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Jessica Korda calls out social media ‘hate’ as rise in online abuse continues



Following Monday’s thrilling finish at the Solheim Cup, it appears online abuse has once again reared its ugly head, with Jessica Korda taking to Twitter to call out hate following the U.S. side’s defeat.

Shortly after Europe retained the trophy, the elder Korda sister tweeted on social media:

“So much hate on Twitter. Look in the mirror and ask yourself if you’d speak to your loved ones the way you speak to us. Think twice before you tweet. And stop hiding because we can see you. #haveRESPECT”

The issue comes off the back of both Ian Poulter and Jimmy Walker calling out online hecklers recently, while Bryson DeChambeau battles his detractors both at events and online.

Jessica didn’t go into the specifics of the abuse she has seen or had aimed at her following Europe’s victory.

Still, the post comes just days after U.S. Tennis star Sloane Stephens revealed to the world some of the shocking and vile messages and death threats (selected from 2k) she received after her recent defeat at the U.S. Open.

It remains to be seen how the social media platforms tackle the issue, with users appearing to become more vile and more emboldened while targeting sports stars in recent times.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito



  1. Turner

    Sep 14, 2021 at 12:01 am

    The response here prove the point of what she is saying. It isn’t about being critical of her performance, which I am sure she can handle.

    It is the pure viciousness and evil and hatred that attacks her gender and her intelligence and her looks and on and on and on.

    Deleting social media is a simplistic response that doesn’t resolve the core issue.

    Losers saying hateful things under the blanket of anonymity.

    And yes, I am using my real name because I stand behind what I am saying and what I believe.

  2. Jeff Jarrett

    Sep 9, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    I think Jessica got plastic surgery because everyone thought Nelly was hotter. The whole campaign about her sinuses etc sounds fishy.

    P.S. Tall that story about her fiancé. LOL

  3. Jim

    Sep 8, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Interesting how these athletes are lauded for the mental strength yet this article clearly shows how weak they truly are. Who gives a dang what other people, who are not friends, are saying whether positive or negative. Get rid of the ego and emotional stability and strength grows immensely.

    • Blade

      Sep 10, 2021 at 6:34 am

      I disagree. Do you think that the strength lies in the negative comments? It doesn’t. The best thing she could do is delete all social media accounts.

      This whole notion of “ not caring “ about what others say is really a false flag. lol ts an impossible task. The only way to attempt to do it is to take the route of not letting anyone in so to speak. Fans love that , ( sarcasm). Just ask Patrick. Reed. So again. I’d say the answer is getting off the Twitter. It’s literally the reason western society ( along with Facebook and Instagram ) is circling the toilet. Everybody can hide and be the most negative Version of a human and pay no consequences for it.

  4. Jack Nash

    Sep 8, 2021 at 11:39 am

    She’s quite naive to think everything is roses and puppy dogs. If they disenfranchise you know who from their platform that should be an indicator of who’ll they’ll allow.

  5. Ray

    Sep 8, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Social media:

    The place to go where you can hate everyone equally, anonymously of course!?

  6. Robert B

    Sep 8, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Get off of social media. Period. Not only are these places cesspools for negative people, it sets a bad example for the younger kids. Who cares what you ate for breakfast, or what your latest sponsor is selling. People don’t really care what these “celebrities” are doing, and we should all take a hard look at what is influencing us, and if it’s really worth it. Live your own lives in peace, minding your own business.

    • BD57

      Sep 9, 2021 at 8:51 pm


      Twitter is a vile, hateful place best avoided.

  7. Jack Nash

    Sep 8, 2021 at 10:29 am

    She’s kind of naive to think everything is roses and puppy dogs out there. If they Ban a President of the U.S. what else is there out there?

  8. Okjoe

    Sep 7, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Call the whambulance.

  9. Brian

    Sep 7, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Here’s a novel idea: don’t use social media.

  10. Brandon

    Sep 7, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Perhaps you should delete your social media accounts if bullies hurt your feelings. Not saying it’s right, but that is the reality of being famous.

    • chip75

      Sep 7, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      It’s the reality of being human. If you want better mental health delete your social media accounts and stop chasing the rush of likes and followers. If you’re famous and you “must” have an on-line presence, hire someone to run it and go through your physical mail to avoid the nonsense.

      • Jeff

        Sep 19, 2021 at 9:57 pm

        This is actually fantastic advice. I am just a normal fool and deleted all social media presents a year and a half ago. There is a noticeable difference in my mental health due to it. Joe Rogan has good advice where he just uses social media as an output and doesn’t actually read any comments. That takes a lot of willpower though. So I just cut it out completely.

