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Tour pro brands Vijay Singh ‘selfish’ and ‘a complete turd’ for entering Korn Ferry Tour event

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On Thursday, Korn Ferry Tour professional Brady Schnell took to social media where he launched an explicit attack on Vijay Singh for entering the inaugural Korn Ferry Challenge calling the 57-year-old “selfish”, and a “complete turd” – believing Singh’s spot in the field should be taken by a younger player.

Schnell took to social media yesterday and kicked off his tirade against the 3-time major champion with the following controversial tweet branding Singh a “piece of trash” if he takes his place in next month’s field.

Some golf fans subsequently criticised the 35-year-old’s take, but that only enraged Schnell further who doubled down on his viewpoint – describing Singh as being typically “selfish” and “a complete turd”.

Singh is not eligible to play in the PGA Tour event the same week next month, while there is no Champions Tour event scheduled for that week.

The 57-year-old has not responded to Schnell’s outburst, and later in the day the Korn Ferry Tour pro posted a tweet regretting his use of language while maintaining his belief that Singh is in the wrong should he play in the tournament.

Schnell has since made his Twitter account private.

 

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  1. curt j benjamins

    May 9, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    this guy is a complete and utter tool. Quit whining and play better, sure Vijay is a doosh but hes also in the HOF

  2. ChipNRun

    May 9, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    Zounds, I had a flashback to Caddyshack, and Bill Murray’s Cinderella man sequence.

    “An unknown comes out of nowhere… and… it’s in the hole!”

    Yes, everyone dreams of the day when the 2nd alternate player steps into the tourney with six hours notice and wins it all. It happens like, maybe, once every five years?

    Now, if an exempt player shows up at a PGA Tour event with a sore back, and withdraws after the first round, I can see people getting upset. He did “take one away” from a hopeful player.

    But if Vijay shows up and plays all rounds, and KF players get to meet him (through masks at the scorer’s tent), then everyone benefits. (In a non-COVID year, it would probably boost attendance at the event.)

    Future musings… Any chance Schnell ends up on a team threesome with Tony Romo and Vijay?

  3. Rod Stewart Jr

    May 8, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    He earned the spot fair and square.

  4. Toto Piprekosh

    May 8, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Who is Brandon Schnell and why does anyone care? At 35 if no one has heard of him then he was probably just trying a new innovator every way to get Vijay’s autograph. You should be thrilled Masters winner is teeing it up in your dog dookie event. I’d guess BS couldn’t make the cut in a Champions Tour event either. He should take two weeks off and quit. And the. Regain his amateur status and sell insurance. Maybe enter the mid amateur ranks? Because your comments are attitude are definitely amateur. Being a professional golfer is more about shooting low scores asshat.

  5. Something Schnells

    May 8, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Schnell, did you get dropped on the floor head first at birth? Do you know ANYTHING about what it takes to be a player? One of the first rules is to actually BE a player before even thinking about flapping your lip. And then maybe look to pros that have been successful and how they’ve gone about handling themselves in public. I had to Google you to find out who the hell you are and that you’ve made exactly one cut and no money in any tour events anywhere. But I’ll put my money where my mouth is. I’ll play you at scratch, $10K per hole or stroke, match or medal, your choice. You pick the course and date. See ya.

  6. Something Schnells

    May 8, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Funny how all these hacks like Schnell say crap like this. He will NEVER be a player EVER. There is a part missing in his brain that guys like Nicklaus and Woods have that idiots like Schnell got bounced out of them when they hit the floor head first at birth. Schnell if you’re listening I’d love to play you at scratch. You pick the course, date, etc. $10K per hole or stroke, match or medal, your choice.

  7. Pee Wee Herman

    May 8, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Hey Brady, move to Venezuela if you believe inequality trumps merit. P.S.lick my nutz and boo whooooooooooo 🙁

    • Peter

      May 10, 2020 at 7:51 am

      Venezuela? Did you just play the “All Socialist countries are Venezuela” card?

      • Pee Wee Herman

        May 10, 2020 at 11:24 pm

        It’s no coincidence that every s h I t hole country has stemed from big government socialist policies. Countries that practiced limited government and free market principles are the only ones that has lifted the average person out of poverty. It’s called history look into it. The reason the West is going down now is from ignoring these basic principles.

  8. Alex

    May 8, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Vijay is a trash bag, but if he has earned his spot then he has earned his spot. Maybe he’ll get DQed for cheating and banned like he did when he was younger.

    • Ted Nugent

      May 8, 2020 at 9:45 am

      Deer Antler Spray??? wtf. How about skunk screen or fox piss..

