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Kelly Kraft takes aim at John Peterson on social media

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Returning home from the CJ Cup, Chesson Hadley took to social media for some light venting after a plane at his gate caused him to miss a connecting flight from Denver to Raleigh. The mild-mannered Hadley probably didn’t expect much to come from the post, but after former PGA Tour professional, John Peterson, chimed in on the subject, and things got interesting.

Peterson, who officially retired from the professional golf in September after failing to keep conditional status on Tour having missed the cut at the Web.com Tour Championship, replied to Hadley’s post in typical forthright fashion.

Hadley responded to Peterson’s post, telling the 29-year-old that although he agreed that his last tournament wasn’t worth it, “the one before that was”, referring to his T2 finish at the CIMB Classic which netted him over half a million dollars in prize money.

The curt reply from Hadley appeared to end the affair, until Kelly Kraft came to the table, indignant at Peterson’s remark.

Kraft, who is currently ranked 157th in the world, clearly felt Peterson’s opinion represented resentment at his failure to secure his playing rights for the 2019 season. Despite his assertions that he’s all good with Peterson but feels that “he’s out of bounds with this one,” the dispute is not the first on social media between the two.

Earlier this year, Kraft called Peterson “so bitter it’s unreal,” and after the latter posted news of his application for reinstatement for amateur status, Kraft asked Peterson: “So you still want to travel around and play golf, but now you just don’t want to make any money doing it?”

After Kraft’s recent scolding of Peterson, the former PGA Tour professional simply stated “Here we go” in response. With these two involved, it’s safe to say that this particular difference in opinion isn’t over yet.

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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 gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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  1. Geoffrey Holland

    Oct 24, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I’m confused. Based on the hair the face and shirt I’m thinking Kelly Kraft plays on the LPGA?

    • hrfdez

      Oct 24, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Awesome!

    • Smith

      Oct 24, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Wow, calling out someone as a woman because of a pink shirt? You’re a couple decades behind the times, my man.

      • Geoffrey Holland

        Oct 25, 2018 at 2:04 am

        As I clearly had stated, based on the hair the face and the shirt.
        And speaking of being behind the times I’m not your man. Nobody actually says “my man” anymore and they haven’t for at least three decades.

  2. art Williams

    Oct 24, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    C’mon. The only fighting between members of professional sports should be on the ice or in the ring or cage. It’s not becoming for PGA Tour members to be exchanging such messages on social media. As an aside, I read some months ago that Phil is the leader in the clubhouse on tipping so that question is not up for debate!

  3. JJVas

    Oct 24, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Ugh… come on. Maybe the next article can be about which golfer tips the best in restaurants.

  4. Mike Honcho

    Oct 24, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Hey Gianni,Inside Edition called. They’re looking for a weekly golf gossip segment host.

  5. Brandon

    Oct 23, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    This website really needs to get rid of all its millennial “journalists”.

    • DJ

      Oct 24, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      “Millennial”. What a dig!

    • Mike Honcho

      Oct 25, 2018 at 7:12 am

      Ergo what Evan??? I have stop and explain the whole concept of read and comment to try and dissuade future stories like this on the site? We want golf news not golf drama/gossip. I’m surprised you took time out from watching Bravo to comment on my comment.

      • Derek S

        Oct 26, 2018 at 7:57 pm

        Clearly you’re not getting enough Bravo. You’re totally in rage. You read it and even commented on it. Were you expecting an article about a new Taylormade driver that would allow you to fo from 190 yards to 250? Here’s a tip, DVR some shows on E channel as well.

  6. Jamie

    Oct 23, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Faux journalism. This is a worm looking for blood. Too many of those around. Don’t. Just don’t.

  7. Wasn't Raised in a Country Club

    Oct 23, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Why is pro golfers timing their trip home even a thing? I think his first post was somewhat a joke, but the fact that I’ve seen multiple pros do this leads me to believe they probably complain about it a good bit. Ask a veteran how long it takes to get home from deployment. Just a complete disconnect with the actual world.

  8. carl

    Oct 23, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Gianni can you find some real news to write about?

