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Forum Thread of the Day: “Was Kuchar’s act at the Porsche European Open in the spirit of the game?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Callyboy and draws attention to an incident from last week’s Porsche European Open involving Matt Kuchar which has caused a stir both on our forums and on social media. The episode which you can watch here, saw Kuchar improving his lie in a waste area by judging that the small particles surrounding his ball were all loose impediments. While Kuchar’s act did not violate the rules, our members are split on whether the action was within the spirit of the game or not.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • OldTomMorris: “I’m sure it was a “Waste Area”. Kuchar has become a target off the back of some things (deservedly so), and while this looks weird, I don’t see a problem with it. Don’t look to Twitter for a fair and balanced reaction.”
  • JohnnyCashForever: “It doesn’t really pass the eyeball test, does it? If Kuch wants to get hyper-technical with the rules and remove very small rocks that are the size of individual grains of sand, then what prevents the rules committee from imposing a penalty on him if he “accidentally” removes actual grains of sand in the process and improves his lie?”
  • bladehunter: “Isn’t it just another glaring hole in the rules? He’s easily within the rules to move them. The Twitter twits responses about a DQ are hilarious. Have to remember. This is in a waste area. NOT in a hazard or whatever they changed the name to.”
  • MaxBuck: “I would interpret what Kuchar did as violating Rule 1 and Rule 8.1. Rule 1 states in part, “You should normally play the course as you find it and play your ball as it lies.” Kuchar violated both the spirit and the letter of that rule IMO. I’ve lately gone from being a big Kuchar fan (love his demeanor on the course) to not much of a fan at all.”
  • philly2kuk: “Whether this latest episode is by the rules or not, after his run in with Sergio, the caddie payment issue and the fact he tried to claim his ball had plugged in the fairway at the memorial when it had bounced into somebody else’s pitch mark, he’s making himself an easy target for the press. If he had some sense, he’d be trying his hardest to avoid scrutiny for a while. He missed the cut anyway, why not just leave some of the sand/impediments there and get on with it, so you’re not being targeted again??”

Entire Thread: “Was Kuchar’s act at the Porsche European Open in the spirit of the game?”

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  1. Ewfnick

    Sep 11, 2019 at 2:45 am

    Just viewed this for the first time, how on earth could he have believed he was in the right improving his lie in such a way, cheating in its purest form

  2. Why

    Sep 10, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Kuch sucks. Why would anyone like this douche bag?

  3. Jack

    Sep 10, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Matt Kuchar is a big donkey.

  4. JThunder

    Sep 9, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Apparently he thought it was a Zen sand garden.

  5. T

    Sep 9, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I agree this is quite silly, but then again everyone loved it when a handful of people struggled to move a boulder to help out Tiger….
    If it was Tiger moving small rocks in a waste area, everyone would praise him for finding a loophole.
    https://www.pgatour.com/video/2019/01/29/legends-of-the-green–fans-move-boulder-for-tiger-woods-in-1999.html

    • JThunder

      Sep 9, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      Actually, there was a lot of outrage over that, and it led to rules changes. Most commentators said the same as they do now about Kuchar. Bearing in mind, a large percentage of “Tiger fans” were not “golf fans”, and only cared about golf when he was crushing the field. They came from other sports where you get away with anything you can. They are long gone.

  6. DB

    Sep 9, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    This sounds almost reasonable until you watch the video – He’s just repeatedly grabbing sand/rocks and tossing them aside to make his lie better. It’s hilarious. What a goon.

  7. Dave r

    Sep 9, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Oh not again Matt wake up you hit it there you play it as you found it ,if you can’t take an unplayable and move on . You are fooling no one except the dude in the toque watching you it’s like he’s gone to sleep or he can’t believe what he watching. DQ your outta here have a nice life.

  8. Bruce

    Sep 9, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    This whole loose impediment issue is about rocks and twigs and such. It is Not about improving your lie. That’s what this was, he improved his lie. Did he also delay play? I’m thinking he’s not going to like the optics of this episode either.

  9. Brian Moore

    Sep 9, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Max Buck says ;
    “(his niggardliness and this sort of thing).”
    I do know the actual definition of this word and it is applicable. But the risk in publishing this … well it’s like going after that tucked pin when you are two up.

  10. Benny

    Sep 9, 2019 at 11:10 am

    He sucks. He is cheap. He thinks he is better than others. His wife is way to hot for him. Hope he trips and falls on his big shiny teeth while finding his wife cheating on him then falls off a roof.

    • Rascal

      Sep 9, 2019 at 10:37 pm

      Bravo, at least you’ve put some real effort into your post than that idiot who posts garbage snide remarks under various names.

  11. PJ

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Niggardliness? Ive got to go do dictionary website and make sure I can use this in conversation.

  12. JP

    Sep 9, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Niggardliness? Ive got to go do dictionary website and make sure I can use this in conversation.

