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Diego Maradona and his love for golf; golf world pays tribute to sporting icon

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The sporting world is mourning the loss of a great, with the passing of Diego Maradona on Wednesday. The Argentine, who led his country to glory at the 1986 World Cup,  is widely considered to be the greatest footballer/soccer player of all time but golf was a sport that was also very close to his heart.

Maradona took the sport up at the age of 40 when in Cuba and reportedly became so fanatic over the game that he would regularly play two 18 hole rounds a day.

Speaking to Golfing World a decade ago, Diego explained how he got bitten by the golf bug, and it’s something we all can relate to:

“I only started playing when I was 40, and even though I think I maybe took up golf a bit too late, ever since I started, I’ve been bitten by the bug. I haven’t been able to think of spending a single day without playing golf.”

In the same interview, Maradona, who worked his way down to a 16 handicap, also revealed the similarities between his sport and golf, comparing the movement of the swing to a free-kick in football, and also poked fun at how it’s viewed as a relaxing past time for some.

“There’s a certain similarity between football and golf; it’s in the movements. In the way you position your body for a free-kick as well as a golf swing.

Some people say golf is relaxing, but I don’t think you can relax too much. But it is great fun.”

According to Gerardo Lorenzo, a chauffeur for the British Embassy who played with Maradona while in Cuba: “He became a golf fanatic and even played at night with phosphorescent balls.”

Here is how some tour pro golfers have been paying tribute to Maradona via social media:

“Thanks to the greatest. Diego Armando, we are going to miss you!”

 

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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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Report: Brooks Koepka splits with swing coach Claude Harmon III

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Brooks Koepka has split with his swing coach Claude Harmon III, bringing to an end their successful 8 year relationship.

GolfWeek broke the news, with the swing instructor revealing in an interview with the publication that he and Brooks were no longer working together.

Per the report, Harmon told GolfWeek that the two parted ways two months ago, three days after the Masters in November: “I was informed on the Wednesday after the Masters that he wanted to go in a different direction.”

Harmon was informed of the split in a face-to-face meeting in Florida, and reached by GolfWeek by text, Koepka told the publication:

“I love Claude, we had a great run, and he’s still family to me, but unfortunately we’re not working together anymore”

Harmon helped Koepka win 4 major championships and reach the World Number One ranking in their time together.

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Is this the strangest putting stroke ever seen on the PGA Tour?

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When it comes to putting, we all have our own little quirks and techniques, but during The American Express, one golfer took it to the next level displaying the oddest putting stroke you’ll see for some time.

Mark Hubbard was on his final hole during the second round of the event and knew that he was heading home from the event – comfortably missing the cut.

With that freedom in mind, Hubbard decided to have some fun and faced with a 10-foot putt for par, the 31-year-old hunched over – after doing an Elvis style little move – and placed his pinky just above the hosel.

Check out the bizarre moment here.

Hubbard missed the putt, and it was a moment that had golf fans on the Twittersphere truly baffled.


 

This is not a putting stroke I can see catching on!

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How much each player won at the 2021 American Express

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Si-Woo Kim finished strong on Sunday to snatch victory at The American Express, and along with his third title on tour, the Korean takes home $1.2 million in prize money. Patrick Cantlay came up just short despite an incredible fourth-round run, and for his efforts, the 28-year-old earned $730,300.

With a total prize purse of $6.7 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player who made the cut earned at the 2021 American Express.

1: Si Woo Kim, -23, $1,206,000

2: Patrick Cantlay, -22, $730,300

3: Cameron Davis, -21, $462,300

4: Tony Finau, -19, $328,300

T-5: Abraham Ancer, -15, $247,900

T-5: Michael Thompson, -15, $247,900

T-5: Doug Ghim, -15, $247,900

T-8: Ben An, -14, $189,275

T-8: Paul Casey, -14, $189,275

T-8: Francesco Molinari, -14, $189,275

T-8: Brian Harman, -14, $189,275

T-12: Henrik Norlander, -13, $137,350

T-12: Rory Sabbatini, -13, $137,350

T-12: Sungjae Im, -13, $137,350

T-12: Chase Seiffert, -13, $137,350

T-16: Bo Hoag, -12, $102,175

T-16: Chris Kirk, -12, $102,175

T-16: Ryan Armour, -12, $102,175

T-16: Gary Woodland, -12, $102,175

T-16: Russell Knox, -12, $102,175

T-21: Kramer Hickok, -11, $58,625

T-21: Branden Steele, -11, $58,625

T-21: Rickie Fowler, -11, $58,625

T-21: John Huh, -11, $58,625

T-21: Brandon Hagy, -11, $58,625

T-21: Andrew Putnam, -11, $58,625

T-21: Luke List, -11, $58,625

T-21: Talor Gooch, -11, $58,625

T-21: Matt Jones, -11, $58,625

T-21: Richy Werenski, -11, , $58,625

T-21: Max Homa, -11, $58,625

T-32: Kyle Stanley, -10, $38,257

T-32: James Hahn, -10, $38,256

T-32: Kyoung-Hoon Lee, -10, $38,257

T-32: Auastin Cook, -10, $38,257

T-32: Adam Hadwin, -10, $38,190

T-37: Bronson Burgoon, -9, $31,257

T-37: Adam Schenk, -9, $31,257

T-37: Emiliano Grillo, -9, $31,257

T-40: Josh Teater, -8, $25,125

T-40: Alex Noren, -8, $25,125

T-40: Jamie Lovemark, -8, $25,125

T-40: Rhein Gibson, -8, $25,125

T-40: Matthew Wolff, -8, $25,125

T-40: Roger Sloan, -8, $25,125

T-40: Tyler McCumber, -8, $25,125

T-47: Nick Taylor, -7, $17,777.34

T-47: Rob Oppenheim, -7, $17,777.34

T-47: Sam Ryder, -7, $17,777.33

T-47: Martin Laird, -7, $17,777.33

T-47: Brian Stuard, -7, $17,777.33

T-47: Harry Hall, -7, $17,777.33

53: Patton Kizzire, -6, $16,147

T-54: Charl Schwartzel, -5, $15,812

T-54: Wyndham Clark, -5, $15,812

T-56: Ben Martin, -4, $15,410

T-56: Tyler Duncan, -4, $15,410

T-56: Cameron Tringale, -4, $15,410

T-56: Erik van Rooyen, -4, $15,410

T-60: Jimmy Walker, -3, $15,008

T-60: Vaughn Taylor, -3, $15,008

T-62: Hank Lebioda, -2, $14,740

T-62: Zach Johnson, -2, $14,740

T-64: Andrew Landry, -1, $14,338

T-64: David Hearn, -1, $14,338

T-64: Will Gordon, -1, $14,338

T-64: Sebastian Cappelen, -1, $14,338

68: Nelson Ledesma, E, $14,003

69: Adam Long, +1, $13,869

70: Doc Redman, +2, $13,735

71: Maverick McNealy, +3, $13,601

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