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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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Lamborghini set to build golf carts with solar panels

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One of the most iconic high-performance car brands has officially entered the golf cart business. That’s right, Lamborghini is partnering with Kinetic Green Energy, an Indian electric-vehicle manufacturer.

Kinetic Green CEO Sulajja Firodia Motwani told Bloomberg Television that their new venture would create “beautifully differentiated golf carts,” which will also feature solar panels.

It is not a surprise to see luxury car brands enter this space, as golf carts are reportedly a $3 billion market.

The Lamborghini-Kinetic Green golf cart collaboration has yet to attach an official name to their partnership. Distribution is set to begin in 2020, and the golf carts are expected to be sold at airports, hotels and resorts.

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LPGA pros react with ambivalence to USGA’s new driver-length rule

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The USGA announced earlier this week that they would be implementing a local rule that limits the driver shaft to 46 inches. While Phil Mickelson was among some of those who were in outrage with new stipulation, LPGA tour pros were far more ambivalent.

The Korda sisters commented on the controversial issue during their press conference for the Aramco Team Series. “No drama,” Jessica stated. “It doesn’t affect us,” Nelly added. This appears to be a common response in the women’s game, which caters to a more finesse and strategic style of play, as opposed to the “bomb and gauge” approach that many PGA Tour pros have employed.

“I would only see something like that as a problem if 90 percent of the field played with something like that. I don’t really see it as a big point. You can do way more with other things– limiting driver heads or balls, stuff like that. I don’t think this rule will change much, especially in the women’s game,” said Anne van Dam, who also happens to rank first on the LPGA Tour in driving distance.

Sophia Popov seemed to sum up the LPGA’s common sentiment best, “I don’t care, because I don’t have a drier that’s longer than 46 inches. I know I heard some criticism on the men’s side, but for us, the shorter the driver is, the harder you can hit it. I don’t think it’s that big a deal… It’s something I just watch from afar and watch on Twitter and laugh about.”

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Introvert vs Extrovert – Study shows what brand golfers buy based on personality type

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A recent study conducted by Stephen Smith, chief psychologist at the UK-based Sports Psychology Ltd (SPL), sought to determine the brand preference of golfers based on them having either an extrovert or introvert personality.

As reported by FirstCallGolf’s Ken Klavon, Smith, who has worked as a psychologist to professional athletes in golf, Formula One, rugby, and football, posted a short questionnaire with questions on golf equipment preferences focused on around 15 brands, followed by a level of personality questions. 

The study focused on three main character identification questions for the personality section: Introvert versus Extrovert, Pragmatic versus Visionary, and Logical versus Idealist.

After receiving “hundreds upon hundreds” of responses, the data, matched up with their favored golf equipment, showed the following results:

Introverts

Ping was the preferred brand of 40% of those who were identified as introverts, while Titleist was next up for introverts, with 18% of those naming the brand as their favorite.

Extroverts

Callaway and TaylorMade were brands that 40% of those identified as extroverts chose as their favourites.

Smith’s data also concluded that “60 percent of golfers are sensory pragmatics who will be driven by the look, feel and sound of any equipment” and that golfers are by and large a group of consumers driven by a futuristic vision.

Amongst his takeaways, Smith said:

“This study shows that golf needs to be much more sophisticated in its understanding of the customers it is connecting with, and in the way it communicates to build that connection.

How do you get personalities to react to something, particularly a piece of equipment? No doubt the 2020s may be the decade when the psychology of design will be as important as the engineering that underpins it.”

Find out more about the study here.

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