    • TLW

      Oct 25, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      No, he cannot. I cringe everything I see his or click bait Ben’s picture.

  9. A. Commoner

    Oct 23, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Who in the devil are these guys (golfers)? Also after several attempts, the writer should find something else to do.

  10. Lee

    Oct 23, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Worst article ever written. This is not journalism, it is reading some dumb tweets and then re-posting them as an even more worthless story

    • Evan

      Oct 24, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      You read it and commented on it. You sure it’s the worst?

      • Lee

        Oct 24, 2018 at 6:22 pm

        GolfWRX was an independent equipment blog with good content. Now owned by a media company, and they post stories about unknown players tweeting each other. I am just angry that this website now sucks and content standards are a total joke!

  11. Aaron

    Oct 23, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Peterson’s out of line on this one. I don’t blame The Snapper or Krafty for putting him back in his place.

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Paul Casey IS testing Honma irons (but he IS NOT a Honma staffer)

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It turns out, Paul Casey is not the second PGA Tour staffer (after Justin Rose) to sign with Honma.

Two weeks ago, the Englishman sent the golf equipment world was sent into a frenzy when a photo of him with an apparent Honma iron in play at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Casey took to Instagram to confirm that he did in fact have a Honma 3-iron in play. However, well, here it is from the horse’s mouth…

“Still testing these beauties. Contrary to reports I started the season with almost the exact same setup that I used during the latter half of last year. Including the Ryder Cup. The only change being a new @honmagolf 3 iron that was photographed in play at Kapalua”

“These beauties” would seem to include a full set of Rose Proto-esque irons (with “PC” stamping instead of “Rose Proto”). It seems the 3-iron was Honma’s TW-U Forged utility iron.

With respect to his setup from last season, Casey played a combo set of Mizuno MP-25 irons (3) and MP-5 irons (4-PW). TaylorMade woods, Vokey Wedges, and a Scotty Cameron putter rounded out his set, which you can see here.

Casey has been without a full bag deal since his 2016 Nike deal (although he was under contract to play TaylorMade woods in 2017).

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Morning 9: Kuchar’s “Not a story” still a story | LPGA commish pushing for pay parity | Grassy shoe

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com)

January 15, 2019

Good Tuesday morning, golf fans.
1. Further thoughts on Kuchar, caddie payola
Whether Kuchar stiffed El Toucan or not, the story is far from dead…especially in light of at least one additional pro suggesting Kuch has a reputation for…thriftiness.
  • Here’s a bit from Geoff Shackelford, who quotes a Joel Beall piece and offers his own perspective.
  • “Does this constitute a story? That’s the question GolfDigest.com’s Joel Beall asks and does a nice job answering after a fellow golf pro called out what he saw as Matt Kuchar’s substandard pay to a caddie last fall.
  • “(Beall writes…) Kuchar’s case, however, felt different, for it wasn’t a tip as it was wages owed. The optics alone-a veteran with $46 million in career earnings low-balling a man who makes less than $46,000 a year-were damning. That Gillis’ previous blast of Ben Crane over an unpaid bet to Daniel Berger proved accurate wasn’t helping, nor was Australian pro Cameron Percy’s reply of, “It’s not out of character if true.”
  • “The irony in this escapade like other recent episodes cited by Beall: this was started and fueled by one of Kuchar’s peers, not a media outlet. …As players have increasingly shunned media for social media to break news or tell their story, it’s fascinating how many examples we’ve already seen of players calling out fellow players on social media in ways more harsh and reputation-damaging than a traditional media outlet would dare.”

