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Tour caddie shoots 202 in U.S. Am qualifier and gets DQ’d after the event



There may be a  2.4 handicap index limit to enter a U.S. Am qualifier, but that didn’t prevent one player from running up an astronomical score of 202 at the event at Mayacoo Lakes C.C. on Monday – before it was revealed the player had been disqualified for “failing to play in the spirit of the game.”

Korn Ferry Tour player Justin Hueber tweeted out the card of the player in question and showed a scorecard of a player who shot a 194 total – equating to 123-over par.


Despite Hueber’s attempts to blur out the name of the player in question, it was found to be Trey Bilardello, better known for being a professional caddie most recently for Matt Every, and it turns out that the 194 total was, in fact, a 202.

Speaking to GolfDigest, Darin Green, director of rules & competitions for the Florida State Golf Association, revealed how a glitch in the online scoring system prevents numbers greater than 19 posted on any hole being submitted, but failed to elaborate on just how a player with a 2.2 handicap, according to the latest GHIN revision, could shoot such a total, stating  “The 202 was the score given to us and signed.” 

On Tuesday afternoon Bilardello’s story became even more intriguing when the FSGA decided to reverse its original decision and disqualify Bilardello after the event had ended.

“Serious misconduct and failing to play in the spirit of the game” was the reason for the disqualification according to Beth Major, USGA senior director of championship communications, who was speaking to Golf Digest.

Per the report, Bilardello began deliberately missing shots, especially around the green, and as he was within the first group at the event, his pace held up the rest of the field. Speaking on the incident, Major stated

“His disqualification was deemed appropriate as a result of the individual’s failure to show consideration for other players—deliberately playing away from the hole to run up his score.” 

Speaking to Golf Channel, Bilardello’s playing competitor, Kristian Fortis, disclosed how the Tour caddie started off normal but quickly went downhill.

“After the first nine, he said that he wanted to shoot the highest recorded score in USGA history. He just did not care. He was really rude to a lot of the officials, too. Something was off.

“He would chip shots and scoot his ball around on the tee box just to add strokes, and then he would just pipe a 2-iron down the middle of the fairway, hit it on the green and then just scoot his ball around again with his putter. He’d be right next to the hole and then I guess he’d think to himself that he didn’t have enough strokes and he’d hit his ball in the opposite direction of the hole.”

Bilardello’s past involves an arrest in 2014 in Royal Palm Beach, Fla, on a charge of first-degree domestic battery by strangulation, and he has been accused of “cheating the ballot to win” by an online commentator in a “Caddie for a Day” contest for Ken Duke. Per GolfDigest’s report, Bilardello was suspended from the Minor League Golf Tour for damaging golf course property during one of the events.

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



  1. Mike

    Aug 11, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Wow, can’t believe how this thread turned into political BS…you folks on the left have to let go of the trump crap for a few minutes now & then.

    But seriously, this was a disgrace that wasted people’s time.

  2. Geo

    Aug 3, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    What is the reason for mentioning anything other than golf in the article, that’s where the score being discussed came from??????

  3. Rob

    Jul 20, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Based on the abundance of butthurt loser comments about his hat here, I can sort of guess what happened. Who said what about his hat? Tell me, do you like 8-hour rounds?

    • John

      Jul 20, 2019 at 2:23 pm

      I don’t think it’s about the hat. It’s about the disgraceful and disrespectful behavior he exhibited. He should be permanently banned from tournament golf- at the very least from usga and fsga events. Rudeness to the officials and just outright acting like the complete lowlife that he is.

  4. PG

    Jul 19, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Good lord. I’m grateful for the forum mods after seeing this train wreck.

  5. Ted

    Jul 19, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    I know this clown. He is a disgrace and a horrible human being. No surprise here. He needs to be locked up before the next headline is that he seriously hurts someone. He’s capable of that.

    • Tom Greenwood

      Jul 19, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      If he had made a few putts he could have broken 200 easy…

    • Rob

      Jul 20, 2019 at 10:39 am

      You don’t know him. Maybe you should lock yourself up for being a butthurt hate-filled liar.