      • Steve

        May 8, 2020 at 10:08 am

        Alex may be referring, with acute snark, that Vijay was accused of cheating waaay back in the day when he played on the Asian tour prolly 30-35 years ago. It was a label he never shook with some people. He has his failings as a person, no doubt. Too many stories, but you have to give Vijay props for his staying power as a tour player. And while I sympathize with Schnell’s point of view, Vij has a right to play and gives the KF tour at least one week’s worth of added reason to watch. If Tom Watson registered to play, would the outrage be the same?

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Chamblee: ‘Ian Poulter is the worst ball-striker at the Ryder Cup…by a lot’

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The Ryder Cup gets underway this morning at Whistling Straits, with the foursome pairings announced Thursday evening.

From those fixtures, Brandel Chamblee has questioned the European pairing of Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy, calling the former by far and away the worst ball-striker of the 24 players in Wisconsin.

Speaking on Thursday evening, Chamblee said

“Pairing up Rory McIlroy with Ian Poulter, that’s a gamble. Maybe it pays off. But this is not the same Ian Poulter from 2012 that blitzed the US in that fourth session. 

This is a guy who has only played sparingly over the last couple of Ryder Cups and wasn’t even playing for Europe in 2016. And of the 24 players here, he is the worst ball-striker…by a lot.

While raising his doubts, Chamblee did concede that the Englishman is an excellent putter with the ability to stun at this year’s Ryder Cup. However, the Golf Channel analyst brought up the last time Poulter and Mcilroy teamed up back in 2018 in Paris, where they were defeated 4&3 by Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

“This is a beefed up golf course. Now, he’s a fabulous putter. We know he can stun. But that’s a bit of a surprise. 

And the last time that duet went out, Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, was the last team event in the fourth session in Paris and they got run over by Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, incidentally in foursomes play as well.”

Poulter and McIlroy went 1-1 when teamed up together in Paris, and while Chamblee’s comments may upset many fans of Team Europe, Poulter did finish the 2020/21 PGA Tour season ranked 180th in Strokes Gained: Ball Striking. 

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Symetra Tour pro’s clubs stolen, South Bend community rallies around her

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Symetra Tour pro, Natalie Sheary, was the victim of a particularly unlikely misfortune when her clubs were stolen out of the back of her car during the Four Winds Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.

As first reported by GolfWeek’s Beth Ann Nichols, Sheary had left her clubs in the back of her Nissan Armada during a late dinner. The next morning, she discovered that her window had been smashed and her clubs and tour bag were gone.

Per the report, first, Sheary called her insurance company, State Farm, who told her to buy replacement clubs and save all the receipts. Callaway was unable to get her anything in time, but Edel Golf created and shipped her three wedges overnight. Sheary was forced to to cobble together the rest of her set through Dick’s Sporting Goods and extra clubs from other generous Symetra Tour pros. Sheary received a driver from UPS just eight minutes before her tee time.

While Sheary unfortunately missed the cut, it was an admirable showing from the South Bend community. Members of the South Bend Country Club brought her extra clubs to the course, a local pawn shop owner sold her replacements, and fellow Symetra players helped her duct tape the back window of her car with sheets of black plastic. She was able to park her car inside a volunteer during the tournament, and SafeLite arranged to fix her window.

Life on the Symetra Tour is not easy, and Sheary has used GoFundMe to help pay for Q-School and the all the costs of travel. On top of this, Sheary also gives lessons and caddies during the offseason. While this served as another obstacle for the 32-year old Wake Forest grad, Sheary remained optimistic. “I was able to leave with a smile on my face,” Sheary said of her tumultuous experience at the Four Winds Invitational.

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Sergio Garcia’s wife fires warning to ’embarrassing’ U.S. Ryder Cup fans

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The Ryder Cup is often a highly charged competition, but Sergio Garcia’s American wife, Angela Akins, has fired a warning at those fans who cross the line at Whistling Straits this weekend.

Speaking to CNN, Akins revealed that back in 2016, she took umbrage with a group of fans who were directing “horrible” things at her husband:

“It went too far at Hazeltine when I was following Sergio, and I ended up having a go at a group of guys who were barracking him. I said to them: ‘I’m here supporting the European team, I’m an American, and you’re embarrassing me’. The people around us joined in and said; ‘Yeah you’re embarrassing us too!”

Akins continued

“I said to the guys, ‘I want to see American fans being better than that,’ and they said okay, then later on they saw me. They’d figured out who I was, and they came over and gave me a hug and apologized.”

The American will be cheering on the European side once again this week at Whistling Straits and is hoping that the crowd leaves the insults at the door: “I understand cheering for your team but let’s leave the insults out.”

Akins’ husband, Sergio Garcia, is the record points scorer in the biennial competition (25.5 points) and will be looking to add to that total when the event gets underway this Friday.

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