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Nick Faldo takes aim at Brooks Koepka’s ‘shut up and listen’ jibe; Koepka hits back



When it comes to golf analysts, Brandel Chamblee is usually in the firing line for Brooks Koepka, but going by Sunday at the RBC Heritage, Chamblee may now have company.

Last week, Koepka told the media that if golf announcers would only ‘shut up and listen’, there would be no need for players to wear microphones on the course, and on Friday, Faldo made a point to do just that on one of Koepka’s tee shots.

The result? Fascinating.

It took a couple of days, but Faldo’s playful comment did not evade the 30-year-old’s ultra-strong radar, and during Sunday’s rain delay, Koepka took to social media, using Faldo’s words to describe his stunning tee-shot to 3 feet on the par-4 ninth hole.

Koepka then doubled down after his round, returning to the platform to sign off his week at Harbour Town saying:”Thanks for the fascinating times at @RBC_Heritage”



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  1. Pierre

    Jun 23, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Announcers should “shut up” more often.
    Especially agree with the comment that the non-former-player announcers are annoying. They just can’t stand to have 5 seconds of silence. Combine golf ignorance, motormouthing and obnoxiousness and you get Berman, Torico, Lerner, Gannon, etc.

  2. Jared R.

    Jun 22, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Did anyone happen to catch what Ryan Palmer was talking about after he holed out on 18? Seems like someone made a mess of the bunker (possibly Carlos Ortiz who had just fired a 73 on a day when 63 set the standard). I caught some of it but then the announcers wouldn’t “shut up” 🙂

    • Gianni Magliocco

      Jun 23, 2020 at 6:27 am

      Yeah, Palmer wasn’t happy with the way the bunker had been left. Himself and Webb said something like “we’ll be sure to let him know.”

  3. chris mark owen

    Jun 22, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    I get what koepka was trying to say he just comes off like a jerk cause he’s direct. I also like that Faldo can be playful while making his barb it’s all in good fun. The guys on course don’t need to be mic’d up just because there’s not fans around unless they want to do it. Some of these guys just aren’t going to enjoy having that added distraction and don’t want to worry about having to be funny or give insight.

  4. Shooter McGavin

    Jun 22, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Koepka is a little b i t ch! Eff that a s s wipe! He is going to be a one hit wonder. Mark my words.

    • Mike

      Jun 22, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      He’s won 4 majors. Only 19 players in the history of the game have won more.

  5. dave

    Jun 22, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Faldo’s comment was funny. And he’s consistently funny and playful and insightful and, unlike 99% of the talking heads on TV, doesn’t censor or edit himself.

    And as far as the macho-man stuff goes, let’s not forget that Faldo in his prime (even now) is one of if not the most physically impressive and studly guys ever to play pro golf. Guy is like 6’3″ of pure athlete. Not hard to picture him as an NFL QB.

    • KoepkaSchmoepka

      Jun 23, 2020 at 1:30 am

      Yessir. They tested out in his prime and he was olympic level on like 6/10 metrics.

  6. Ngolf

    Jun 22, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    When Brooks gets to six majors then he can call Faldo out

  7. Bob Jones

    Jun 22, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Too often you can hear the player and caddie talking to each other, but you can’t understand what they are saying because the announcers are talking over them. That was Koepka’s point: we don’t need to be miked because we’re already doing what you want us to do and if you would stop talking you could hear it. Faldo was just making a straw man argument as if Koepka is supposed to say something after he hits a shot.

  8. mick

    Jun 22, 2020 at 11:20 am

    The whole BK “tough guy act” has worn thin. Getting sick of some of these guys , and their caddies trying to act like NFL Linebackers!. BTW if BK ever even dreams he is as good as Mr. Faldo was, he needs to give his head a shake.

    • loldude

      Jun 22, 2020 at 11:47 am

      Brooks is better than Faldo

    • gunmetal

      Jun 22, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      BK is such a tough guy and he’s gotta let everyone know. He doesn’t like golf, blah, blah, blah.
      It’s boring already.

