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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. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Billy R

    Sep 8, 2021 at 11:07 am

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

  5. 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.

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

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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 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

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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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‘The Phantom of the Open’ – This could be the next great golf movie

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Golf movies have a cult status for fans of the sport, with timeless classics such as Caddyshack and Tin Cup resonating with supporters of the game as much today as when they were first released.

It’s been a while since the last classic golf movie dropped, but judging by the storyline, trailer and actors on board: ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ has every chance at thrilling audiences.

The film is a true story based on Maurice Flitcroft, a crane operator from the northwest of England who hit the headlines when he attempted to qualify for the 1976 Open despite having never played a round of golf before.

After declaring himself a professional (to escape handicap rule issues), Flitcroft shot the highest round in Open qualifying history – 121 and then used pseudonym after pseudonym to continue his golf adventure after the rules were changed to keep him from attempting to qualify again.

The movie stars Oscar-winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Dunkirk) as well as Oscar-nominated actress Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, The Shape of Water).

Check out the hilarious trailer below.

The film is an adaption of the biography on Flitcroft by Scott Murray and Simon Farnaby entitled “The Phantom of the Open” and hits the screen later this year.

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