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Why Phil Mickelson paid off a group of golfers last weekend

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Phil Mickelson wasn’t in action on the PGA Tour last week, but Lefty remained prevalent on social media, this time for paying off a group of golfers who were enjoying a round at San Diego’s Maderas Golf Club.

Per Instagram user, Victor Alfredo Lopez, his friends and himself had to skip the seventh hole of their round due to Mickelson filming a commercial on the hole.

As you would expect, Lefty was generous in his compensation for cutting their round short, handing over a crisp $100 note.

The commercial was for Amstel, who subsequently reached out to Lopez on Instagram, saying: “Sorry to interrupt your round! Shoot us your mailing address in a DM if you have a chance..”

$100 to skip one hole of your weekend round, meet Phil Mickelson, and probably score some Amstel goodies? I think there’d be quite a few takers!

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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. Phil is Eh

    Apr 28, 2021 at 11:57 am

    My OCD would not let me skip a hole at a course that nice

  2. Mo

    Apr 26, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    How much would Kuch pay?

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15 members of counterfeit golf equipment ring found guilty; 120k pieces of golf gear confiscated

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Fifteen people in China have been arrested for their part in a golf equipment counterfeit ring, according to an industry watchdog association named U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group.

120k pieces of golf gear were confiscated in the raid, totalling more than $1.8 million, with involved pieces of equipment falsely carrying the branding of Titleist, TaylorMade, PXG, Ping, Callaway, XXIO and Cleveland/Srixon.

Thirteen people were convicted for counterfeiting registered trademarks, while the other two were convicted for selling the items. The 15 defendants were sentenced to a combined 42 years in prison with fines totalling $574,461.

Another person was tried in the case, with the result of that trial currently pending.

Speaking following the verdict, Kristin Strojan, Legal Counsel Trademark and Brand Protection at TaylorMade Golf said

“We are thrilled that Chinese police were willing to take serious action against online counterfeits even during the pandemic. Counterfeiters have been taking advantage of the current situation and counterfeit listings have become more rampant on the internet. We never stopped watching them even during these challenging times and continue to work with authorities worldwide to target online counterfeit sellers aggressively. This raid action sends a very strong message to the market that the Golf Group has zero tolerance for counterfeit products and will continue to monitor the marketplace, both online and offline, to maintain the integrity of the game.”

Some of the products involved in the ten raids in total included golf clubs, club heads, shafts, grips, bags, labels and more.

Per the initial report, the Chinese police have committed to further investigation of the upstream suppliers and downstream sellers that have been involved in the network and more arrests are expected.

Photos via www.keepgolfreal.com

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British Royals play golf…and the result is hilarious

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Golf is gaining in popularity by the day, and on Tuesday, British Royalty tried their hand at the game with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge each taking a swing.

Kate Middleton was first up, with Prince William watching intently behind his wife.

Unfortunately, the Duchess’ first attempt didn’t go to plan, missing the ball entirely, and Prince William did what anyone who watches their loved one take an air shot ought to do. That is, laugh out loud, louder than anyone else.

Check out the video below.

The couple were visiting the Cheesy Waffles Project in the UK, a project that helps people between the ages of 7 and 35 develop their skills and independence.

They weren’t the only big names to give golf a go this week, either.

Media personality and billionaire Kim Kardashian has recently taken up the sport, and playing with her new Callaway sticks, showed off her beginner swing, which looks to have plenty of potential.

 

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Tour pro almost DQ’d from event after being stuck in elevator

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Looking to make your first cut in a month is a stressful business, but add in a race against time after being helplessly trapped in a broken down lift, and your anxiety levels will likely go through the roof.

That’s what happened last weekend to Korn Ferry Tour professional Nick Voke, who was up early on Saturday to finish his final two holes left over from Friday.

Stepping onto the elevator at their hotel around 6:13 a.m, Voke and his caddie Leonard Powell initially reacted to being stuck in the elevator with amusement, which soon turned to panic and frustration as the minutes ticked away.

Practice putts on the carpet turned to a brainstorm of ideas for an escape, as tour officials confirmed that if they missed their slot on the course, they would be DQ’d from the vent.

“It was funny for like five minutes. We were just sitting there on our phones. Put it on Instagram, and then it was like, ‘Oh, this isn’t actually moving.’ “ said caddie Leonard.

 

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After a tortuous 45 minutes, the two men were finally freed from the elevator and just about got to the practice area in time for a few swings and putts before heading off to finish the final two holes.

Voke impressively birdied 17 and parred 18 to make the cut, and after heading back to the hotel for a quick nap, he then took the stairs out of the hotel for his subsequent return to the course. A strategy he says he’ll be implementing permanently from now on.

 

 

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