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Joe LaCava, Tiger Woods’ caddie, paid a heckler $25 to leave at the WGC-Bridgestone

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While Steve Williams would likely have taken a different route, Tiger Woods’ current caddie admitted to bribing a fan to leave his boss alone.

LaCava called into ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” and told a tale of paying of a heckler at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

LaCava said the man heckled Woods throughout his final round at the Bridgestone, and on the 14th hole, LaCava interceded, telling the man to check out action elsewhere on the course. Interestingly/absurdly, the man said he would be happy to, provided LaCava reimburse him for his ticket.

Here’s the full transcript c/o ESPN.

Mike Golic: “Did you have any issues with the people at Bellerive?”

Joe LaCava: “Not at all, and you hit it right on the head, 99 percent of the guys and women are behind Tiger, pushing for Tiger. They want to see good golf in general they’re not anti-the-other-guys, but they’re certainly rooting for Tiger more so than the other guys. But, funny you guys ask that question. The week before in Akron, I had a little incident with a guy who was harassing my guy on the 14th hole at Akron the last day outside the ropes, roughening him up pretty good. And I said, hey listen bud, why do you gotta go there? Everyone’s having a good time, everyone’s pulling for Tiger. You don’t like the guy that’s one thing, but you don’t to be yelling at my guy, screaming negative stuff like that. And I said at the end of the day, if you affect him, his performance, it effects my bottomline. So he calls me a couple names and I go back and forth with the guy, and I say why don’t you just leave. And he says well if you give me $25 for the ticket that I bought today I’ll leave. And I said here you go, here’s $25.”

Mike: “Did he leave?”

Joe: “So I whip out $25 and he starts to go down the 14th fairway toward the green. I say look pal $25 is $25 you gotta head the other way. So he starts to head the other way, he goes 20 yards down the line, then he calls me a certain other, a swear word. So I run 20 yards back the other way and I’m going face to face with this guy. And all the sudden Tiger’s looking for a yardage, and I’m in it with this guy 20 yards down the line. So some cop has to come in, push this guy outta the way, and take him outta the tournament.

Mike: “So what did Tiger say when you came back to give him the yardage?”

Joe: “Well that’s a great question. We were so far to the right of the trees, and he was on his third shot believe it or not, we were still 150 yards away from the green, and he didn’t really know what happened. He heard the commotion, he heard the guy yelling at him, so we talked about it after the fact, but he didn’t really know how it developed. And he says I was wondering what happened, and he goes normally it wouldn’t that long to get a yardage. I said well a little incident down the road. He didn’t have a problem with it, and actually I gotta standing ovation for kicking the guy outta there.

Security probably should have happened sooner when LaCava was $25 richer.

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  1. joro

    Aug 18, 2018 at 11:02 am

    That was stupid, now all the ignorant fools will be lined up looking for a few bucks to shut up. That is why he has a “Security Squad” walking with him, that is to get rid of the ignorant SOBs that can’t keep their stupid mouths shut. Bad move.

  2. Hagen

    Aug 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    All slobs should be removed. If it were a movie theater or restaurant, same thing would happen.

  3. nignogwozawog

    Aug 17, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Only $25? Dude should have asked for more

  4. CrashTestDummy

    Aug 17, 2018 at 12:50 am

    LaCava is one good caddie. Keeping the drama and distractions under control.

  5. Regan

    Aug 17, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Steve Williams wouldve smashed him hands down.

  6. chance

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    There needs to be much less tolerance of fan heckling. They should not only be removed from a tournament but also fined. This needs to happen sooner rather than later. I think whoever is running things is dropping the ball on this issue.

    • ChipNRun

      Aug 17, 2018 at 12:03 am

      Chronic heckling is “disturbing the peace.” For dealing with chronic hecklers, the marshall with the small radio can call the guys with the handcuffs.

      Bribing hecklers sets a bad precedent.

    • CrashTestDummy

      Aug 17, 2018 at 12:49 am

      I agree. The hecklers can affect play and outcomes. The hecklers have been watching Happy Gilmore too much.

  7. Timmay

    Aug 16, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Tiger needs to have a few “enforcers” following him around in the crowd. Kinda like the fella in Happy Gilmore. Couple unneeded outbursts and they would just get a quick tap on the shoulder from someone that makes a NFL linebacker look like a small child. Some people these days just need thrown to the ground by their throat. This heckler looks like one of those people.

  8. Nolan

    Aug 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    So dishonorable. I mean hes heckling an adulterer but still…

  9. lakawak

    Aug 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Why should people who aren’t actually interfering with shots be removed from a tournament

    • the dude

      Aug 16, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      this isn’t Heinz stadium you dolt….(Class….it’s the 1st door on your right…..)

  10. carl spackler

    Aug 16, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    The heckler looks like the kind of guy you see at your local muni blaring music and slamming a six pack per 9. I am sure glad we grew the game.

