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

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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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