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All Pro Tour player disqualified for peculiar rules infraction

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In the final round of the Saturday’s Colbert Charity Classic, an All Pro Tour event, Brett White was disqualified for one of the most bizarre rules infractions we have seen in awhile.

As reported by Ryan French of the Fire Pit Collective, White was disqualified for having his rangefinder in “slope mode,” which is apparently in violation of Rule 4.3 of the Rules of Golf. White explained the situation on Twitter after the round.

What’s even more devastating is that White was very much in contention. He entered the round only four shots out of the lead and was playing in the final threesome alongside Hayden Wood and Zack Bachou. Wood would go onto win and take home the $23,000 prize share.

White said it best, certainly a “tough pill to swallow.”

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  1. Ran

    Aug 31, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    God forbid that tour players should play like everyone else. No rangefinders. No course books or notes. Just skill on determining the shot from where they lie at any given time. That would really make interesting golf. I’m tired of seeing pros constantly looking at notes.

    • CW

      Aug 31, 2021 at 8:49 pm

      Good players. Unlike yourself probably use rangefinders, course books and notes. If you’re tired of watching it then close your eyes when it happens and only watch them swing.

  2. Greg

    Aug 25, 2021 at 9:38 am

    This is why the Bushnell Tour X was the best tournament rangefinder. The two faceplates make this kind of thing impossible.

  3. Richard Douglas

    Aug 21, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    First, congratulations on calling it and accepting the DQ.

    Second, what, you can’t afford two range finders, one with NO slope function at all to use in tournaments? How hard would that be?

  4. Not a Pro

    Aug 21, 2021 at 7:19 am

    There is more to this story…

    He says they noticed it on the tee box, and the guy used it for a few shots. This means they noticed, waited, and then turned him in to get the Dairy Queen.

    Of course, he should not have a slope version in his bag full-stop if he’s a pro. I’d have probably said to the guy “does that thing have a slope mode, because I’d want to make sure that’s off…”

    But if I was playing for 20k, I might not, too.

  5. CrashTestDummy

    Aug 20, 2021 at 3:56 am

    It is easy to accidently change the settings in rangefinders for a few reasons. Many rangefinders they put the “mode” button on top next to the main activation button. You can inadvertently push the mode button and change settings. Best to get a non-slope rangefinder, so no possible way to have a rules infraction.

  6. Dave

    Aug 19, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    100% legit.

  7. Par6

    Aug 19, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    What a douche.

  8. Tyler Durden

    Aug 19, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    “As reported by Ryan French of the Fire Pit Collective, White was disqualified for having his rangefinder in “slope mode,” which is apparently in violation of Rule 4.3 of the Rules of Golf. “

    Apparently? It is a rules violation.
    What kind of writing is this?

  9. GaGolfer

    Aug 18, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Haven’t used mine in months but I recall it showing on the display it was in Slope Mode. Or at least 2 readings – Actual and Slope. How do you miss that??

    • CBarfield1789

      Aug 20, 2021 at 2:44 pm

      Exactly what my initial reaction to this was. In slope mode it clearly gives a reading on the visual display that is not there when in non-slope mode. It’s not something you just “miss.” If he used it in slope mode at all before his playing partner noticed, he certainly would have seen the slope reading along with the yardage reading on the display.

  10. Kim

    Aug 18, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Hard to believe that he hadn’t “noticed” it after 58 holes of golf ?

  11. Reid Thompson

    Aug 18, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Hahaha. “Apparently.” Did CPG write this?

  12. TODD BARROW

    Aug 17, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    He was looking for an edge

  13. chip75

    Aug 16, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    “Apparently”? Every serious player knows that slope readings are illegal for use. I’d imagine some players leave them in the locker or use a non-slope rangefinder as they’re relatively easy to switch.

    • gunmetal

      Aug 17, 2021 at 1:31 pm

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen one with a scratch or guy who plays in high profile tourneys.

      I guess for a practice round or something, but like you said, it could easily get switched into slope mode.

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MLB All-Star sued for $64k by North Carolina Country Club

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Booking tee-times has often been a contentious issue even for the most private of clubs, but San Diego Padres star, Will Myers, has found his frustrations leading to the courts.

According to a recent report by The Charlotte Observer, Myers and his wife, Margaret, joined Carmel Country Club in ‘lockdown’ year 2020 after issues with his previous club, problems that included availability of tee-times due to high demand.

Per the report, after paying 20 percent of his $80,000 initiation fee, the remainder was to be paid annually over a period of four years. However, with golf experiencing a boom during the year of the pandemic, tee times were again hard to obtain and in December 2020, the Myers’ resigned and cancelled their membership.

In response to his resignation, Carmel then charged the couple for the remainder of the fee – $64,000 – and set a date of December 2020 for the amount due. They then took to the courts in March 2021 to find the couple countersuing three months later, stating they had suffered |knowing misinterpretations and commissions.”

Court filings state that the MLB star “found it almost impossible to find a tee-time and frequently could not even use the driving range.”

