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Michelle Wie slams Rudy Giuliani over crude ‘panties’ gag

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On Friday evening, Michelle Wie took to social media to blast Rudy Guiliani after the former New York City Mayor shared a crude story involving her on Steve Bannon’s ‘War Room’ podcast.

On the podcast, Giuliani told Bannon: “Do you have time for a funny story?” before getting into the details.

Giuliani went on to reveal that he was playing a round with the late Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Wie at a charity fundraiser seven years ago in which the paparazzi were driving him crazy.

The 76-year-old then crudely suggested that the reason for the attention was due to Wie’s putting stance:

“She has a strange putting stance, she bends all the way over, and her panties show. The press was going crazy because they were trying to take pictures of her panties. I said, Roger, it’s not me, it’s not you, it’s her panties!”.

Giuliani finished by asking Bannon, “Is that okay to tell that joke, I’m not sure?” who replied: “Well, you already told it, so…”

This prompted a strong response from Wie on her social media sites on Friday evening, who issued the following statement

“It’s unsettling to hear of this highly inappropriate story shared on a podcast by a public figure referencing my “panties” whilst playing in a charity pro-am. 

What this person should have remembered from that day was the fact that I shot 64 and beat every male golfer in the field leading our team to victory,” she wrote. 

I shudder thinking that he was smiling to my face and complimenting me on my game while objectifying me and referencing my ‘panties’ behind my back all day.

What should be discussed is the elite skill level of female professionals rather than what they wear or their appearance.

My putting stance six years ago was designed to improve my putting stats (I ended up winning the US Open that year). NOT as an invitation to look up my skirt.

Nike makes skirts with shorts built in underneath for this exact reason… so that women can feel CONFIDENT and COMFORTABLE playing a game that we love.”

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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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