  9. dixiedoc

    Jun 22, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Faldo has an overinflated ego, as does Nance, and they really do need to shut up and let the golf talk. Everyone wanted BK to be more talkative. Now her is and you don’t like it. Go figure.

    • Dave

      Jun 22, 2020 at 1:04 pm


    • Lilchal

      Jun 25, 2020 at 8:30 am

      On point here.
      They want honest answers and now complain.
      Its also about context of the question and answer.

  10. greg

    Jun 22, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Announcers definitely have a place in golf. However, there’s seems to be a feeling among the less competent ones that they have to fill every minute of “dead air” with words. The problem is that they begin just restating what we’re watching anyway, like “That putt just missed on the low side” or “his ball is in the rough.”

    Guys, it ain’t radio. We have TVs. Sometimes saying nothing is better. I remember the great Henry Longhurst calling Nicklaus’ putt at 16 in the ’75 Masters, while Miller and Weiskopf watched from the tee. Did Longhurst ramble on about the line of the putt, Nicklaus’ thought process, the speed of the greens, etc? No. He kept his mouth shut and after Nicklaus holed the 40 footer, he simply said ““That may be the greatest putt I have ever seen in my life. And now Weiskopf will have to take it just as he dished it out before.”

    That’s calling golf.

  11. Imafitter

    Jun 22, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Faldo’s ok but that woman with the British accent, like the joke on SiriusXM who sounds like Mrs Doubtfire, both stink. Dotty Pepper is awful too. We don’t need women to call men’s tournaments. They all stink and ruin the tournament.

    • loldude

      Jun 22, 2020 at 11:49 am

      Dotty provides more actual relevant information in 5 minute than Faldo provides over the course of an entire broadcast

  12. AUDuffer

    Jun 22, 2020 at 9:03 am

    I’m trying to figure out how he “hits back.” The dude doesn’t say a thing which seems to hit back at him since they listened and he said nothing. Lighten up, Francis…

  13. Tim Connelly

    Jun 22, 2020 at 9:02 am

    BK is showing his real character and just wish he would be quiet and play golf. It is starting to get really old really quick. Grow up and stop acting like a spoiled little brat.

  14. Milton Taylor

    Jun 22, 2020 at 8:53 am

    I like BK, but damn…he is sensitive. I believe the words the kids use now is petty.

  15. Adam

    Jun 22, 2020 at 7:17 am

    I’m starting to dislike Koepka more and more. Much preferred him when he kept his mouth shut and let his clubs do the talking

    • ForeDK

      Jun 22, 2020 at 8:25 am


    • Steve

      Jun 22, 2020 at 9:46 am

      Completely agree. He is mouthing off more than ever and is staring to sound like a whiny b*tch. C’mon, Brooks.

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19th Hole

Tiger Woods talks about his recovery in first interview since accident



In his first interview since his single-car accident earlier this year, Tiger Woods has revealed that his rehab has been “more painful than anything” he has ever experienced.

In an exclusive interview with Golf Digest, Woods went into detail on his injury and recovery, as well as the outpouring of support he has received in the wake of his accident.

Speaking on his post-accident injuries, Woods told the publication

“This has been an entirely different animal. I understand more of the rehab processes because of my past injuries, but this was more painful than anything I have ever experienced.

My physical therapy has been keeping me busy. I do my routines every day and am focused on my No.1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.”

Woods first posted a photo update last month, with the 15-time major champion on crutches and in a walking boot.


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Many fans commented at the time how Tiger’s upper body looked very athletic, and Woods told Golf Digest that it was likely a combination of the crutches and his workouts.

“It’s funny because in that photo, the crutches definitely make my shoulders look big!. Maybe it’s the workouts, too. It’s been nice having the ability to still stay strong and work out my upper body.”

The 45-year-old also described the support he has received from his legion of fans as well as those away from the sport as “incredible” and mentioned how it’s been a big help for him as he continues his recovery.

“It’s been incredible. I have had so much support from people both inside and outside of golf which means so much to me and has helped tremendously.”

Woods didn’t disclose any information to Golf Digest on his hopes of playing golf again.

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



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



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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