the trash I hope someone gets them…better than a landfill and gets used. Some college or high school kid would have loved to get these donated.

    • Matt Aamold

      Sep 21, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      Agreed it’s not theft. Authorities use this loophole a lot when investigating someone, once it’s put out for trash pickup it’s fair game.

      • James

        Sep 22, 2018 at 12:44 pm

        You just warned me to never unload my clubs from the trunk of my car, set them down by my trash receptacle and go inside for a moment…

      • Erik

        Sep 24, 2018 at 9:11 am

        It is actually an act of theft for a non-government, non-law enforcement civilian to remove trash like this in our region. The trash is considered property of your local waste removal department (government) once placed out on the curb, and transitively accessible by law enforcement if need be. Has nothing to do with the idea of “abandonment”. This law is a tool to remove the homeless and trash divers from communities that find them a nuisance.

        Honestly, this is hilarious though. Cowboy’s intricate lies in the responses are golden.

  12. D Mack

    Sep 21, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    The garbage picking business must be pretty good judging by the nice truck he was driving. I have to say the video made me laugh!

  13. ash

    Sep 21, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    How is it “stealing” if they were thrown in the trash? Trespassing, maybe. But no more trespassing than the kid who cuts across your lawn to take a shortcut to school.

    So why shame a guy trying to make a buck selling something you dumped in the trash? I don’t get it. Donate the damn bags then. To me, the bags are better in the hands of someone who wanted them enough to buy them than in a landfill somewhere.


  14. Reeves

    Sep 21, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    where is this guy I left my driver out by the trash today with note “Guaranteed to find left or right rough on any golf course”

  15. TRUMP 2020

    Sep 21, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    I put stuff on the curb hoping someone will take them before they end up in the trash. Kyle sounds like an a-hole.

    • Bobby

      Sep 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      Kyle does sound like an a-hole. Shaming a trash picker? Gimme a break. Hey Kyle, count your blessings buddy.

  16. oppie

    Sep 21, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Why weren’t these bags donated to a Thrift Shop for charity purposes? Too lazy rich?

  17. Brian

    Sep 21, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    You guys decrying these actions might want to look up abandoned property laws. It may well have been perfectly legal for this guy to have taken those bags.

  18. Brian

    Sep 21, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Depending on local laws, this guy may be guilty of nothing more than trespassing.

  19. Steve Wozeniak

    Sep 21, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    All he had to do is ask Kyle if he could have the stuff…….bet he would have said sure, end of story.

  20. Tom

    Sep 21, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    One man’s trash is another man’s treasure?

  21. Dave

    Sep 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    What a lying piece of garbage

    Get a real job.


    • Mark

      Sep 21, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      Careful you don’t fall of that high horse of yours.

  22. Don

    Sep 21, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    At least the guy was trying to put them into use again rather than just putting them into the municipal landfill.

    Must be a pretty generous municipal garbage pickup policy if such discarded large items are routinely picked up with the regular garbage?

  23. Dan

    Sep 21, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Can’t blame the guy for trying

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Exploring Ireland: Where to golf, drink and stay on the Emerald Isle. Pt. 3. Spanish Point Golf Club, Clare



In these series of articles, I will be taking you around the Emerald Isle providing you with great golf courses to visit in some of the loveliest spots in Ireland. I’ll also be highlighting the best and most authentic Irish bars in these spots, as well as places to stay, eat and how to get there. Whether you’re taking a golfing holiday to Ireland in 2019 or are interested in doing so sometime in the future, I’ll make sure to let you in on the best places to spend your time.

In Part Two of our Exploring Ireland Series, we focused on the north-west of the island, taking the trip to County Donegal and showcasing the Old Tom Morris Links. Now it’s time for Part Three, and we’re staying along the “Wild Atlantic Way,” and heading down along the coast and into County Clare.

Clare is easily one of the top destinations in Ireland. The county is home to some of the best scenery in the country, with one particular natural wonder drawing well over a million visitors each year. Along with its incredible sights, the county is of course home to some of the top golf courses on the island and is a contender for the best destination in Ireland for traditional music, with a multitude of bars hosting live music sessions each night of the week.

Spanish Point Golf Club, Clare


While Trump Doonbeg and the host of next year’s Irish Open, Lahinch Golf Club, often grab all of the headlines for courses in Clare, they aren’t the only options. Diverting away from those well-known spots, my recommendation for a day out on the links in this area is at Spanish Point Golf Club.

Spanish Point is a real hidden gem out west. The track is a nine-hole course that took the title this year for “Best 9 Hole Course in Munster.” The course opened in 1896, and sits right on top of the Spanish Point beach, offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.


The course itself plays for 18 holes as a par 68 and stretches over 5,000 yards. The course is mostly flat and exposed to the elements, and being right on top of the Atlantic Ocean, there’s an extremely high chance that should you tee it up here then every single facet of your game is going to get tested. Don’t be surprised that if the wind howls you find nine holes more than enough!


The star of Spanish Point is its greens. Wonderfully maintained, vast, and protected by deep classic links-style bunkers, these greens are a joy to putt on. So if you’re not rolling the ball well, it’s more than likely all on you!

Regardless of how you’re playing though, the greens of Spanish Point are a perfect viewing point to take in the breathtaking views on offer.

