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Si-Woo Kim’s ‘birdie’ results in par and why he loses $100k if he breaks another club

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Saturday at the RBC Heritage threw up one of the most unusual moments you’re likely to see on the PGA Tour after a successful birdie putt for Si-Woo Kim resulted in a par.

On the second hole, Kim hit his birdie effort to within a breath of the cup. With the ball appearing to be still moving, the South Korean and playing partner, Matt Kuchar, watched intently for just under a minute before the ball finally dropped in the hole.

However, Kim’s joy was short-lived, as the wait exceeded the 10-second rule, meaning the ‘birdie’ resulted in a par.

 

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Playing partner Matt Kuchar pleaded the case for Kim’s birdie effort to stand with a rules official, Stephen Cox, arguing that the ball was still moving.

In Cox’ response, he told Kuchar: “in this situation, the rules are modified because you could argue that there comes a point in time that we’ve got to play that golf ball. And that’s why you put that time limit on it.”

“Absolute BS,” wrote Emiliano Grillo on the PGA Tour’s Instagram feed and the tour pro wasn’t alone in venting his frustration, with many golf fans left feeling that Si-Woo had been hard done by.

On the GolfWRX Instagram account, a user @thefern16 jokingly posted that: “After the putt dropped on, @siwookim_official snapped his putter out of principal.” in reference to the South Korean breaking his flat-stick in frustration during the Masters.

In response, Si-Woo said, “@thefern16 no more snapped club. I’m retired that”.

Kim then let GolfWRX into a potentially expensive agreement he has with Pat Perez, posting that he has agreed to pay his friend $100k if he breaks another piece of equipment in anger on the course!

 

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  1. Fhartt Dikkwatter

    Apr 19, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    If you care to get technical, the Earth is always moving. Therefore we could theoretically still be waiting on the first putt ever struck to come to rest.

  2. Bren

    Apr 19, 2021 at 9:27 am

    But it was never a birdie…it was always a par.

    • nerB

      Apr 19, 2021 at 11:04 am

      Except, the ball never came to rest. He has a legitimate gripe. If the ball stopped and then he waited a minute and the wind blew it in, that’s one thing. But everyone in the vicinity of the ball said it was still moving, which is why they watched it for a minute.

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

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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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How much each player won at the 2021 RBC Heritage

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Stewart Cink rolled back the years at Harbour Town to secure his eighth career win on the PGA Tour, and it has earned the 47-year-old $1,278,000. Harold Varner III and Emiliano Grillo shared second place and will each take home $631,900 for their efforts.

With a total prize purse of $7.1 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2021 RBC Heritage.

