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LPGA pro hit with one of the most costly slow play penalties ever

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Last week at the 2021 PGA Championship, we saw the first slow-play penalty handed out at a major for eight years, but that penalty is small potatoes compared to what has occurred this week on the LPGA Tour.

At Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play on Wednesday, Carlota Ciganda and Sarah Schmelzel were locked in a battle, all-tied heading down the 18th.

The Spaniard Ciganda would win the 18th to give her the outright victory, but following the match, she was assessed a slow-play penalty, losing her the 18th and subsequently the match.

As the slow-play penalty is filed under ‘general penalty’, in match play, the result is a loss of the hole, according to Rule 3.2a.

Golf Channel’s Tom Abbott broke the news, which was later confirmed by the LPGA Tour, with the latter producing the following statement on the incident:

“On the 18th hole of her Day One match, Carlota Ciganda was assessed a loss-of-hole penalty for a breach of the LPGA’s Match-Play Pace of Play Policy. Per the policy, a player is subject to penalty if she exceeds the allotted time for her total strokes taken on a hole by more than 10 seconds, averaging 30 seconds per shot. Ciganda exceeded the allotted time for the number of strokes taken on the 18th hole.”

There are costly penalties, and then there is this.

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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. William Davis

    May 28, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Very cruel. On the last hole of very tense/close game, Shameful. No warning?

    • michael

      May 28, 2021 at 4:41 pm

      Not a shameful thing about it. It was about time action was taken. Bravo to the tournament officials.

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‘As long as you love me’: Brooks and Bryson feud inspires hilarious song

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The Koepka-DeChambeau rivalry reignited this week, and it’s now even inspired a song from golf fan and musician Sam Harrop.

The talented Harrop has already penned songs over a number of other golfers, but now it’s Brooks and Bryson’s turn, with the brilliant lyrics set to the BackStreet Boys’ “As long as you love me”.

Check out the funny version below.

Make sure to check out all of Harrop’s other golf songs by subscribing to his YouTube channel here.

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‘Who wins a boxing match?’: Bookmaker opens wild Bryson-Brooks novelty markets

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The Brooks-Bryson rivalry looks like something you’d expect more from YouTube personalities rather than professional athletes, and one bookmaker is certainly hoping it escalates into even more.

BetUS.com sees the feud between the two getting even wilder and has created several novelty markets, with Brooks favored to beat Bryson if the two ended up in a ring together.

Check out the odds for some of the wacky markets below.

WHO WINS A BOXING MATCH?

Brooks Koepka                -150

Bryson DeChambeau      +110 

WHO WINS ENDURANCE RACE?             

Brooks Koepka                -120

Bryson DeChambeau      -120

WHO TROLLS WHO MOST IN 2021?       

Brooks Koepka                +110

Bryson DeChambeau      -150 

HIGHEST PGA TOUR MONEY IN 2022?

Brooks Koepka                +200

Bryson DeChambeau      -300 

WHO WINS A HOT DOG EATING CONTEST?        

Brooks Koepka                +150

Bryson DeChambeau      -200

The bookmaker has also priced up ‘The Match 4’ which pits Mickelson and Tom Brady against Bryson and Aaron Rodgers, with the latter firmly expected to triumph when they meet in July.

CAPITAL ONE’S THE MATCH WINNERS

Phil Mickelson -Tom Brady          +145

Bryson DeChambeau – Aaron Rodgers    -175

CAPITAL ONE’S THE MATCH- WHICH TEAM WILL WIN HOLE 1?

Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady           +325

Bryson DeChambeau-Aaron Rodgers       +265

Tie         -150 

CAPITAL ONE’S THE MATCH – WILL THERE BE A HOLE IN ONE?

Yes        +5000

WHICH TEAM WILL BE LEADING AFTER 9 HOLES?

Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady           +175

Bryson DeChambeau-Aaron Rodgers       -120

Tie         +400

WHICH TEAM WILL BE LEADING AFTER 6 HOLES?

Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady           +160

Bryson DeChambeau-Aaron Rodgers       +110

Tie         +300

WHICH TEAM WILL BE LEADING AFTER 3 HOLES?             

Phil Mickelson-Tom Brady           +225

Bryson DeChambeau-Aaron Rodgers       -180

Tie         +170

Check out more markets at BetUS.com here.

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Tiger Woods talks about his recovery in first interview since accident

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In his first interview since his single-car accident earlier this year, Tiger Woods has revealed that his rehab has been “more painful than anything” he has ever experienced.

In an exclusive interview with Golf Digest, Woods went into detail on his injury and recovery, as well as the outpouring of support he has received in the wake of his accident.

Speaking on his post-accident injuries, Woods told the publication

“This has been an entirely different animal. I understand more of the rehab processes because of my past injuries, but this was more painful than anything I have ever experienced.

My physical therapy has been keeping me busy. I do my routines every day and am focused on my No.1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time.”

Woods first posted a photo update last month, with the 15-time major champion on crutches and in a walking boot.

 

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Many fans commented at the time how Tiger’s upper body looked very athletic, and Woods told Golf Digest that it was likely a combination of the crutches and his workouts.

“It’s funny because in that photo, the crutches definitely make my shoulders look big!. Maybe it’s the workouts, too. It’s been nice having the ability to still stay strong and work out my upper body.”

The 45-year-old also described the support he has received from his legion of fans as well as those away from the sport as “incredible” and mentioned how it’s been a big help for him as he continues his recovery.

“It’s been incredible. I have had so much support from people both inside and outside of golf which means so much to me and has helped tremendously.”

Woods didn’t disclose any information to Golf Digest on his hopes of playing golf again.

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