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Golf coach Pete Cowen labels Matt Wallace a “complete idiot” and calls for the golfer to be banned

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Legendary golf coach Pete Cowen has labelled Matt Wallace a “complete idiot” and called for the 29-year-old to be banned for his treatment of his caddie at the BMW International last month.

Cowen, who works with the likes of Brooks Koepka, Henrik Stenson and Gary Woodland, was speaking to The Times, where he claimed

“He is a complete idiot and the European Tour has to do something about it. A bollocking is no good, a fine is no good. He needs a ban. It’s a form of cheating because you’re putting your opponent off.

“The best thing would have been if his caddie had dropped his bag — I’d have chucked it in the bloody lake — but that wouldn’t do Dave McNeilly any good.”

Wallace was seen angrily remonstrating with his caddie, Dave McNeilly, on the 18th hole of the BMW International in June, and the English golfer also came under fire for a putter slam at the British Masters back in May.

Hitting back at Cowen’s claim that Wallace should be banned was the golfer’s agent, Chubby Chandler, who stated to James Corrigan of The Telegraph 

“He’s a good kid who hasn’t smashed up markers or abused officials unlike some other players and to say he should be banned is utterly ridiculous. It’s funny, I remember a young player who I was on Tour with in the 70s who was renowned for his tantrums and snapping clubs. His name was Pete Cowen.”

Matt Wallace tees off alongside Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed at this week’s Open Championship on Thursday.

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  1. liam

    Jul 18, 2019 at 9:47 am

    did the caddie quit? is the caddie being forced to stay with Wallace?

    sure Wallace was wrong…but it isn’t the job of the tour to reprimand the player. its up to player and caddie to settle situation between the two of them.

  2. B

    Jul 18, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Doesn’t change the fact that Wallace is an idiot, Chubby

  3. Jayson Jones

    Jul 17, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Just because Cowen was an A hole in the 70’s doesn’t mean Wallace doesn’t deserve to be banned today.. Caddies are not slaves.. they deserve to be respected…acting like that should not be condoned…and the Euro Tour saying nothing is condoning his behavior

  4. Bradley Read

    Jul 17, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Pete Cowan needs to go towel dry his head.

  5. Travisty

    Jul 17, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Lol Chandler’s response is actually pretty good.

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Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay to caddie at next week’s PGA Championship

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Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay will return to looping duties at next week’s PGA Championship after a mix up meant that Max Homa’s caddie would be unavailable.

Speaking on the Get a Grip podcast, Homa explained that his regular caddie Joe Greiner wanted to attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Chambers Bay – believing that the event was the week of the Charles Schwab Challenge.

However, after realizing the event was in the middle of this year’s PGA Championship, it left Homa stuck, but Greiner quickly found him a decent replacement in the legendary Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay.

“I’m super, super fortunate. I’ve gotten to know Bones out at Whisper Rock in Arizona and he is truly one of the nicest, greatest people I’ve ever been around.” said Homa on teaming up with Mackay.

Mackay has recently worked for NBC and Golf Channel telecasts since his split with Phil Mickelson. However, he has also worked as a fill-in caddie for Justin Thomas, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Jimmy Walker over the past couple of years.

Next week will be the first time Bones has teamed up with Homa, and it’s a prospect that the 30-year-old is relishing.

“I have the utmost respect for Joe’s caddying and I mean this is not a slight at all, so please believe me when I say that … but it’ll be really cool to be around someone like Bones,” said Homa. “Joe has learned his way into this. Not that Bones didn’t, but he’s been doing this forever.”

 

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Smylie Kaufman explains brutal 1-foot miss at Monday Qualifying

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We’ve all heard stories about how cutthroat Monday qualifying is each week, but Kaufman’s tale is a real heartbreaker.

Kaufman missed out on a playoff by one stroke, and the crucial one stroke needed to make up the ground was a missed 1-foot putt.

The Alabama native took to Twitter on Tuesday explaining the missed 1-foot putt, which he put down to: “not realizing my ball accumulated so much water and sand” after a rain delay.

Golf fans were perplexed by the incident, with many not sure if Kaufman had failed to mark his ball, but it’s more likely that the putt was his second after the restart. Just brutal luck.

The 29-year-olds fall from grace has seen him drop to 1530 in the World Golf Ranking, having made just one cut worldwide since 2019.

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Rory McIlroy’s heart rate hit stunning high on 72nd hole at Wells Fargo

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PGA Tour professionals are imperious at looking cool under pressure, but in reality, they aren’t immune to high moments of stress.

Thanks to Whoop’s partnership with the PGA Tour, now us mere mortals can all see exactly how the best are feeling.

The most stressful moment for Rory McIlroy at Quail Hollow last week came on the 72nd hole when he hooked his 3-wood off the tee dangerously close to the water.

Per Whoop Live, the Irishman’s BPM (Beats per Minute) spiked to 140 following the tee shot. It settled back to 115 as he addressed his approach to the green but once again rose dramatically following his putt to win, with his BPM hitting a remarkable 151.

 

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Whoop, the human performance company and 24/7 fitness tracker and health monitor, became the official fitness wearable of the PGA TOUR in January.

Part of this partnership includes Whoop Live, which throughout the season will highlight player biometric data and heart rate during defining moments with real-time metrics integrated into live broadcast and digital content.

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