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Was Spieth’s chest pound toward Poulter too much while down 10-6? Or do you love it?

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It seemed that Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, coming off an emotional 2&1 victory against Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm in the morning fourballs match, got somewhat of a stern talking to from the United States’ “task force” coming off the final green. Which makes sense; the “I can’t hear you” and ball-carrying celebrations don’t play as well when getting blown out by the opposition. But, on the flip side, the squad needed an emotional boost from somewhere.

In their afternoon foursomes match against Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy, it seemed as though JT and Spieth had relatively toned down the celebrations, while Poulter kept up his incessant chest pounding. But Spieth and JT didn’t tone down the birdies; they pulled out another W, winning the afternoon match 4&3.

On the last hole, however, Spieth celebrated with a clear “in-your-face” 3-pump chest pound, imitating Ian Poulter’s celebrations throughout the day. Not a big deal in the Ryder Cup atmosphere, but, the putt was to move from down 10-5 against the Europeans to 10-6. Maybe not the right time to gloat?

Steve Sands was on the scene of the 15th green (where the match concluded) and asked Spieth himself about the celebration.

Sands: One of the things that makes this event so fascinating is the emotion coming, pouring out of you guys while you’re competing, something we don’t normally see on a regular basis week-in and week-out. You’re pounding your chest, clearly sending a message. Just curious what it’s like to play with that type of emotion with all of these people around.

Spieth: “Yea I mean Ian (Poulter), being a Ryder Cup guru, to have him twice today and win, and he pounded his chest on us earlier today. So I was waiting for the right moment. And I think to win the match this afternoon felt like the right time. Clearly we’re down 4 points so in the scheme of things we shouldn’t necessarily be celebrating, but for us two to get that point, the way that we played today, and the battle we had with those guys, both matches, it was emotional. It was awesome. It feels like you’re competing on a Sunday in a major every single hole during the Ryder Cup. And that’s what’s advantageous when you start to see putts go in like that, we can use that going forward.”

What do you think about Spieth’s celebration? Too much, or exactly what the United States needed to gain a bit of momentum?

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Christopher Hansen

    Oct 1, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Immature, and ineffective…Next. Moving on now.

  2. Art Williams

    Oct 1, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    As they say “he who laughs last, laughs best”. If done in fun it was good. If not. don’t mimic but find your own vibrato to celebrate. Bottom line is we had our hats handed to us!

  3. joro

    Oct 1, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    It was stupid although giving the chest young to him was appropriate, it was more funny than anything else. Face it when Poulter does it with his eyes bulging out like a Frog it is to us ah “in you face moment” and he like it only when we do it. I do think a more appropriate match would have been pairing Reed against Poulder which would have been some interesting moments with those two throwing barbs at each other and put Speith out with Maybe Hatton. Face it, it is nothing but entertainment and those two are the best qt that

  4. Milton Taylor

    Oct 1, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Too much?!?!?!

    Ok I want to say that this is all fun and games to me. I don’t take the Ryder cup too personal and it’s not because I’m not interested in it, I’m just not a tool! I don’t get into the personal attacks on players or the beyond rude behavior of some… I repeat, some of the drunks. With all that being said, the Euro’s rub our noses in it every chance they get. Slamming clubs after a win (See John Rahm) pounding their chest after a point (insert Ian Poulter video) or yelling to the crowd or anyone that will listen after making a putt, I can putt, I can putt (See Rors). Show some dang fire, and don’t apologize for it. Maybe, just maybe it will carry over to some points.

  5. dixiedoc

    Oct 1, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Nothing wrong there. I’m sure Ian didn’t care either. At least it showed some interest, unlike Tiger and Phil

  6. chisag

    Oct 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

    A sack dance happens after a football player harnesses his adrenaline, physically fights thru a 300+ lb Olineman trying to stop him and it all happens in a few seconds everyone battling at the snap of the ball which is out of everyones control other than the QB and center. I understand the emotion that spills out.

    A golf ball just sits there waiting until the player is ready to hit it. Remaining calm and controlling your nerves is essential to good play. A golfing “sack dance” is just so lame and all about individual ego. I think everyone loves a good fist pump, especially the subtle ones or the one to win. But chest thumping and screaming is beyond silly.

