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Ian Poulter live streams Formula One during final round of RBC Heritage



Ian Poulter isn’t afraid to do things his way on tour, and he exhibited that characteristic once again on Sunday at the RBC Heritage, as he live-streamed Formula One during his front nine.

We (or more accurately I) initially believed the Englishman was tuning in on the course to watch his beloved football side, Arsenal, who were in action at the same time, but on our Instagram, Poulter made it clear that it was, in fact, the F1.


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Following his round, the 45-year-old described his front nine as “the most relaxed ever”, and the multi-tasking appeared to work nicely, with Poulter going bogey-free over his opening nine holes on the final day.

Later in the day, on his Instagram stories, Poulter addressed the odd critic of this Sunday juggling act, telling his followers: “I was just doing what every other normal person does while they’re at work – and that’s watch live sport on their phones. So, I joined you.”

By all accounts, the race was a thriller too.

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Bryson DeChambeau: ‘This is how I gained 30mph ball speed with an iron’



Bryson DeChambeau’s epic distance increase has been one of the main talking points in the sport over the past 18 months, with the 27-year-old’s speed sessions being so intense that he almost passes out.

But just what goes into these intense training protocols that have transformed Bryson’s game?

Thanks to the man himself, we can all take a peek into what exactly occurs during these sessions, as Bryson has dropped a new video on YouTube fully explaining how he picked up 30mph ball speed with an iron.

The video documents Bryson’s intense training to reach 160mph ball speed with an 8-iron, including a ruthlessly motivated team getting him fired up as part of the process.

In the first 20 minutes of his warmup, Bryson hits 53 balls. Though it’s clear the Californian isn’t exactly enjoying the process, the video documents how fully committed and determined he is to achieve his goals.

After 220 swings, Bryson is out on his feet from the brutal regime that you can see in full below.

Beast mode fully engaged.

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The 10 players most likely to profit from the ‘Player Impact Program’



The $40 million pool soon to be split amongst some of the tour’s most elite players and biggest names has provoked plenty of opinions amongst golf fans, but what players are most likely to earn the most from the initiative?

Well, thanks to a study from LoveUX, we may have the answer, with some surprising names sitting inside the top 10.

As a reminder, the six categories that will help players take a share of the $40 million pie are the following:

(1) Their position on the season-ending FedEx Cup points list.

The FedEx Cup rank was included among criterion in the document players received, the tour tells Golfweek that it will not be used as a metric to determine bonus payments.

(2) Their popularity in Google Search.

(3) Their Nielsen Brand Exposure rating, which places a value on the exposure a player delivers to sponsors through the minutes they are featured on broadcasts.

(4) Their Q Rating, which measures the familiarity and appeal of a player’s brand.

(5) Their MVP Index rating, which calibrates the value of the engagement a player drives across social and digital channels.

(6) Their Meltwater Mentions, or the frequency with which a player generates coverage across a range of media platforms.

For starters, here are the most searched for players on Google.

In relation to “their Nielsen Brand Exposure rating, which places a value on the exposure a player delivers to sponsors through the minutes they are featured on broadcasts” and “their Q Rating, which measures the familiarity and appeal of a player’s brand”, LoveUX placed an importance on the most followed golfers on social media.

While for their MVP index rating, the study focused on the players with the most engaged audiences on social media.

So the formula behind calculating the players most likely to benefit from the program was done as follows:

“We simply combined the number of monthly Google Searches, Twitter Followers and Instagram Followers for the top Golfers on tour. We ignored Instagram engagement rate since it massively skewed the results in an unreliable fashion. The PGA metrics refer to the value of the engagement rather than just the engagement figures themselves, which suggests Justin Thomas’ 6.86% rate is more “valuable” than Doc Redman’s 13.88%,”

Giving us the players most likely to sit within the top 10 by the end of the year…

Top 10 PGA Tour pros most likely to benefit from the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program

  1. Tiger Woods
  2. Rory McIlroy
  3. Jordan Spieth
  4. Rickie Fowler
  5. Bubba Watson
  6. Ian Poulter
  7. Dustin Johnson
  8. Phil Mickelson
  9. Justin Thomas
  10. Justin Rose

Eight of the ten players above also featured in the PGA Tour’s Top 10 algorithm for 2019, however, Adam Scott is a big exclusion in this certain study.

Per LoveUX, many people searching for Adam Scott may well be looking for the Parks & Recs actor, which likely throws a curveball into his ranking by the PGA Tour.

Check out the study and methodology behind it in full here.

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You won’t believe where Dustin Johnson keeps his trophies



Dustin Johnson is a man who marches to the beat of his own drum and a man who has amassed some of the biggest trophies in the game.

Therefore, it would be reasonable to assume that DJ props up his shiny accomplishments in a trophy room or at least on his mantlepiece? Not so fast.

Prior to this week’s Valspar Championship, the enigmatic Johnson explained to media that the majority of his 20+ PGA Tour trophies instead sit in boxes at his home.

“Yeah, they’re all in a box in my office. We’re kind of in between houses, so I didn’t unpack anything, even though I’ve been there for like three years, but just never unpacked any of them. They’re all sitting together in boxes. I’ve got a few of them out.”

If that’s not the most classic DJ thing I’ve ever heard, then I don’t know what is.

As for this week’s trophy, the World Number One had this to say:

“It’s a nice trophy. I’d like to have it. It would look good on the shelf. I don’t know what it is, but it looks nice.”

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