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Bryson DeChambeau putts towards umbrella at Sentry; reaches 211mph ball speed

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It’s the first event of the year, but Bryson DeChambeau is already up to his old (or maybe new) tricks in Hawaii this week, after being spotted putting towards an umbrella during a practice session.

While the exact reason isn’t known as to why the 26-year-old had a member of his team use the umbrella, the consensus seems to be “blocking the wind to see the impact” at the gusty Kapalua. Make up your own minds from the video below:

Whatever the reason, it didn’t stop social media from having a field day, with users amazed at the creative lengths Bryson will go to in order to improve and perfect his game.

  • @joe_ha: Unbelievable and perfectly believable all at the same time.
  • @BarryOCarroll: This is wild, mad scientist at work
  • @lindalejohny: “Bryson, the gift that keeps on giving.”

It wasn’t the only act that has got people chattering about Bryson this week either, with the golf scientist reaching an outrageous 211mph ball speed on the range at Kapalua.

Per Golf Channel’s Brendan Porath, along with the 211mph ball speed, his range session also involved an apology to Hideki Matsuyama for some “grunting and self pump up utterances”.

According to Golf Channel, Bryson reached 201mph on the final hole of his practice session on Tuesday, hit his 8-iron 210-yards and revealed that his end goal is to get to an average driver ball speed between 207 and 210 mph.

It’s never dull in Bryson land.

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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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Justin Rose hits epic shank during round one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Hitting a shank is one of the more mortifying moments a golfer can have, and while it may be a common feature in a lot of player’s weekend rounds, it’s not often you get to see one from a pro – but day one at Bay Hill was different.

Justin Rose was the man in question who hit the shank and did so early on day one when faced with a long bunker shot.

Thank’s to PGA Tour Live, viewers tuning into action early on Thursday got to see the shank in all it’s glory, and the epic sound of the ball hitting the hosel is not to be missed.

Rose made bogey on the hole but put the shank behind him and stiffed it from a greenside bunker just a couple of holes later.

 

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Billy Horschel snaps back at heckler at Bay Hill

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Fans are back this week at Bay Hill, and with it, the odd comment from those outside the ropes to those inside.

On day one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Billy Horschel was the target of a fan who decided that he’d give his expert opinion to the 5-time winner on the PGA Tour, telling him that he had read a putt badly.

Horschel took his time after the shout from the fan but then fired back at him, saying: “There’s a reason why I’m on that side of the ropes, and you’re on that side. I think my talent level is just a touch better.” 

Check out the incident in the video below.

It isn’t the first time the 34-year-old has put a fan in their place at an event either, as one person found out a couple of year’s ago at the Zurich Classic.

 

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Study finds golf fans are the angriest sports fans on social media

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Hop on to social media during a live sporting event, and emotions are spilling over, but when it comes to golf, the prominent feeling is often anger and frustration.

That is down to gambling, and according to a new study from OnlineGambling.Ca, golf supporters are the angriest on social media, with 42% of all tweets about the sport being classified as an angry comment.

The study also found that cricket and ice hockey fans show the most love for their team, with 38% of their social media posts being filled with love. Basketball fans seem to be the saddest with their teams’ results, with 38% of reactions being unhappy.

If you have ever gambled on golf or been on social media during an event, the results are probably less surprising to those that haven’t!

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