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Tweets of the Week: Tyrrell Hatton’s new look, Jonathan Byrd’s Christmas surprise, Eddie Pepperell gets in touch with his spirituality

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A new year of golf is almost upon us, but over the last seven days, most of the Tour’s players have been enjoying some down time during the festive period. 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 over the holiday season.

Eddie Pepperell Explores His Spirituality

The Englishman with a meditation routine that we could all get on board with.

Thomas Born Delivers On His Promise

Christmas Eve. A time for relaxing with the family, and of course, getting a Ryder Cup tattoo on your backside.

Jonathan Byrd’s Christmas Gift

Reactions like this make Christmas what it is, and Jonathan Byrd’s daughter’s response to finding out what she got for Christmas is priceless.

Phil Mickelson’s Short Game Lessons

Yeah, yeah, I know this is an Instagram post, but still, free short game lessons from Mickelson? Had to be shared. Check out his account for more short game tips posted by Lefty over the holiday period.

Joe LaCava On Working With Tiger

Tiger’s caddie is usually quiet in regards to talking about his boss publicly, but these are some powerful words concerning his loyalty for Woods.

Tyrrell Hatton’s Christmas Look

We’ve all heard of Mac Daddy Santa, and now we have…well, I don’t think there’s a name for it. And rightly so, may I add.

 

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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. jerry

    Jan 3, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    bjorn not born

  2. stan

    Dec 31, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    click……

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Gary Woodland discusses beating Woods’ record, his approach on 14, and his clutch chip on 17 with Adam Schein

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U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland made an appearance at SiriusXM’s Manhattan studios on Tuesday, where he sat down to discuss a multitude of topics with Adam Schein on his Mad Dog Sports Radio program – Schein on Sports.

Fresh off his career-defining victory at Pebble Beach, Woodland heaped praise on his caddie, Brennan Little, while speaking on the show, whom he credited with giving him the confidence to hit his outstanding second shot to the par-5 14th hole which led to birdie in the final round.

(*All quotes courtesy of SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio)

“I’ll give the credit to my caddie on that one. It was one of those where we talked all week – I wanted to play aggressive. I wanted to play to win. I knew I was playing well. I got up there, I knew I had a one-shot lead. I’d actually – to that pin – I’d hit the chip shot left of the green, it wasn’t great in the practice rounds. I knew right’s out of bounds.

It was probably the first time all day I wanted to play conservative. I was actually thinking about laying up, and my caddie, it was the first time probably – we’ve been together three years – that he just, he said, ‘This is it. Hit three wood. Let’s go. Knock it up there, make a swing, hit at the right edge of the green and go.’ He gave me confidence, not only for that shot, but that gave me confidence in the last five holes.”

As for his clutch chip on 17 to save par, Woodland described his mindset taking the shot as well as how he was keeping tabs on what Koepka was doing at the same time on 18.

“Fortunately I had a similar shot off that green earlier in the week. That was one I’m just trying to make four. I can see Koepka on the green on 18; I saw he had a putt, I didn’t know if it was for birdie or for eagle. And I was trying to get it (the chip) past the hole, and it just came out perfectly with a little spin.”

Woodland also discussed beating Tiger Woods’ total of 12-under-par from the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. The 35-year-old first mentioned how he recognized that Woods won that tournament by 15 strokes, before adding how he was aware of beating his 72-hole total, saying

“I knew it, but I was trying to two-putt. I wasn’t trying to make that putt. Once it got halfway there and it went in I obviously let the emotion out. My caddie came over to tell me congrats and I said, ‘You know that clipped Tiger by one?’ And he said, ‘No I didn’t.’ He was focused on the wrong stuff, he was focused on winning, I was focused on beating that record.”

While speaking more generally on Woods and the impact the 15-time major champion has on the game, Woodland described him being back as “everything”, which you can see in the embedded clip below.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (6.18.19)

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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.

Showcasing the driver shaft the U.S. Open champion used on his way to victory last week.

Arriving in the next few weeks.

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G/FORE • MG4.1 • Coming Soon ????

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Great shot of National Custom Works’ beautiful creation.

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Flighted down….

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Coming this week from Swag – the Suave One and Suave Too.

Awesome shot of Royal Blue Golf Club in the Bahamas.

L.A.B Golf showcasing their new BLaD.1 flat-stick from this week’s Travelers Championship.

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

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Texas family pleads guilty to Masters lottery fraud

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On Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia announced that four members of a Texas family had pled guilty to wire fraud charges after admitting their role in an “elaborate” scheme to fraudulently obtain Masters tickets and resell them for a sizeable profit.

Per the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s release, the Freeman’s confessed to purchasing a bulk list and used its names and addresses to create several fake accounts in the Masters lottery. When an account that the Freeman’s had created was offered tickets, Stephen Freeman would create counterfeit drivers licenses, utility bills and credit card statements to convince Augusta to change the winning mailing address to one that his family controlled – then selling the tickets at a steep mark-up.

Stephen Freeman appeared before a U.S. District Court in Augusta, GA, and agreed to a sentence of three years in federal prison and $157,493.70 in community restitution, after admitting to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Both Freeman’s parents, as well as his sister, agreed to the same crime but will serve no jail time, with each agreeing to pay $59,000 each in community restitution.

Speaking on the case, FBI agent Chris Hacker said in a statement

“This scheme was designed to profit from the resale of tickets, but in the process, it also would have denied legitimate citizens a fair chance to obtain tickets to a prestigious golf tournament.

We hope that this case sends a message that the FBI will make it a priority to investigate these cases, and if you get caught, you will pay the price.”

All four defendants still face sentencing before a federal judge, who will accept or reject each individuals plea deals.

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