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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 the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

21 Comments

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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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Report: Woods-Mickelson Part 2 likely to happen in May and will feature two other sporting superstars

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Earlier this week, Phil Mickelson teased “The Match” Part 2 on his social media, and according to a report from CNBC the exhibition, though unconfirmed, is likely to take place in May and will include both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

On Monday evening, golf journalist Robert Lusetich stated that the potential “The Match” Part 2 would likely involve NFL legends, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in a two on two contest.

Now per CNBC’s report, who claim that “a person familiar with the negotiations” confirmed the story to them, the contest is organized by AT&T’s WarnerMedia and the PGA Tour, and would likely take place in May with the proceeds going towards coronavirus relief charities.

The report also claims the event would likely not be a pay-per-view contest, with plans also in place to feature big names throughout the PGA, NFL, and National Basketball Association.

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Schedule postponements and cancellations on the PGA Tour, European Tour plus the four majors: What we know so far

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With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the PGA Tour and European Tour have taken steps to cancel or postpone several events. Action has also been taken on some of golf’s major championships, and here we’ll summarize what decisions have been made so far altering the 2020 calendar.

The Majors

Both The Masters (April 9-12) and PGA Championship (May 14-17) have been officially postponed with hopes of rescheduling both events for later in the year. According to the NY Post, the US Open is also set to be postponed and rescheduled for “later in the summer”, though as of Tuesday, March 31 the USGA has made no formal announcement confirming this news.

The R&A has of yet made no announcement on this year’s Open Championship which is due to take place from 16-19 of July.

  • April 9-12: The Masters – Postponed
  • May 14-17: PGA Championship – Postponed
  • June 18-21: US Open – NY Post reporting postponed; not yet confirmed by USGA
  • July 16-19: Open Championship – On Schedule

PGA Tour

Since cancelling the Players Championship mid-event, the PGA Tour decided to cancel several subsequent tournaments. As of now, the earliest return date for the PGA Tour is May 21 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship which is played the same week as the WGC-Match Play was postponed with plans to reschedule the event.

  • March 12-15: The Players Championship – Cancelled
  • March 19-22: Valspar Championship – Cancelled
  • April 16-19: RBC Heritage – Cancelled
  • April 23-26: Zurich Classic of New Orleans – Cancelled
  • April 30-May 3: Wells Fargo Championship – Cancelled
  • May 7-10: AT&T Byron Nelson – Cancelled

European Tour

Along with the cancelled WGC-Match Play and confirmed postponed major championships, the European Tour has postponed a further seven events. Unlike the PGA Tour, the European Tour has chosen to postpone almost every upcoming event for the time being instead of cancelling. The GolfSixes Cascais is the only confirmed cancellation as of now.

On Monday, the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open became the latest tournament to be postponed meaning the earliest possible return date for action on the European Tour is now June 4 at the Trophee Hassan II.

  • March 12-15: Magical Kenya Open – Postponed
  • March 19-22: Hero Indian Open – Postponed
  • April 16-19: Maybank Championship – Postponed
  • April 23-26: Volvo China Open – Postponed
  • April 30-May 3: Andalucia Masters – Postponed
  • May 9-10: GolfSixes Cascais – Cancelled
  • May 21-24: Made in Denmark – Postponed
  • May 28-31: Irish Open – Postponed
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PGA Tour to provide financial assistance to players and caddies during Coronavirus pandemic

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The PGA Tour has announced plans to compensate both players and caddies after several Tour events were cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

In a memo sent to players on Friday, it was explained that due to IRS regulations, the Tour is not allowed distribute un-earned financial benefits to members, but that the organization has developed some programs to help its players during the ongoing pandemic. Players and caddies will receive financial assistance from the PGA Tour with one of the primary programs to help players based on their current FedEx Cup standing.

Players can receive up to $100,000 in bonus earnings during this period which will subsequently be removed from their season-ending bonus after play has been restarted.

Tour pros will also be entitled to request advance payments (up to $30k) for future Monday pro-am spots and advances on future earnings, while the Tour also plans on allowing players to withdraw funds from their retirement plans based on financial need.

“Playing opportunities equate to financial opportunities, and we are concerned about the toll that canceled tournaments are having on some of our members” – Tyler Dennis, a senior vice president and the Tour’s chief of operations.

Included in the memo were caddies, who are entitled to a partial mid-season distribution of an endorsement program and who can also request financial support from the Caddie Benevolent Fund.

Play is not set to resume on the PGA Tour until May 21 at the earliest.

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