Full piece (including a link to Beall’s article)

2. Oda overcomes
Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine writes…”John Oda overcame a double bogey Monday to maintain his lead at the Web.com Tour’s season opener.”
  • “The UNLV product offset his double on the par-4 fifth hole with six birdies as part of a second-round, 4-under 68. At 13 under, Oda leads the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay by two shots over Marty Dou, who carded a second-round 66.”
  • “For the second straight day, play was suspended because of darkness. Three groups will have to finish their second rounds Tuesday morning…”
3. Glass half full/half empty
A Reuters report identifies two things: the LPGA Tour will feature its largest collective purse ever this year, and that pursue is nowhere near what PGA Tour players will play for.
“The LPGA season kicks off on Thursday for a season that will comprise 34 events and distribute some $70 million in prize money, a record amount for the circuit although it is still barely one-fifth on offer on the PGA Tour.”
  • “The discrepancy roughly parallels the difference in television ratings in the United States between the tours, according to LPGA commissioner Mike Whan, with the women mainly shown on the smaller audience Golf Channel while the men’s circuit is broadcast on free-to-air network television.”
  • “The difference in purses is the difference in total viewership,” Whan told Reuters in a television interview ahead of the Tournament of Champions season opener that will be held in Florida.
  • “There is a real business reason. It’s based on real data. I understand it. I was a sponsor before a commissioner.
  • “It doesn’t mean I like it, doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road. Seven or eight years ago it wouldn’t have been one fifth. We’re up 80 percent in purses since 2010.”
4. Hosung Choi to make PGA Tour debut?
Our Gianni Magliocco writes…”Hosung Choi, a two-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour and internet sensation, is set to make his first PGA Tour appearance of his career after being handed an invitation to compete at next month’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, according to multiple Korean media outlets.”
5. Spieth the victim?
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell argues that the real-time stats, day trader mentality, and abundance of scrutiny have combined for a hyperfocus on the putting stroke of one Jordan Spieth. And it’s hard to believe this is doing him any favors.
  • “Is former Tiger coach Hank Haney’s opinion that there’s a yip in Spieth’s putting stroke a short-term liability, or a long-term one? Are Spieth’s back-to-back MCs a trend or an anomaly?”
  • “Coach Sean Foley said Woods was subject to daily referendums when he worked with him.”
  • “Tiger isn’t alone anymore as the subject of intense inspection on web sites, in reader commentaries, Twitter and podcasts. The growing volume of opinion may well be good for the game, nurturing — or inflaming — interest like never before, but it comes at a price for players struggling to reverse a trend. There’s more pressure to produce results than ever before, and to produce them more quickly, before negative opinion becomes tsunamic.”
  • “Fans are more invested in players, with so many more opportunities to follow them online. The PGA Tour’s live streaming allows fans to isolate their viewing of their favorites through an entire round. That’s only going to grow.”
6. What we learned at the Sony
Looking back at the tournament that was, our Ronald Montesano has some observations.
  • “Shorter and Strategic will always have a place on tour…Courses like Waialae (restored by Doak and team) and Harbor Town offer less-than-long hitters an opportunity to showcase their talents. Remember last fall’s Ryder Cup? Team Europe neutralized the length advantage of the USA at Le Golf National, and rolled to victory. Great courses from a bygone era will charm  competitors and fans alike, and the essence of proper golf course architecture will never fade from fashion.”
  • “Ryder Cup snubs lead to resurgence…Last week, we discussed the Xander Schauffele snub by USA Ryder Cup team captains. This week, the veteran most expected to make the team (Kuchar) won a second time since that international competition. Nothing sparks the competitive fires like being told that you aren’t good enough. Kuchar’s multiple international caps weren’t enough to secure a spot in France, but he is playing like he wants Tiger Woods (2019 President’s Cup captain) to know that he plans to return to Team USA pronto. We think that the fans support his cause.”
7. Valentino Dixon to exhibit in NYC
Rightly, Golf Digest’s Max Adler with the story...”…you might say Dixon’s true arrival into the professional art scene occurs this week. January 17-20, doors open to the 27th Outsider Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York. Alongside 67 exhibitors representing 37 cities from 7 countries, will hang the golf landscapes whose creation subsisted the soul of an innocent artist locked inside a cell.
  • “To have my drawings showcased in New York City, the art capital of the world, it’s a dream come true,” Dixon says. “I feel like this is redemption for my teachers at the Buffalo Performing Arts High School. For so long I had let them down.”
8. Two holes-in-one in four holes?
Tony Korologos at Hooked on Golf...”So what are the odds of getting two aces in one round? How about two aces on the front nine? This past weekend at the Coral Canyon Amateur tournament in St. George, Utah, Kirk Siddens did just that…”
  • “The odds of two golfers in a group making an ace on the same hole is 26 million to 1. The odds of making back to back aces are around 50 million to 1. So somewhere in there lies the odds of one golfer getting a hole in one in four holes, or two consecutive par 3’s. I say let’s call it 37.75 million to 1.”
9. Air Max 1 golf shoe: grass edition
Golf Digest’s Brittany Romano…”Sneaker News leaked Nike’s newest golf shoe drop that has everyone talking. The star design features a green grass shoe with what appears to be a turf-like covering. The “grass” is complemented by a thick white midsole and throwback rubber outsole. The shoe is a remix of the iconic Air Max 1 sneaker that became popular in 1987 as the first shoe to feature visible air pockets in the midsole.”
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I wasn’t ready for the 2019 Rules of Golf