1: Stewart Cink, -19, $1,278,000
T-2: Harold Varner III, -15, $631,900
T-2: Emiliano Grillo, -15, $631,900
T-4: Maverick McNealy, -13, $298,791.67
T-4: Corey Conners, -13, $298,791.67
T-4: Matt Fitzpatrick, -13, $298,791.67
T-7: Chris Kirk, 272/-12, $230,750
T-7: Collin Morikawa, 272/-12, $230,750
T-9: Russell Henley, 273/-11, $186,375
T-9: Shane Lowry, 273/-11, $186,375
T-9: Webb Simpson, 273/-11, $186,375
T-9: Cameron Smith, 273/-11, $186,375
T-13: Daniel Berger, 274/-10, $130,995
T-13: Brian Harman, 274/-10, $130,995
T-13: Sungjae Im, 274/-10, $130,995
T-13: Dustin Johnson, 274/-10, $130,995
T-13: Denny McCarthy, 274/-10, $130,995
T-18: Charles Howell III, 275/-9, $87,583.58
T-18: Abraham Ancer, 275/-9, $87,583.57
T-18: Charley Hoffman, 275/-9, $87,583.57
T-18: Matt Kuchar, 275/-9, $87,583.57
T-18: Brian Stuard, 275/-9, $87,583.57
T-18: Matt Wallace, 275/-9, $87,583.57
T-18: Danny Willett, 275/-9, $87,583.57
T-25: Wesley Bryan, 276/-8, $52,273.75
T-25: Cameron Davis, 276/-8, $52,273.75
T-25: Tom Hoge, 276/-8, $52,273.75
T-25: Billy Horschel, 276/-8, $52,273.75
T-25: Tom Lewis, 276/-8, $52,273.75
T-25: Alex Noren, 276/-8, $52,273.75
T-25: Adam Schenk, 276/-8, $52,273.75
T-25: Camilo Villegas, 276/-8, $52,273.75
T-33: Doug Ghim, 277/-7, $37,866.67
T-33: Lucas Glover, 277/-7, $37,866.67
T-33: Si Woo Kim, 277/-7, $37,866.67
T-33: Andrew Landry, 277/-7, $37,866.67
T-33: Christiaan Bezuidenhout, 277/-7, $37,866.66
T-33: Kevin Streelman, 277/-7, $37,866.66
T-39: Sam Burns, 278/-6, $30,885
T-39: Tyrrell Hatton, 278/-6, $30,885
T-39: Brendon Todd, 278/-6, $30,885
T-42: Branden Grace, 279/-5, $24,495
T-42: Scott Harrington, 279/-5, $24,495
T-42: Chase Seiffert, 279/-5, $24,495
T-42: Brandt Snedeker, 279/-5, $24,495
T-42: Michael Thompson, 279/-5, $24,495
T-42: Will Zalatoris, 279/-5, $24,495
T-48: Matthew NeSmith, 280/-4, $18,957
T-48: Ian Poulter, 280/-4, $18,957
T-48: Kevin Tway, 280/-4, $18,957

51: Rory Sabbatini, 281/-3, $17,821
T-52: Brice Garnett, 282/-2, $17,004.50
T-52: Mackenzie Hughes, 282/-2, $17,004.50
T-52: Ryan Moore, 282/-2, $17,004.50
T-52: Robert Streb, 282/-2, $17,004.50
T-56: Dylan Frittelli, 283/-1, $16,472
T-56: Kyoung-Hoon Lee, 283/-1, $16,472
58: Luke List, 284/E, $16,259
T-59: Harry Higgs, 285/+1, $15,975
T-59: Robert MacIntyre, 285/+1, $15,975
T-59: Sepp Straka, 285/+1, $15,975
62: Scott Piercy, 286/+2, $15,691
63: Lee Westwood, 287/+3, $15,549
64: Wyndham Clark, 288/+4, $15,407
65: Sung Kang, 289/+5, $15,265
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Billy Horschel wants armlock ban: ‘I’ll give the belly putter back and take away the armlock’

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Billy Horschel has caused a stir this week at the RBC Heritage, with the 34-year-old making the controversial claim that the popular armlock putting technique should be banned as “guys are doing it too good”.

The Florida native explained that the method needs reviewing due to the ability to change the grip position so that it’s “parallel or matches the face” and that he’d even happily exchange the technique for the belly putter.

“I mean, I’m bringing up something different here, and I’m sort going out on a limb, but I don’t think this arm lock putting is — should be allowed either. I’ll give the belly putter back and take away the arm lock.

I think when you look at what guys are doing now with the arm lock and moving the grips to the side where it’s parallel or matches the face and then when you do that up against your arm, I mean, it’s — you know that face is dead square and that face doesn’t rotate at all.

It’s just sort of locked in. Guys are doing it too good.”

Horschel further revealed that there is “a little more flow” in his view with the belly putter and flirted with calling the armlock, a technique very popular on tour, the dreaded ‘A’ word: Anchoring.

“Yes, you could say it’s anchored. I don’t know because I guess anchored is having one point against somewhere and a fixed point. I know that’s not fixed, but it’s something similar to an anchor style.

Like I said, I would rather give them the belly putter back. I think there is a little bit more flow. Some guys going that way are becoming great putters, but it’s just something guys are trying and seeing some benefits for.”

Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Kuchar, Bernhard Langer and now Kevin Kisner are some of Horschel’s peers currently using the armlock method. It’ll be very interesting to see what response we get from them (if any) in defense of the technique.

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