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‘Clowns’ – Tour pro hits out at fans saying Jon Rahm won the Memorial

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Jon Rahm’s withdrawal at the Memorial due to a positive Covid-19 test provoked a strong reaction from golf fans at the weekend, with many upset with how the situation was handled.

Some fans on social media even wanted the winner’s trophy handed to Rahm, who held a 6-shot lead at the time of his WD, and that take elicited a very strong response from Dylan Frittelli.

Following Patrick Cantlay’s win on Sunday evening, Frittelli took to social media where he branded those fans as “clowns” and before this week’s Palmetto Championship explained why.

“I described some people as clowns, talking about how Jon Rahm actually won this tournament, and it’s simply not true. Patrick Cantlay is the winner of the tournament. End of story.”

The South African added how each player on Tour has signed up to play by the rules and that it’s foolish to believe that any player would be exempt from those rules.

“I think it’s quite silly for people to go out there and think you can do something, whether it’s play professional golf, play another sport or work in business and not follow the rules. We’ve signed up to play by the rules.

If Jon Rahm picked his ball up, walked over the hole and dropped it next to it and tapped it in, I think a lot of people would be unhappy that he broke a rule.”

 

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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. chip75

    Jun 12, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    I’m with Dylan on this one, awful for Rahm, but he didn’t win. But social-media gonna social-media. Hopefully he comes back and wins the next one.

  2. Bigeasy

    Jun 11, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    If you do your homework, the vaccine is a protein, proteins don’t stop virus, that’s why people still get it and why people are having reactions to shot. 99% survival rate, most who have died from obesity. When has the government ever promoted a shot so vigorously? Never

    • DAVE

      Jun 12, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      Wrong, many vacs have been widely promoted… The FLU annual Flu shot is one. and have you forgotten Polio.

    • Tyler Durden

      Jun 12, 2021 at 11:26 pm

      It’s shocking that there are stupid people like bigeasy running in society

  3. Lbcgolfplayer

    Jun 11, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    These comments are sad and typical.

  4. Jack Nash

    Jun 11, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Luv how this channel deletes multiple comments. WTG GWRX. There were 14 now just 1 or 2. So much for an open forum lol.

  5. Zack Johnson

    Jun 11, 2021 at 9:56 am

    I’m in Ohio and the mask mandate has been lifted, so this was BS that he was removed in a city where a political mask wasn’t even needed. Heck, the doctors get paid more to report someone as covid. This is political and everyone knows it!

    • Tyler Durden

      Jun 12, 2021 at 11:00 pm

      It’s not political, only made by idiots like you

  6. dave

    Jun 10, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    Rahm wasn’t vaccinated.

    If I risked being walked out of my office in the middle of my work day and losing a $1M+ bonus every week for testing positive for COVID, I damn sure would be doing everything possible not to test positive, including getting vaccinated.

    • Big GG

      Jun 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm

      You do realize people that get vaccinated can still get covid???????? Another vaccine supporter that has no idea what he is talking about.

      • geohogan

        Jun 10, 2021 at 5:36 pm

        The pga rules are any player who has been vaccinated (two times) and after 14 days, they dont need to follow the protocol Rahm went through because he never got vaccinated.

        He not only endangered fellow players, spectators, his wife and infant
        and overseas relatives who he knew were coming to visit within a week of Memorial.

        Clearly he has a character issue. He has none.

        • Don B.A. Snowflake

          Jun 10, 2021 at 5:58 pm

          This is satire, correct? If so, well done.

          • geohogan

            Jun 11, 2021 at 3:48 pm

            snowflake thinks 600,000 American lives lost, is satire.
            serial killer humor.

            • Lahey

              Jun 14, 2021 at 1:20 pm

              600,000 is still a nothing burger you moron. Typical year for heart disease….you just want to virtue signal

        • Johnny Penso

          Jun 11, 2021 at 8:08 pm

          You realize you can still get Covid even with the vax? So what if he had the vax, still got Covid, didn’t report it b/c the rules didn’t require it, then others around him got Covid because he never reported and quarantined?

          • Scott

            Jun 14, 2021 at 6:01 pm

            You do realize that is not how the pga tour protocol works, right? If you are vaccinated you don’t get tested

      • benseattle

        Jun 10, 2021 at 8:25 pm

        Sure thing, “doctor,” but the facts are that the rate of new COVID cases nationwide is PLUMMETING simply because more and more Americans are smart enough to understand that the vaccines are working. You can tout the tiny, infinitesimal number of vaccinated individuals who were later infected but if that’s your best argument, you’re backing a loser. (What a coincidence.)

        Bottom line: Rahm blew it. All on his own.

        • Seattle Isadump

          Jun 11, 2021 at 1:16 am

          Nah, the cases are “PLUMMETING” because its no longer of use to the uniparty.

          • Jim

            Jun 11, 2021 at 5:46 am

            Ding, ding, ding, tell him what he’s won. In other news from an alternate universe, the rest of the field goes on strike, refusing to tee it up for round 4 without Rahm.

          • Evan

            Jun 11, 2021 at 3:14 pm

            Seattle isadump? Cute name. Get outside or something.