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GolfWRX Classifieds Spotlight (05/29/20): Ping, Byron Morgan, Mizuno Copper!

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member BassCatchr77 – Ping i500 / iBlade combo set

They might look like blades all the way through the bag, but this is not your average combo set. Ping i500s are some of the hottest hollow irons on the market and the iBlades are way more forgiving than they appear. This is like a sneaky speedster family sedan with 500HP under the hood.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Ping Combo Set

Member Ngin24 – Byron Morgan Milled Putter

Most people know the big names when it comes to milled putters, and although Byron Morgan hasn’t yet broken into the mainstream doesn’t mean he doesn’t make an awesome putter! This is a milled Anser shape with clean lines and no alignment aid on top – they don’t get cleaner than this.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Byron Morgan Putter

Member DirtyBirdie2 – Copper Mizuo MP 20’s

This is one of 500 sets released worldwide and safely being stored in their original box. The asking price might seem high but when you consider the rarity of these irons ( and how freakin’ cool they look ) can you really put a price on them?

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Copper Mizuno Irons

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds 

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The DailyWRX 5/29/2020: My friend is an incredible golfer, Barkley the HoFer, Molinari’s landscaping

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We are just two short weeks from live PGA Tour action…just let that sink in and inspire.

That is all, let’s see what happened on IG and the Tweeter.

This is personal…

My best friend just ripped Santa Ana CC in half…

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Congrats @nbollini on a 62! Member course record.

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He wasn’t the best last Sunday…

But Chuck did perform like a Hall of Famer.

This can’t be ignored…

Great swing pro, but wait…..that’s your backyard?! Where did I go wrong? SMH. I’m chipping whiffle balls into a kids’ sand bucket.

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So good to see the boss out of his back garden ????

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Jacklin coming in HOT….

I mean yes it’s shocking he only won one major…..but he’s Sergio, he’s still a legend.

The Steve Stricker Invitational is canceled…

I watched this tourney for one reason….to watch Steve Stricker (Top 10 all-time faves) take a victory lap. YouTube highlights here I come.

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The Match Pt. 3 – The perfect candidates to pair up with Tiger and Phil

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After Sunday’s hugely successful The Match: Champions for Charity, golf fans are already demanding for the third instalment to complete the Tiger Woods vs Phil Mickelson trilogy.

Whether it’s athletes from other sports, current LPGA stars or celebrities, there’s been plenty of names touted to pair up with Tiger and Phil, and here’s a rundown of some of the biggest contenders to tee it up for The Match Pt. 3.

Sporting Greats

Michael Jordan

A sporting superstar, an avid golfer and a high roller gambler – the world would tune in for MJ. If The Match 3 wants to go in the same direction as the second instalment then landing MJ would be a massive coup, and during an interview with Dan Patrick this week, Phil said he wants him involved.

  • Handicap: 1.9

Steph Curry

One of the biggest NBA players in the game, serial golfer and a man who has done some incredible things for the game of golf to help the sport grow. Curry has already teed it up on the formerly known Web.com Tour, and he has the game to hold his own in this contest.

  • Handicap: 0.1

Tony Romo

The former Cowboys QB loves his golf and provided plenty of highlights when he teed it up last year at the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open. Romo has a natural flair for the mic, and he’s already shown he’s not afraid to mix it with the pros.

  • Handicap: +0.3

LPGA Stars

Lexi Thompson

I’d love to see more mixed events, and if The Match 3 is to involve LPGA players, then Lexi Thompson has to be involved. Arguably the most recognizable face on the LPGA Tour, Thompson would be a great addition with her power game, blessed with the ability to hit both bombs and hellacious seeds – the perfect fit for the event.

Danielle Kang

The World Number 5 in the world, and Danielle Kang’s star is on the rise. Not only can she play, but she’s not afraid to talk the talk too. She may not have “made the Europeans cry” as she hoped at the 2019 Solheim Cup, but that likely wouldn’t hold her back from trash-talking either Tiger or Phil.

Nelly Korda

The 21-year-old may not have a major to her name just yet, but her number 2 ranking shows she’s close to breaking through. America’s highest-ranked player and one of the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour.

Celebrities

Larry David

As comics go, Larry David is difficult not to love. He may not be the best golfer in the world, but the humor he would bring to the event would more than compensate for any suspect shots.

  • Handicap: 15

Bill Murray 

A golf icon in his own right, Bill Murray is seen annually entertaining the crowds at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and his golf game is very solid too. He’d be a popular choice, and there’s no chance the occasion would get the better of him.

  • Handicap: 7.2

Ray Romano

Just like Murray, Ray Romano loves his golf and is seen annually at Pebble Beach during the Tour’s Pro-Am. His game may not hold up as well as Murray, but his entertainment value would more than make up for that.

  • Handicap: 17

WRXers, who do you want to see tee it up with Tiger and Phil for ‘The Match Pt. 3’? 

Let us know what you think!

 

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