      • stephenf

        Aug 1, 2019 at 1:54 am

        “You don’t know him”?

        Yeah we do. He was a complete jerk, was allegedly rude to officials and players, and also was arrested for a violent crime. So there’s that.

        • Jay

          Aug 7, 2019 at 5:29 am

          I know him too. Scammer to the nth degree. Dangerous personality.

  6. cg

    Jul 19, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Trying to qualify for the US Amatuer is a big deal. For this guy to just purposely play poorly surely made it harder for players anywhere near him. He should be banned from all things related to tournament golf in the future. He should not even be allowed to caddy. besides all that, he needs to be taken to the wood shed for a few minutes as well!

  7. Pelling

    Jul 18, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    So after a couple holes of slapping the ball around where it was obvious Bilardello wasn’t trying, why didn’t his playing partners, who paid good money to enter the qualifier, simply call for an official and ask to have him removed? It certainly must have distracted them, especially the player keeping his score.

  8. Stan Wojo

    Jul 18, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Looks like someone stopped taking his meds…

  9. Jamie

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:25 am

    The hat obviously triggered Kristian or a rules official and he had the perfect comeback. Melt the precious little snowflakes.

    • Adam

      Jul 20, 2019 at 10:01 pm

      Sooo the playing partner and the rules official caused him to score a 204?

    • Biddles

      Aug 5, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      A) this isn’t a picture from the event you moron
      B) the “perfect comeback” is to be a prick and slow everyone down including people who had nothing to do with this?
      C) you’re a moron and a pathetic human being

  10. Mr Miles Dowsett

    Jul 18, 2019 at 3:45 am

    He’s a complete disgrace.

    Completely abused the privilege of playing in an event that a lot of people put a lot of hard work into putting on, for the benefit of amateurs everywhere. Should never be invited back.

  11. Daniel Stormy

    Jul 17, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    This dude digs Milfs…

  12. trevor burkhart

    Jul 17, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    He got 3 pars! that is better than me in most of my rounds…

  13. RP

    Jul 17, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    No surprise there. I caddied with him on the Nationwide Tour from 2009-11 and he was a very mentally unwell individual.

  14. Jose Pinatas

    Jul 17, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Just doesn’t care. Now that’s the American way…

    • alan

      Jul 18, 2019 at 12:02 am

      no, that’s the liberal way…

      • Jose Pinatas

        Jul 18, 2019 at 10:26 pm

        Yeah. American.. that’s what I said.

      • JThunder

        Jul 19, 2019 at 6:34 am

        No liberal would be wearing a Trump hat. But then I can’t expect conservatives to be literate, since they cut education funding every chance they get.

        • Rob

          Jul 20, 2019 at 10:53 am

          They cut lazy teacher union mafia funding. Overpaying for 9-months of work a year and overpromising pensions has consequences.

          • Jason

            Jul 20, 2019 at 5:56 pm

            You can say a lot of things and have a credible argument but implying that teachers are overpaid has got to be a bridge too far

    • JThunder

      Jul 19, 2019 at 6:38 am

      It’s not just about “not caring”. America takes great pride in being the worst at things – like education, health care, arts and culture, empathy. That includes being #1 at apathy.

      • Drew

        Jul 19, 2019 at 11:33 am

        The leading live-theater musicals, television, music and movie industry in the world. Along with a clear majority of the world’s best universities.

        Yep, America is just terrible at arts and education.

        • Jose Pinatas

          Jul 19, 2019 at 3:23 pm

          Majority of which were started and run by immigrants, or descendants of immigrants which came from other nations and countries.

          • Rob

            Jul 20, 2019 at 10:56 am

            Who came here to practice their productive talents free of gov interference. Now they don’t have trades and want free handouts. Please reconsider your naive comment.

      • cg

        Jul 19, 2019 at 5:38 pm

        The United States has the #1 economy, and is the #1 military power in the world. It also is the best country on the planet, which is why you have droves of people despartely trying to get here. If you live here, you should kiss the ground you’re walking on. If you don’t, them STFU!

