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Is this Korn Ferry Tour player longer than Bryson DeChambeau ?

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Everyone knows that Bryson DeChambeau has a lot of clubhead speed—he’s averaging just over 133 mph this season—but the craziest thing isn’t what Bryson has done to his own game, it’s actually what he has inspired from other players.

One of the players gunning for a spot in the field via Monday qualifying at this week’s Valspar Championship was Korn Ferry Tour player John Somers. As it was pointed out by Monday Q info on Twitter, John could be one of the longest players in professional golf. To give you an idea of his length, here are some of his TrackMan numbers for his pitching wedge

His 6 iron

Although John hasn’t played in enough events to fully qualify for ranking within the stats on the Korn Ferry Tour, his average driving distance of 331.5 yards would put him solidly in the lead on the KFT by seven yards over the current longest player, Brent Grant, and 10 yards past Bryson DeChambeau, based on PGA Tour Shot Link data.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Karsten's Ghost

    May 3, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    I’ll keep saying it – the only thing that the USGA needs to do with the ball is impose a max compression of 65. Make these guys even more wild, and don’t hurt the mortals among us.

  2. Shorty McFirsttohit

    May 3, 2021 at 12:54 am

    I wish I could hit the ball that far.

  3. PGA2021

    Apr 30, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Yes. I did My PGA level 3s with this guy he flat out murders the ball

  4. Wkndhckr

    Apr 30, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Question: Is this Korn Ferry Tour player longer than Bryson DeChambeau ?

    Answer: No.

    While his wedge distance is impressive, I’m more impressed with a drive’s length and a wedge’s accuracy.

  5. Gunter Eisenberg

    Apr 27, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Drive for show…

  6. Jerry

    Apr 27, 2021 at 6:00 am

    What does he hit from 100, putter?

  7. jgpl001

    Apr 27, 2021 at 4:27 am

    The opening line says it all “currently in a tie for last place”…….

    Its time all this club head speed / distance nonsense stopped, it becoming boring and irrelevant

    • Brev

      Apr 27, 2021 at 7:55 am

      Read again slowly. This is a Monday qualifier. He is tied for the last spot to get into the tournament

      • jgpl001

        May 3, 2021 at 8:56 am

        You are correct, my mistake.
        I have no doubt he has more golfing ability in his little finger nail than I do, but did he qualify….and I will gladly eat humble pie if he ever wins a PGA Tour event
        Players need to give up this hammering every shot nonsense

    • Matt

      Apr 27, 2021 at 7:56 am

      He was in a tie for the last qualifying spot, not in last place…

  8. Dwayne Williams

    Apr 26, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Whatever. I can blade a pitching wedge 200+ in the right conditions. Amateur.

    • Brad

      Apr 28, 2021 at 12:44 am

      ROFL. You must have been in the playing group in front of me last weekend. I’m sure I saw that shot come out of the bag a couple of times around the greens.

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Tour pro reimburses gamblers after marathon exchange with heckler on social media

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Talor Gooch missed the cut at the Valspar, and as a result, found himself having to deal with a heckler on Twitter. In a wild twist, however, the confrontation then evolved into a situation where Gooch decided to reimburse gamblers who had bet money on him last week.

“3 bogeys in a row u are so bad @TalorGooch,” tweeted @VinkolaJokic to kick things off, to which Gooch replied, “Did you bet on me?”

This set off a 6-hour marathon of back and forth Tweets, with Gooch ready to reimburse the troll for his gambling losses.

However, the heckler had other ideas and challenged the golfer to a $50k mini-golf match in New York, which Gooch was ready to accept if proof of funds were provided.

Unsurprisingly, the proof of funds never came putting an end to the online back and forth.

However, when users realized that Gooch was prepared to reimburse the heckler’s gambling losses on him, they decided to chance their arm and see if Gooch would be so generous to deliver them a Venmo payment.

The answer? A resounding yes, with the 29-year-old reimbursing gamblers in a bold and generous move.

Pretty cool, but Gooch might want to stress that it’s a one off move considering the number of DFS golf gamblers growing by the week.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about ‘idiot fans’ on the PGA Tour

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the fans at recent tournaments, with many believing that even with limited capacity, the shouts and screams appear more obnoxious than ever.