Carmel denied all accusations and would go on to say that the COVID-19 pandemic “immediately and overwhelmingly altered the lifestyles and available leisure activities for all members of the club.”

The trial is set for February 2022.

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The Match V: Brooks vs Bryson – Full Viewer’s Guide

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Those with long memories might recall the halcyon days of television’s Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, a series of two or three-player stroke-play ‘match’ events that showed many of the top golfers of the day in light-hearted but competitive action over 18 holes.

Players such as Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam were some of the miked-up stars that thrilled the crowd and viewers with their comments throughout the hour or so of recorded coverage.

Not in their wildest dreams could they envisage that 27 years later, we would get to a point where two golfers meet in what has become a huge grudge match, with both Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka ramping up the hate over the past few months and even further over the past couple of days.

Cartoon hate or real? Either way, this made-for-TV match has the golfing public eagerly awaiting the best of-12 hole bout and here is the outline of how, when and what this is all about.

Take a look at the figures and hop over to Matt Vincenzi’s article on all the betting odds available and his final verdict.

  • TV: TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN.
  • When: Friday November 26th 4pm E.T 1pm P.T
  • Where: Wynn Golf Club, Las Vegas
  • Commentators: Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley
  • Play-by-play: Brian Anderson
  • On-course: Amanda Balionis
  • Format: 12-hole Matchplay
  • Bonus (charity holes): 3-6-7-9-11

And as they want to play it like a boxing match, let’s have a ‘Tale Of The Tape’:

                                      Bryson vs Brooks

 

Is it all nonsense? is it all genuine? Is it all for PIP (Player Impact Programme) income?

Who knows. Whatever, it’s going to be the best ‘The Match’ yet.

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The Match V: Brooks vs Bryson – Top prop bets and who we’re picking to win

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“The Match V”: Brooks Koepka vs Bryson DeChambeau is all set to take place at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 26th at 4:00 PM ET.

For those who want to make the event a bit more interesting, there are plenty of betting options in the prop market for the Brooks Bryson showdown.

Odds via betonline.ag

  • Bryson is a slight favorite to win the Match at 4/5.
  • A hole-in-one by either player pays 50/1.
  • Bryson is the obvious favorite for the longest drive however, Brooks is getting nearly 4/1 on this prop.
  • A blowout match decided by hole 9 or earlier pays 11/2.
Winner of The Match V
American Odds
Fractional Odds
Bryson DeChambeau
-125
4/5
Brooks Koepka
+105
21/20
Both Drives to Find Green on 12?
No
-2500
1/25
Yes
+900
9/1
DeChambeau Drive to Find Green on 12?
No
-240
5/12
Yes
+200
2/1
Koepka Drive to Find Green on 12?
No
-300
1/3
Yes
+250
5/2
Closest to Pin on Par-3 11th Hole?
Bryson DeChambeau
-110
10/11
Brooks Koepka
-110
10/11
Either Player to Hit a Hole-in-One?
Yes
+5000
50/1
First to Break Par on a Hole?
Tie
+130
13/10
Bryson DeChambeau
+190
19/10
Brooks Koepka
+210
21/10
Leader After 1st Hole?
Tie
-130
10/13
Brooks Koepka
+270
27/10
Bryson DeChambeau
+270
27/10
Leader Thru Six Holes?
Bryson DeChambeau
+160
8/5
Tie
+175
7/4
Brooks Koepka
+195
39/20
Longest Drive?
Bryson DeChambeau
-500
1/5
Brooks Koepka
+395
79/20
Match Settled By Play-off?
No
-300
1/3
Yes
+250
5/2
Total Holes Conceded
Under 2½ Holes
-180
5/9
Over 2½ Holes
+160
8/5
When will The Match be decided?
After a Play-off
+250
5/2
Hole 12
+300
3/1
Hole 11
+325
13/4
Hole 10
+400
4/1
Hole 9 or Earlier
+550
11/2

The Match V: Best Bets

Winner of The Match V: Bryson DeChambeau -125

For these types of events, I typically tend to side with the underdog due to the variance that can occur in a single match. With the match being only 12 holes, the outcome becomes even more unpredictable. However, there are a few reasons why I still believe that the value lies with DeChambeau at a slight -125 favorite.

For starters, DeChambeau has experience in this type of event. Aaron Rodgers and Bryson appeared in the match last year and defeated Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson quite convincingly. After a slow start, Bryson really appeared to gradually settle in as the match went along and should have a better idea of what to expect this time around.

Additionally, DeChambeau is just playing much better golf than Koepka recently. In their past 24 rounds, DeChambeau ranks 9th on Tour for Strokes Gained: Total whereas Koepka ranks 121st of 150 qualified golfers. Brooks is also coming off of back to back missed cuts at Mayakoba and The Houston Open.

While it is entirely possible that Koepka’s killer instinct kick in as he attempts to take down DeChambeau (who I genuinely believe he truly dislikes), I am siding with the guy who is simply a better golfer right now as a slight favorite.

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