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Holly Sonders recalls ‘worst day’ of her life after 2015 U.S. Open interview – GolfWRXers react

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to former reporter Holly Sanders’ recent comments that an interview with Jordan Spieth following the Texan’s 2015 U.S. Open victory culminated in her experiencing the ‘worst day’ of her life.

Sanders left Golf Channel for Fox before the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and revealed on Paige Spiranac’s latest “Playing a Round” podcast that she suffered torrents of abuse after she asked Spieth had he packed a fifth outfit for a potential playoff the next day.

“People were like, ‘Oh my God, you are the stupidest person I’ve ever met. What a dumb bimbo’. That was probably the worst day of my life the next day. I remember sitting on the charter flight to the Women’s Open, watching all this come in (even by) some people who were friends of mine in the media. 

To this day, I don ’t even understand. It was a joking question to Jordan, I understood … I got destroyed by that. After that, I was like, ‘Fu*k it.’ If all these people I had given so much to in the world of golf are going to come down on me on that, then forget it.”

Our members have been discussing the comments in our forum – with many surprised to hear she received so much heat over the question.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Showtime9: “I do remember her getting criticized for this, but it was because of criticism of the Fox coverage in general ad how poor it was. That first open at Chambers Bay was awful for Fox (mistaking players, missing shots, Joe Buck in general). I personally go back and forth on whether or not I like Holly or not. I did enjoy her on the Golf Channel, but the decisions she has made with her career in the last couple of years is mind-boggling.”
  • bubbagump: “Meh, no reason to hate or roast the chick, bad days and lessons are all subjective to us, and we have no idea what is involved unless you are in their shoes. All in all, the Fox broadcast was just miserable, and her little botch ranks so far low on why it sucked, it’s not like it was Steve Harvey announcing the wrong winner. “
  • Pingistheanser: “If that’s the worst day of her life, I’d say she’s lived a pretty privileged life. This is why I stopped listening to Paige’s podcast, though. Every episode is a fluff piece where the girl is always the victim, and the boys are all just so mean. Joking or not, it was a dumb question, and she fully deserved to get roasted for it. If she can’t handle people being critical of her, perhaps she needs to lead a more private life and not be in the public eye.”
  • Fade: “Jeez, I’ve heard plenty worse questions.”

Entire Thread: “Holly Sonders recalls ‘worst day’ of her life”

 

 

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

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Gary Williams

    Jun 19, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Holy has some big old fake t I ties!

  2. Delbert

    May 27, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    Just TV and the rest of the media world taking the cart girl idea and putting it on the tube. Some like it, some don’t.

  3. Gianni sucks

    May 26, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    How is this garbage still “trending” for two weeks?

    • Gianni sucks

      Jun 1, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      3 weeks and still “trending” when no one is talking about it.

  4. Solly Handers

    May 26, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Isn’t she an Instagram bikini model now?

  5. gwelfgulfer

    May 25, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    I would have thought the day after one of her surgeries.

  6. stanley

    May 25, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    don’t interview this chick. not here.

  7. Torsten Strom

    May 15, 2020 at 9:56 am

    This is beneath you. Stick to real golf stories.

  8. Imafitter

    May 15, 2020 at 9:28 am

    She is horrible…period. But the stupid interviews both Fox and CBS’ Amanda do when a player finishes are a waste.

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LPGA pro hit with one of the most costly slow play penalties ever

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Last week at the 2021 PGA Championship, we saw the first slow-play penalty handed out at a major for eight years, but that penalty is small potatoes compared to what has occurred this week on the LPGA Tour.

At Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play on Wednesday, Carlota Ciganda and Sarah Schmelzel were locked in a battle, all-tied heading down the 18th.

The Spaniard Ciganda would win the 18th to give her the outright victory, but following the match, she was assessed a slow-play penalty, losing her the 18th and subsequently the match.

As the slow-play penalty is filed under ‘general penalty’, in match play, the result is a loss of the hole, according to Rule 3.2a.

Golf Channel’s Tom Abbott broke the news, which was later confirmed by the LPGA Tour, with the latter producing the following statement on the incident:

“On the 18th hole of her Day One match, Carlota Ciganda was assessed a loss-of-hole penalty for a breach of the LPGA’s Match-Play Pace of Play Policy. Per the policy, a player is subject to penalty if she exceeds the allotted time for her total strokes taken on a hole by more than 10 seconds, averaging 30 seconds per shot. Ciganda exceeded the allotted time for the number of strokes taken on the 18th hole.”

There are costly penalties, and then there is this.

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Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau take swipes at each other on social media

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The ‘Bro-Chambeau’ rivalry has erupted this week, and on Wednesday, the feud spilled over onto social media with both players taking a shot at the other.

The latest interaction between the two was triggered by the news of this year’s ‘The Match’, a one-off event that will pit Bryson and Aaron Rodgers against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady.

Following the announcement of ‘The Match’, Brooks Koepka took to social media, saying “Sorry, bro @AaronRodgers12”, before Lefty hilariously decided to get involved…

Next, it was Bryson’s turn to have his say, responding to Koepka’s barb by telling him: “It’s nice to be living rent free in your head!”

Koepka wasn’t done, however, and in response, he posted a video of a fan calling Bryson “Brooksy” at a practice round at Kiawah Island last week.

You get the feeling the best is still to come too!

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Erik van Rooyen apologizes for ‘unacceptable’ meltdown at PGA Champ

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South African golfer Erik van Rooyen hit the headlines last week at Kiawah Island for the wrong reasons after a video of him angrily taking swipes at a tee marker went viral.

Van Rooyen was widely criticized for his actions last week, with shrapnel from his swipes almost hitting both a fan and Matt Wallace’s caddie Gareth Lord – with Lord refusing to shake hands following the incident.

After some reflection, the South African has released a statement on his social media condemning his behavior.

“My actions at the PGA Championship were unacceptable. I would like to apologise to my team, my sponsors, the PGA of America and the fans for letting you and myself down. 

It was totally out of character for me and it should not have happened. I will learn from this and do better.”

Van Rooyen missed the cut at Kiawah Island after shooting 81 on Friday.

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