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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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Ratings flop: Bryson vs Brooks fails to attract interest in least-viewed edition of ‘The Match’

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Despite the public rows and insults, the ‘cartoon’ bravado, Instagram posts and supposed hate, television viewers were simply not interested in tuning in to the recent ‘grudge’ match between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.

As reported by Bunkered, the 12-hole matchplay that mimicked the 12 rounds of a boxing match, had Phil Mickelson as a star commentator and was plugged to death by TNT, but still less than 635,000 viewers tuned in, a hugely disappointing figure given the previous four episodes of the feature.

The idea became a ‘must’ watch when the inaugural episode featured Tiger Woods and Mickelson in November 2018, whilst each of the following three episodes have also received viewing figures of over 1 million.

At its height, The Match 2 was seen by 5.8million viewers, although that particular game was arranged in May 2020, the height of the COVID pandemic.

Whilst viewers were starved of almost any live sporting action at the time, it remains that a friendly jolly-up between Tiger and Peyton Manning, Phil and Tom Brady still saw nearly 10 times the viewers of a much more hyped game.

The Match 3 (July 2021) had a final figure of around 1.25 million and the recent final round of the CJ Cup, a run-of-the-mill PGA Tour event, also saw a higher Nielsen rating, the figure used to assess television size and composition.

In the end, of course, Koepka won well before the end, winning 4 & 3, and nobody really cared.

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‘Don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this’ – Bryson has Eureka discovery with golf swing

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The evolution of Bryson DeChambeau’s golf swing has been fascinating to watch over the past couple of seasons.

In two years, the 28-year-old has gone from T34 in driving distance to the longest hitter in the game, and while on a recent night range session, he appears to have found a formula to hit it even farther and straighter.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Bryson is hitting balls alongside Long Drive Pro Martin Borgmeier when DeChambeau had a breakthrough that both men agreed was a ‘Eureka’ moment for the Californian.

After piping a drive dead center early in the session, Bryson excitedly exclaimed, “Oh my god, I’ve finally figured something out”, before going into detail, saying:

“So, when I try to apply force internally, it gets the handle there (in front of body, clubface open)…that’s right. But if I can feel like my wrist is behind my elbow as I’m swinging, it keeps the head more ahead of me.

It needs to stop (forearm/wrist) so that the handle can go forward and keep turning through. Whereas, if I keep applying force, it’s going to keep the wrist going that way (central) and keep the face open.”

After figuring out this ‘Eureka’ moment, Bryson then implored amateur golfers to try different things as “if you don’t hit the golf ball good with a thought process in the first two, three shots, it’s not working.”

Going back to his new swing discovery, Bryson says

“What I’ve found was, when this right forearm goes internal, there’s obviously weight and inertia over here (clubface), and when I apply force, that’s going to make the clubface go open. If I’m strong enough, obviously, I’m going to do that (flip forearm/hands), but then the face to path is way closed. 

So I want to feel like I’m stopping and allowing the hands to go through so I can create this in and out path, and it’s helping to initially close the face.”

With Martin Borgmeier, the two agree that the new swing move helps both path and face but were both fascinated to see how it could eventually affect the speed aspect too.

Between each other, the two big-hitters also agreed that speed would slow down until Bryson began timing it correctly but that it could actually end up adding speed. And that’s exactly what happened. 

After hitting several more shots perfectly with a little draw, Bryson noted how “it’s a way to stabilize everything and control the timing of the closure rate”. The next aspect? Adding speed.

After stabilizing his swing with the new discovery, Bryson ramped up the speed while still hammering each shot down the middle.

Within 15 minutes, Bryson was hitting his 8-iron with a slight draw and reached 163mph ball speed. Something he had never achieved before.

The Californian finished up his session saying: 

“Had a Eureka moment. Figured out something in regards to biomechanics and physics of the swing just in regards to this right forearm’s internal rotation, how it applies force to the club, how that translates into the momentum of the clubhead squaring up or not squaring up. Long story short, I got something unique and cool.”

How impressed was Long Drive Pro Borgmeier with not just the discovery but how Bryson used it to gain speed in such a short space of time? Very. He said:

“Doing that in 15 minutes and how he progressed through it, that was very impressive. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this. One of the most impressive things I’ve seen this year.”

Subscribe to Bryson’s YouTube channel here.

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2021 Hero World Challenge: Best Match Bet of the week

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Colleague Matt Vincenzi makes a terrific case for ‘local’ Justin Rose to contend strongly at Albany this week, and with the same thought processes leading the @LostForePod to independently conclude the same on the other side of the pond, there had to be a way to get with the Englishman in the side markets.

In a 20-man field, opportunities were going to be sparse, but Draftkings Sportsbook offer us odds against for Rose to beat Tony Finau in a 72-hole match-bet, and that is worth taking.

Matt points out the tee-to-green game is in great shape, Rose finding around five shots at Sedgefield and Sea Island, figures that sandwich a gain of almost 12 shots at favoured Wentworth.

Top that with a solid enough short game and plus figures for putting in each of his last four starts, and we have a golfer whose total game is in decent nick. Certainly, when adding his impressive course form (three consecutive top-five finishes) and his clear will to do well at his ‘second home’, his chance of contending is clear.

Opponent Finau will have needed to have improved during his two week break given he hasn’t finished higher than 24th in four outings since September, and that was in the 30-man field of the Tour Championship.

A couple of top-50 finishes at the CJ Cup and in Mexico don’t read particularly well and the missed cut in Houston on his last outing came via a combined five-over the two back nines.

Not renown for his putting prowess, the 32-year-old has been leaking shots to the field on the greens, and his game looks in poor shape at present. On a course that rewards a solid all-round game plus the ability to make the most of the birdie opportunities that present themselves on fairly flat greens, the Englishman is much preferred.

As Butch would no doubt say, ‘Attaboy, Rosey’.

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