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The DailyWRX (11/18/2020): Not all heroes wear capes

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Not all heroes wear capes….

 

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For a minute I thought I was Team Potter vs Team Weasley…

 

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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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Lee Westwood rules himself out of captaining Europe at 2023 Ryder Cup

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From Sam Torrance in 2002 to Padraig Harrington just a few months ago, all of the ten European Ryder Cup captains this century have been faring on the ‘obvious’ side of the shock value range.

Experienced in the event, it’s as if players have been groomed to be future leaders and very rarely do they seem to baulk at the chance to lead a star-studded team in the bi-annual highlight.

Until LJW.

Lee John Westwood, the 48-year-old winner of 25 European Tour events and stalwart of 11 Ryder Cups, recently told the Daily Telegraph that whilst “it would be an honour to captain Europe”, it “is something I can’t commit to while I’m in the (OWGR) top 50 and still competing.”

Favourite and almost handed the role before the reported conversation, we should be reminded that Westwood most recently won the 2020 race To Dubai with a win in Abu Dhabi, a runner-up in Dubai and a top-15 at the U.S Open.

2021 saw him finish runner-up at The Players and at Bay Hill, hardly efforts to think he should be hanging up the sticks quite yet.

“Whoever gets the role for Rome will obviously have my full backing and I’ll continue to do all I can for the Europe cause, as I’ve always tried to since my debut 24 years ago.”

Clearly still enjoying being part of the traveling playing contingent, he confirms that the Ryder Cup is something “close to my heart” though captaincy is “almost a full-time job” and that he could only take the role if able to “give it 100 percent”.

Vice-captains for the European loss at Whistling Straits must now come into contention, though with Henrik Stenson and Martin Kaymer still playing at the top level, perhaps Luke Donald and Robert Karlsson are now favourites.

With the final vice-captain, Graeme McDowell, making it clear he would be very interested in being considered leader for the 2027 running at Adare Manor, Westwood would now seem a ‘knock’ for 2025 at Bethpage, a venue at which he finished 23rd in the 2009 U.S Open.

However, golf tends not to work in such an obvious way.

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MLB All-Star sued for $64k by North Carolina Country Club

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Booking tee-times has often been a contentious issue even for the most private of clubs, but San Diego Padres star, Will Myers, has found his frustrations leading to the courts.

According to a recent report by The Charlotte Observer, Myers and his wife, Margaret, joined Carmel Country Club in ‘lockdown’ year 2020 after issues with his previous club, problems that included availability of tee-times due to high demand.

Per the report, after paying 20 percent of his $80,000 initiation fee, the remainder was to be paid annually over a period of four years. However, with golf experiencing a boom during the year of the pandemic, tee times were again hard to obtain and in December 2020, the Myers’ resigned and cancelled their membership.

In response to his resignation, Carmel then charged the couple for the remainder of the fee – $64,000 – and set a date of December 2020 for the amount due. They then took to the courts in March 2021 to find the couple countersuing three months later, stating they had suffered |knowing misinterpretations and commissions.”

Court filings state that the MLB star “found it almost impossible to find a tee-time and frequently could not even use the driving range.”

Carmel denied all accusations and would go on to say that the COVID-19 pandemic “immediately and overwhelmingly altered the lifestyles and available leisure activities for all members of the club.”

The trial is set for February 2022.

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The Match V: Brooks vs Bryson – Full Viewer’s Guide

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Those with long memories might recall the halcyon days of television’s Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, a series of two or three-player stroke-play ‘match’ events that showed many of the top golfers of the day in light-hearted but competitive action over 18 holes.

Players such as Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam were some of the miked-up stars that thrilled the crowd and viewers with their comments throughout the hour or so of recorded coverage.

Not in their wildest dreams could they envisage that 27 years later, we would get to a point where two golfers meet in what has become a huge grudge match, with both Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka ramping up the hate over the past few months and even further over the past couple of days.

Cartoon hate or real? Either way, this made-for-TV match has the golfing public eagerly awaiting the best of-12 hole bout and here is the outline of how, when and what this is all about.

Take a look at the figures and hop over to Matt Vincenzi’s article on all the betting odds available and his final verdict.

  • TV: TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN.
  • When: Friday November 26th 4pm E.T 1pm P.T
  • Where: Wynn Golf Club, Las Vegas
  • Commentators: Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley
  • Play-by-play: Brian Anderson
  • On-course: Amanda Balionis
  • Format: 12-hole Matchplay
  • Bonus (charity holes): 3-6-7-9-11

And as they want to play it like a boxing match, let’s have a ‘Tale Of The Tape’:

                                      Bryson vs Brooks

 

Is it all nonsense? is it all genuine? Is it all for PIP (Player Impact Programme) income?

Who knows. Whatever, it’s going to be the best ‘The Match’ yet.

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