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Brooks Koepka hits out at the “stuffiness” and “country club atmosphere” attached to golf

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Never one to pull punches, Brooks Koepka has slammed the “stuffiness” and “country club atmosphere” associated with golf which he feels is damaging the progression of the sport.

In an in-depth interview with GQ Magazine, the four-time major champion discussed a multitude of topics, and Koepka explained that the “gentleman sport” tag attached to golf is one of the reasons preventing more people from getting involved in the game.

“Hockey, you go to blows and then sit in the box for a couple minutes. Golf’s just held to a different standard. Because it’s supposed to be a gentleman’s sport. And that’s where I think they lose a lot of people. They just do.”

Asked what he would change about the sport if he had the chance, Koepka was quick to sound off on the “stuffiness” and “country club atmosphere” which he believes is one of the biggest problems the sport has in attracting more support.

“One thing I’d change is maybe the stuffiness. Golf has always had this persona of the triple-pleated khaki pants, the button-up shirt, very country club atmosphere, where it doesn’t always have to be that way. That’s part of the problem. 

Everybody always says, ‘You need to grow the game.’ Well, why do you need to be so buttoned-up? ‘You have to take your hat off when you get in here.’ ‘You’re not allowed in here unless you’re a member—or unless the member’s here.’ Really? 

I just never really liked the country club atmosphere. I know that drives a lot of people away from liking me. But just ’cause this golf club has such prestige and the members are all famous and have a lot of money…like, why can’t I show up and just go play the golf course? Why do I have to sit in my car and wait for the member?”

The 29-year-old further explained how he doesn’t feel like no rules would be the answer, but how a more relaxed approach would prevent the feeling of “walking on eggshells” when at a golf course.

“I’m not saying no rules is the answer. But it’s like, you want everyone to enjoy themselves when they’re there, you don’t want to feel like you’re walking on eggshells when you arrive at the golf course. I don’t like feeling like I’m walking on eggshells everywhere I go.”

Brooks Koepka is in action this week at the Honda Classic and will tee it up alongside Matthew Wolff and Keith Mitchell for the opening two rounds.

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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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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.9.20)

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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.

Dirty Harry-themed flat-stick from Olson.

Ryan Barath with the Haig Ultra throwback.

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Masters special from Sugar Skull Golf.

Rocco Mediate’s beautiful Artisan wedges.

Putter release on the way from Kraken Golf.

Entertaining towels at the heart of a great campaign from Gibbons Hand Made.

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 reaches insane 203 mph ball speed during Charity Challenge

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Bryson DeChambeau’s gym sessions appear to be paying off, as the 26-year-old filmed himself reaching 203 mph ball speed during a Charity Challenge on his social media.

The Californian was cheered on by his digital followers and looked thrilled to reach 201mph ball speed in his backyard before shocking even himself with his next effort that reached 203 mph – which he estimates would result in a 360-yard carry.

Check out the moment below.

DeChambeau leads the Tour in Driving Distance this year, averaging 321.3 yards off the tee which is up from 302.5 yards in 2019, and it looks as if the ‘golf scientist’ now has plenty more in the bag if he decides to go flat out.

The Charity Challenge, which saw DeChambeau’s followers challenge him to hit shots and ask questions for a donation, was live on the 26-year-old’s Twitch channel and helped raise $1000 for Feeding America.

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Florida man sues Tiger Woods and Joe LaCava over incident at 2018 Valspar

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A Florida man is suing Tiger Woods and his caddie, Joe LaCava, claiming that the latter intentionally shoved him at the 2018 Valspar Championship causing him injury.

As first reported by the Tampa Bay Times, the Pasco County resident attempted to take a selfie with Woods on the par-3 13th hole during the third round of play at the Valspar where he alleges LaCava pushed him “causing him to stumble and fall into the crowd of spectators”, per the lawsuit.

Though the lawsuit does not go into specifics, it is claimed that the shove caused Brian Borruso to be hospitalized – both losing the ability to earn income and also aggravating an existing health condition. Borruso is looking for more than $30k for damages caused.

Borruso’s attorney, Josh Drechsel, stated that the PGA has refused to cooperate and claims that the incident has been caught on camera.

Woods has been named in the suit as LaCava was employed, managed or directed by him at the time and according to rule 10.3 of the USGA’s rules: “A player is responsible for his or her caddie’s actions both during a round and while play is stopped under 5.7a, but not before or after a round.”

 

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