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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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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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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (7.19.19)

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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.

A couple of nice shots of Blue Mound Golf & Country Club in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Check out this exotic looking custom made putter from Tyson Lamb.

In case you missed this madness on Thursday.

Some very slick finish work going on from the guys at Olson Putter Co.

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Ouhh… shiny… #finishwork

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A giveaway worth checking out from Sugar Skull Golf.

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**Instagram British Open Giveaway** __________________________________ It’s time for a British Open giveaway with some major prizes for TWO winners! Here is how it will work: Like this post, make sure you are following us on Instagram, and tag friends in the comments who are NOT CURRENTLY following us and encourage them to follow our Instagram account. On Sunday, July 21st at 9:00 pm Eastern, we will draw a name from all NEW FOLLOWERS only. That new follower will win the British Open limited release cover and SSG microfiber towel pictured on the left. If you were the first one to have tagged that new follower that won, YOU will WIN the British Open cover, microfiber towel AND the set of woods (pictured)!!!! Unlimited entries allowed but be sure your tags aren’t currently followers and that the friends you tag definitely follow us for a chance to win. __________________________________ Best of luck!! __________________________________ #sugarskullgolf #golf #headcover #puttercover #golfcover #accessories #golfaccessories #sugarskull #ireland #2019open #148thopen #britishopen #royal #portrush #uk #pgatour #finalmajor #headcover #limitedrelease #tartan #kilt #golfwrx #royalportrush #britisharmy #giveaway #golfgiveaway #instagramgiveaway #instagramcontest #nopurchasenecessary #goodluck

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Sweet looking ride indeed!

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

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Erik van Rooyen’s ankle-shy pants caused quite a stir at The Open

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Erik van Rooyen’s 68 in round two vaulted him up the leaderboard and into contention on Friday morning at Royal Portrush. But while the South African’s golf has been impressive over the opening two days at The Open, it’s van Rooyen’s pants which have got everyone talking.

The 29-year-old’s ankle shy red pants on Friday were such a hot topic that they even dominated the chatter during his post-round media duties. Following his second round, van Rooyen was asked seven questions by the press, and five of those were about his pants.

Speaking on the pants in question, van Rooyen confidently stated after his round

“I like the fact that it’s a little bit different yet still classy at the same time. It’s not out there and whacky with a bunch of flashy colors … If you’re going to wear it, you’ve got to own it. I feel like I’m owning it.”

However, while the South African may feel that way, his trousers received a much more mixed reaction on social media.

What’s your take on Erik van Rooyen’s polarizing pants, WRXers?

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Strong start, then tremendous misfortune: David Duval cards a 13 after playing the wrong ball

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David Duval suffered a nightmare first round at Royal Portrush on Thursday, and during his opening nine, the 2001 Claret Jug winner recorded the highest score on a single hole at The Open for 69 years.

The 47-year-old came to the par-5 seventh hole having played his previous two holes five-over-par, but that was nothing compared to what Duval was about to experience.

Duval played the wrong ball on the seventh hole, and his entire play on the hole even managed to confuse the official scoreboard. The former Open Champion was initially credited with a triple-bogey eight on the par-5, which was then adjusted to a whopping 15, before being changed to a 13.

As you would expect, Twitter had plenty to say on the octuple bogey.

*Update*

Thursday afternoon, the R&A announced on The Open’s website that Duval’s score had again been adjusted from a 13 to a 14, stating

“The adjustment was made following an error in reviewing his score on the 7th hole. David lost his first two balls from the tee and then played a wrong ball for the third ball played from the tee. On discovering the mistake at the green he had to return to where the wrong ball was played but the correct ball could not be found. Therefore he had to play again from the tee for a fourth time under penalty of stroke and distance. He played six shots in completing the hole with the fourth ball from the tee. He incurred a two-shot penalty for playing the wrong ball but the strokes played with the wrong ball do not count in his score (Rule 6.3c).”

The correction results in Duval’s opening round becoming 91, 20-over-par.

 

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