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A very bold jerk just stole U.S. Mid-Am champ, Stewart Hagestad’s clubs

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Newport Beach, California, isn’t exactly an epicenter of crime in the United States. Don’t tell that to Stewart Hagestad, however. The reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion just had his clubs pilfered from his vehicle…which was sitting in his driveway.

How about this bit of generosity and opportunism, though? Harry Arnett of Callaway and Zac Blair (sponsored by Titleist) stepping in an effort to wrestle Hagestad away from TaylorMade? Savvy stuff, gentlemen. But really, further evidence that the world of “golf twitter” is actually vastly less soul-sucking than the majority of social media. We’re assuming TMag has him covered… (He does play a Cameron putter, however)

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Hagestad won the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur and then secured low-amateur honors at the Masters, where he tied for 26th. He’s tuning up for the the August 14-20 U.S. Amateur at Riviera Country Club.

Certainly not to throw shade, but it doesn’t sound like Hagestad had his doors locked, else you’d assume he would have made mention of his windows being smashed, etc.

So, for the love of golf equipment, even when parking in the seemingly secure recesses of suburbia, lock your doors!

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  1. Ike

    Aug 7, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    NEVER, and I really mean NEVER store golf clubs in your vehicle. Heat can kill your favorite club(s) as quick as a heat gun or torch – which is used to remove a club head from the shaft. Played a tournament with a fellow who had his driver head come flying off on his first shot. Have built many clubs paid for by insurance companies and love the business, however the replacements are never the same as what were stolen. The thieves don’t want your clubs to use, they are sold on internet sites or out of town pawn shops. Thieves are too lazy to play golf and sleep during the day so they can steal at night.

    • larrybud

      Aug 18, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Club have been in my car for 20 years. Never had anything fail because of heat. I play golf after work, there’s no other option but to leave the in the car. I’m certainly not going to haul them into my office every day!

  2. Kirk Noyes

    Aug 7, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Wow- I NEVER leave my clubs in my car for this very reason. I don’t even live in a high crime area and still get nervous about it. Glad to see people stepping up. That’s what makes Golf such a great sport

  3. Dave R

    Aug 7, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Do not repeat do not keep your clubs in your car. Really we all learn the hard way at least mine was locked and they had to break a window. The alarm woke up the whole neighbourhood but man these these guys are fast.

  4. C

    Aug 7, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Who doesn’t lock their vehicle?

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Patrick Reed recounts meeting wife Justine after being ghosted by her sister

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Patrick Reed and his wife Justine are one of the more prominent couples on the PGA Tour, with his wife previously caddying for her man on the tour.

But the story of how the two met may surprise you, with Reed recounting the interesting story in a recent Q&A with Golf Digest.

It all began with a date with Justine’s sister, which ended abruptly after Patrick found himself quickly ghosted (a personal relationship ended without communication or explanation).

“I was a freshman at the University of Georgia, and her younger sister, Kris, was at LSU. Kris came to visit, and we went on one date, and I texted her to confirm she’d made it back home safe. No response.

So I reached out to Justine on Facebook, who confirmed her sister was back and got frank with me about why it was probably not going to work out. So I start talking with Justine, who I discovered is this incredibly driven person who was pursuing dual degrees while working to become a nurse.

We kept talking as a couple of years went by; then we started dating. Best decision of my life.”

 

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All is well that ends well for Patrick and Justine, with the two being married since 2012.

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Phil Mickelson: Joining Premier Golf League would be a ‘selfless act’

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Earlier this week, we saw the revival of the Premier Golf League, with several top pros reportedly offered in the region of $30-$50 million to join the breakaway tour.

One of those men who has received an offer is Phil Mickelson, and the 50-year-old has been speaking on the breakaway tour, which could begin as early as 2022, with Lefty describing the prospect as “very interesting”.

“It’s interesting. I think it’s very interesting. What’s interesting is the players would be giving up control of their schedule and then compete against each other 14 times or 15 times or whatever the final number is.”

The multiple major champion went as far as saying that joining the Saudi backed tour would be a “selfless act”, as players would be giving up the freedom of picking their schedule for the full benefit of the sport.

“We all make a lot of money and do very well and we control our own schedule and I don’t know if guys would be willing to do that. I think it would be a selfless act. Even though their schedules are being appreciated financially, it would take a lot to give up control of that even though the entire sport would benefit.

Even though the fans would love it and get to see the best guys play more often and there would be global events. Imagine all the best players having to go global what that would do for the game.”

The comments are on the other end of the scale to Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas who both spoke about the proposed tour this week, with the former describing it as a “money grab”. JT similarly emphasized his desire to remain on the PGA Tour, stating that his ambition is to win majors.

The proposed league would feature a Formula 1 style format, with 40-48 players playing an 18-event schedule in tournaments worldwide for lucrative purses culminating with a season-ending team championship.

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Brad Faxon reveals his top 10 putters of all time (with one staggering inclusion)

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Eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, Brad Faxon has revealed his top 10 putters of all time in a post sure to provoke some strong opinions.

Faxon is widely considered to be one of the best putters to play the game and has turned his hand to helping pros on the greens in recent times – all of which make his list even more compelling.

The 59-year-old revealed his top 10 (and those who just missed out) on social media with the caption ‘Hope this doesn’t get me in trouble…’, with the most stunning inclusion being Rory McIlroy at number 10.

1.Tiger Woods – ‘Made every putt he had to’

2. Ben Crenshaw – ‘Looked the best doing it’

3. Seve Ballesteros – ‘Looked second best to Ben’

4. Tom Watson – ‘Who can forget ’82 at Pebble?’

5. Bobby Locke – ‘Loved to hook ’em in’

6. Jack Nicklaus – ‘Hope this doesn’t insult him’

7. Jose Maria Olazabal – ‘So intense and simple’

8. Billy Casper – ‘A lot like Locke’

9. Bobby Jones – ’13 majors!!’

10. Rory McIlroy – ‘Call me crazy’

Runners up: Langer, P. Thomson, Player, Donald Roberts, Hogan Kite, Day, Pavin, Stockton.

It’s worth noting that McIlroy and Faxon have a working relationship together, which likely aids the Ulsterman here. McIlroy has finished 97th or worse for Strokes Gained: Putting in 4 of the past 5 years.

Other notables missing from the list include Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker, while Inbee Park would surely have received a mention had the list included LPGA stars.

What do you think of Faxon’s picks, WRXers? Let us know who you would include in the comments!

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