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Leona Maguire hit with brutal lost ball penalty on LPGA Tour

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Leona Maguire suffered a cruel twist of fate at the LPGA Mediheal Championship during her third round after an errant approach led to a wild sequence of events.

On the opening hole, Maguire blocked her approach to the right and into the pine trees. With playing partners Lauren Kim and Danielle Kang, the Irishwoman attempted to spot her ball in the tree, which would have allowed her the ability to take lateral relief or back-on-the-line relief.

Failing to identify the ball would lead to the worst-case scenario of stroke and distance relief option, which looked likely until the ball dropped shortly after 3 minutes with Maguire talking to an official.

Unfortunately, as the ball dropped after 3 minutes, Maguire was forced to indeed take the penal stroke and distance relief penalty, meaning that she was penalized a stroke and had to return and replay the shot.

Speaking on the incident after the round, playing partner Lauren Kim described the ‘awful’ situation, saying

“Her ball was stuck up in the tree and then it fell down and it was her ball that fell down, and then we were trying to figure out what the timing was, whether it was a lost ball and all that. I just felt just awful. Like Danielle and I were talking about it, and at the end of the day, we felt like it probably was more than three minutes.

But, you know, in those kind of situations, it’s just kind of — you just kind of have to say the hard thing to say and kind of move on. But I felt so bad. I was so excited for her because as I was setting up to my putt it fell out of the tree. I was like, that’s great, we found the ball, let’s move on. And then it turns out it was the timing issue. So, yeah, that was a challenge.” 

Maguire would make double bogey on the hole and finish her day with a two-over par round of 74.

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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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Players wary of ‘unfair’ Royal St. Georges

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It’s the first Open Championship for two years, but a trip down south to Royal St. Georges hasn’t got every golfer excited for the week ahead, with some high profile players not exactly thrilled with the venue.

The ever candid Brooks Koepka spoke on Tuesday about the course, where he made it clear that it’s not one of his favorite courses, with the many blind tee shots not to his liking.

“It’s not my favourite venue that we have played. I think Portrush and St Andrews are definitely the favourites. I haven’t seen all 18, I’ll see the back nine today. But quite a few blind tee shots, kind of hitting to nothing. Fairways are quite undulating. I don’t know, it’s not my favourite of the rotation, put it that way.

This one, it’s just not as exciting. I don’t know why. Whether it be a couple shots to nothing, a couple of blind tee shots or shots in where you can’t really see much. I’m not too big of a fan of that.”

Bernhard Langer, who finished in the top-3 here three times in his career, is another who isn’t a fan of the English golf course, telling the Daily Mail on Tuesday that: “It is, to me, the most unfair of all the courses on the rota.”

It’s also fair to assume that the course isn’t number one on Rory McIlroy’s list of favorites either, who speaking on a podcast last year, stated: “Can’t we just skip St George’s and go straight to St Andrews?”

However, it seems the Irishman has had a change of heart over the course, as speaking to media this week, McIlroy revealed that after playing a softer Royal St. Georges at the weekend, the venue seems improved to him:

“Even before all the rain, the course was quite lush and green and we weren’t seeing the bounces that we’re accustomed to getting here.” he said. “I walked away after the weekend thinking this is a much better golf course than I remember.”

As for the big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau, it appears that the 27-year-old is prepared to dial it back this week in order to stay out of the “diabolical hay” surrounding the fairways.

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2021 Open Championship prop bets

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For the first time in two years, the Open Championship is finally upon us. For those who want to raise the stakes and make their early morning golf a little more interesting, DraftKings sports book has an array of options.

Winner to play in Final 1st Tee Grouping in Round 4

  • Yes (-250)
  • No (+175)

Winning Margin 

  • 1 stroke (+225)
  • 4 strokes or more (+275)
  • 2 strokes (+350)
  • After a Play-0ff (+350)
  • 3 strokes (+550)

Wire to Wire Winner 

  • Yes (+1100)
  • No (-3335)

Top Lefty 

  • Robert MacIntyre (+200)
  • Garrick Higgo (+250)
  • Phil Mickelson (+275)
  • Brian Harman (+300)
  • Yuxin Lin (+1400)

Continent of Winner 

  • North America (-110)
  • Europe (+138)
  • Any Other Continent (+450)

Top Former Arizona State University Player 

  • Jon Rahm (-150)
  • Paul Casey (+275)
  • Phil Mickelson (+650)
  • Matt Jones (+1000)
  • Chez Reavie (+1200)

Top Former Georgia Tech Player 

  • Stewart Cink (+138)
  • Cameron Tringale (+150)
  • Matt Kuchar (+250)

Top Former Oklahoma State Player 

  • Viktor Hovland (+100)
  • Rickie Fowler (+335)
  • Alexander Noren (+350)
  • Talor Gooch (+500)

Top Former University of Texas Player 

  • Jordan Spieth (-120)
  • Scottie Scheffler (+150)
  • Dylan Frittelli (+550)
  • Cole Hammer (+1600)

Top Former Georgia Bulldog 

  • Patrick Reed (+225)
  • Harris English (+350)
  • Kevin Kisner (+500)
  • Russell Henley (+550)
  • Brian Harman (+650)
  • Chris Kirk (+800)
  • Brendon Todd (+1000)
  • Keith Mitchell (+2000)

Winner to Birdie the 72nd Hole 

  • Yes (+800)
  • No (-2000)

Winner to Bogey the 72nd Hole 

  • Yes (+200)
  • No (-278)

Winner to Eagle 72nd Hole 

  • Yes (+35000)

Winner to Par the 72nd Hole 

  • Yes (-159)
  • No (+120)

Albatross in the tournament 

  • Yes (+2000)

To be decided by a 3 Man Playoff

  • Yes (+1400)
  • No (-10000)

To be decided by a 4+ Man Playoff 

  • Yes (+4000)

To be decided by a Playoff 

  • Yes (+350)
  • No (-560)

2 or more Holes in One in the tournament 

  • Yes (+240)
  • No (-345)

Hole in One in the tournament 

  • Yes (-134)
  • No (+100)
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Jon Rahm provides origin of his famous abbreviated back-swing

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Curious about why one of the most powerful golfers takes such an abbreviated backswing? On media Tuesday of the Open Championship, reigning U.S. Open champion, Jon Rahm, finally provided us with an answer.

“I was born with a club foot on my right leg, which means for anybody that’s sensitive about that, my right leg up to my ankle was straight, my foot was 90 degrees turned inside and basically upside down,” Rahm explained.

This malady required the relocation of multiple bones in his right leg and ankle, and it drastically decreased his stability on the right side of his body. As a result, the six-time PGA Tour winner had to learn how to generate power more efficiently.

Rahm elaborated, “I didn’t take a full swing because my right ankle doesn’t have the mobility or stability to take it. I learned at a very young age that I’m going to be more efficient at creating power and be consistent with a short swing.”

Add one more wrinkle to the incredibly impressive and unique story of Jon Rahm. The Spaniard currently sits as the odds on favorite to win the Open Championship across all major sports books.

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