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First slow play penalty handed out at a major in 8 years



Slow play penalties are a rarity, especially at major championships.

In 2013, Augusta National controversially handed 14-year-old Guan Tianlang a one-stroke penalty during The Masters for slow play.

Tianlang received four warnings that day, and since then, no player has been assessed a penalty until this Thursday at Kiawah Island.

John Catlin is the man who has broken that trend, receiving his penalty after being hit with a second bad time during round one of the PGA Championship.

On his seventh hole of the day, Catlin took 74 seconds over his approach shot which saw him receive his first warning of the day. Five holes later, the American took 63 seconds to play his second shot, which saw him hit with a second warning and one-stroke penalty, resulting in his par becoming a bogey.

Catlin finished with a three-over 75.

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  2. dixiedoc

    May 22, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Until they penalize one of the “big guys” ain’t nothing going to happen. They can now point to the penalty to say we are enforcing the rules. Many of the “stars” are much worse. It’s a charade.

  3. Markus J Smooth

    May 22, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Should happen to DeShankbo every week.

  4. Jason

    May 22, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Once again the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The arbitrary nature that these penalties are given out really hurts the integrity of the game.

  5. Glen

    May 21, 2021 at 11:29 am

    74 seconds and 63 seconds and one warning and he gets penalized? What about the other players?

    It seems like Bryson DeChambeau takes longer than that about every 3rd stroke and he hasn’t been penalized. Jason Day is painfully slow but he hasn’t been penalized ever. Wasn’t it JB Holmes that took 79 seconds to hit a putt with Brooks tapping his watch at him? (Yes, I know none of these examples are from the 2021 PGA Championship.)

    I agree completely with speeding up play but until they start penalizing the big-name players, it won’t mean have an effect on the others.

    • Mike Martin

      May 21, 2021 at 6:10 pm

      Can’t agree more……easy to pick on a guy no one knows unless one’s watching the European tour but De Chambeau is a joke every week. They’re probably afraid they’ll ruin his”brand”.

  6. Jon

    May 21, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Interesting story. What is the actual pace of play policy being referred to? Is it a specific time allotment when you’re able to play or is it an arbitrary decision by the officials? I would like some clarification so I can get my stopwatch out this weekend when the cameras are focused on some of the “big” name players, i.e., Jordan Spieth.

    • Hermes

      May 22, 2021 at 11:42 pm

      Mostly pace of play doesn’t truly “matter” except for the group’s position on the course.

      If the group falls behind, then the player’s will be warned and their holes/shots timed.

      Players (if my memory serves) are allotted 45sec per shot, but the first player to play received additional 15sec.

      So the first on the tee, in the fairway or on the green gets 60sec.

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How to watch Bryson DeChambeau in the 2021 Long Drive World Championship



The 2021 Professional Long Driver’s Association World Championship kicks off Tuesday, September 28th in Mesquite, Nevada, as the longest hitters from all around the world will be competing for a top prize of $125,000.

Of course, the biggest name in the field this week is not a professional long driver, but rather a PGA Tour pro, who less than 48 hours ago, also helped the United States win the Ryder Cup.

That’s right, Bryson DeChambeau will be headlining this event. Here’s everything you need to know about the competition.

The event begins on Tuesday morning and continues through Wednesday with those who move on from day one. Participants are split into five 16 man groups. DeChambeau is in group three. The players are given two and a half minutes to hit six balls as far as they can in the grid area. The players with the longest drive from each group will move onto the finals on Wednesday.

The event will not be broadcast on cable television, but it can be watched through the PLDA’s YouTube Channel via live stream. The stream begins at 3:00 p.m. ET. You can also keep track of the leaderboard and scores here.


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Shane Lowry: ‘I wish golf was a team game’; And how he fired up Rory for Sunday’s singles



To say that Shane Lowry enjoyed his first Ryder Cup experience would be an understatement, with the Irishman already looking ahead to Rome 2023.

The 34-year-old delivered one of the only highlights for the European side in Wisconsin, where a clutch putt on 18 on Saturday evening earned his side a full point, but it only proved a scant consolation as the U.S. ran out record winners.

Despite not being on the winning side, Lowry has been blown away by his experience at his first Ryder Cup and speaking following the event, he explained that he is at a loss as to how he will have to wait another two years to compete in a European side again.

“I can’t believe there are no tournaments like this for another two years. I can’t believe I’ve got to go and play individual tournaments. I don’t know what I’m going to do. You wouldn’t believe the experience I’ve had this week.”

