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All Pro Tour player disqualified for peculiar rules infraction



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?


    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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Want to improve your hip turn? Watch this video with Butch Harmon and Danielle Kang



In a recent video uploaded on Titelist’s social channgels, Butch Harmon is seen giving swing advice to LPGA star Danielle Kang.

In the video, Harmon emphasizes the importance of the “hip turn” on the takeaway of the golf swing. He also gives a tip to remember the hip turn: R-P-B or right pocket back.

Learning to load deep into the trail hip is an important part of the golf swing that Harmon emphasizes with his students, and can certainly help the casual golfer watching at home.

Check out the video below.

One for everyone to try out when next on the range!

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Kevin Kisner advertises assistant pro job vacancy like only he can



It’s always nice to see the top professionals help out the grassroots and OWGR ranked 41, Kevin Kisner, came to the aid of his home club last Monday, when tweeting out their latest job vacancy.

With Palmetto Golf Club seeking an assistant pro, Kisner took to Twitter to advertise the search for someone “That is cool, work hard, can take my shit talking.”

Five years ago, Kiz was banned from the club for racing golf carts but he seems to be back in favor and happy to help out his regular practise ground, although clearly the successful applicant will need to put up with some odd behavior from time to time.

Just hours before the appeal, Kisner gave Justin Thomas a few words of wrath via the same platform.

“I hate @JustinThomas34” came just as his beloved Georgia Bulldogs lost their first game of the season to JT’s Alabama Crimson Tide.

Perhaps Alabama alumni need not apply.

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Tiger compares and contrasts his upbringing to Williams sisters after watching ‘King Richard’



Successful child prodigies often have the mystique about them – just how hard did their parents push them when they were young?

Over the weekend, first reported on Tiger Woods’ visit to see a showing of King Richard, the movie based on the father of tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams.

Produced by golf fan Will Smith, the story is told through the eyes of Richard, a man who successfully planned the success of his daughters’ careers ‘even before they were born’.

In King Richard, gang members that had previously harangued the family changed their attitude once they started getting famous, apologising and promising protection for the Williams clan.

Tiger related to that:

“I grew up not too far away from where they grew up and gang violence was a reality… shootings and stabbings were a reality. You are forced to pick sides, and sometimes you weren’t allowed to pick sides… they just picked it for you. They sometimes chose whether or not you are gonna make it or not.”

Not everything in the movie was a carbon copy though.

“My dad was a bit different from Richard. He did not push me in that way. He would always tell me to play as many junior tournaments as possible. I played a ton of junior tournaments, whereas Venus and Serena did not.

But my dad grew up in that racial time. And so, for me, to hear all the stories that he passed on to me, and all that Richard was going through, was very relatable. I can understand how he must have felt, and I can also understand what Serena and Venus had to go through.”

Just a few days after the golf community mourned the passing of one of the sport’s great black ambassadors, Lee Elder, it was poignant to read of Tiger’s words.

“Unfortunately, you know, our country at that time, racism did exist. It does now, but certainly not at level which Richard or my dad had to participate in and go through. We are still not quite there. We are still fighting and bickering over it. So, we still have a long way to go.”

Whether Tiger intends to produce a movie based on his own father, Earl, he simply commented, ”Let’s see.”

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