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Lexi Thompson’s caddie pulls out mid-round at Olympics due to heat



It was easy to see that the heat was a factor last week for the Men’s Olympic Golf competition, and temperatures continued to rise this week in Tokyo into the mid-90s for the onset of the Women’s competition.

Lexis Thompson’s caddie, Jack Fulghum, was actually unable to finish the round due the heat.

Fulghum asked Thompson on the 15th hole, “Do I look white to you?” to which Thompson replied, “He just didn’t look good. I just want him to be healthy, that’s all.” Thompson then told Fulghum to sit down in the shade, and that she would be fine the rest of the way.

Luckily for Thompson, LPGA director of player services Donna Wilkins was able to step in and carry Thompson’s bag over the final few holes. “So glad to be able to jump in and help and my first concern was Jack to make sure he was okay and then I was happy to be able to jump on the bag,” Wilkins said.

It remains to be seen whether or not Fulgham will be up for returning to Thompson’s bag over the rest of the competition. “If he can’t, I’ll just find a local,” Thompson said. “Figure out how to read a yardage book, because I had no idea the last few holes. I’m like, I really hope it’s around that number. But yeah, it ended up working out.”

Thompson was able to manage two birdies and one bogey over the final three holes with Wilkins on the bag to finish her round at one-over par and in a tie for 36th-place.

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  1. Sean Foster-Nolan

    Aug 4, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    You would think on very hot and humid days the players would have stand bags, which probably weigh 20 pounds less than their fully loaded regular bag.

    • Tsar Chasm

      Aug 4, 2021 at 6:30 pm

      Terrible! That’s anti-Capitalism to suggest not using the giant staff bag! It’s Lexi’s sponsors’ *personal choice* to kill her caddie with heatstroke. If he doesn’t like it, he should get a job at McDonald’s to pay the mortgage. He should have kept going inastead of letting down his country and his fans. Why do you hate America?

    • Brandon

      Aug 4, 2021 at 7:05 pm

      I know I’ve seen Rickie Fowler’s caddy carrying a stand bag on more than one occasion.

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The most ‘Instagrammed’ golf courses in the world



The Swilken Burn, Hogan, Nelson and Sarazen bridges, ‘that’ Van De Velde 18th at The Open, just some of the millions of sights that are perfectly captured in time by golf professional and amateur photographers alike, but what are the most picturesque?

To answer that, and much more. issued a report in October that offered their comprehensive guide to the ‘ultimate’ course, whether that be based on green fees, most popular during the pandemic or indeed the ‘most Instagrammed’.

Analyzing the hashtag #golf, the publication also recorded relevant posts from TikTok and came up with some incredible numbers.

Instagram posts featuring the above tag numbered 28.5 million, whilst the increasingly popular snap video site numbered 15.3 billion views with the reference ‘golf’. Not all, of course, about the scenery, but still demonstrating the universal appeal of the game we all love and popularity during the recent months of the pandemic.

Leading the way and, therefore, potentially the most popular and photographed was TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players championship. No doubt the par-three 17th hole contributed much to the 50,168 Insta posts that saw the Ponte Vedra course record some 17,500 posts ahead of Bandon Dunes and Pebble Beach.

2025 Ryder Cup venue, Bethpage Black, receives around 21,000 posts whist the UK isn’t left out, with St. Andrews predictably heading the way in sixth place (15,065 posts) ahead of Royal Portrush (7th) and Royal Birkdale in ninth with 10,160 references.

With the host of the 2021 PGA Championship, Kiawah Island, bringing up the top-10, the total amount of posts for these 10 courses alone was around 220,000, some 8,000 less than the amount of check-ins on Facebook for Sawgrass alone.

Interestingly, the report lists The Stadium Course as costing circa £400 per green fee, some £350 more than the maybe more public-friendly Bethpage Black. Whether that means golf folk are prepared to pay more to experience a ‘more scenic’ track is open to interpretation.

Make yours by viewing the report at

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Tiger hitting fairway woods on range at Hero fuels PNC Championship entry speculation



To go alongside his first media briefing since his car accident back in February, Tiger Woods was spotted taking full swings with a fairway wood at the Hero World Challenge yesterday.

The Tiger updates have been coming frequently in the past week, and this seems to be another significant development, especially with rumors circulating around his potential involvement in this month’s PNC Championship.

Woods seemed to downplay the idea of him being able to compete with the world’s best again, but perhaps he was just tempering expectations for his latest comeback.

Will Tiger tee it up alongside Charlie for his comeback event? Let us know what you think!

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‘This f—ing ripped shirt. Jesus!’ – McIlroy snaps at reporter after question on Dubai shirt incident



When journalists see a bite they usually go for it, and whilst there will no doubt be continual questions directed at Tiger Woods after the recent press conference at his own Hero World Challenge, the small field of 20 were never going to get away with it if there was a story to clamp on to.

Cue Rory McIlroy after his recent ‘ripped shirt’ episode, something that perhaps was worth a minor comment at best in Rory’s view. The journalists present at the event didn’t see it that way though.

At yesterday’s presser, one reporter commented, ”Nice shirt, it’s in one piece” to receive the biting comeback from McIlroy: ”It is. Another joke you tried to make that’s not funny.”

Throughout the briefing, the world number 8 gave succinct thoughts on a variety of current issues, including his own form and the Saudi debate, before one more reporter tried their luck by asking what happened to the shirt.

”I went to the pro shop, bought a new one, threw that one in the trash. I mean, this f—ing ripped shirt. Jesus!”

Let’s hope that’s the end of RippedShirtGate, an episode that only heightened the respect many have for the dedication of the four-time Major winner, but one that clearly is generating plenty of interest from media members.

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