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Peter Kessler lashed out at anyone and everyone on Twitter

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With 140K followers on Twitter and a website as well, No Laying Up have become one of the most popular accounts in the golfing world. However, when the group plugged the second season of their show Tourist Sauce” with a new promo, it provoked a strong response from “the voice of golf,” former Golf Channel and PGA Tour host, writer, and producer, Peter Kessler. (Kessler responded to Green Jacket Auctions, who praised NLU’s work).

Kessler, no stranger to speaking his mind, then spent hours feuding with fellow social media users who defended No Laying Up’s promo. As is often the case in the world of social media, the arguments descended into personal insults, on which Kessler did not hold back.

Consider these tweets representative of dozens more in the same vein.

Although Kessler was firmly in attack mode, he had to be on his guard when @ProV1_iron took aim at his Perfect Club infomercials from back in the day. The spots are largely a humorous relic in the golfing world, but Kessler was having none of the “people in glass houses” analogy.

The responses from Kessler went on and on, and many had been expecting the ex-Golf Channel host cool off after yesterday’s exploits. However, the opposite happened, with Kessler getting right back in the saddle this morning and continuing his tirade against defenders of the show, with Kessler claiming NLU’s promo “is like intro to entertainment in 9th grade and school just started. Surely you’ve seen good movies and tv shows. These aren’t them.”

Despite saying that he has “Gotta run,” Kessler remains locked in a battle of personal insults with other social media users.

What do you make of Peter Kessler’s social media outburst, GolfWRX members?

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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 @giannimosquito

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  1. HDTVMAN

    Nov 14, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    I only watch The Golf Channel when an actual tournament is broadcast. When Peter Kessler was on, I was watching. Very insightful, easy to listen to, and he talked TO YOU! Now we have the arrogant Learner & Chamblee (local Putt-Putt Champion), and the dopes in the morning! Too bad, it was fun to watch while it lasted.

  2. GMatt

    Nov 7, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Just as loud, belligerent, and arrogant as he was when he used to play golf at Metro West in Orlando. You could hear him from across the course….

  3. T-Boner

    Nov 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Epic Tweeter posts, brah. More shade-throwing than a Eucalyptus tree.

  4. hrfdez

    Nov 4, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Once a tool, always as tool. In his case, he’s “The Perfect Tool”.

  5. TacklingDummy

    Nov 4, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Who cares about Twitter wars? Just more junior high gossip.

  6. Ronald Owens

    Nov 2, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Loved Peter when on the Golf Channel. How can I get in touch with him? I have a question about a golf instructor he interviewed on GC one day.
    Thanks.

  7. Jose Pinatas

    Nov 2, 2018 at 10:41 am

    This article should read… “A day with Peter Kessler, corked on Kessler”. Now that’s entertainment…

    • King Midas

      Nov 2, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Would love to see him using ???????????? emojis after every response..

  8. Law Prof

    Nov 2, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Middle aged guys sometimes nose over the edge a bit, especially as they notice their vitality ebbing and their relevance fading. Hopefully he can pull back from the cliff and recover some dignity.

  9. Blake

    Nov 1, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Whoever this guy is, he is just insane. He asked me if i went as “jihadi john” for halloween. And how i got out of rehab for the holiday. This guy never wants to be taken serious agiain does he?

  10. benseattle

    Nov 1, 2018 at 12:14 am

    When the Golf Channel was in its infancy, they scrounged up a nobody called Peter Kessler who — due to understaffing — hosted four or five shows at once, then allowed his ego to convince himself that he was actually an Important Talent which was MILES from accurate. When the self-important Kessler was shown the door screaming, he then lent his “voice of golf” to the oh-so-vital ‘Perfect Club’ infomercial which, I suppose, is the broadcast equivalent of being the early-morning host of Wake Up Amarillo (Weekend Edition.) Kessler, sitting dormant for the past 10 years, listens to Tony Robbins “you can do it!” tapes and today has convinced himself that the golf world is desperately, eagerly awaiting his next vital pronouncements on sport, life and how a useless dick can arise from the dead by the simple act of being annoying. Please allow this useless troll to continue his pathetic cries for relevance to go unanswered.