Eighteen holes around Spanish Point will set you back just over $20 during the week, and a little over $25 on the weekend. Which, in my opinion, is an absolute steal.

Food & Drink – Gus O’Connor’s Pub, Doolin


Just like it was difficult to choose only one golf course to showcase in Clare, separating the pubs is not an easy task either. A 30-minute drive from Spanish Point may sound a little inconvenient, but when you get to the small village of Doolin, then you will be thankful that you took the time to get to this little haven.

A small village just north of Spanish Point, Doolin boasts three of the best bars in the county, a “triple-crown” of bars if you will. McGann’s and McDermott’s are definitely worth a visit, but Gus O’Connor’s is an absolute must to while away an evening out west.


Open since 1832, Gus O’Connor’s will provide you with an incredibly atmospheric evening. The bar looks tiny from the outside, but there is plenty of room inside. One word of warning, however, is that should you wish to spend a night out here then arrive early, as it fills up fast.

Live music is Doolin’s game, and at Gus O’Connor’s you will find it every night of the week. Sessions begin at 9 pm each evening and go on until late. Some of the best musicians in Ireland play here, and you can expect to hear the great sounds of fiddles, flutes, violins, guitars and bodhrans playing throughout the night.

A few years ago, locals at Gus O’Connor’s were even lucky enough to hear actor John C. Reilly belt out Ireland’s greatest drinking song “The Wild Rover.”

Gus O’Connor’s also serves up a full menu of typical Irish traditional food. Here you will have the perfect opportunity to sample the Irish Classic, Beef and Guinness Stew, which of course needs to be washed down with a pint of the black stuff. Another option worth considering is the Doolin mussels steamed in white wine.

Where To Stay

If you wish to stay in Doolin, then you’ll have plenty of great little hotels and lodges to choose from, with the price of a double room usually ranging from $65-$100 a night. My recommendation is the Doolin View B&B, which is within walking distance of all the bars. For around $85 you’ll get a lovely double room, with a full Irish breakfast included for the next morning to keep you going for the day.


A 15-minute drive from the village of Doolin will take you to that natural wonder I referenced earlier. The Cliffs of Moher are arguably the finest attraction on the entire island. The sea cliffs run for 14 kilometres, and at their highest point, they rise 702 feet above the Atlantic ocean. As impressive as the cliffs are in photographs, to experience them in person is a special event and something that you simply must take the time to do if you’re in Clare.


Another great option if you’re in this area is to take the ferry for a day trip to the Aran Islands. Home to 1,200 people whose primary language is Irish. Don’t worry though; they also speak English. The Bronze and Iron Age forts are there to be explored on the island, and the best way to do so is by hiring a bicycle, as the speed limit for cars is 31mph on all roads on the island.

How To Get There

The area is a three-hour drive from Dublin, but just one hour away from Doolin is one of Ireland’s three international airports, Shannon, which provides you with a great location to explore the west coast.




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Tweets of the Week: Rose’s near miss, Rickie’s birthday, a celebration fail, and more



Poom Saksansin claimed the Indonesian Masters, David Lipsky triumphed in South Africa, while Davis Love III and his son won the PNC Father-Son Challenge. But those weren’t the only talking points over the last week in the golfing world. Here’s a look at some things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere.

Rose’s Meltdown

Justin Rose threw away the opportunity to end 2018 as the World Number One on Sunday in Indonesia. The Englishman needed to finish just one stroke better off than he did, and I think it’s fair to say that Rose left the odd shot out there in his final round…

…leaving Brooks Koepka as the year-end World Number One. Another goal accomplished for the American who earlier in the week displayed his astonishment at being excluded from ESPN’s list of 20 most dominant athletes for 2018.

Rickie’s Birthday

Rickie Fowler celebrated his birthday alongside his fiancee Alisson Stokke, and friends Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie. The American turned 30 last week, making us all feel that little bit older.

Epic Celebration Fail

The PNC Father-Son Challenge provided one of the worst golf celebrations that you’re ever likely to see.

Greg Norman’s Son Has Swag

From cringe to cool, Greg Norman’s son showed some serious swagger at the PNC Father-Son Challenge, picking up his team’s coin before his ball had even reached the cup.

Long John Jr.

Speaking of cool, how about John Daly Jr. bombing drives on the range at the Father-Son event?

Jack’s Still Got It

Think the Golden Bear has lost his touch on the greens? Think again.



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Nicklaus: Tiger’s swing is better now than ever



Jack Nicklaus is teeing it with his grandson, G.T., at the PNC Father/Son Challenge. As has been the case since, well, at least 1997, the Golden Bear was asked about the man closest to his record of 18 major championships.

Beyond weighing in on Woods’ win at the Tour Championship or whether he thinks Tiger has a shot at 18 majors, Nicklaus offered his perspective on Woods post-spinal fusion swing, and he likes what he sees…a lot.

“I think his swing is much better now than it ever was. The reason for that is Tiger was very much up and down with his head and I think that put a lot of pressure on his back.

“The fusion that he had, obviously was something he didn’t want but it was something he needed. … I didn’t think he would ever play golf as well as he’s playing.

“I never dreamed that he would play quite as well as he has and that the operation actually leveled out his head and leveled out his swing.”

High praise, indeed! What do you think about the 18-time major winner’s remarks, GolfWRX members?

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