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MLB player shoots 69 and loses by 11 strokes to PGA Tour pro who fires a 58

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Over the weekend, Chicago Cubs second baseman Ian Happ broke 70 while being witness to a 58 (!) from tour pro Joel Dahmen.

On his social media, Dahmen provided the scorecard from Mesa Country Club, in a round where he played his final 11 holes in an astonishing 12-under-par.

Unsurprisingly, that 58 is now the course record at the Arizona golf club – and according to Dahmen he now currently holds the course record at all of his home clubs.

“I hold the course record at all my home courses, except Mesa Country Club. That changed today with some of my good friends along for the ride. That was FUN!”

Happ is a two-handicap, and will likely be thrilled with his round of 69. As for Dahmen, the 28-year-old has been installed as the 5/1 favorite at this week’s Scottsdale Open – a three-round strokeplay mini-tour event.

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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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  1. Jack

    May 11, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Guess it was slow going out there if they let them play a six-some! I’ve never seen a scorecard like that unless it was just a custom printout. It’s got 8 slots on there!

  2. Joey5Picks

    May 11, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Lemme guess: they all tested negative for COVID-19 right before the round? Otherwise, why no masks and standing arm-in-arm. Oh, but great round of golf.

  3. Robert E Elliott

    May 11, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    looks blatant violations of social distancing policies which this likely is since Mesa seems to be closed still with initial reopening of some things on 15 may. Hopefully, some safer operating courses won’t get shut down when citizens in the phoenix metros see the irresponsible behavior at Mesa country club.

    State cops two times shut down golf courses in my state. Just give them a reason. Our local usga/pga folks had to submit a 24 page plan on golf safety measures to get the governor to allow golf. They then had folks go out to courses to remind people to stick to the safety rules or likely get shut down again.

  4. Common sense

    May 11, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Fear is the only real killer in this scenario. Otherwise it’s 0.03 chance of death. So stop they false flags.

    • gwelfgulfer

      May 11, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      The only common sense thing to do is to not listen to people like you… Facts and actual experts be damned…

  5. Cscott24

    May 11, 2020 at 9:13 am

    I guess they’re all immune to the virus we’ve been dealing with. What happened to distancing, masks, no-touching etc.? Pretty irresponsible.

    • Jon

      May 11, 2020 at 9:57 am

      No mask? My body, my choice.

      • tdbach

        May 11, 2020 at 10:24 am

        Sorry dude, this isn’t like taking LSD. Unless the LSD you took could kill someone else who happens to walk by and see you making a fool of yourself.

      • cscot24

        May 11, 2020 at 10:46 am

        It’s your choice until you breathe. The mask protects others,, not you.

      • AOC

        May 11, 2020 at 11:25 am

        My body, my choice only applies to women who want to kill their baby.

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Bryson DeChambeau reveals his distance goals for 2022

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Three weeks ago, a high-profile Cobra testing session involving both world number 8 Bryson DeChambeau and two-time World Long Drive champion Kyle Berkshire took place.

Whilst Berkshire clocked a record ball speed of 233.4, the ten-time winner wasn’t exactly disappointed with his own personal best of 221mph, and he believes this is coming to the PGA tour.

Promoting the upcoming Saudi International, the 2020 U.S Open winner commented,

“This year I’ll hit it even further. Once I get into some lower lofted heads that I’ll be getting this week or next week, you’ll be seeing some much longer drives.”

Clear leader in the driving distance stats on tour, many pundits question the pursuit of length to the possible detriment of the rest of his game, but Bryson isn’t to be tamed. He added:

“We’re getting close to having something that we can get working at 200mph ball speed that will work on tour. I’m super excited and happy with Cobra. We came to a bit of a sticking point last year but we’ve worked together and burst through that wall.”

Only 25th at the season opener, the Tournament of Champions, he withdrew from this week’s Sony Open with an injury to his left wrist, which had been ‘bothering me for about three or four weeks now.’

Bryson continued, ”All the speed training has definitely taken a toll on my muscular structure. Now, it’s got to a point where I’m putting so much speed and force into my wrist.”

With some driver-friendly events coming up, Bryson is going to see plenty more interest in his long game to begin 2022.

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‘Too invasive for me’ – Bryson snubs Netflix docuseries

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As reported yesterday, Netflix is currently filming a docuseries profiling some of the biggest names on the PGA TOUR.

However, Bryson DeChambeau will not be one of those big names.

In a virtual news conference on Thursday to promote the Saudi International, Bryson explained why he didn’t want to be a part of the series:

“There’s a lot of factors going on in that. One, there wasn’t a deal that was struck that was very well for my side of it. I love Netflix. I watch it. I have a great time with it. But just for me, it wasn’t right at the present moment.”

DeChambeau has been busy with his own content, releasing videos showing his insane ball and clubhead speeds and is approaching 900,000 followers on Instagram, and added to reporters on Thursday:

“They’re getting a pretty dang good look inside my life [from YouTube]. And to have more people come in and go even further, which is almost impossible for what I’m giving out, is just too invasive for me.

There’s a lot of great people on there. If I was to go on there, yeah, it would be cool to see, but I feel like there’s a lot more interesting stories. You’ve got Harry Higgs. You’ve got numerous others.” 

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Tour pro withdraws from Australian PGA after slicing hand mid-round

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After being postponed twice because of Covid, you would think the dominant story at the Australian PGA might be the first-round lead, held by world number 1387 Louis Dobbelaar.

However, in a bizarre incident Damien Jordan grabbed the headlines with a withdrawal, according to Australian Associated Press, due to ”slicing his hand trying to move a stake on the course.”

Full details are not clear as yet but Golf Australia’s editor, Jimmy Emanuel, first reported on the accident on Twitter, posting that Jordan “went to move a stake on course and sliced his hand the entire width from top to bottom. Quite heavy bleeding so off to see a doctor.”

At the event itself, Dobbelaar leads at 7-under and by one from Aaron Pike and Jediah Morgan with short-priced pre-event favourite, Min Woo Lee, just four behind.

Over at the accompanying WPGA event, Su Oh has a clear lead after the first round, being three shots clear at 5-under the card.

They all may ask their caddies to move boundary markers for the rest of the event.

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