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Forum Thread of the Day: “European Tour looking into an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie from the BMW International Open”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day surrounds an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie, Dave McNeilly, which occurred on Sunday at the European Tour’s BMW International Open. After hitting a shot in the water on 18, Wallace appeared irate with his caddie, which incensed many of our members, as well as plenty of social media users.

According to bunkered.co.uk, the European Tour stated in an email to the publication that they are looking into the incident over allegations of abuse.

A limited number of clips of the incident have surfaced online.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • buckeyefl: “Sky Sports analyst Rich Beem: ‘I’m sorry, but I just don’t enjoy watching that. I know you’re intense but get over yourself.’”
  • Steele47: “Just looked at Wallace’s twitter. He congratulates the winner Andrea Pavan and also noteworthy, makes a point to compliment Pavan’s caddie. LOL.”
  • OldTomMorris: “It’s a pattern with Wallace that he goes after his caddy so often like this and golf commentators, analysts even fans have picked up on this. There has to be a base level of respect and decency; it appears that Wallace often falls short of that.”
  • golfgirlrobin: “He’s getting roasted on his own Twitter account. People don’t seem that amused.”

Entire Thread: “European Tour looking into an incident involving Matt Wallace and his caddie from the BMW International Open”

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  1. HDTVMAN

    Jun 26, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    If you wear the Ping hat, you’re expected to act with respect to the game and others.

  2. ski_co

    Jun 26, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    If the caddie told him it was 180 to cover the water and it was 200 I would understand. Otherwise the final decision on the shot is the players.

  3. Unemployed Caddy

    Jun 26, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Looked like an A and B conversation. Why doesn’t everyone C their way out of it. It’s basically a husband and wife type of relationship, one of them can file for divorce or maybe they can go to couples counseling?? Why are we acting like caddies are so mistreated and incapable of making mistakes?? Can we stop protecting caddies as if they are children with abusive parents…

  4. Sahil

    Jun 26, 2019 at 6:56 am

    I’ve noticed the caddy issue is becoming a noticeable issue.
    Jordon Spieth was another example.
    I’m sure there are tons of others which just gets swept under the carpet.
    There are few questions I have, if @Golfwrx has some history on this.
    My questions are:
    When did the caddy become such a big part of the professional’s game plan?
    To my knowledge, its the pro golfer pitting his skills against the course and other players.
    It should not matter who caddies for the pro golfer. His own skills and decision making will shine through.
    Now I see Jason Day hiring Steve Williams, and making Steve out to be this caddy / coach / mentor / father figure person when in reality, from what I see Jason’s been distracted by other issues off the course.
    “when he says something, I do it” that was Jason’s statement.
    Pro golfers have this huge team, a coach for putting, a coach for iron play, a coach for driving , a mental coach, a personal trainer, a golf specific personal trainer rather.
    When they hit the ball straight in the bush then they blame the caddy.
    As far as I’m concerned, the pro golfers are becoming a bunch of whiney, privileged babies.
    The caddies are there to carry your clubs and take care of your clubs, the golfing is up to the pro golfer. Amateurs use of a good caddy can be useful, a skilled local caddy will have course knowledge, can help speed up play. Help the amateur golfer make better decisions and learn the game.
    Golf is an individual sport. One pro going against other pro’s.

  5. Sahil

    Jun 26, 2019 at 6:46 am

    I’ve noticed the caddy issue is becoming a noticeable issue.
    Jordon Spieth was another example.
    I’m sure there are tons of others which just gets swept under the carpet.
    There are few questions I have, if @Golfwrx has some history on this.
    Wiki quote
    “While the modern game of golf originated in 15th-century Scotland, the game’s ancient origins are unclear and much debated. Some historians trace the sport back to the Roman game of paganica, in which participants used a bent stick to hit a stuffed leather ball.”
    My questions are:
    When did the caddy become such a big part of the professional’s game plan?
    To my knowledge, its the pro golfer pitting his skills against the course and other players.
    It should not matter who caddies for the pro golfer. His own skills and decision making will shine through.
    Now I see Jason Day hiring Steve Williams, and making Steve out to be this caddy / coach / mentor / father figure person when in reality, from what I see Jason’s been distracted by other issues off the course.
    “when he says something, I do it” that was Jason’s statement.
    Pro golfers have this huge team, a coach for putting, a coach for iron play, a coach for driving , a mental coach, a personal trainer, a golf specific personal trainer rather.
    When they hit the ball straight in the bush then they blame the caddy.
    As far as I’m concerned, the pro golfers are becoming a bunch of whiney, privileged babies.
    The caddies are there to carry your clubs and take care of your clubs, the golfing is up to the pro golfer. Amateurs use of a good caddy can be useful, a skilled local caddy will have course knowledge, can help speed up play. Help the amateur golfer make better decisions and learn the game.
    Golf is an individual sport. One pro going against other pro’s.

