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Eddie Pepperell DQ’d in Turkey after running out of balls



Eddie Pepperell’s weekend at the Turkish Open Airlines came to an abrupt end when during his third round, the Englishman ran out of balls after suffering his very own “Tin Cup” moment.

The incident occurred on Pepperell’s 13th hole of the day after starting at the tenth at Montgomerie Maxx Royal, where the 28-year-old repeatedly found the water attempting the same shot.

Speaking to Golf Digest’s John Huggan, his playing partner, Martin Kaymer, gave some insight into what had happened following the round.

“Eddie hit his shots to the green, then came over to tell us he had run out of balls. Then he walked off. I thought he lost four or five. We are about 80% sure it was five, 20% four. He was quick, so it was hard to keep track. He did not ask if he could borrow one from me or George (Coetzee, the third man in the group).”

Kaymer further explained how Pepperell “did not look like he wanted to play”, as well as adding that the Englishman had putted with a wedge on the previous hole.

Despite running out of balls, Pepperell could have completed his round had he borrowed a ball from Kaymer or Coetzee, but would have been DQ’d if it was a different ball than the one in which he started the hole.

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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. jgpl001

    Nov 12, 2019 at 9:37 am

    This guy’s attitude totally sucks, not surprised at this

    He didn’t actually care, he rarely does

    2 years ago at the British Open he admitted that he turned up for the last round hung over and he was top 10 in the tournament at the time – TOTAL DISRESPECT

    He needs a good kick up the …

  2. Dyson Bochambeau

    Nov 12, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Tough luck for Eddie Pepperoni Nips

  3. William Davis

    Nov 12, 2019 at 5:59 am

    I can’t believe he would go out with only 6 or so balls. I think he just decided he had had enough and quit. Should have explained to playing partners – sure they would understand but probably not approve.

  4. JP

    Nov 11, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    It was intentional and a crybaby way to end a round early. Take it on the chin and record your round. Don’t get pissy and do this. Poor form


    Nov 11, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    not surprised he seems like a cry baby anyway

  6. John Krug

    Nov 11, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Another silly golf rule.

    • larrybud

      Nov 11, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      What, that you need to play golf with a ball?

  7. Tom54

    Nov 11, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    I was always under the impression if you ran out of balls that was tough luck. I never thought you could borrow any either regardless of the make and model. I guess you could send your caddy to the locker room or even the pro shop? Only heard of this happening a long time ago to Billy Kratzert.

  8. crazy golfer

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Rule Misc.
    One Ball Condition
    Q.What does the “One Ball Condition” mean?

    A.The Rules of Golf do not require a player to use the same brand and type of golf ball throughout the stipulated round. A player may use a different ball to start each hole. However, the Committee may adopt as a Condition of a Competition, the “One Ball Condition.” When this condition is adopted, players are required to use the same brand and type of golf ball throughout the stipulated round. Please refer to Appendix 1; Part C; 1 (Specification of the Ball).

  9. Kevin

    Nov 11, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Different ball meaning not just brand but type. If he was playing a ProVI he could not “borrow” an avx. Player is required to use same model ball throughout the round

  10. Reid

    Nov 11, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Different ball meaning different brand?

    • Kevin

      Nov 11, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Different ball meaning not just brand but type. If he was playing a ProVI he could not “borrow” an avx. Player is required to use same model ball throughout the round

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Brooks Koepka talks the Olympics, Kobe Bryant, and Tiger at the Masters in a SiriusXM Town Hall broadcast



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While Brooks Koepka’s comments on SiriusXM regarding Patrick Reed grabbed the headlines this week, the four-time major champion spoke about several interesting subjects in the town hall broadcast, including the Olympics, Kobe Bryant and what Tiger Woods said to him following the 2019 Masters.

On the subject of the Olympics, Koepka stated how he was currently on the fence about the event, explaining how he believes it would be “cool to be an Olympian” but that it has “thrown a kind of a wrench in the schedule.”

