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Thorbjorn Olesen suspended by European Tour after sexual assault charge

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After being charged with sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault, Thorbjorn Olesen has been suspended by the European Tour.

The Dane was arrested last Monday at Heathrow airport after a flight from Nashville to London, and Olesen is due to appear in court over the charges on August 21.

Speaking on the suspension, a European Tour spokesman stated

“Thorbjorn Olesen has been suspended from the European Tour pending the outcome of legal proceedings. As this remains an ongoing legal matter, we are unable to make any further comment at this time.”

On Monday, Olesen’s lawyer, Paul Morris, stated that his client has been fully cooperating with police during the investigation.

“Thorbjorn has cooperated fully with the police during their investigation, but while the legal proceedings are still ongoing he unfortunately cannot comment on this matter at this time.”

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

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  1. Big donkey

    Aug 10, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Matt Kuchar sucks.

  2. James

    Aug 7, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Can’t wait for him to come back so I can free speech his ass to the point of suicide or retirement.

  3. CRB357

    Aug 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    I unfortunately cannot comment on this matter at this time.

  4. Mower

    Aug 7, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Someone needs to test this. Male & Female. Black & White.
    You know, for science.

  5. JP

    Aug 7, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Sadly, this ends with a slap on the wrist and a small fine.
    .
    If it were a common person, they would end up with jail or prison time and a tarnished record that would destroy their ability to find a decent job and take care of their family. They wouldn’t be able to own a firearm. They would lose a LOT. But because this guy is a professional athlete, he’ll get off easy.

    • Donald hughes

      Aug 7, 2019 at 12:41 pm

      Gee it’s like woods all over again. Tiger should have been done with golf band permanently. But no he continues to play and he screwed up 3 times. Talk about about a bunch of shit.

    • Benny

      Aug 7, 2019 at 6:53 pm

      Well said JP. The dude should have to register if this is true. POS

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GolfWRX is on the ground covering the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship.

You can check out the discussion thread in the forums to see what GolfWRX members are saying about subject’s from Wyndham Clark’s PXG Blackjack putter, an in-hand look at the Titleist TS4 driver, and more.

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Morning 9: Is Pebble beach really a “public” course?

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1. Is Pebble beach really a “public” course?
Will Bardwell for his Lying Four blog on the “public” element of the famed plausibly public track…“More importantly, though, is the indisputable fact that Pebble Beach is “public” on technicality alone. In 1982, when Pebble Beach hosted its second U.S. Open, the greens fee was $70 (about $188 in 2020 dollars, when adjusted for inflation). Today, Pebble’s greens fee has soared to a gargantuan $575 – and that doesn’t include the $45 cart fee, or the $95 caddie fee, or the caddie’s gratuity. And unless the player stays overnight at the resort (a two-night stay and play package starts at nearly $2,800), tee times cannot be made more than 24 hours in advance. Pebble Beach is a bucket-list destination – but that’s because few golfers are able to afford the experience more than once, if that.”
  • “…it is public in name only, and nevertheless is rewarded year after year as the model toward which every public course should strive. If there’s no disincentive for Pebble to make itself more accessible, then why should Sawgrass or any other high-end destination?”
  • “And ultimately, it’s Pebble’s failure to embody the best – indeed, the most important – qualities of public golf that cries out for its demotion. Any course that deserves to be called the best of American public golf should offer public golfers the best the game has to offer: an inviting environment, creative architecture, and realistic greens fees. On that, Pebble fails…”
2. NGF: Golf participation is booming as coronavirus lingers
Golfweek’s Jason Lusk…“The National Golf Foundation and Golf Datatech released a report last week that said rounds played in August in the U.S. were up 20.6 percent over 2019. That was roughly 10 million more rounds played in August 2020 than in August 2019. The report said that was the largest year-over-year monthly increase since Golf Datatech began tracking rounds two decades ago.”
  • “All that comes on the heels of year-over-year increases of 19.7 percent in July, 13.9 percent in June and 6.2 percent in May. That was after more than half the courses in the U.S. were shut down in parts of March and April because of the pandemic or seasonality – rounds played in April 2020 were down 42.2 percent versus April 2019.”
3. Renee Powell to lead US side at Junior Solheim 
Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols…“Renee Powell set to lead Team USA at Junior Solheim Cup; Annika Sorenstam will captain EuropePowell forged her own trail as well, captaining both the Ohio and Ohio State University golf teams. She fought through racial prejudice, even death threats, as the second Black player to compete on the LPGA.  After retiring from the tour, Powell continued to grow the game as an ambassador, traveling to Africa more than two dozen times.”
4. Johnny’s love/hate
I LOVE that golf equipment is getting better and better as each year passes by. As I get older and the muscles get tighter, it’s nice to know that with a quick tweak or a new setup I can leap back 15-20 years and still play like I used to. Technology as a whole has been so good to this game. It started with the Pro V1, and we stand here today with kids coming up at 200 mph ball speed, what a world.
I HATE how obsessed we are with distance over lower scores. The blame is on all of us, but I’m dying for an OEM marketing campaign centered around Golf IQ, and not all ball speeds and launch. The whole point to any of this is getting the ball in the whole faster and more consistently. How we hit it should be secondary to how we play. Simple as that.
5. Southern courses distancing from Confederate associations
Tom Cunneff for Golf Digest…“The tragic killing of George Floyd caused a lot of people in our country to rethink things, and certainly our situation was no different,” says Mike Gonzalez [Secession Golf Club], the club’s president who, unlike the majority of members, lives in South Carolina. “So, I invited our members to weigh in, and it was clear we needed to do something [to separate themselves], particularly anything that could be deemed to be connected in any way to the Confederate cause, which is certainly nothing we could support. I didn’t want to take any chance that we could be perceived to be something we’re not, because Secession is a very welcoming and inclusive club.”
“Changing the name was also considered, but after speaking with many of the 900 members, including all African-Americans members (the club wouldn’t divulge how many there are), Gonzalez concluded that that step wasn’t necessary because the name is meant to acknowledge the broader history of the area, not the act itself. He cites the fact that the Reconstruction Era that enfranchised African Americans, at least for a while, began in Beaufort in 1861 after the Union Army overtook the Lowcountry following its decisive amphibious assault at the Battle of Port Royal. The white plantation owners fled while more than 10,000 enslaved people, about one-third of the enslaved population at the time, stayed and became free.”
“Also being questioned this year are the handful of clubs named after Confederate generals…”
6. Rory works out? Who knew?
Golf.com’s Luke Kerr-Dineen…“Rory’s issue early in his career is that he was very flexible but didn’t have much strength. And while we often regard lots of flexibility as a good thing, it’s a double-edged sword. You don’t have enough strength to manage that flexibility, your golf swing can veer out of control and create stress in different parts of your body.”
  • “I wanted to get stronger and build up a little bit of robustness in my body,” he said. “Honestly, make myself a little less flexible, a little stiffer, that was one of the reasons. I had so much movement in my hips and in the lower part of my spine that there was not enough stability to protect the joints and the discs and the vertebrae.”
7. Inside the Ryder Cup postponement
CNN’s Sandy Thin… “At that stage we started making all sorts of alternative options, what we’d do with picking the team, how we get in the right amount of play, and just making all different scenarios for selection, qualification, picks, timings, all that.” But as the pandemic spread and the early optimism over fans returning to the grandstands faded, hope quickly diminished and in July, the decision was announced that Whistling Straits — the Wisconsin course hosting the event — would have to wait another year, as the Ryder Cup was postponed until September 2021.”
8. Best Driver 2020 2.0
If you haven’t checked out our update to Best Driver of 2020 and/or need additional clarity for your driving buying decision-or merely want to see what some of the best fitters in golf have to say about the best big stick based on your swing speed, check out the fall edition of the Best Driver.
9. “I could watch golf until the cows come home’: Ballymena farmer becomes an online hit with the hottest seat at the Irish Open
If you haven’t seen the photos from last week’s Irish Open, moo-ve down the page to have a look.
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Indoor vs. outdoor fitting: Which one is better?

