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You won’t believe how much money John Daly was offered to “tank” the Open

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Golf gambling is indubitably on the rise, yet how aware the actual players are of its mainstream integration has always been a fascinating topic.

Tour pros are certainly heckled all of the time by angry golf bettors, but rarely have we seen a situation where the stakes were this high.

Check out this video below to find out what John Daly was offered to tank the Open Championship. Spoiler alert, it happened in the year that he won the tournament, and makes you wonder what other offers have been made since…

Safe to say he made the right decision.

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  1. Irwin R. Schyster

    Jul 17, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Wake up folks……… Professional sports are rigged, always have been.

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Johnny Manziel’s golf journey continues at the upcoming Texas State Open

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Former Heisman winning quarterback and first-round NFL draft pick Johnny Manziel just accepted a sponsor’s exemption to play in the Higginbotham Texas State Open.

It’s a tournament that should have special meaning to Manziel, as it will be held at the Cascades Club in Tyler, Texas, where Manziel is originally from. This will be the former Cleveland Browns quarterback’s fourth start in this tournament. He has missed the cut in all three previous appearances.

Manziel has spoken openly about how incredibly committed he is to improving his golf game and competing at a high level. “I have been working hard on my game and I look forward to seeing how it stacks up against an incredibly strong field of professionals and amateurs. I grew up in Tyler and have played countless rounds at The Cascades Club.”

The tournament kicks off on July 27, and follows a standard 72-hole stroke play format. Tony Romo joins Manziel as another sponsor’s exemption, and both former NFL quarterbacks will be competing against 154 other professionals and amateurs for a purse of $200,000.

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The prank wars continue amongst hopeful European Ryder Cup teammates

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Wondering why chemistry is never an issue on European Ryder Cup teams? Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson continued their long running prank war this week at the Open Championship.

The “feud” began at the 2020 DP World Tour Championship when Poulter stole Stenson’s car keys. Since then, laundry has been looted and cars have been vandalized.

A major championship was far from a valid excuse for the Ryder Cup teammates to go at it again. “At 4am this morning, I woke up to a stampede on my roof. It sounded like 14 pterodactyl dinosaurs on the roof.” Poulter remarked in a video posted to his twitter account.

Apparently, another Tour pro had seen Stenson walking over to Poulter’s RV late in the evening with tuna on a toasted slice a bread, thus attracting the birds. Stenson coyly responded, “They [birds] love tuna.”

While this feud might not evoke the same level of vitriol as the one between expected Ryder Cup teammates, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, it is every bit as fun.

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Bryson: ‘The driver sucks!’; Cobra rep: ‘Really painful when he says something that stupid’

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Bryson DeChambeau never looked comfortable on day one of the Open at Royal St. Georges, and after his round blasted his driver which he says “sucks”, before a Cobra rep scolded the 2020 U.S. Open champ for his outburst.

The 27-year-old hit only one of his opening nine fairways on Thursday morning and was candid when talking to media regarding his frustration with the big stick.

“The driver sucks!. It’s not a good face for me, and we’re still trying to figure out how to make it good on the mishits. I’m living on the razor’s edge like I’ve told people for a long time.

“When I did get it outside of the fairway, like in the first cut and whatnot, I catch jumpers out of there and I couldn’t control my wedges.”

Bryson did find something on his back nine, ending the day 4/14 for fairways hit, but it appears the 27-year-old was downcast on turning things around with his current driver face, saying that the issues have been there for years.

“I’ve realised this for years now. This has happened since 2016-17 when players stopped drawing it. There’s not very many golfers that draw it anymore. It’s not because of spin rate. Everybody thinks it’s because we’re at 2000, 1800 spin or whatever. It’s not.

“It’s literally the physics and the way that they build heads now. It’s not the right design, unfortunately, and we’ve been trying to fix it.”

Speaking to GolfWeek’s David Dusek, Ben Schomin, who along with being Cobra’s tour operations manager, caddied for Bryson two week’s ago at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, then had his say on Bryson’s criticism of his Cobra Radspeed driver ( 5 degrees).

Schomin, who is involved in the building process for Bryson’s driver and irons, responded to Bryson’s outburst by telling the publication that it’s “really painful when he (Bryson) says something that stupid”.

“Everybody is bending over backwards. We’ve got multiple guys in R&D who are CAD’ing (computer-aided design) this and CAD-ing that, trying to get this and that into the pipeline faster. (Bryson) knows it. It’s just really, really painful when he says something that stupid.

He has never really been happy, ever. Like, it’s very rare where he’s happy. Now he’s in a place where he’s swinging a 5-degree driver with 200 mph of ball speed. Everybody is looking for a magic bullet. Well, the magic bullet becomes harder and harder to find the faster you swing and the lower your loft gets.”

On Thursday evening, Bryson released a statement on his social media condemning his earlier comments as being “very unprofessional”.

 

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