  15. 2putttom

    Jul 17, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    ” After the first nine, he said that he wanted to shoot the highest recorded score in USGA history. He just did not care. He was really rude to a lot of the officials, too. Something was off.”
    Not exactly the kind of notoriety ya need in your life

  16. Yo Adrian

    Jul 17, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    I wonder what 2 iron did he use?

  17. Travisty

    Jul 17, 2019 at 11:59 am

    What a loser and now he gets a headline article on GolfWRX and I’m sure other websites. Exactly what this guy wants. Some people are so pathetic they just have to take out their insecurities on the world. This guy definitely started botching his round up and thought, “I’m going to start making this look like it was totally on purpose so they don’t find out I actually kind of suck at golf.”

  18. Larry

    Jul 17, 2019 at 11:22 am

    That’s a straight douche move! I don’t understand why they let him finish the round!

  19. A. Commoner

    Jul 17, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Why was he allowed to complete the round?? !!

  20. Cdub

    Jul 17, 2019 at 10:52 am

    What an a**hole! Ruined the pace of play for the event and the likely chance of the players in his group qualifying.

  21. the giraffe

    Jul 17, 2019 at 10:30 am

    I’m betting he started on 9 and the double on 12 derailed him.

    • Nihonsei

      Jul 17, 2019 at 7:14 pm

      Yeah, must have started on back nine #10 if he decided after 9 holes to eff off.

  22. Elias

    Jul 17, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Sounds like a complete loser. He doesn’t deserve an article. Just ban him from the sport or working in the industry.

  23. underachiever

    Jul 17, 2019 at 10:03 am

    He did get it going though on holes 9-11…

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Ralph Lauren drops Justin Thomas following homophobic slur



On Friday evening, Ralph Lauren announced that they had ended their partnership with Justin Thomas after the latter uttered a homophobic slur at last week’s Tournament of Champions.

In a statement, Ralph Lauren expressed that while discontinuing their longstanding relationship, they hope that “Mr. Thomas does the hard and necessary work in order to partner with us again…using his platform to promote inclusion.”

The incident which led to JT being dropped from the brand occurred on the 4th hole during the third round of the Tournament of Champions – which you can see in the video below.


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Following the third round at the Tournament of Champions, Thomas told Golf Channel:

“There’s just no excuse. I’m an adult; I’m a grown man. There’s absolutely no reason for me to say anything like that. It’s terrible. I’m extremely embarrassed. It’s not who I am. It’s not the kind of person that I am. But it’s … unfortunately I did it, and I have to own up to it, and I’m very apologetic.

Like I said, it’s inexcusable. I’m speechless. It’s bad. There’s no other way to put it. I need to do better. I need to be better. It’s definitely a learning experience. I deeply apologize to anyone, and everybody who I offended and I’ll be better because of it.”

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Social media divided over Bubba Watson’s new Ping iron covers



On Wednesday, Bubba Watson did what most people do these days when they receive a gift they are excited about – post it on social media and find out what everyone else thinks.

However, the item in question is perhaps the most divisive piece of equipment in golf, and users are split on the new Ping iron covers which the two-time Masters champ was showcasing.

In the like camp:

While there was also plenty of disdain for the covers:

What do you think of Bubba’s new Ping iron covers, WRXers?

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Twitter mercilessly roasts Tom Watson’s bizarre headphone game



Social media users were left bemused during round one’s coverage of the Sony Open, after seeing Tom Watson appear for an interview wearing his headphones in a frankly bizarre manner.

CBS’ Kyle Porter was quick to jump on the oddity, tweeting: “Legit never seen another human wear headphones like Tom Watson wears them.”

What followed was an all out roast where Twitter users mercilessly mocked the new fashion statement from Tom Watson with some hilarious responses.

However, Watson did receive some support, with one user declaring that: He’s Tom Watson! He can wear them any way he wants!”

Either way, I don’t see Watson’s headphone game setting a trend anytime soon!

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