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Bryson DeChambeau becomes first golfer to launch NFT trading cards

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Bryson DeChambeau has been on his own personal mission to do things his way on the course in recent times, and it looks like the Californian is taking that attitude off the course by becoming the first golfer to release his own limited-edition NFT trading cards.

For those unaware, NFT stands for ‘Non-fungible token’. The NFT is a unit of data on a digital ledger called a blockchain, where each NFT can represent a unique digital item, and thus not interchangeable – and can represent digital files such as art, audio, cards, videos etc.

Trading card NFTs are currently one of the most popular items amongst sports fans, with the best-known NFT being NBA Top Shot, a platform of online trading cards licensed by the NBA. Top Shot has already grossed more than $400 million in sales, with a Lebron James card recently fetching $208k.

There will be five different versions of DeChambeau’s cards, and each will have its own auction and will be sold to the highest bidder via OpenSea, one of the largest NFT marketplaces.

‘The Distance card’ is a unique one-off card so likely holds the highest value, while the remaining four cards: ‘American Champion’, “Swing’, ‘Red’, and ‘White’, will each have 18 editions and will be auctioned individually.

The auction for the items begins Monday, March 22 and ends Tuesday, March 23rd at 10 p.m. ET. You can visit the auction here.

The winner of the 1/1 ‘Distance’ NFT will also meet DeChambeau at a tournament and receive an autographed U.S. Open flag, custom set of Cobra golf clubs, $1,000 Bose credit and six dozen Bridgestone golf balls.

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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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  1. Holden Tudiks

    Mar 23, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Here’s a handful of thin air. Its worth $1,000 because I said so.

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How much do caddies really earn? The answer might surprise you

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For golf fans, being a looper for a professional golfer sounds like the most ideal job in the world; however, the going salary has always been a source of speculation.

Joel Dahmen’s caddie, Geno Bonnalie, began looping for his man back in 2015 when Dahmen earned his Korn Ferry Tour status (Web.com at the time) and has been on the bag of the 33-year-old ever since.

Over the weekend, Bonnalie went in-depth on the common question of ‘How much does a caddie make?’, taking to Twitter to reveal all in a series of tweets on his story that begun with him pursuing his dream by leaving his $50k a year desk job.

Check out Bonnalie’s thread below on what it’s like to caddie for a pro on the Korn Ferry Tour, including how he believes he made a loss for that first year.

@genobonnalie

Fascinating insight from Geno who you can follow on Twitter here.

Would any WRXers be willing to give up their day job to chase the dream of caddying for a pro? Let us know in the comments!

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Jordan Spieth’s 3-year slump was caused by a previously undisclosed injury

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Speculation was rife as to the reason why Jordan Spieth’s game fell off the map in recent years, and the mystery looks to now be solved with Spieth revealing that he had been suffering from a chipped bone in his left hand.

Speaking ahead of this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Spieth told media that the injury most likely occurred in the gym and that while he stressed the injury “was very much a reason” for the dramatic slump in form, he feels he “could have handled it differently”.

The Texan also revealed that it wasn’t an injury he had surgery on and one which caused a lot of pain while working on a grip change with coach Cameron McCormick.

“I didn’t, no (have surgery), I probably should have. It was nothing — it was something that was you can clean it out or you can, it’s not going to make anything worse, it’s just a matter of how bad it’s bugging you and it was for awhile there, kind of in the spring of 2018 through that fall, and then it got a little better probably because I started swinging so poorly.

But, yeah, I mean I don’t feel it now, which is nice. Needed to work on some grip strength stuff and stuff like that. I’m not, I mean I could pinpoint a couple different times, I think, but for the most part I just started noticing it when Cameron was trying to get my grip strengthened and I just kept fighting him on it because it would hurt and just didn’t — you know, just didn’t really know what to do and ended up just kind of playing through it and trying to figure stuff out in the off-season.

So it feels good now. I’m able to kind of start to get to do things closer to the way I want to in the swing, trying to progress each week and I have no restrictions right now.”

A rejuvenated Spieth has notched four top-20 finishes in his last five starts on tour and now sits 52nd in the Official World Golf Rankings, having been 82nd at the end of 2020.

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Report: Rory McIlroy adds swing coach Pete Cowen to his team

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Rory McIlroy is set to begin working with swing coach Pete Cowen, according to a report from the UK Telegraph.

The Ulsterman claimed that he needed a spark a couple of weeks ago but dismissed that he would change personnel, saying: “I certainly didn’t mean like a change of personnel, per se. I think more a change in philosophy.”

However, Cowen will be a new addition to McIlroy’s ‘performance team’ which includes putting coach Brad Faxon and long-time coach Michael Bannon.

Per the report, the two were spotted together on the range at Sawgrass following the Irishman’s opening round of 79, and he will now join the likes of Brooks Koepka and Henrik Stenson who currently work with Cowen.

Earlier this month, McIlroy admitted that getting “sucked” into chasing speed has thrown his swing out of sync, saying: “Doing a little bit of speed training, started getting sucked into that stuff, swing got flat, long and too rotational.”

The 32-year-old faces Ian Poulter, Cameron Smith and Lanto Griffin in Group 11 of this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event.

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