“Right now, to be honest with you, I’m kind of 50-50. I want to do it, yes, I think it would be awesome to do. But at the same time we have majors, WGCs, the playoffs, its all kind of… I mean, these (motions to PGA Championship trophy) take it out of me, I’ll be honest with you. You come down and I need two days just to kind of mentally recharge.

It’ll be interesting just the timing of it, where it is at. The playoffs are kind of important. I’d like $15 mil. I think that’d be nice. I’d like to be fresh for that. If anything I’m leaning more towards going. It’s an honor. You play for your country.”

On hearing of Kobe Bryant’s death, Koepka spoke about how he was blown away, how he found it difficult to believe it was real, and how despite never meeting Bryant, the loss hit him so hard that he ended up crying in his hotel room.

As Bryant was his childhood idol, Koepka said he got on the phone that night to Nike to ensure that the unfinished project of his Kobe Bryant-inspired golf shoes would be completed to honor the basketball great.

The 31-year-old lost out to Tiger Woods by one stroke at the 2019 Masters, and recounted how Woods was quick to remind him that this levelled up their affair after Koepka had seen off Woods’ challenge at the 2018 PGA Championship.

“Augusta was interesting because, coming down the stretch I rinsed one on 12. We all know what happened. We all know he won. But it was crazy walking off the green and being there to congratulate him. The first thing he said was, ‘One-and-one now.’ (laughs)”

The entire Brooks Koepka Town Hall special will be rebroadcast on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio on Wednesday, Feb. 19 (10:00 pm ET), Friday, Feb. 21 (8:00 pm ET) and Sunday, Feb. 23 (noon ET). The full special is also available now on SiriusXM On Demand.

Brooks on the Olympics

Brooks on Kobe Bryant

Brooks on Tiger at the Masters

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.19.20)



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.

No words needed!

Long neck G7 from Goodwood.

Matthew Fitzpatrick’s raw 60-degree Vokey SM8.

Miura Tour Grind Copper Damscus etched wedges from The Golf Garage.

Penn State themed Phantom X-12 from Embrace Putters.

Nice shots of Littlestone Golf Club courtesy of Cameron More.

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

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Peter Kostis: “I’ve seen Patrick Reed improve his lie four times”



Following Brooks Koepka’s comments that he believes Patrick Reed cheated at the Hero World Challenge, former CBS golf analyst Peter Kostis has now weighed in on the matter – claiming he’s seen the Texan improve his lie on multiple occasions.

Speaking on the latest No Laying Up podcast, Kostis revealed that he had seen Reed improve his lie up-close and personal “four times” before recounting what he saw on one particular occasion (original quotes via Bunkered)

“He put four or five clubs behind the ball, kind of faking whether he’s going to hit this shot or hit that shot. By the time he was done, he hit a frickin’ 3-wood out of there. When I saw it, it was a sand-wedge lay-up originally.”

On the podcast, the former on-course commentator explained how he isn’t sure Reed “knows he’s doing it sometimes”. Speaking on why he never reported one of the four incidents, Kostis stated how analysts report to an unwritten TV rule to document the story and not to be the story themselves.

“We could never call a penalty on a player, but we could comment if a penalty was called on a player. That’s the difference. I couldn’t say anything. I can’t be the story. Now I’m done, I don’t really care.”

Kostis then mentioned another occasion where he saw Reed doing something similar at another event after he hit the ball over the green. Kostis unveiled by the time Reed had struck his shot, the analyst could see the logo on his ball from a once treacherous lie.

“He hit it over the green and did the same thing. He put three or four clubs behind the ball. It was really a treacherous shot. Nobody had gotten close all day long from over there. By the time he was done, I could read ‘Callaway’ on the golf ball from my tower.”

Kostis also added that there’s always been “a player or two” throughout history who “stepped on a spike-mark” or “fudged with their coin marking their ball”, but that 99.99% of guys on Tour play by the rulebook.



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