  11. Crusher

    Oct 31, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Who is Peter Kessler again?

    Answer: someone who disappeared when he thought he was bigger then golf and Arnold Palmer when he left The Golf Channel. (Also see Holly Saunders).

    • Bill

      Oct 31, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      If Peter is the forgotten man with some this ridiculous and vindictive article just made him famous again. “All publicity is good publicity”. Gianni unwittingly has made Peter a star.

      • Crusher

        Nov 1, 2018 at 12:15 am

        A star of what? I doubt this article (with less then 50 viewer responses) will do anything to bring anyone back on the map again. Unless the Perfect Club #2 will be coming out. Maybe they will sell “two-thirds of a million” clubs. That might do it…..

  12. Bill

    Oct 31, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    “All publicity is good publicity, as long as they spell your name right.” … “All publicity is good if it is intelligent.” “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” “There’s no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.”

  13. y2zar

    Oct 31, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Well, don’t know about this site & with that kind of PR it’s not helping.. Good for mild amusement though

  14. the Bishop

    Oct 31, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Go big or go home I always say….

  15. Liberty Apples

    Oct 31, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Two things.

    1) Kessler has never been nor will ever be `the voice of golf’

    2) No Laying Up has, not have

  16. Peter Kessler

    Oct 31, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    It’s Peter. That was fantastic. Enjoyed it. I wish you’d used my most clever lines. Hard for each one to be incredible. I’ll keep at it. Call me anytime. 4072472192. Peterkessler@me.com. I only read it once. Will read some more. Fun????????????? I’m working on something. If I pull it off you get an exclusive. I think the pic looks good. Girls like that one. You do know this all amuses me, right? I laugh as I think of replies. It really helps sharpen my writing too for I’m trying to write a book. I’ve done everything. A book is a whole other world. But I’m trying to be a historian on twitter and amusing and take on anything like poorly made media content obviously. And all things Beatles or Paul . My daughter is sure I want to make out with him. I was acting like an asshole on Twitter till late August when I figured out my current persona. Thanks again. All the best. ?????Pk

    • Daniel Green

      Nov 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      this isn’t you. Take a picture or something

  17. daniel

    Oct 31, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    A third of a million? You know your reaching when you say something like that.

  18. Shallowface

    Oct 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I thought Peter Alliss was the “Voice of Golf.”

  19. awkward

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Flame wars be flame wars … always worthless … Mike Gundy had it right

  20. Brian

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Love the guy even more. Way to double down.

    • Leo

      Nov 1, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      I still miss Peter on Golf Channel. “Golf Talk Live” was wonderful, must-see TV. Peter is the best interviewer in golf. An amazingly knowledgeable historian of the game. All the best, Peter!

      • OninTwoDowninOne

        Nov 1, 2018 at 3:22 pm

        I agree. His interviews were really “appointment TV”.

      • James

        Nov 1, 2018 at 4:39 pm

        Peter (Leo), is that you?

  21. Travis

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    He’s an angry elf…

  22. Tom

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Is he still selling the “Perfect Club” or whatever that silly infomercial club was? lol!

  23. Jamie

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Go walk the poodle or talk to yourself in a mirror, Peter. Cool off.

  24. Tom

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Nobody cares what this guy does or says, he is old news….

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Brooks Koepka talks the Olympics, Kobe Bryant, and Tiger at the Masters in a SiriusXM Town Hall broadcast

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While Brooks Koepka’s comments on SiriusXM regarding Patrick Reed grabbed the headlines this week, the four-time major champion spoke about several interesting subjects in the town hall broadcast, including the Olympics, Kobe Bryant and what Tiger Woods said to him following the 2019 Masters.

On the subject of the Olympics, Koepka stated how he was currently on the fence about the event, explaining how he believes it would be “cool to be an Olympian” but that it has “thrown a kind of a wrench in the schedule.”

