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Peter Kessler lashed out at anyone and everyone on Twitter

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With 140K followers on Twitter and a website as well, No Laying Up have become one of the most popular accounts in the golfing world. However, when the group plugged the second season of their show Tourist Sauce” with a new promo, it provoked a strong response from “the voice of golf,” former Golf Channel and PGA Tour host, writer, and producer, Peter Kessler. (Kessler responded to Green Jacket Auctions, who praised NLU’s work).

Kessler, no stranger to speaking his mind, then spent hours feuding with fellow social media users who defended No Laying Up’s promo. As is often the case in the world of social media, the arguments descended into personal insults, on which Kessler did not hold back.

Consider these tweets representative of dozens more in the same vein.

Although Kessler was firmly in attack mode, he had to be on his guard when @ProV1_iron took aim at his Perfect Club infomercials from back in the day. The spots are largely a humorous relic in the golfing world, but Kessler was having none of the “people in glass houses” analogy.

The responses from Kessler went on and on, and many had been expecting the ex-Golf Channel host cool off after yesterday’s exploits. However, the opposite happened, with Kessler getting right back in the saddle this morning and continuing his tirade against defenders of the show, with Kessler claiming NLU’s promo “is like intro to entertainment in 9th grade and school just started. Surely you’ve seen good movies and tv shows. These aren’t them.”

Despite saying that he has “Gotta run,” Kessler remains locked in a battle of personal insults with other social media users.

What do you make of Peter Kessler’s social media outburst, GolfWRX members?

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. HDTVMAN

    Nov 14, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    I only watch The Golf Channel when an actual tournament is broadcast. When Peter Kessler was on, I was watching. Very insightful, easy to listen to, and he talked TO YOU! Now we have the arrogant Learner & Chamblee (local Putt-Putt Champion), and the dopes in the morning! Too bad, it was fun to watch while it lasted.

  2. GMatt

    Nov 7, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Just as loud, belligerent, and arrogant as he was when he used to play golf at Metro West in Orlando. You could hear him from across the course….

  3. T-Boner

    Nov 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Epic Tweeter posts, brah. More shade-throwing than a Eucalyptus tree.

  4. hrfdez

    Nov 4, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Once a tool, always as tool. In his case, he’s “The Perfect Tool”.

  5. TacklingDummy

    Nov 4, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Who cares about Twitter wars? Just more junior high gossip.

  6. Ronald Owens

    Nov 2, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Loved Peter when on the Golf Channel. How can I get in touch with him? I have a question about a golf instructor he interviewed on GC one day.
    Thanks.

  7. Jose Pinatas

    Nov 2, 2018 at 10:41 am

    This article should read… “A day with Peter Kessler, corked on Kessler”. Now that’s entertainment…

    • King Midas

      Nov 2, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Would love to see him using ???????????? emojis after every response..

  8. Law Prof

    Nov 2, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Middle aged guys sometimes nose over the edge a bit, especially as they notice their vitality ebbing and their relevance fading. Hopefully he can pull back from the cliff and recover some dignity.

  9. Blake

    Nov 1, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Whoever this guy is, he is just insane. He asked me if i went as “jihadi john” for halloween. And how i got out of rehab for the holiday. This guy never wants to be taken serious agiain does he?

  10. benseattle

    Nov 1, 2018 at 12:14 am

    When the Golf Channel was in its infancy, they scrounged up a nobody called Peter Kessler who — due to understaffing — hosted four or five shows at once, then allowed his ego to convince himself that he was actually an Important Talent which was MILES from accurate. When the self-important Kessler was shown the door screaming, he then lent his “voice of golf” to the oh-so-vital ‘Perfect Club’ infomercial which, I suppose, is the broadcast equivalent of being the early-morning host of Wake Up Amarillo (Weekend Edition.) Kessler, sitting dormant for the past 10 years, listens to Tony Robbins “you can do it!” tapes and today has convinced himself that the golf world is desperately, eagerly awaiting his next vital pronouncements on sport, life and how a useless dick can arise from the dead by the simple act of being annoying. Please allow this useless troll to continue his pathetic cries for relevance to go unanswered.

  11. Crusher

    Oct 31, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Who is Peter Kessler again?

    Answer: someone who disappeared when he thought he was bigger then golf and Arnold Palmer when he left The Golf Channel. (Also see Holly Saunders).

    • Bill

      Oct 31, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      If Peter is the forgotten man with some this ridiculous and vindictive article just made him famous again. “All publicity is good publicity”. Gianni unwittingly has made Peter a star.

      • Crusher

        Nov 1, 2018 at 12:15 am

        A star of what? I doubt this article (with less then 50 viewer responses) will do anything to bring anyone back on the map again. Unless the Perfect Club #2 will be coming out. Maybe they will sell “two-thirds of a million” clubs. That might do it…..

  12. Bill

    Oct 31, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    “All publicity is good publicity, as long as they spell your name right.” … “All publicity is good if it is intelligent.” “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” “There’s no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.”

  13. y2zar

    Oct 31, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Well, don’t know about this site & with that kind of PR it’s not helping.. Good for mild amusement though

  14. the Bishop

    Oct 31, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Go big or go home I always say….

  15. Liberty Apples

    Oct 31, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Two things.

