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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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Bryson DeChambeau reveals his distance goals for 2022

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Three weeks ago, a high-profile Cobra testing session involving both world number 8 Bryson DeChambeau and two-time World Long Drive champion Kyle Berkshire took place.

Whilst Berkshire clocked a record ball speed of 233.4, the ten-time winner wasn’t exactly disappointed with his own personal best of 221mph, and he believes this is coming to the PGA tour.

Promoting the upcoming Saudi International, the 2020 U.S Open winner commented,

“This year I’ll hit it even further. Once I get into some lower lofted heads that I’ll be getting this week or next week, you’ll be seeing some much longer drives.”

Clear leader in the driving distance stats on tour, many pundits question the pursuit of length to the possible detriment of the rest of his game, but Bryson isn’t to be tamed. He added:

“We’re getting close to having something that we can get working at 200mph ball speed that will work on tour. I’m super excited and happy with Cobra. We came to a bit of a sticking point last year but we’ve worked together and burst through that wall.”

Only 25th at the season opener, the Tournament of Champions, he withdrew from this week’s Sony Open with an injury to his left wrist, which had been ‘bothering me for about three or four weeks now.’

Bryson continued, ”All the speed training has definitely taken a toll on my muscular structure. Now, it’s got to a point where I’m putting so much speed and force into my wrist.”

With some driver-friendly events coming up, Bryson is going to see plenty more interest in his long game to begin 2022.

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‘Too invasive for me’ – Bryson snubs Netflix docuseries

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As reported yesterday, Netflix is currently filming a docuseries profiling some of the biggest names on the PGA TOUR.

However, Bryson DeChambeau will not be one of those big names.

In a virtual news conference on Thursday to promote the Saudi International, Bryson explained why he didn’t want to be a part of the series:

“There’s a lot of factors going on in that. One, there wasn’t a deal that was struck that was very well for my side of it. I love Netflix. I watch it. I have a great time with it. But just for me, it wasn’t right at the present moment.”

DeChambeau has been busy with his own content, releasing videos showing his insane ball and clubhead speeds and is approaching 900,000 followers on Instagram, and added to reporters on Thursday:

“They’re getting a pretty dang good look inside my life [from YouTube]. And to have more people come in and go even further, which is almost impossible for what I’m giving out, is just too invasive for me.

There’s a lot of great people on there. If I was to go on there, yeah, it would be cool to see, but I feel like there’s a lot more interesting stories. You’ve got Harry Higgs. You’ve got numerous others.” 

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Tour pro withdraws from Australian PGA after slicing hand mid-round

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After being postponed twice because of Covid, you would think the dominant story at the Australian PGA might be the first-round lead, held by world number 1387 Louis Dobbelaar.

However, in a bizarre incident Damien Jordan grabbed the headlines with a withdrawal, according to Australian Associated Press, due to ”slicing his hand trying to move a stake on the course.”

Full details are not clear as yet but Golf Australia’s editor, Jimmy Emanuel, first reported on the accident on Twitter, posting that Jordan “went to move a stake on course and sliced his hand the entire width from top to bottom. Quite heavy bleeding so off to see a doctor.”

At the event itself, Dobbelaar leads at 7-under and by one from Aaron Pike and Jediah Morgan with short-priced pre-event favourite, Min Woo Lee, just four behind.

Over at the accompanying WPGA event, Su Oh has a clear lead after the first round, being three shots clear at 5-under the card.

They all may ask their caddies to move boundary markers for the rest of the event.

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