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Indoor vs. outdoor club fittings are one of the most highly contested arguments among golfers. All things being equal, both should yield the same results although the experiences are vastly different.

Whichever option you choose, you can be assured that both fitting types offer the ability to confirm results and ensure a proper fit, thanks to the advancement of club and ball tracking systems like Foresight’s GC Quad and TrackMan.

We have compiled a comparison of some of the biggest differences to help you figure out which option is best for you.

A controlled environment

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From a customer perspective, being able to hit shots in a controlled environment offers the best opportunity to eliminate variables and quickly get down to finding out which clubs will offer the best results. This is especially helpful in climates where being outdoors in extreme heat or cold will have a huge effect on a golfers performance. Another plus for golfers is every amenity is within reach, from bathrooms to snacks, allowing you to focus on the experience and making good swings.

On the business side of things, having an indoor facility means fitters don’t have to rely on nice weather to be able to do fittings and allows them to operate a consistent schedule to meet the needs of golfers year-round.

In my opinion, the best of both worlds is a facility that offers the ability to hit from inside a controlled environment to an outdoor range, but that requires a lot of property and isn’t a viable option, especially in urban areas.

Hitting off mats vs. grass

This is the component that creates the most discussion when comparing indoor to outdoor fittings.

Depending on the golfer and the type of mat used there can be some variance in data, especially when it comes to shots hit fat (hitting the ground before the ball). In that situation, a mat is much more forgiving than real grass, but a good fitter can still go through the process, analyze data, and help the golfer find the best club combo.

Moral of the story would be the mat CAN play a role, firm mats will cause the ball to launch lower and spin higher due to lower strike location. Softer Mats will do the opposite launch higher with less spin. Therefore with some due diligence a very similar surface can be found.
– Ian Fraser, Founder TXG

Mat quality plays a big role in this argument, but as demonstrated below by the team at TXG a great quality mat offers identical results to real grass
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Ball flight vs. screen

Rory McIlroy at Payne’s Valley opening exhibition

When it comes to seeing ball flight vs. a representation on a screen it comes down to the individual golfer. Be rest assured that when using properly calibrated technology the differences in clubs being represented inside will be exactly the same outside since any launch monitor is simply interpreting the data it collects.

From a golfer’s perspective, it can take some getting used to if you have never gone through an indoor fitting before, and seeing ball flight can be a confidence booster. On the other side of the coin, having conducted fitting both inside and outside I will attest that when working in a situation where a golfer can see ball flight, whether hitting off a mat or not, fittings generally go a little quicker since its easier to confirm results.

What about wedges?

Beyond mats vs. grass, the next big debate topic is wedges.

There are a number of ways to conduct wedge fittings and for highly skilled players to truly figure out what will work best, I believe it is vital to conduct them outside. The difficult part is replicating the course conditions of where the golfer generally plays but through the interview and fitting process, a highly skilled fitter can make adjustments for the player.

For what I would call the vast majority of golfers, hitting shots inside using a launch monitor as well as going through the process with a skilled fitter can still result is a great wedge fitting. The most important part of this process like with any fitting is being completely honest with yourself and your fitter about your strengths and weaknesses.

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