    1) Kessler has never been nor will ever be `the voice of golf’

    2) No Laying Up has, not have

  16. Peter Kessler

    Oct 31, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    It’s Peter. That was fantastic. Enjoyed it. I wish you’d used my most clever lines. Hard for each one to be incredible. I’ll keep at it. Call me anytime. 4072472192. [email protected]. I only read it once. Will read some more. Fun????????????? I’m working on something. If I pull it off you get an exclusive. I think the pic looks good. Girls like that one. You do know this all amuses me, right? I laugh as I think of replies. It really helps sharpen my writing too for I’m trying to write a book. I’ve done everything. A book is a whole other world. But I’m trying to be a historian on twitter and amusing and take on anything like poorly made media content obviously. And all things Beatles or Paul . My daughter is sure I want to make out with him. I was acting like an asshole on Twitter till late August when I figured out my current persona. Thanks again. All the best. ?????Pk

    • Daniel Green

      Nov 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      this isn’t you. Take a picture or something

  17. daniel

    Oct 31, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    A third of a million? You know your reaching when you say something like that.

  18. Shallowface

    Oct 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I thought Peter Alliss was the “Voice of Golf.”

  19. awkward

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Flame wars be flame wars … always worthless … Mike Gundy had it right

  20. Brian

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Love the guy even more. Way to double down.

    • Leo

      Nov 1, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      I still miss Peter on Golf Channel. “Golf Talk Live” was wonderful, must-see TV. Peter is the best interviewer in golf. An amazingly knowledgeable historian of the game. All the best, Peter!

      • OninTwoDowninOne

        Nov 1, 2018 at 3:22 pm

        I agree. His interviews were really “appointment TV”.

      • James

        Nov 1, 2018 at 4:39 pm

        Peter (Leo), is that you?

  21. Travis

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    He’s an angry elf…

  22. Tom

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Is he still selling the “Perfect Club” or whatever that silly infomercial club was? lol!

  23. Jamie

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Go walk the poodle or talk to yourself in a mirror, Peter. Cool off.

  24. Tom

    Oct 31, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Nobody cares what this guy does or says, he is old news….

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Study finds golf fans are the angriest sports fans on social media

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Hop on to social media during a live sporting event, and emotions are spilling over, but when it comes to golf, the prominent feeling is often anger and frustration.

That is down to gambling, and according to a new study from OnlineGambling.Ca, golf supporters are the angriest on social media, with 42% of all tweets about the sport being classified as an angry comment.

The study also found that cricket and ice hockey fans show the most love for their team, with 38% of their social media posts being filled with love. Basketball fans seem to be the saddest with their teams’ results, with 38% of reactions being unhappy.

If you have ever gambled on golf or been on social media during an event, the results are probably less surprising to those that haven’t!

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Nick Faldo takes ‘unnecessary’ swipe at Rickie Fowler on social media

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Rickie Fowler’s 2021 hasn’t begun as he’d hoped, with just one top-20 finish in five starts leaving him now sitting 65th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

As an appearance at the 2021 Masters event looks more and more unlikely, the 32-year-old opened up on his frustrations with his game and himself, telling reporters before this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational:

“It’s very frustrating. It’s made it at times tough between Joe and I on the course. We have a great relationship, we have known each other for a long time, but when I’m out there, and I’m not hitting shots that I’m visualizing and seeing, it’s hard.

It’s tough for all of us that are involved, from my caddie, to my wife—she’s having to deal with me at home.”

In a strange twist, Fowler’s openness about his frustration has led to the 6-time major champ, now turned golf analyst Nick Faldo taking a swipe at the Californian.

In a tweet responding to Fowler’s words in an article on Golf Digest, Faldo sarcastically posted: “Good news is if he misses the Masters he can shoot another six commercials that week!”

Faldo’s tweet has split users on the social media site, with some people describing the comments as “unnecessary” and “lacking respect”, while others have interpreted the statement as playful ribbing.

However, Faldo then doubled down on his take after receiving criticism from some golf fans, making reference to his three green jacket victories – with Fowler still searching for his maiden major win.

With Rickie needing to crack the top-50 in the world to qualify for the Masters, maybe Faldo’s comment will spark the revival needed, starting this week at Bay Hill.

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Claude Harmon III explains why he was fired by Brooks Koepka

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Brooks Koepka and Claude Harmon III’s split was a surprise when it was announced in January, and the swing coach has given his view on the break up this week on The Filthy Lipout Golf Podcast.

On the podcast, Harmon III stated that he believed that Brooks “wanted to hear something different”, bringing an end to their highly successful 8-year spell.

“I just got fired by Brooks Koepka. I was with Brooks for eight years. You know, I think you get players that say ‘Listen, I’m just tired of hearing the same thing’ and I’ve always been one that would say, ‘Well listen, I’m not gonna make stuff up, I can try and tell you something different but we kind of know what you do as a player and if you’ve had success.’

You know Brooks had an eight-year run of some incredible golf, and I think Brooks is at a stage of his career having gone through an injury where maybe he wants to hear something different and that kind of stuff happens.”

Harmon was told he was being let go by Koepka the Wednesday after the Masters.

Since the split, Koepka has won his first Tour event since 2019 at the Phoenix Open and backed that up with a runner-up finish last week at the WGC-Workday Championship.

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