    • lakawak

      Aug 16, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Who is “we”? You did nothing. And “the game” hasn’t grown. It is in a tailspin. Has been for close to 20 years. Several hundred fewer golf courses open than in the 90s.

      • Raj

        Aug 16, 2018 at 8:54 pm

        If you’re out there playing, contributing to the golfing community local or online, you’re helping grow the game. If you jump in to make snide comments, you’re likely not.

      • Solzhenitsen

        Aug 16, 2018 at 11:34 pm

        Sigh. I do believe these golfwrx stories draw the most foolhardy and meaninglessly self-righteous comments on the internet. I wonder what draws these tiresome dots to the site?

    • Muni Man

      Aug 17, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Like having a little music is a bad thing. You’re probably the kind of guy playing a 5 hour round of golf and posting up a solid 89 with three mulligans.

      And who is “we” you and your bro Lacav?

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Golf fans react to rough at Torrey Pines ahead of 2021 U.S. Open

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The rough at the U.S. Open is usually one of the biggest talking points ahead of a U.S. Open, and this year is no different.

Fans got their first look at the rough this week, with Callaway Golf posting a video of their staffer Xander Schauffele in the thick stuff at the back of the 18th green.

The video has whet the appetite for those that love to watch the best in the world suffer, but not everyone is convinced that the rough will be as penal as it appears in the video.

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Some users commented saying “thick”, “juicy” and “cabbage”. However, other users are a little more suspicious, with one suggesting Xander quit on the shot and another saying that the USGA will always back down and cut the rough the day before the event.

What are your thoughts on the early rough at Torrey Pines, WRXers?

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Brooks Koepka reveals what Bryson said to cause his eye-roll reaction

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Ahead of this week’s Palmetto Championship, Brooks Koepka has been sharing his perspective of his ongoing feud with Bryson DeChambeau, which he describes as “good for the game”.

The feud erupted a couple of weeks ago when a leaked video showing Koepka’s complete disdain for his rival went viral.

Many golf fans have been wanting to know if Bryson had said anything to Brooks to provoke the strong reaction, and Koepka has this week explained what went down to incite his now-famous eye-roll reaction.

“As far as that goes, he didn’t say anything to me. He wasn’t speaking to me. He was, I guess, either signing his scorecard or wherever he was, and I was just to the right of the media tent, or I guess right in front of the microphones where you guys all were.

I don’t want to say he was like screaming – he was saying something about how he hit a perfect shot and it shouldn’t have been there, and it was just very, very loud. I don’t think the mics picked up on that, but it felt like just so that the fans could hear.

With the media right there, you kind of know, hey, look, we’re all kind of in this area, just tone it down, and it was just so loud. Then I think he realised that he had gotten right behind me, and he toned it down a little bit. I just lost train of thought, which I think was pretty obvious.”

The 31-year-old also took the time to explain why he feels the ongoing feud is good for the game, even though he can understand why some traditionalists may find the affair not to their taste.

“The fact that golf’s on pretty much every news outlet for about two weeks pretty consistently, I think that’s a good thing. It’s growing the game. I get the traditionalists who don’t agree with it. I understand that, but I think to grow the game you’ve got to reach out to the younger generation.

I don’t want to say that’s what this is, but it’s reaching out to a whole bunch of people. It’s getting golf in front of people. I think it’s good for the game.”

As for how the rivalry will impact the chances of the U.S. side at the Ryder Cup, Koepka sees no issues occurring at Whistling Straits later this year, as he doesn’t expect the two to be teamed up.

“There’s only eight guys that are playing, four guys are sitting, whatever. I mean, I play with one other guy. If let’s say I don’t play with Bryson or Bryson doesn’t play with me, he takes care of his match, and I would take care of my match, and I don’t know how that has any effect.

What you do off the golf course doesn’t have any effect on the golf course.”

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‘Clowns’ – Tour pro hits out at fans saying Jon Rahm won the Memorial

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Jon Rahm’s withdrawal at the Memorial due to a positive Covid-19 test provoked a strong reaction from golf fans at the weekend, with many upset with how the situation was handled.

Some fans on social media even wanted the winner’s trophy handed to Rahm, who held a 6-shot lead at the time of his WD, and that take elicited a very strong response from Dylan Frittelli.

Following Patrick Cantlay’s win on Sunday evening, Frittelli took to social media where he branded those fans as “clowns” and before this week’s Palmetto Championship explained why.

“I described some people as clowns, talking about how Jon Rahm actually won this tournament, and it’s simply not true. Patrick Cantlay is the winner of the tournament. End of story.”

The South African added how each player on Tour has signed up to play by the rules and that it’s foolish to believe that any player would be exempt from those rules.

“I think it’s quite silly for people to go out there and think you can do something, whether it’s play professional golf, play another sport or work in business and not follow the rules. We’ve signed up to play by the rules.

If Jon Rahm picked his ball up, walked over the hole and dropped it next to it and tapped it in, I think a lot of people would be unhappy that he broke a rule.”

 

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