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We weren’t ready. We thought we were, but we weren’t.

For the last year, the USGA reminded us that in 2019 Rules of Golf were coming, but we didn’t listen. We heard the flag stick could remain in and we heard that you could take a penalty drop from knee-height.

But we didn’t listen.

I bet none of you have even practiced using your putter to flatten the entire green between your ball and the cup. You can do that now.

I’m also sure that you and I will continue to hover our club in all hazards, er, penalty areas. Yeah, we’re calling it a penalty area now.

The USGA went to the extreme depths of changing words all to simplify the game for you.

I don’t think the USGA listened either.

The rule changes were intended to speed up play and simplify golf for amateurs. Seems like a good idea. In turn, they may have bamboozled the PGA Tour while confusing the only amateurs who kind-of, sort-of knew the rules.

The pros didn’t need a new rule book, the amateurs just needed a simple one.

Us “locals” as the USGA refers to amateurs, do have one extremely fluid perk. When hitting a ball OB, or following a lost ball, you can drop with a two-stroke penalty instead of walking back to the tee. This of course, is dependent on your course, head professional, tournament conditions, and other factors including and not limited to what phase the moon is in.

If that’s somewhat confusing, read up, ask about your local rules, and buy a few extra sleeves. Reason being, in 2019, the limit on searching for a golf ball has been cut from five to three minutes.

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But wait, there’s good news.

Thanks to the USGA, if you accidentally move your ball as you frantically high-step through fescue, it’s no longer a penalty! What an exciting 180 seconds that will be!

If you somehow don’t find your golf ball in the hazard penalty area, the USGA tried to help us out, which they did, yet regrettably took away a more iconic portrait on the golf course.

The rigid, stoic stance and forceful drop of a ball at shoulder-height.

And we let it happen.

Now, we’ll watch a defeated man deliberately bend to his knees and gingerly drop his ball…Which, by the way, appears to be a convenient way for cheaters to “take a drop” that ideally doubles as “identifying my first ball”.

Don’t even get me started on the back issues this could flare up.

We heard in late 2018 that Bryson DeChambeau would use the flagstick when the odds were in his favor. He even laid it out simply for us.

“It depends on the COR, the coefficient of restitution of the flagstick.”

Simple.

We didn’t listen Bryson, we didn’t believe. We also have absolutely no clue what you’re talking about.

But hey, as Bryson would say, don’t hate the player, hate the game. Yeah, he’d clearly never say that, but here’s to hoping!

We heard he would do it, but we didn’t believe it. We had to see to believe. What we saw was DeChambeau first in strokes gained putting in the very first round he was allowed to do it.

Obviously, this trend will continue for DeChambeau, and others may join in, because what is golf if not a constant chase for a marginally better opportunity at success.

Watch your back, because those others that may join in could be closer than you think. You may turn around to find a fellow member asking for the flag on their next 12-footer.

It should be a fun year of commentary and confusion at your local club and on the PGA tour. Professionals will have constant questions for rules officials, and commentators will consistently question Bryson’s methods.

There is one real question I hope is answered this April.

What will we do when Bryson banks in a downhill putt at No. 2 of Augusta?

Will we be ready? Will Augusta?

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