WRXers have been having their say and offering up some solutions to curb the behavior in a year where plenty of players have already been heckled at events.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • JimmyC59: “Anyone shouting, “You da man!”, “In the hole” (on a par four), or “mashed potatoes”, should be permanently banned from attending any golf tournament.”
  • Ghostwedge: “Tournament officials need to cut off the beer sales early, spend a lot more on crowd control. A PGA tournament isn’t an NFL game. You want to yell stupid s*** at the players and other fans? do it from the parking lot.”
  • jonsnow: “I wish it were as simple as cutting off alcohol sales earlier, removing the offenders, etc. All worthy ideas, but I think it’s a cultural thing; it’s a natural outgrowth of the current attention-seeking, social media-driven, me-focused society at large. The fact that it’s pathetic doesn’t make it any less omnipresent.”
  • Need4spd: “You guys all sound like you’d be a lot of fun at parties. Listen, you’re never going to catch me yelling anything loud enough to be heard on camera, but is it really that abhorrent? You guys make it sound like every hole on The PGA Tour is 16 at The Waste Management.”
  • Go Cougs: “I despise social media, but I seem to remember these shouts just as frequently before its prominence. I think it began with a guy at a tournament telling his buddies watching on tv at home, ‘Hey, I’m going to yell ‘Mashed Potatoes!, Baba Booey, or what have you. Listen for it.’And the rest is history.”

Entire Thread: “Idiot fans on the PGA Tour”

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How much each player won at the 2021 Valspar Championship

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Sam Burns claimed his first win on the PGA Tour on Sunday after holding off Keegan Bradley in a brilliant display that earned the 24-year-old $1,242,000 million. Bradley’s hopes were sunk when he found the water 13, but his solo runner-up finish is enough to secure a nice payday of $752,100 for the 34-year-old.

With a total prize purse of $6.9 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player who made the cut won at the 2021 Valspar Championship.

1: Sam Burns, -17, $1,242,000
2: Keegan Bradley, -14, $752,100
T-3: Viktor Hovland, -13, $407,100
T-3: Cameron Tringale, -13, $407,100
5: Abraham Ancer, -12, $282,900
T-6: Vaughn Taylor, -10, $241,500
T-6: Max Homa, -10, $241,500
T-8: Louis Oosthuizen, -9, $201,825
T-8: Troy Merritt, -9, $201,825
T-8: Joaquin Niemann, -9, $201,825
T-11: Camilo Villegas, -8 $167,325
T-11: Brandt Snedeker, -8 $167,325
T-13: Bronson Burgoon, -7 $127,305
T-13: Hank Lebioda, -7 $127,305
T-13: Justin Thomas, -7 $127,305
T-13: Jason Kokrak, -7 $127,305
T-13: Bubba Watson, -7 $127,305
T-18: Adam Schenk, -6, $98,325
T-18: Charley Hoffman, -6, $98,325
T-18: Ted Potter Jr., -6, $98,325

T-21: Paul Casey, -5, $65,291.25
T-21: Alex Noran, -5, $65,291.25
T-21: Charl Schwartzel, -5, $65,291.25
T-21: Ian Poulter, -5, $65,291.25
T-21: Russell Knox, -5, $65,291.25
T-21: Corey Conners, -5, $65,291.25
T-21: Matthew NeSmith, -5, $65,291.25
T-21: Danny Lee, -5, $65,291.25
T-29: Michael Gligic, -4, $40,572
T-29: Jimmy Walker, -4, $40,572
T-29: Vincent Whaley, -4, $40,572
T-29: Zach Johnson, -4, $40,572
T-29: Sungjae Im, -4, $40,572
T-29: K.H. Lee, -4, $40,572
T-29: Scott Stallings, -4, $40,572
T-29: Pat Perez, -4, $40,572
T-29: Kevin Na, -4, $40,572
T-29: Scottie Scheffler, -4, $40,572
T-39: Beau Hossler, -3, $25,875
T-39: Doc Redman, -3, $25,875
T-39: Tyler Duncan, -3, $25,875
T-39: Ryan Moore, -3, $25,875
T-39: Kyle Stanley, -3, $25,875
T-39: Scott Brown, -3, $25,875
T-39: Denny McCarthy, -3, $25,875
T-39: Charles Howell III, -3, $25,875
T-39: Bo Van Pelt, -3, $25,875

T-48: Wesley Bryan, -2, $17,687
T-48: Lucas Glover, -2, $17,687
T-48: Dustin Johnson, -2, $17,687
T-48: Tom Lewis, -2, $17,687
T-48: Henrik Norlander, -2, $17,687
T-48: Jhonattan Vegas, -2, $17,687
T-54: Luke Donald, -1, $16,215
T-54: Branden Grace, -1, $16,215
T-54: J.T. Poston, -1, $16,215
T-57: Jason Dufner, E, $15,801
T-57: Kramer Hickok, E, $15,801
T-57: Peter Uihlein, E, $15,801
T-60: Wyndham Clark, +1, $15,387
T-60: Brandon Hagy, +1, $15,387
T-60: Patton Kizzire, +1, $15,387
T-63: Joseph Bramlett, +2, $14,904
T-63: Chase Koepka, +2, $14,904
T-63: Ryan Palmer, +2, $14,904
T-63: Henrik Stenson, +2, $14,904
67: Byeong Hun An, + 5, $14,559
68: J.B. Holmes, +7, $14,421
69: Keith Mitchell, +9, $14,283
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