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The DailyWRX: 10/8/2020

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This is why Robert Rock rules the earth…

…even in defeat, he’s still an educator at heart.

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Why I didn't putt it… I've been asked this quite a lot since Sunday! Ten years ago I would have been walking down the fairway with my putter but chipping is something I can do now having only learnt to chip properly at 40. Putting is the safe option but I hadn't putted from off the green all week and I would have had to come through the fringe and it was slightly uphill. If I had 10 putts and 10 chips again then I would have a real chance of holing a couple with the wedge but maybe none with the putter. My first thought was to chip and, after I got a drop from a re-turfed bit of ground, I was definitely going to chip it with my lob wedge. The plan was to be bold, get a bit of spin on it, take the break and have a chance of going in. I've never had a shot to win a tournament and I really didn't want to go into a play-off, and it not working out, knowing I didn't hit the shot that gave me the best chance to win. I had a chip at 16 that I quite fancied but just eased off it as there was a run-off behind the hole. So I thought don’t do that again and I gave it a bit too much. You know straightaway if you've got the right spin on it and it came off a bit high – the spinner comes off a bit lower – and it ran nine feet past. But I would chip it again, it was only a 35-foot shot and there was a real chance of knocking it in. The shot I'd love to replay is the approach. I had 145 yards and I hit my 9-iron 144 but it was downwind and the front yardage was 135 and I would need to carry it another four. I didn't want to get involved in the top tier so I had to gauge how much to take off it and I was really hopeful of hitting it to 10 feet – if anything I got too wrapped up on the line and went a bit too easy on the shot and didn't get the right elevation. To play a final round with Tommy and Wade Ormsby was perfect. Tommy’s one of the best iron players in the world and I managed to match him for a few holes and follow him in on a few putts on the back nine so that was cool. I really wanted to give myself a chance over the last few holes and it was incredible to be back in the mix which hasn't happened too often in recent years. Thoughts by me/Words by Mark Townsend

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Until the panic of going home sets in…

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It’s gonna be awhile ???? Via: @forethetour

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No….the answer is no.

That dude looks like Knuds.

Had to……this kills me.

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Daly with the ACE and @bobmenery on the call

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Gonna leave it all on the course…

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Johnny Wunder is the Director of Original Content, Instagram Manager and Host of “The Gear Dive” Podcast for GolfWRX.com. He was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. John is also a partner with The Traveling Picture Show Company having most recently produced JOSIE with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. In 1997 Johnny had the rare opportunity of being a clubhouse attendant for the Anaheim Angels. He now resides in Toronto, On with his wife and two sons. @johnny_wunder on IG

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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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