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Hot & Cold: Where strokes were won and lost at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

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In “Hot & Cold,” we’ll be focusing each week on what specific areas of the game players excelled and disappointed in throughout the previous tournament. On Sunday, Brooks Koepka dominated Rory McIlroy to win his first WGC Championship, and here’s a look at where some of the most notable players gained and lost strokes over the four days of action at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

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Brooks Koepka won his first WGC last week, and the 29-year-old did so due to a red-hot putter. Koepka gained almost ten strokes over the field on the greens last week in Memphis, leading the field in this area. Check out the clubs Koepka used on his way to victory last week in our WITB piece here.

Justin Thomas’ iron play has been superb as of late, and at last week’s WGC the 26-year-old gained 5.2 strokes over the field for his approach play. Also a major positive for Thomas last week was his return to form on the greens. Thomas gained strokes with the flat-stick at an event for the first time since February.

Rory McIlroy will have been disappointed not to get the job done on Sunday, but the Ulsterman’s impressive performance with his short game should give him good vibes heading into the playoffs. McIlroy gained a combined 7.9 strokes on and around the greens in Memphis for the four days of action. The 30-year old was, however, the only player to finish in the top-10 who lost strokes for his approach play.

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For the third straight event, Jason Day lost strokes on the greens, and the Australian also struggled once again with his irons. Day lost over two strokes for his approach play last week in Memphis as he continues to strive for form.

Fellow Australian Adam Scott’s revival with the flat-stick has hit a brick wall in recent times, and after a dismal display with the putter at Royal Portrush, Scott dropped a further 3.7 strokes to the field on the greens at last week’s WGC.

Bryson DeChambeau’s T2 finish at the 3M Open looked to set the 25-year-old up for a big summer, but in the last two events, DeChambeau’s form has regressed. The American lost strokes with his irons at Royal Portrush, and last week lost a whopping 5.4 strokes in the same department.

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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 (8.16.19)

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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.

Stinger headcover giveaway from Robert Mark Golf.

SuperStroke now providing NCAA team grips.

How do you like this blacked out flat-stick from Olson Putter Co, WRXers?

Pretty lefty creation from Cushman Custom Golf.

Drew Harvie with a great shot of Mickelson National Golf Club near Calgary.

More sprinkle divot tools on the way today from Tyson Lamb.

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

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Bryson DeChambeau’s latest message to slow play critics: “Screw all y’all haters”

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Just a few of days after vowing to step up his attempts to improve his pace of play, a video has surfaced from this Wednesday’s Pro-Am at Medinah of DeChambeau defending his pace at last week’s event and attacking his critics.

The video which you can see here at the Twitter account @DMeyer06, appears to be taken on a fans Snapchat account, and within it DeChambeau states

“I was never on the clock last week, y’all can say whatever you want, but we’re having a fu**ing good time. So screw all y’all haters”

DeChambeau’s message in the Snapchat video looks to contradict the statement he posted to his Instagram account on Monday where he said

“I’m constantly trying to improve and I will do my very best to improve my pace.”

DeChambeau is currently in action at this week’s BMW Championship where he posted a score of 1 under par in his opening round.

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (8.15.19)

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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.

Tiger’s one-handed putting drill in action at Medinah.

Embrace Putter’s PXG Stormtrooper flat-stick up for grabs.

Would any WRXers dare putt with “The Gaijin” flat-stick?

Summer hotdog covers from Swag.

Stunning shot of Pinehurst Country Club courtesy of Channing Benjamin.

Sweet looking Trigonometric copper blade from GEOM Putters.

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

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