    • Ray

      Sep 8, 2021 at 10:36 am

      Wow, such insight…

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Ian Poulter on how the Europeans have embraced Ryder Cup underdog mentality



Ahead of next week’s 43rd Ryder Cup matches, Ian Poulter hopped on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio with Michael Breed to discuss the European team’s chances.

When Breed asked the 12-time European Tour winner about the team’s underdog mentality, Poulter chuckled,

“You know that’s our advantage, I guess, in a way, right? That we have delivered when perhaps we shouldn’t have delivered. And that is the magical question that gets asked all the time. That’s what has the American press scratching their head. That’s what has the American team scratching their heads at times, right? On paper, on paper, on paper, on paper, the U.S. team should have delivered. It’s for us to enjoy and for the American team to figure out, right?”

It’s hard to knock Poulter’s confidence. The European side has won four out of the last five, seven of the last nine, and nine of the last 12 Ryder Cups. Poulter is a six-time Ryder Cup veteran, and the European team is 4-2 when he plays. He holds a lifetime 14-6-2 record, and he has yet to record a loss in Sunday singles.

Nothing about Ian Poulter’s statistical profile jumps out “on paper.” In fact, out of the 24 players competing at Whistling Straits next week, Poulter ranks 21st in data golf’s true strokes gained metric over the last year. With that being said, the U.S. team always has the advantage “on paper,” and that appears to be just the way the Europeans like it.

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Kevin Na: Should have paired me with Bryson at Ryder Cup



Kevin Na is in action at the PGA Tour’s 2021-22 season opener in Napa this week, fresh off the disappointment of not receiving a Ryder Cup Captain’s pick he felt he might get.

Following an opening round of 3 under par, the American told Golfweek’s Adam Schupak about receiving the bad news from Steve Stricker and explained how he’d have been an ideal partner for Bryson DeChambeau.

“If I had Bryson DeChambeau as my partner hitting driver, I’d be stuffing wedge in there or short irons. I’m a good putter, a good chipper.

“I mean, so all these years you’re telling me that the U.S. team has been struggling because they had lack of length? No, if anything it has been putting, guys able to make putts under the gun. But it’s over.”

Na has been one of the best wedge players and putters consistently over the past few years, and his argument that he could have capitalized on Bryson’s monstrous drives in foursomes action – a format the American side have always struggled with – certainly has plenty of merit.

The 38-year-old looked to have made himself hard not to pick after East Lake, where he had tied the lowest score after four rounds but revealed to Schupak that he felt Stricker had his mind made up before the event.

“It didn’t matter what happened at the Tour Championship. (Stricker) already had his mind set. That’s my personal opinion. I think it would have been great if I played for the team. I think I could have really brought some good energy and I could’ve really contributed and disappointing that I won’t get the chance to do that.”

Safe to say, Na isn’t too pleased with the decision, but he’s ready to work even harder to make the next U.S. team

“It’s a captain’s call. I respect his decision. Do I disagree? Yeah, I disagree. I just have to play better.”

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Phil Mickelson shares theory for Europe’s Ryder Cup success



For the first time in over 25 years, Phil Mickelson will not be competing for the United States Ryder Cup team. He will, however, be in the team room as an assistant captain to Steve Stricker.

No one is more experienced in the Ryder Cup than the six-time major champion, who holds the record for most appearances with 12. With that being said, the United States only holds a 3-9 record in those last 12 matches.

On the debut episode of 5 Clubs with Gary Williams, Mickelson shared his theory for why the European team has been so dominant. When asked if he had a theory why Team Europe was so much more successful, Mickelson responded with a laugh, “Yes I do.”

The reigning PGA Championship winner elaborated, “I see the way they support each other, and I see the way that they have this foundation of support amongst each other to lift each other up. I see them walking side-by-side in the fairways and with a vision of solidarity, if you will. I see them helping each other get the best out of each other.”

That description falls in stark contrast to the countless instances of drama and chemistry issues surrounding the U.S. side. With that being said, Mickelson does believe the U.S. side is improving in that respect.

Referring to the European’s strategy and team effort, the 45-time PGA Tour winner stated, “I see the U.S. starting to do that. We’ve been doing that, and I think we’re going to start to play some of our best golf in the coming years, I really do.”

The 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup kicks off on Friday, September 24th at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin.

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