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



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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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito



  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.–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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Brooks Koepka says Patrick Reed cheated at the Hero



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On Monday, while speaking on SiriusXM during a PGA Championship media tour, Brooks Koepka claimed that Patrick Reed cheated at the Hero when he was adjudged to have improved his lie in the bunker by moving sand from behind his ball.

The four-time major champion was typically in no mood to mince his words when asked by host Sway Callaway whether or not he felt Reed had cheated at the event, responding “Yeah” before adding

“I mean, I don’t know what he was doing, building sandcastles in the sand but you know where your club is. I took three months off, and I can promise you I know if I touched sand.”

Koepka further compared Reed’s actions to the controversy surrounding the Houston Astros who were caught stealing signs during the 2017 World Series, stating

“It’s one of those things where you know if you look at the video; obviously, he grazes the sand twice, and then he still chops down on it. 

“I guess the Astros are going through that right now. Jim Crane said it when he got asked, ‘Is it cheating?’ And he said, ‘No, we just broke the rules.’ If you play the game, you understand the rules. You understand the integrity that goes on. I mean, there’s no room for it.”

The 31-year old also suggested that incidents like the Reed controversy go “on a little more than people think” on Tour and though he has “bitten his tongue in the past” he expressed how if he were to see a player improving their lie going forward he would “call them out.”


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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.18.20)



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.

Jason Dufner’s custom Scotty.

Twisty Neck from Mackmade Workshop.

One for Team Europe supporters.

Our Johnny Wunder showing his sweet looking Fourteen SF714 5W some love.

Great giveaway from Sugar Skull Golf.

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An awesome look at Palmetto Golf Club courtesy of Jonathan Evans.

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

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The young Euro Tour pro in the WGC-Mexico field whose inspiring story you need to know




World Golf Championships are reserved for the elite players in the sport, and joining that group this week for the second time in as many WGC events is Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who has overcome a number of arduous hurdles on the road to cracking the world’s top-50.

For those unaware, Bezuidenhout’s destiny was shaped earlier than most when on the streets of his native South Africa the then two-year-old picked up and drank from a bottle of coke – the contents of which contained rat poison.

The South African narrowly avoided death after the hospital completely pumped his stomach to purge him of the poison. Still, the poison infected his nervous system, leaving Bezuidenhout with a speech impediment that would have him develop a severe case of anxiety.

In a blog post for the European Tour last year, the 25-year-old explained the depths of the level of anxiety the stammer caused him growing up.

“I was basically just living in my own world because I was always scared of having to engage in conversation. When I talked to people, I knew I would struggle and it would take time for me to deliver my words, so I always had a fear of answering the phone, saying my name or being asked a question.”

Through therapy, Bezuidenhout got his life back on track but was then hit with another bombshell in 2014 when he was nominated for a random drug test that resulted in him being handed a 2-year ban from the sport.

The South African had been prescribed Beta Blockers to help control his stutter, and his sentence was subsequently reduced down to nine months.

What has happened since then has been a remarkable rise from being outside the world’s top-1500 on his return and outside the world’s top-500 at this point last year, to inside the world’s top-50 at the age of 25.

Victory on the Sunshine Tour in 2016 was Bezuidenhout’s first triumph. He then followed that up last year, hitting the headlines by winning one of the most significant European Tour events on offer, the Andalucia Masters.

Since then, the 25-year-old has gone from strength to strength. He finished third at the European Tour’s flagship event – the BMW PGA Championship, before recording a top-15 finish at the DP World Tour Championship to end 2019 inside the world’s top-100 for the very first time.

In 2020, things have only got better.

After a playoff defeat at the Dubai Desert Classic, the South African finished T21 at the Saudi International before notching a win at the Dimension Data Pro-Am last week for his second win on the Sunshine Tour. A victory which included a clutch eagle on the final hole to win by a stroke, in a week where he recorded a mammoth 29 birdies.

From rat poisoning, crippling anxiety, and a drugs ban, Bezuidenhout is now the second-highest ranked South African player in the world and will compete in his second WGC this week, having finished T17 at the HSBC Champions back in November.

Bezuidenhout’s story is inspirational and a testament to his courage and defiance. He’s a player which you are surely only going to hear more and more of on golf broadcasts in the future, and a man who will have his eyes firmly set on securing a spot at this year’s Masters – a feat he will achieve should he remain inside the world’s top-50 at the end of March.


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