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Collin Morikawa had to deal with a very unexpected distraction on his final hole at the Open

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Golf fans may remember Collin Morikawa stepping away from the tee on the 18th hole at last week’s Open Championship.

On first thought, it seemed like the 24-year old just needed a moment to recalibrate. Yet Morikawa revealed in an interview with Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast that he stepped away for… another reason.

“Some spectator, at some point in the day, snuck a little old school microphone, like a recording. Threw it underneath one of the marshals around there and started playing these farting noises right as I was about to swing,” Morikawa disclosed.

In typical Morikawa fashion, the two-time major champion was unfazed, and he proceeded to stripe his tee shot down the right-center of the fairway en route to a routine par to win the Open over Jordan Spieth by two strokes.

Morikawa can next be seen representing the United States in the Olympics, as he looks to become the first golfer ever with two major wins and an Olympic Gold Medal.

 

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  1. geohogan

    Jul 24, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Proof that there were Americans present at this years, British Open?

    • Faldo

      Jul 25, 2021 at 11:44 am

      Probably just one of those toothy critters that enjoy their freedoms trampled.

  2. David

    Jul 23, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Shall we review all the comments about how the European fans are much more golf savvy and respectful than US fans?

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Bizarre rules situation leaves Patton Kizzire driver-less for remainder of round

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During Monday’s rain-soaked final round of the Northern Trust, Patton Kizzire hit a wayward tee shot right on Liberty National’s seventh hole. In frustration, the two-time PGA winner bent his driver across his back, which resulted in the driver snapping.

Here’s where things get interesting.

According to Rule 4.1 of The Rules of Golf, players are not allowed to replace a broken club if the piece of equipment has been broken via “outside influence, natural forces, or by someone other than the player or his or her caddie.” With that being said, they do not allow for a replacement club if it was damaged “in anger.”

Kizzire claimed that he did not break the club in anger. “I was a little frustrated but I didn’t feel like I was putting enough pressure on it to break it,” he said.

His playing partner, Jordan Spieth, was quick to come to his defense, stating that Kizzire’s driver snap falls into the “outside influence” category.

Unfortunately, the support of the three-time major winner was not enough for Kizzire to receive his desired ruling. A tour spokesperson told Golf Digest’s Daniel Rapaport, “The player applied pressure to the shaft in frustration and the shaft broke. After discussion with a referee, and the player regarding the circumstances, it was determined that he would not be able to replace the club.”

Kizzire played his final ten holes, driver-less, in even par, to cap off a round of two-over par 73, leaving him in a share of 56th-place. Despite the extenuating circumstances, Kizzire was still able to survive and advance to the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. He sits 66th in the standings heading into this week’s BMW Championship.

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Bryson DeChambeau to compete in Las Vegas long drive competition

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Just one day after the completion of the Ryder Cup, Bryson will be traveling to Mesquite, Nevada for the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championship.

The number one player on the PGA Tour in driving distance took to Instagram yesterday to share the news, commenting on his belief that long-drive competitions present a real opportunity to grow the game.

“This is an amazing opportunity to grow the game and the sport in general. I want to show the world how incredibly talented and hard working these athletes are. I’ve been working hard to get my game up to their speeds so I have a chance.”

 

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The nine-time PGA Tour winner has been averaging a robust 321.5 yards off the tee this year, with a longest recorded drive of 414 yards. DeChambeau will certainly have his work cut out for him, as the number one ranked long driver in the world, Kyle Berkshire’s record is 474 yards.

The world-number six has a different task at hand in the short term, as he will be competing for a chance at the FedEx Cup in this week’s BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland.

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Viktor Hovland pays the price for breaking putter at the Northern Trust

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Viktor Hovland is known to be a very cool customer, which is why it came as a big surprise to golf fans when the Norwegian lost his temper walking off the eight green on Monday at Liberty National.

The 23-year-old slammed his putter against his bag when exiting the green having just double-bogeyed the 8th hole – and it turned out to be the last time the flat-stick saw the light of day during the final round at the Northern Trust.

Having bent the putter in his show of anger, Hovland was forced to use a wedge for the remainder of his round, and after another bogey on his next hole, his sole highlight came on the 10th when he rolled in a 9.5-foot putt for birdie.

However, Hovland’s magic with the wedge deserted him after the 10th, missing four ‘putts’ from inside 10 feet on his remaining eight holes, including a missed 2′ 7″ effort on the 11th.

The 23-year-old eventually signed for a round of 77 (6-over), but at 14th in the FedEx Cup standings, he still remains in good shape heading to the BMW Championship.

 

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