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First-tee announcer gets it all wrong when introducing Luke Donald at the Honda Classic

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Saturday at the Honda Classic produced a baffling moment which saw the first-tee announcer make a series of errors while introducing Luke Donald – the biggest of which involved getting his name wrong.

The starter called the Englishman “Luke McDonald” and also mispronounced his hometown as well as declaring that he was the 2016 champion at the event, when in fact, Donald won the 2006 edition of the championship.

Check out the funny moment below.

The incident has produced plenty of laughs, and our members have been talking about it in our forums. Here are some of the best comments on the mistakes:

Z1ggy16: “Did he also announce Tommy Fleetwood Mac?”

caniac6: “Guy was thinking about lunch. Did he also announce Daniel Berger-King?”

Krt22: “Too bad Bruce Kupcake didn’t make the cut”

Donald went on to finish the event in a tie for 11th place.

 

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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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Is this stat proof that Inbee Park is the best putter in all of golf?

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The PGA Tour has embarked on a data driven revolution over the past decade, and with the unveiling of KPMG Performance Insights, the LPGA is following suit.

Beginning at the 2021 LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship in June, the KPMG team has gathered data from over 240,000 individual LPGA Tour Shots.

While there were a number of a fascinating conclusions that Justin Ray this week highlighted for LPGA.com, Inbee Park’s putting stood out the most.

Any LPGA Tour fan is familiar with the fact that the seven-time major champion is one of the best putters in the world, but the advanced analytics shed even more light on just how brilliant she has been.

Since the start of KPMG Performance Insight tracking, LPGA Tour pros have a conversion rate of 28% on putts from 10 to 15 feet. For context, PGA Tour golfers hover around 30%, with the leaders in that statistic making 10-15 foot putts 40 to 41% of the time.

Inbee Park is making those putts 64%, I repeat, 64% of the time. Park currently makes 10 to 15 footers more often than PGA Tour golfers do from 5-10 feet. 

Whether Park can sustain this pace remains to be seen, but it has been awfully fun to watch.

Check out more stats here. 

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Brooks admits he was trounced by Phil’s ‘gamesmanship’ at 2021 PGA Championship

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In an exclusive interview with Golf Digest, Brooks Koepka did not hold back on a number of wide-ranging topics, including his final round battle with Phil Mickelson at the 2021 PGA Championship.

When asked if gamesmanship was a “dying art,” Koepka responded, “A great example of gamesmanship is what Phil did to me at the PGA. I got trounced on that one. I thought it was pretty good what he was doing.”

When pressed to give an example, the four-time major winner elaborated, “His body language. I don’t want to give it away, but I didn’t handle it well. You’ll have to ask him about it. I think he knew what he was doing. It wasn’t the reason I lost. I lost because I didn’t play well enough. It was tough for me to get into a rhythm, and the timing of how things were going.”

Brooks Koepka shot a final round two-over par 74 to finish two strokes back of eventual champion Phil Mickelson.

Both Koepka and Mickelson will be in attendance next week at the 2021 Ryder Cup. Despite a recent wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the Tour Championship, Koepka still plans to compete for the U.S. side as of this time. Mickelson was brought on by U.S. Captain Steve Stricker as a vice-captain.

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Bryson has simple response to critics of his upcoming long drive appearance

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Bryson DeChambeau is getting set for his second Ryder Cup appearance next week and will then tee it up at the Professional Long Driver’s Association World Championship in Nevada a day after the event.

The timing of Bryson’s involvement in the Long Drive contest has courted interest, with those wondering if the 27-year-old could take his eye off the ball at next week’s Ryder Cup.

In a video posted to our Instagram account showing Bryson hitting a monstrous drive that carried 357 yards, some of those critics called into question his Ryder Cup prep, and DeChambeau made sure to let them know that he is fully prepared for Whistling Straits.

 

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Responding to a comment that took the assumption that he wasn’t working on his game for next week, Bryson quickly shut them down, saying: “and you don’t think I am? Hmmm way to assume”. Before responding to another user who said they don’t care about swing stats, just that he wins points next week, by saying: “and that’s my goal too”.

 

Some users were also perplexed by the low ‘Smash Factor’ in Bryson’s 357-yard drive. Thankfully the Californian was on-hand to explain why the Smash Factor was just 1.43, saying “The CT is low on purpose so I can hit a lot without it (clubface) deforming.”

CT stands for ‘Characteristic Time’, which is what the game’s governing bodies have used to measure drivers and their ‘spring like’ effect off the face since 2004.

Ahead of the Long Drive event, Bryson has been documenting his progress on his YouTube channel, with the latest episode giving a great insight into his quest for 215mph ball speed, cracking clubheads and managing adrenaline in competition. Check out the video here.

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