“Right now, to be honest with you, I’m kind of 50-50. I want to do it, yes, I think it would be awesome to do. But at the same time we have majors, WGCs, the playoffs, its all kind of… I mean, these (motions to PGA Championship trophy) take it out of me, I’ll be honest with you. You come down and I need two days just to kind of mentally recharge.

It’ll be interesting just the timing of it, where it is at. The playoffs are kind of important. I’d like $15 mil. I think that’d be nice. I’d like to be fresh for that. If anything I’m leaning more towards going. It’s an honor. You play for your country.”

On hearing of Kobe Bryant’s death, Koepka spoke about how he was blown away, how he found it difficult to believe it was real, and how despite never meeting Bryant, the loss hit him so hard that he ended up crying in his hotel room.

As Bryant was his childhood idol, Koepka said he got on the phone that night to Nike to ensure that the unfinished project of his Kobe Bryant-inspired golf shoes would be completed to honor the basketball great.

The 31-year-old lost out to Tiger Woods by one stroke at the 2019 Masters, and recounted how Woods was quick to remind him that this levelled up their affair after Koepka had seen off Woods’ challenge at the 2018 PGA Championship.

“Augusta was interesting because, coming down the stretch I rinsed one on 12. We all know what happened. We all know he won. But it was crazy walking off the green and being there to congratulate him. The first thing he said was, ‘One-and-one now.’ (laughs)”

The entire Brooks Koepka Town Hall special will be rebroadcast on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio on Wednesday, Feb. 19 (10:00 pm ET), Friday, Feb. 21 (8:00 pm ET) and Sunday, Feb. 23 (noon ET). The full special is also available now on SiriusXM On Demand.

Brooks on the Olympics

Brooks on Kobe Bryant

Brooks on Tiger at the Masters

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.19.20)

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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.

No words needed!

Long neck G7 from Goodwood.

Matthew Fitzpatrick’s raw 60-degree Vokey SM8.

Miura Tour Grind Copper Damscus etched wedges from The Golf Garage.

Penn State themed Phantom X-12 from Embrace Putters.

Nice shots of Littlestone Golf Club courtesy of Cameron More.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Peter Kostis: “I’ve seen Patrick Reed improve his lie four times”

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Following Brooks Koepka’s comments that he believes Patrick Reed cheated at the Hero World Challenge, former CBS golf analyst Peter Kostis has now weighed in on the matter – claiming he’s seen the Texan improve his lie on multiple occasions.

Speaking on the latest No Laying Up podcast, Kostis revealed that he had seen Reed improve his lie up-close and personal “four times” before recounting what he saw on one particular occasion (original quotes via Bunkered)

“He put four or five clubs behind the ball, kind of faking whether he’s going to hit this shot or hit that shot. By the time he was done, he hit a frickin’ 3-wood out of there. When I saw it, it was a sand-wedge lay-up originally.”

On the podcast, the former on-course commentator explained how he isn’t sure Reed “knows he’s doing it sometimes”. Speaking on why he never reported one of the four incidents, Kostis stated how analysts report to an unwritten TV rule to document the story and not to be the story themselves.

“We could never call a penalty on a player, but we could comment if a penalty was called on a player. That’s the difference. I couldn’t say anything. I can’t be the story. Now I’m done, I don’t really care.”

Kostis then mentioned another occasion where he saw Reed doing something similar at another event after he hit the ball over the green. Kostis unveiled by the time Reed had struck his shot, the analyst could see the logo on his ball from a once treacherous lie.

“He hit it over the green and did the same thing. He put three or four clubs behind the ball. It was really a treacherous shot. Nobody had gotten close all day long from over there. By the time he was done, I could read ‘Callaway’ on the golf ball from my tower.”

Kostis also added that there’s always been “a player or two” throughout history who “stepped on a spike-mark” or “fudged with their coin marking their ball”, but that 99.99% of guys on Tour play by the rulebook.

 

 

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