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Former pro labels Matt Wallace a ‘disgrace’ after club throw

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Last week at the Wales Cazoo Open, Matt Wallace was filmed throwing a club in anger, following his second shot at the par-4 16th hole during his final round on Sunday.

As one would expect, Wallace garnered his fair share of criticism as soon as the video hit social media.

In particular, a former European Tour pro was not amused. Retired golfer Gary Evans, who finished inside the top 100 in the European Tour’s Order of Merit every year from 1992 through 2004, weighed in on social media, saying:

“What is the matter with these guys? I mean Wallace and Hatton are a disgrace to the profession. This kind of behavior might happen once or even twice in an entire career but these guys do it weekly. What does the European Tour do about it?”

Wallace went on to finish in eighth place after a final-round 70, good for his fourth worldwide top-10 of the season. He has yet to give any comment regarding the behavior in question.

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  1. wally

    Aug 16, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    We dont do it because it coat us money to replace or repair them. They just get a new one no questions asked

    Wk

  2. dave

    Aug 13, 2021 at 11:52 am

    I seem to remember at least a few major winners spontaneously throwing their putter or hat or visor up in the air in celebration upon sinking the winning putt on the 72nd hole. Are we saying that uncontrolled expressions of joy are OK and uncontrolled expressions of anger are not?

    Then again, no one wants to play with a ding-dong who’s throwing his/her clubs around.

  3. Steve Cantwell

    Aug 4, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Regardless of our skill level, those of us who take the game seriously often get frustrated. While never a club thrower, it wasn’t beyond me to drop more than one F bombs in a round. For most of my life I was between a seven and 10. I am now 54. When I turn 50 I decided to no longer get angry and have never had so much fun. Also, the game is improved as I am now down to a 3 playing from the tips With my much younger buddies. NO STRESS HAS BEEN GREAT!

  4. Jerry

    Jul 29, 2021 at 5:03 am

    They are professionals and should comport themselves in that manner.

  5. Duke

    Jul 28, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Rory did it during this year’s Open Championship and nobody jumped on him. I get their frustration, but if you are going to call out one, then you should do the same for stars too. With that said, there are far worse things.

  6. Michael Wiggins

    Jul 28, 2021 at 11:32 am

    There are throws and there are THROWS. That one fell into the second category.

    • Shallowface

      Aug 13, 2021 at 7:33 pm

      As a kid back in the 70s I remember seeing Arnold Palmer fire irons into the ground from the top of his follow through. Looked cool, so I started doing it until I broke one. That ended it for me.

  7. Hunter Warne

    Jul 28, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Those trying to compare these two to Tiger are clueless and must not pay much attention. Tiger threw his club maybe 3 or 4 times during his entire career. These two do it every week.

  8. Jack Nash

    Jul 28, 2021 at 10:05 am

    I didn’t notice Evans trashing T Woods for his F Bombs and club throwing. Maybe it’s just a Euro thing.

    • Hunter Warne

      Jul 28, 2021 at 11:01 am

      Tiger threw his club maybe 3 or 4 times, that’s it. To compare Tiger to Hatton or Wallace is a joke. And you want to complain about F-Bombs?? They ALL swear. I’ve been to dozens of Tour events, every single Tour Pro drops a swear word here or there, some more than others.

      • Michael Wiggins

        Jul 28, 2021 at 11:30 am

        I sincerely doubt that you have every “every single tour pro” swear. I think you’re just running your mouth. Not ever pro golfer swears, not every person swears. Just a fact.

  9. Patrick Reed

    Jul 27, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Hey, it’s not like they are cheating

  10. Charles

    Jul 26, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Gary who? Anyway, if his opinion matters, let’s que media darling Rory McIlroy last week at the British Open AND Doral in 2015.

    Nevermind.

  11. 1iron

    Jul 26, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Lol that was awesome. Nice throw.
    Never heard of this Gary bloke. Gary’s just jealous .

  12. Carolyn

    Jul 26, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Only hurting themselves, only way to get over the temper, just stop or get better. Need to remind them that there are millions of guys/gals playing golf that just wish they could hit a shot as good or bad as they do.

  13. John Broadhead

    Jul 26, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Both Hatton and Wallace are badly behaved cry babies. It’s inexcusable and should be punished in the harshest way. Rest of the year off maybe? A 250,000 euro fine? Both?

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Tour pro gets rock “stuck” in club, prompts strange ruling

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat embarked on quite the adventure on the par-five 12th hole at Wentworth Golf Club during the third round of the European Tour’s BMW Championship.

The four-time European Tour winner hit his tee shot into a drainage ditch, and elected to play the ball as it was. Aphibarnrat was able to advance the ball close to 10-yards out of the hazard, getting doused by water in the process.

As Aphibarnrat emerged from the hazard, he noticed that there was a stone embedded inside his club. The Thailand native promptly called an official.

The issue was that Aphibarnrat was having difficulty removing the stone from the club, yet according to Rule 4.1a, he was still allowed to use the club for the remainder of the round.

Aphibarnrat still managed to par the hole as part of a third round two-over par 72. He proceeded to finish the tournament one stroke back of eventual winner Billy Horschel.

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Billy Horschel upset with Ryder Cup phonecall snub

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Billy Horschel had a little bit of extra motivation last week ahead of the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW Championship. After claiming a one shot victory yesterday at Wentworth, the six-time PGA Tour winner commented:

“I was a little–there was a little added motivation this week. I thought I was going to get a phone call. Didn’t think it was going to be a phone call that said I made the team. But it was a phone call saying, hey, you had a great year, obviously we talked, but we’re going to go in a different direction.”

Horschel elaborated: “I didn’t get that phone call. I was a little upset. I was a little ticked. Gave me a little bit of fire in my butt or my are, to be nice to really not show anything, but you know, just gave me a little fire, not that I needed it. So there was a little more added motivation this week for that.”

Earlier this week, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker revealed his captain’s picks of Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler, and Jordan Spieth. In his Wednesday morning press conference, he also mentioned that he called “a lot of guys” to let them know they hadn’t been selected.

This follows a bit of a familiar storyline for the Florida native, who went on to win the 2014 Tour Championship directly after not being picked for the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup.

Horschel’s Ryder Cup dreams still have a sliver of hope, as Stricker did mention that he has “some extra names in the envelope,” in case Brooks Koepka should not be able to compete due to a recent wrist injury, or another team member is forced to withdraw due to Covid.

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Phil Mickelson’s response to summary of his season is absolutely perfect

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Phil Mickelson has been no stranger to speaking his mind on social media, and a recent tweet from Golf Channel’s Shane Bacon discussing the bizarreness of the PGA Champion’s 2020-2021 season was the perfect opportunity for another vintage Mickelson one-liner.

Mickelson makes the key point that he won one of the four biggest golf tournaments of the year, and while the rest of his season was marred with inconsistency, it’s the big ones that get remembered.

Bacon appreciated the comment of Mickelson, as did the rest of us, posting on our Instagram “The King remain the King”. Which sums it up nicely.

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