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The Florida Mid-Am final ended with a player getting punched in the face. Or did it?

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On paper–that is the Florida State Golf Association’s paper, not the police report–Marc Dull won the Florida Mid-Am when his opponent, Jeff Golden, withdrew.

Dull had just birdied the 16th hole to pull even, when the skies opened.

A FSGA statement on the final match indicates what happened next

“With the players on 17, play was halted by heavy rains. When conditions permitted play to continue nearly two and a half hours later, Golden was unable to continue due to an unfortunate injury and defaulted the match.”

Indeed, the statement is technically correct. However, it hardly tells the full story…and what a story it is.

Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner did some digging into the “unfortunate injury,” and what he found was certainly surprising.

Per a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office police report, Jeff Golden (the man who suffered the “unfortunate injury”) called police. Golden claimed he was assaulted in the Coral Creek Club parking lot by his opponent’s caddie. According to Golden, Dull’s caddie, Brandon Hibbs, punched him in the face.

Why in the world did this happen? Apparently, during the ninth hole of the Golden-Dull match, Golden asked Dull about the condition of one of the holes, inquiring as to whether the cup was damaged.

“Don’t worry about it,” Hibbs (again, this is Dull’s caddie) told Golden. “If you’re going to make it, you’re going around it.”

Following this, Golden told a rules official that he believed the caddie’s statement constituted advice (to Golden, who was not his player). Apparently/incredibly, the rules official agreed, and Golden was awarded the hole.

Hibbs, presumably furious, left the course at this point and returned to the clubhouse.

During the previously mentioned rain delay that interrupted the match, Golden claims Hibbs approached him in the parking lot while he was at his car getting additional clothing.

Per the report, Hibbs “approached him, apologized, then punched him on the left side of the face.”

Now this story would be ridiculous enough if these facts were agreed upon. However, Hibbs says the incident never happened. He claims after leaving the course, he was in the clubhouse during the entire rain delay.

Nobody saw the alleged attack, and there were no surveillance cameras trained on the parking lot. Further, Golden’s face was not swollen or cut and Hibbs’ hands showed no evidence that he’d punched anything.

Golden maintains he was punched and that his shirt had blood on it, also claiming that he suffered “concussion symptoms.”

Golden declined to press charges, and both Hibbs and Dull maintain nothing happened.

Per Ryan Lavner, FSGA executive director Jim Demick said that Golden “didn’t want to play anymore.”

“Regrettably, the golf course was very playable and Jeff understood that he needed to resume the match. I think he was just ready to go,” adding police “found absolutely no evidence of an assault.”

What do you make of this, GolfWRX members? The scales of justice don’t seem to be tipped in Mr. Golden’s favor, do they?

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  1. bjb

    May 22, 2018 at 1:17 am

    no marks on the face, no marks on the hand…and where would the blood on the shirt have come from? My guess is a McDonald’s ketchup packet. what a dumba$$

  2. Dave r

    May 21, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Full contact golf gotta love it.

  3. Draw down

    May 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Didn’t this guy used to caddie for Robert Allenby?

  4. Jack Nash

    May 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Just when you think you’ve seen or heard everything…….

  5. Dan

    May 21, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    What ignorant comments

  6. Sr

    May 21, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Well, it’s Florida. What do you expect from a bunch of silly rednecks

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2021 PGA Championship: Full Viewer’s Guide

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The second major of the year is upon us, with a host of players with ambitions of hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday evening.

Collin Morikawa is the defending champion of the event, and ahead of his title defence at Kiawah Island, here’s a rundown of all the coverage you can tune in for come Tuesday afternoon.

How to watch the 2021 PGA Championship

Tuesday

Noon-3 p.m: Tuesday at the PGA Championship (ESPN+)

Wednesday

Noon-3.p.m: Wednesday at the PGA Championship (ESPN+)

Thursday

 7a.m.-1 p.m: First-round coverage (ESPN+)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: First-round coverage (ESPN)

7 a.m.- 7 p.m: First-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

Friday

 7a.m.-1 p.m: Second-round coverage (ESPN+)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: Second-round coverage (ESPN)

7 a.m.- 7 p.m: Second-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

Saturday

8 a.m.-10 a.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN+)

10 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: Third-round coverage (CBS)

8 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

Sunday 

8 a.m.-10 a.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN+)

10 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: Third-round coverage (CBS)

8 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

As for what you can expect from the weather this week, per Weather.com (As of Monday May 17), conditions look set fair for the week.

 

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2021 PGA Championship odds: Jordan Spieth 14/1 to land Grand Slam

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It’s PGA Championship week, and the biggest names in golf are gunning for the Wanamaker Trophy, with Rory McIlroy leading the betting to win again at Kiawah Island.