Lowry even went as far as saying that he wishes golf was a team event every week and has set his sights on Rome in 2023, where he believes he has more to offer than his 1-2-0 performance in Wisconsin.

“I can’t describe the feelings I’ve had this week. I am who I am. I wish golf was a team game. I’d love to be part of a team every week. It’s very individually based. That’s the way it is. God, I’d love to have this experience every week.”

As for the prospect of a new era U.S. dominance at the competition from now on, Lowry quickly poured cold water on that idea and even revealed the inspiring and straightforward message he delivered to Rory McIlroy on Sunday to fire up his countryman on the final day.

“Ah, f**k that (America’s claims of a new dynasty). We’ve got top players. I said to Rory McIlroy before we went out this morning. ‘You’re Rory f**king McIlroy. You’re already one of the best players of all time, and you’re 32. Go and show it today.’ And he did.


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2021 Sanderson Farms Championship betting tips & selections



After a one week break for the Ryder Cup, the fall swing is back in gear, and players will be traveling to Jackson, Mississippi, this week for the Sanderson Farms Championship. Albeit under different title sponsors, this tournament has been part of the PGA Tour schedule since 1968, although it has only been played at the current host course, the Country Club of Jackson, since 2015.

While many of the world’s best players will be opting to rest up after the Ryder Cup, Sergio Garica is making the trek from Wisconsin to defend last year’s title. Other notables include Sam Burns, Sungjae Im, Will Zalatoris, and Corey Conners. The field is about what we’ve come to expect for fall series events. While there may be a lack of elite talent at the top, there is still an abundance of capable players in the middle to lower tiers of this field.

As far as the task at hand, the Country Club of Jackson is stock par 72, measuring 7,461 yards with Bermuda-grass fairways, greens, and rough. Perusing through previous iterations of this tournament, it’s fairly evident that there is no set way to succeed at this course. We’ve seen bombers win, we’ve seen ultra-accurate fairway finders win, we’ve seen both short and inaccurate drivers be able to mask off the tee inefficiencies with elite iron play, and we’ve also seen the player who simply rolls in the most 20-footers win this tournament as well.

For that reason, I am not entirely caught up in finding specialists at a specific skill-set. I’m more-so just looking for players that can make a ton of birdies, are in good form, and have experienced success on Bermuda-grass greens. Given the wide range of skillsets in play here, I would definitely favor recent form this week over course fit.

Let’s dig into my outright selections!

Will Zalatoris (18/1, FanDuel)

This is a steep price to pay for a player who is still searching for his first PGA Tour victory, but I was fully committed to backing Will Zalatoris this week before the odds dropped and I’m not going to be scared off by oddsmakers fancying his chances as well. While I do tend to prefer Zalatoris on more difficult courses where elite long iron play is required and putting can be devalued, the C.C. of Jackson is still a course that should be able to highlight Zalatoris’ skillset. The Donald Fought design still measures over 7,400 yards on the scorecard, and 21.7% of approach shots do come from over 200 yards. Over his last 36 rounds, Zalatoris is the number one player in this field in proximity from 200 yards plus.

To me, Zalatoris’ perfect player comp is Sergio Garcia, another player who was plenty long off the tee, and was able to ride elite driving and iron play to a victory here last year. C.C. of Jackson designer John Fought may have attempted to model these greens after Donald Ross, but I am not sure he entirely succeeded at that, as we have seen so many poor putters find success here. The Dallas native is also coming off an 11th-place finish at the Fortinet Championship where he gained 6.8 strokes ball-striking, good for his best ball-striking week since May. He seems to have found the putter again as well, as Zalatoris has gained over 2.5 strokes putting in two of his last three starts, and both of those have come on Bermuda-grass greens.

Mito Pereira (33/1, Bet365)

While this will be Mito Pereira’s first appearance at the C.C. of Jackson, the young Chilean has the perfect game for the Southern track. Over his last 36 rounds, Pereira ranks well above field average in all eleven statistical metrics that I am weighing this week, except putting. He is plenty long off the tee, he makes birdies in bunches, he capitalizes on par fives, and he is an above average wedge player. Pereira has also shown an affinity for easier courses with a lot of driver holes, with top-five finishes at the 3M Open, Barbasol Championship, and most recently, the Fortinet Championship.