  7. shawn

    Sep 30, 2018 at 10:43 am

    I’m tired of all the berserker celebrations. It’s become a clown show. No joy, just anger.

  8. CaoNiMa

    Sep 30, 2018 at 3:17 am

    He’s trying to energize what’s a relatively boring tournament, so I don’t see anything wrong with it.

  9. Terry

    Sep 30, 2018 at 1:25 am

    Maybe Spieth (chest pounding) and JT (finger behnd the ear) should show some originality and come up with their own taunts/celebrations instead of Euro copying HA HA

  10. John B

    Sep 29, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    If it was any other European then it might have been excessive… but to that jerk Ian Poulter who treats fans poorly and acts likes he’s the greatest golfer of all time (where’s the majors?) I say good for Spieth!!!

  11. Commentor 5244

    Sep 29, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    All seems a little disingenuous and overblown to me.
    Was feeling it two years ago, but now it’s a thing…shhh, open mouth primal scream…yeah ok.
    The excitement comes from all the out-of-body putting and chip-ins.

  12. Tom

    Sep 29, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    US has show little heart in this Ryder Cup until Spieth did that! Good for him.

    • gunmetal

      Sep 29, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      Heart has very little to do with ball striking. Or in the US case, lack thereof.

  13. GMN

    Sep 29, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    I seem to remember a certain player from Europe doing the same thing in 2012 while his team was going into Sunday Singles down 10-6 too……… worked well for him

  14. JJ

    Sep 29, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Us team needs someone with a pulse to get fired up .. I have no issues with Spieth doing that.. I actuallly love it!!! Hopefully it wakes up The is team and get fired up a bit..

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GolfWRX visits with Ryan Palmer

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The 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial is upon us. I got the chance to sit down with three-time PGA Tour winner and Colonial Country Club member Ryan Palmer ahead of his opening round at the PGA Tour’s stop in Fort Worth, Texas. We discussed why he loves Colonial, how it felt to win on tour again, his friendship with Jon Rahm, the Ryan Palmer Foundation, and why he chooses not to have a club equipment sponsorship.

(GolfWRX spoke with the actual, not the cardboard, Ryan Palmer)

JN: Do you have a home field advantage here at Colonial?

RP: To a point, I guess. Obviously, I have played this golf course in every type of wind. I mean, I know certain holes play shorter than they are. So, a little bit of an advantage because I don’t put much stress into the golf course itself. I just know it. And of course, James, my caddie, knows it. And that is nice. But I do put more pressure on myself because I want to play well here

JN: Why did you decide to join Colonial as a full golfing member?

RP: The history of it. To me, it’s one of the most prestigious clubs…if not the most prestigious club…in Dallas/Fort Worth. History of the golf course, history of the tournament. The more and more I played it…playing in the tournament for 16 years now…the guys that play in the ‘big game’ took me in and they’ve thrown a few parties for James and me after we won a few times. I thought the best way to give back then is to join and become a full member.

JN: How often do you play out here?

RP: If I am home for a week, I play at least twice a week. Just to play in the big game. If I am home and playing golf, I am playing here.

JN: Tell me about the Ryan Palmer Foundation

RP: I started it in ’03 in Amarillo with my dad and my good friend Billy Slaughter. We do a lot of different things but our biggest thing now is our brighter smiles initiative through dentistry. My wife Jennifer is a dentist. And our good friend Chris Swayden with Smile Workshop here in DFW does a lot of our work here and then Kyle Sparkman in Amarillo, Texas does all our dental work out there. The biggest thing was just bringing in kids to boost their self-esteem, give them a better way of life. A lot of their families don’t have the means and the funds to provide dental care. It’s an easy decision to help these kids and give these kids a sense of confidence. I have read stories about kids wearing hoodies to school because of their teeth. That’s pretty sad. I have always been about giving back and having an immediate impact. So what better way than to provide dental care.

JN: How big was that win at the Zurich in New Orleans for you?

RP: It was unbelievable. Nine years since our last win. But to have Jennifer, my wife, there and our son Mason, 12 years old, was there. He was there in ’08 when I won. But he was a year and half so he had no clue. In 2010, they weren’t there. But to have them there and have him finally see it. Mason always asks “Dad, are you going to get a trophy?” So to have him there to finally witness it…that was special.

JN: How did the partnership with Jon Rahm come about?

