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Justin Rose’s caddie calls into question U.S. player’s graciousness at Solheim Cup

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Rising LPGA Tour star Leona Maguire of team Europe demolished American Jennifer Kupcho 5 & 4 in Monday Singles to put the finishing touches on a 15-13 victory for the Europeans at the Solheim Cup.

How Kupcho handled the defeat was later called into question on social media by Mark Fulcher, Justin Rose’s long-time caddie. Check out the video of Kupcho’s reaction here, and make your own mind up:

The world number 28, Kupcho, was previously undefeated in last week’s matches heading into her crucial battle with Maguire.

The European team’s victory was just the second time in Solheim Cup history that they have won on American soil, the only other occurrence coming back in 2013.

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  1. ProjectX

    Sep 26, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    First off, she did nothing wrong. She didn’t blow the other girl off and wasn’t a jerk. Given how hot she was after getting her rear end kicked you can’t blame Kupcho for not being happy about it. As the saying goes, show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.

  2. benseattle

    Sep 17, 2021 at 11:26 am

    It’s plainly obvious that with his player failing to make the Euro Ryder Cup team that this caddy has VASTLY too much time on his hands. First of all, what would he prefer, a defeated player to engage in a lengthy hug, an in-depth conversation oozing with congratulations or even a big wet smooch? Please. Kupcho’s “hug” was quick, polite and proper… does Fulcher really need more than that? An as an aside, what’s with this LPGA cliche…the perfunctory hug at the end of a round? I’ve watched these totally unenthusiastic micro-clutches for years and I continue to wonder: is there a good reason why women professionals can’t offer a nice healthy socially-distanced HANDSHAKE and call it a day?

    • RodC

      Sep 23, 2021 at 7:35 pm

      You’re wrong benseattle. At the time his caddy made the comment the Ryder Cup team had not been picked so that’s a big miss. Fulcher was right, Kupcho was graceless but sadly that’s the type of player she is. Nothing “quick polite and proper” about it as you put it. But I do agree with you on one thing, give the hugs away ladies handshakes will do.

  3. Scooter

    Sep 10, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Pretty average end of match response actually … unfortunately today’s players are all perfectionists and when they play poorly and lose a match “big” I wouldn’t expect them to put on a false “happy show” … they generally don’t linger with the congrats and chit chat, even if the players know each other well. Let’s face it, the Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup responses these days are very contentious and in-your-face events, not my personal favorite just because of that behavior on both sides.

  4. Clio

    Sep 9, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Ban social media and the world will be a better place. It’s not free speech. It’s bad manners where people hide behind their computers. Some people just deserve a smack in the mouth. Man up you p*ssy.

  5. Billy R

    Sep 8, 2021 at 11:07 am

    lol a guy who carries another man’s luggage, on twitter crying about lady golf.

  6. Jim Cunningham

    Sep 8, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Let’s read two GolfWRX stories in a row:

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

    “Justin Rose’s caddie calls into question U.S. player’s graciousness at Solheim Cup”

    Maybe Jessica Korda should have called out Mark Fulcher.

  7. Jack Nash

    Sep 8, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Coming up short with your golf life on the line? Of course it’s the Euros fault.

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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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