Last season’s three-time Korn Ferry Tour winner has not struggled with much of a learning curve yet on the PGA Tour, and his gaudy ball-striking numbers give reason to believe that he has a long career ahead of him. In his last start at the Fortinet Championship, Pereira gained 2.5 strokes off the tee and 6.2 strokes on approach. He held the solo lead at one point on Saturday but struggled with his flat-stick as the weekend progressed. The more reps that Pereira gets in contention at the PGA Tour level the better, and given his proven track record of closing tournaments, I’m confident the Chilean’s first victory is not far away.

Charley Hoffman (36/1, FanDuel)

It just feels like time for Charley Hoffman. The four-time PGA Tour winner has been percolating all season, and the C.C. of Jackson is a course that should suit his game to a tee. Over his last 36 rounds, Hoffman ranks third in strokes gained approach, fifth in birdies or better gained, seventh in proximity from 100-125 yards, 21st in driving distance, and eighth in greens in regulation gained. The UNLV product is long off the tee and thrives in easier scoring conditions, which at a very elementary level, should translate to success here. In each of his three appearances at the Sanderson Farms, Hoffman has improved, culminating in a sixth-place finish last year.

After a scorching hot spring, the San Diego native cooled towards the end of the summer, which have may thrown some off his scent. With that being said, he’s coming off a 22nd-place finish at the Fortinet Championship where he gained 1.2 strokes off the tee, and 1.8 strokes on approach. Hoffman can be found as low as 20/1 at other books, so 36 feels like an awfully fair number for a player that is overdue to pick up PGA Tour victory number five.

Joseph Bramlett (80/1, BetMGM)

This is actually an instance where I bet a player at slightly lower odds than I had him projected. I think the odds are really telling us something about Joseph Bramlett, who is nearly always in the triple digits, regardless of field strength. The Stanford University product can be found as low as 60/1 this week at some sportsbooks.

The case for Bramlett is simple. The C.C. of Jackson is an awesome course for him, and he’s coming off one of the best ball-striking performances of his career. Over his last 36 rounds, Bramlett is the number one player in this entire field in driving distance, and he just capped off a week where he gained 3.5 strokes off the tee, and 4.9 strokes on approach at the Fortinet Championship. Bramlett also won the Korn Ferry Tour Championship early this month, which was evidently a big confidence booster, as he hit the ball beautifully in his next PGA Tour start. There’s something going on with Bramlett right now, and given how he’s plummeted from his usual spot on the odds board in the triple digits, I am clearly not the only one who has noticed.

Luke List (125/1, BetMGM)

Luke List is not a player I tend to endorse because his putting can be so maddening, but if there is ever a course where horrific putters seem to rise to the occasion, it’s the C.C. of Jackson. Similar to previous Sanderson Farms winners Sergio Garcia and Cameron Champ, List is absolutely awesome off the tee, ranking sixth in strokes gained off the tee, and seventh in driving distance, over his last 36 rounds.

I have little concern that List, who already has a runner-up finish here, can dominate this course off the tee. The fate of this wager most definitely rests on his putter, but for how shaky that area of List’s game has been, he’s actually managed to stay relevant this season and rack up decent finishes. The Vanderbilt University product finished the 2020-2021 season with four top-10s. Two of them came at the Wells Fargo and Farmer’s Insurance Open, on difficult courses with good fields, and the other two came at the Barbasol Championship and John Deere Classic, easier courses where one can bomb away and is forced to make birdies. List has lost a combined 2.5 strokes putting across those four top-10 finishes this year, which is honestly hard to comprehend. He’s put himself in position to win multiple times this season despite putting below the field average. I don’t think it’s a question of whether or not he is good enough to win. He just needs to muster one of those weeks where he gains two strokes putting, which might be just enough this week.

Adam Schenk (160/1, FanDuel)

This is just a silly number on Adam Schenk. For context, Schenk is between 70 and 110/1 at most other books, so as soon as I saw the 160 that FanDuel was hanging, I acted immediately. To my knowledge, that number is still available. Whether or not you have access to that specific number on FanDuel, my projections had Adam Schenk as a 100/1 golfer this week, and I fully endorse a play on him anywhere you can get triple digits.

Schenk has played this course four times and finished a respectable 43rd, seventh, 36th, and 32nd. The 29-year old is plenty long off the tee, awesome on par fives, hits a ton of greens, and can make birdies in bunches. I’ve discussed trending ball-striking as a theme for me this week, and Schenk is coming off both his best off the tee week of the season and his best approach week in over two months. He’s thrived before in low scoring events, and he continues to put up solid finishes on this track. This was a no-brainer at this number.

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