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Symetra Tour player hit with baffling two-stroke penalty

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While the majority of infractions this year in women’s golf have been down to slow play, over the weekend, Sharmila Nicollet suffered what is likely to be the most uncommon of penalties seen all year.

Nicollet was competing at the Prasco Charity Championship, a Symetra Tour event in the U.S, and was hit with the penalty when her caddie needed to go to the bathroom.

Per Nicollet, the 30-year-old received the two-stroke penalty because her caddy used the cart to go to the restroom, and it’s a penalty that has left golf fans stunned.

The penalty comes under local rule Local Rule G-6, which states: “During a round, a player or caddie must not ride on any form of motorized transportation except as authorized or later approved by the Committee.”

“Golf needs to calm TF down,” wrote one fan on social media, while another added, “Golf needs to take a serious look into some of the rules, which are ridiculous.”

As for those fans mistakenly assuming that Nicollet’s caddie was male, her caddie during the event Nicole Gerome took to social media to correct those fans.

Nicollet went on to finish the event T55.

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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Report: Greg Norman spotted following a surprise grouping on Thursday at the Masters

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Greg Norman is at this week’s Masters tournament but found himself in a situation where he had to buy himself a ticket to enter the grounds.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Norman explained why he was at Augusta National:

“I’m here because we have 13 players that won 10 Masters between them. So I’m here just to support them, do the best I can to show them, ‘Hey, you know, the boss is here rooting for you.’ ”

So who was Norman following during the opening round of this year’s Masters? Well the answer may surprise you.

Per Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig, Norman was spotted following the LIV-less grouping of Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele.

We’ll find out a little later today whether Norman will make his third appearance in as many days at this year’s opening major.

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Collin Morikawa makes surprising late putter switch at Masters

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Collin Morikawa has had plenty of success with a blade in his hands over the course of his young career, but after a lean spell on the greens lately, it appears that the 27-year-old is ready to try something new.

The California-native began the year with his TaylorMade TP Soto before switching to a Logan Olson proto last month. Now at this week’s Masters, Morikawa has been spotted with a Spider Tour X, the same flatstick that Scottie Scheffler will be using at Augusta.

The move would represent a big change, but it has been a very frustrating year on the greens for Morikawa, who will hope the TaylorMade mallet can offer him a similar upturn in fortune to that of Scheffler. In 2024, Morikawa ranks 164th for Strokes Gained: Putting, and 157th for Total Putting.

We’ll keep an eye whether Morikawa puts the mallet into action on day one of the Masters.

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Dave Portnoy places monstrous outright bet for the 2024 Masters

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Fresh off of winning $2.76 million on UConn’s victory over Purdue on Monday night, Barstool Sports’ founder Dave Portnoy has just placed a massive bet for this year’s Masters.

Tweeting on Wednesday morning, Portnoy revealed that he has placed $300,000 on Scottie Scheffler to win this year’s Masters at odds of +450.

Should he win, that’d be a total payout of $1.65 million.

Scheffler is one of the shortest priced favorites of recent times at the Masters, and is looking for what would be his third win in his last four events.

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