The Irishman heads the market at 12/1 with a host of big names priced second at 14/1, including Jordan Spieth, who is hoping this is the week he lands the career grand slam.

Check out the full list of 2021 PGA Championship odds (as of May 17) courtesy of BetOnline.ag.

Rory McIlroy 12/1

Bryson DeChambeau 14/1

Jon Rahm 14/1

Jordan Spieth 14/1

Justin Thomas 14/1

Dustin Johnson 16/1

Xander Schauffele 22/1

Viktor Hovland 25/1

Collin Morikawa 30/1

Daniel Berger 33/1

Sam Burns 33/1

Hideki Matsuyama 35/1

Patrick Reed 35/1

Brooks Koepka 40/1

Cameron Smith 40/1

Patrick Cantlay 40/1

Tony Finau 40/1

Webb Simpson 40/1

Scottie Scheffler 45/1

Abraham Ancer 50/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick 50/1

Sergio Garcia 50/1

Will Zalatoris 55/1

Paul Casey 60/1

Sungjae Im 60/1

Tyrrell Hatton 60/1

Joaquin Niemann 66/1

Marc Leishman 66/1

Corey Conners 70/1

Tommy Fleetwood 70/1

Justin Rose 75/1

Louis Oosthuizen 75/1

Jason Day 80/1

Shane Lowry 80/1

Lee Westwood 90/1

Adam Scott 100/1

Brian Harman 100/1

Bubba Watson 100/1

Garrick Higgo 100/1

Gary Woodland 100/1

Keegan Bradley 100/1

Matt Wallace 100/1

Max Homa 100/1

Harris English 110/1

Si Woo Kim 110/1

Billy Horschel 125/1

Charl Schwartzel 125/1

Charley Hoffman 125/1

Jason Kokrak 125/1

Matt Kuchar 125/1

Robert MacIntyre 125/1

Stewart Cink 125/1

Aaron Wise 150/1

Cameron Champ 150/1

Cameron Tringale 150/1

Chris Kirk 150/1

Christiaan Bezuidenhout 150/1

Kevin Kisner 150/1

Matt Jones 150/1

Rickie Fowler 150/1

Russel Henley 150/1

Ryan Palmer 150/1

Alex Noren 200/1

Bernd Wiesberger 200/1

Branden Grace 200/1

Cameron Davis 200/1

Dylan Frittelli 200/1

Francesco Molinari 200/1

Henrik Stenson 200/1

Ian Poulter 200/1

John Catlin 200/1

Kevin Na 200/1

Martin Kaymer 200/1

Matthias Schwab 200/1

Phil Mickelson 200/1

Sebastian Munoz 200/1

Thomas Pieters 200/1

Tom Hoge 200/1

Victor Perez 200/1

Zach Johnson 200/1

Brandt Snedeker 250/1

Brendan Steele 250/1

Brendon Todd 250/1

Danny Willett 250/1

Dean Burmester 250/1

Erik van Rooyen 250/1

Harold Varner III 250/1

Joel Dahmen 250/1

Kevin Streelman 250/1

Sam Horsfield 250/1

Talor Gooch 250/1

Tom Lewis 250/1

Byeong Hun An 300/1

Chez Reavie 300/1

George Coetzee 300/1

Jason Dufner 300/1

Jazz Janewattananond 300/1

Mackenzie Hughes 300/1

Rasmus Hojgaard 300/1

Steve Stricker 300/1

Thomas Detry 300/1

Adam Hadwin 350/1

Andy Sullivan 350/1

Brandon Stone 350/1

Byeong-Hun An 350/1

Hudson Swafford 350/1

Martin Laird 350/1

John Daly 750/1

Rich Beem 1000/1

 

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Golfer reacts to shooting 59 with WILD celebration 

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Joining the 59 club is a dream for a lot of golfers, and it’s a dream that came to fruition last Friday for 27-year-old teaching pro Michael Caan.

Caan was competing at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, and was torching the course before heading to the 18th hole needing an eagle for the elusive 59.

With a 40-foot putt left for eagle, Caan’s chances weren’t looking so good, but his friends still decided to capture the effort on their camera phones – and boy, are we glad they did!

Check out the putt and the epic celebration below.

 

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“A lot of people have been asking to see the scorecard (2nd picture), so there you go! Just want to take this opportunity to really thank all the people who have reached out with the kind words of encouragement and congratulations! You all made a really special moment even better! I appreciate all of you.” – Michael Caan

A quick look at his scorecard shows that Caan birdied every par 3 on the course and made five birdies and two eagles over his final 10 holes. Phenomenal. 

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