  6. JThunder

    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    “If the caddie doesn’t like it, he can quit”

    Ahh… the conservative answer to sweatshops, child labor and 80 hour work weeks!

  7. cg

    Jun 25, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Mind our own business? He’s just emotional?. NO WAY! Quit excusing poor behavior! Wallace was a jerk. What possible thing could his caddy have done to cause him to duck hook his tee shot into the water? A caddy gives numbers and often makes suggestions but in the end, the player is responsible for every golf shot. These guys are playing for big money so the fan’s opinion absolutely do matter. Golf has always been a gentleman’s game. I saw the reaction myself Sunday and I was disgusted.

  8. Johnny Penso

    Jun 25, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    “There has to be a base level of respect and decency; it appears that Wallace often falls short of that.” Get stuffed. That’s between the player and his caddie. If the caddie doesn’t like it he can quit. If the player doesn’t like it he can fire him. MYOB.

  9. Dan

    Jun 25, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    The guys emotional and in the moment. It’s hard to win a tournament. If his caddy can’t handle it he can quit. People complain about players being robots but once they show negative emotions people crucify them.

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GolfWRX Classifieds (10/27/20): Mizuno woods, Bettinardi, and Cobra Big Tour

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

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New Wilson Staff Model CB irons for 2021

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Can you name the golf equipment company that owns the most major championship victories?

Well, if you are reading this, I imagine if you didn’t know the answer was Wilson you can probably make the connection that, yes, it’s Wilson Staff—and for you trivia buffs, the total is now at an astonishing 62, thanks to 2019 U.S. Open winner Gary Woodland.

Wilson Staff Model CB: Adding to the Wilson iron legacy

To build on the legacy of their forged irons, including the most recent Tour V6, Wilson is introducing the all-new forged Staff Model CB irons featuring multi-material construction to increase MOI and ball striking precision.

They have been designed with input from Wilson staff tour players including Tour V6 users Padraig Harrington, Kevin Streelman, and Kevin Tway to offer the looks and feel golfers expect from a pure forged cavity back.

“The Staff Model CB Irons are aesthetically pleasing to the elite player. 
– Jon Pergande Manager of Golf Club Innovation.

The technology

Improving on the previous V6 irons, Wilson engineers have repositioned a tungsten weight to the toe of the mid and longer irons versus the middle of the sole in the V6’s for additional stability while still maintaining a lower center of gravity. This helps make the long irons with less loft easier to elevate without having to go the route of increasing the size of the cavity or reducing the thickness of the face.

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The last part of the design puzzle was to further stabilize the head—while never losing sight of the end goal to produce a forged cavity back iron that delivers the ultimate feel—and that’s where the “Tri Brace Stabilizer” comes in. In the cavity of the forged 8620 head is a 3-way cross-section connecting the heel, toe, and topline with thicker “bars.” These bars stiffen the overall cavity while simultaneously making the club feel more solid thanks to the thicker pad. This means less mass to create a better feel, and the remaining grams shaved from the cavity can be repositioned around the head to help with additional forgiveness.

The new Tri-Brace stabilizer providing a structural connection between the topline and the central impact mass we have stabilized the topline enhancing the energy transfer to the ball while also providing improved sound and feel .” 
— Jon Pergande

Price, specs, and availability

The all-new Wilson Staff model CB irons will be available starting January 15th, 2021, and will retail for $999.99.

The irons will come stock with True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips, with other options available through Wilson’s custom program.

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: MattM97

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of MattM97.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: MattM97

MattM97 WITB

Driver: Ping G410 Plus (9 degrees)
Shaft: Ping Tour 65S (45.75″)

3-wood: Ping G410 LST (14.5 Degrees @ 13)
Shaft: Aldila 2KXV Green 75X (43″)

Hybrid: Ping G410 (19 Degrees) (Flat Neutral)
Shaft: Tensei CK Pro Orange 100TX (40.75″)

Irons: Srixon Z585 (4-7), Srixon (7-PW)
Shaft: True Temper AMT Tour White S300 (0.5″ Long)

Wedges: Callaway MD3 (52 @ 51-10S), Callaway MD4 Raw (56-10S), Callaway PM2 (60-10PM)
Shaft: Dynamic Gold Spinner

Putter:TP Mills Trad II Handmade or SIK Pro Tour Proto

Grips: Golf Pride MCC Plus4 Midsize Grey

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Bag: Ping Pioneer

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

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