        • Jack Nash

          Jun 11, 2021 at 10:12 am

          A seasonal virus doesn’t plummet because people get Vax’d. It plummets because of the time of year. Hence the use of the word seasonal. 2020, was no different. It plummeted in the summer and comes into effect again late fall(during colder months). The Only virus that has the ability to live in summer is the Rhino virus (not Rino). If a Vax stopped you from getting this virus then the 7 NY Yankee players who got Vax’d over a month ago only to test positive later would be true, but it isn’t. But a rule is a rule no matter how idiotic it is. I’d like to know if Rahm was infected and he shook hands with his playing partners after the round including Caddies why wasn’t there anything said about those guys being “contact traced”? We’re they tested after the event because according to the so called experts the virus is quite contagious.

    • Jab

      Jun 10, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      Enjoy your chemicals.

    • DAVE

      Jun 12, 2021 at 8:41 pm

      Rahm had contracted Covid earlier in the year. He should have been immune for at least 6 months!

  7. Jbone

    Jun 10, 2021 at 6:58 am

    He’s comparing the rules of golf versus the arbitrary/unscientific rules of COVID…. It’s time we move on with our lives and stop being scared

    • Agreed

      Jun 10, 2021 at 5:43 pm

      yup

    • Mulf Stickel

      Jun 10, 2021 at 9:15 pm

      Well said. It’s a quite egregious penalty for something we should have a better grasp of at this point. But instead, the PGA Tour has taken the stance of exempting people who made a personal health decision about an experimental “vaccine”. I’m surprised a lawyer hasn’t gotten to Rahm about it, no matter what BS they made him sign. Those never stand up when it comes down to it in court.

      • John Krug

        Jun 11, 2021 at 9:45 am

        Uninformed comment by someone who knows nothing about the effectiveness of the vaccine.

    • Funkaholic

      Jun 11, 2021 at 9:55 am

      Just look at all of the vaccine sheep in the comments section.

      • Dugan

        Jun 11, 2021 at 10:10 am

        You must be the big bad wolf. ?

      • geohogan

        Jun 11, 2021 at 4:37 pm

        Funkaholic…A man who’s been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat puke.

        • James

          Jun 12, 2021 at 4:05 am

          Right? He needs to tell us how he beat polio on his own

    • Tyler durden

      Jun 12, 2021 at 11:21 pm

      You morons are wrong as a usual

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Lawyer uses Tiger Woods analogy in court…and it does not go down well

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If you love relating golf to all aspects of life, you are not alone. Unfortunately for a golf-loving Kentucky lawyer, a recent Tiger Woods analogy in a court room fell flat.

The case in question featured a man by the name of Maurice Gasaway (named by Sportico) who was convicted of possessing heroin and marijuana. During the jury selection process, the prosecutor attempted to explain the idea of “reasonable doubt” through the lens of a hypothetical golf match with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

The lawyer stated: “But, who in here believes if I was to go out and play golf with Rory and Tiger, that it’s possible, possible that I could beat them in nine holes? Does everyone agree it’s possible? Anything’s possible. Both their arms could fall off. Okay. It’s possible. Maybe extreme, but it’s possible. Anything could happen, okay.”

He continued, “Is it reasonable to believe that I would beat both of them? No. No, it’s not reasonable. Um, it’s not. If you play golf, you know it’s not reasonable. Does everybody understand the difference between possible and reasonable though? Okay. Now, does everybody agree to hold this man responsible for his actions if I meet my burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt?”

Woefully for the lawyer, the judge ruled that while prosecutors may define to juries what reasonable doubt is not, using hypothetical scenarios is far from ideal.

Judge Taylor ultimately deemed it an incorrect use of the analogy. While we are firm believers that every aspect of life can relate back to golf, this attempt might have been a little ambitious.

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Gary Woodland surprises friend with Special Olympic selection

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Gary Woodland and Amy Bockerstette’s friendship dates all the way back to the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Bockerstette parred TPC Scottsdale’s famous 16th hole during the pro-am, with Woodland cheering by her side.

Bockerstette and Woodland remained in touch. The four-time PGA Tour winner even credited her, “I got this,” mantra for helping him with the 2019 U.S. Open later that year at Pebble Beach.

Bockerstette, who has Down syndrome, was one of five golfers chosen for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, which will be held next June in Orlando, Florida. Through a zoom call, Gary Woodland was the one to deliver his friend the news.

“I was so happy to see Gary invite me to go to Florida next year for the Special Olympics USA Games. We are best friends. I am very excited to go to Disney too,” Bockerstette told ESPN.

Bockerstette, who plays golf for Paradise Valley Community College, was also the first person with Down syndrome to ever play in a collegiate championship, when she competed in the NJCAA Division I women’s national golf championship. She will be amongst over 200 athletes competing in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

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Tour pro gets rock “stuck” in club, prompts strange ruling

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat embarked on quite the adventure on the par-five 12th hole at Wentworth Golf Club during the third round of the European Tour’s BMW Championship.

The four-time European Tour winner hit his tee shot into a drainage ditch, and elected to play the ball as it was. Aphibarnrat was able to advance the ball close to 10-yards out of the hazard, getting doused by water in the process.

As Aphibarnrat emerged from the hazard, he noticed that there was a stone embedded inside his club. The Thailand native promptly called an official.

The issue was that Aphibarnrat was having difficulty removing the stone from the club, yet according to Rule 4.1a, he was still allowed to use the club for the remainder of the round.

Aphibarnrat still managed to par the hole as part of a third round two-over par 72. He proceeded to finish the tournament one stroke back of eventual winner Billy Horschel.

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