RP: We met in ’15 at the Phoenix Open. I knew Jordan wasn’t playing this year at Zurich. Jon and I had played some rounds together. He played in my charity event last year. So, I knew Jon a little bit and I know his caddie, Adam Hayes real well. We’ve known him since we have been on tour, James and I. And so, I talked to James about players we should want to play with and Jon was one of the top ones. So, I texted Adam and mentioned the idea to Jon and he loved it. Jon and my games are pretty similar as far as ball striking. So I shot Jon a text and he accepted.

AVONDALE, LA – APRIL 28: Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm fist bump on the fourth hole during the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on April 28, 2019 in Avondale, Louisiana. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

JN: Are you going to play together again next year?

RP: It would be hard not to play together again next year. I will have to run it by Jordan….no I’m kidding. Jordan was happy for me and excited. He gets it. As long as Jon wants to play, we will go try to defend.

JN: What are your thoughts on not having a full bag club sponsorship?

RP: It is just a matter of playing with what I like. When I first got on tour, you would sign a full deal and it was pretty good. Now you are signing for balls and all 14 clubs. I love the Taylor Made driver but they cut out the driver only deals. They went just full line. Fortunately, with the help of Mike Chisholm and Chisholm Sports, I have some great corporate partners. United Rentals, a great deal with Unisys, RBC. I am able to have these corporate sponsors allow me to play what I want. I made some comments like ‘two hundred grand is not worth an equipment contract on tour because of what you can make that week.’

So, I got ribbed a little bit for making that comment but honestly it is not worth it in today’s game. We play for so much money now each and every week that by the time you get a $200,000 deal, you’re paying taxes and management, at the end of the day its worth a top 20-finish. And then you have to play those clubs all year long, whether you like them or not. So now I can play whatever putter or iron or driver I want. I am only under contract with ball, shoes and gloves. Footjoy and Titleist. I test and I tinker now and then but I always go back to what I have performed with in the past. I stand over a tee shot and I think, I know I hit this driver this way at this tournament at this particular moment. Why would I change?

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10 interesting photos from Monday’s U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Northwood Club

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GolfWRX had feet on the ground at Northwood Club in Dallas, Texas for this Monday’s U.S. Open sectional qualifying. We have seven galleries in our forums filled to the brim with photos from Monday’s action, and here are ten interesting selections for you to enjoy.

“Talk to me Goose.” And presumably, “I feel the need for speed.” Top Gun all the way!

Jim Nous’ bag full of Ping clubs features three visible wedges all with different bounce.

Blaine Hale rocking this great looking TaylorMade Spider headcover.

Shorts on the course –  a rarity.

Conner Koberg showing off his colors with this Iowa State headcover.

Julius Boros won the 1952 U.S. Open at Northwood Club. One of his three major triumphs. How about that bag?

Stephen Jaeger played collegiate golf at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, but he’s quite clearly proud of his homeland too.

Noah Goodwin is another player who loves the raw finish on the Callaway Apex MB irons.

Up close with the Titleist 718 T-MB utility iron

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A glance at Northwood Club itself.

Check out all of Monday’s photos on our forums.

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12 interesting photos from Tuesday at the PGA Championship

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black!

We have two general photo galleries, plenty of WITB galleries as well as some specialized galleries from Tuesday’s action at Bethpage Black for you to enjoy and you can find all the links below. Here are twelve interesting selections from those galleries for you to enjoy.

Another look at Callaway’s NYC-themed headcovers, (these in Jim Furyk’s bag)

Hideki Matsuyama’s new Scotty Cameron putter.

Rickie Fowler’s custom COBRA x Vessel Tour Staff Bag.

And the 30-year-old’s Puma Warning headcover for this week’s championship.

Luke List’s Axis 1 putter.

New Steelfiber “Black Label” shafts have been spotted at Bethpage Black.

A look inside Jon “Rahmbo” Rahm’s bag ahead of his effort to land his maiden major title.

A closer look at the “warning” sign on the TaylorMade staff bag

Jason Dufner’s Spider putter which according to one of our members, looks as if it’s “wearing a tuxedo”

Aldila’s new Rip X shaft.

Recent winner on the European Tour, Mikko Korohen, has this unique flat-stick in his bag in New York.

What’s on offer for spectators this week.

Check out all of Tuesday’s photos on our forums.

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