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‘Patrick Cantlay p****d me off’ – European Ryder Cup rookie hits out at U.S. star



As the dust settles on the 2021 Ryder Cup, European rookie Shane Lowry has hit out at one of USA’s brightest stars for their behaviour during Sunday’s singles.

Speaking to PaddyPower on an Instagram Live video, the 34-year-old revealed that Cantlay “p****d” him off on the 8th hole during their matchup on Sunday.

“Yeah, he (Cantlay) p****d me off a little bit on the 8th, to be honest. I was lining up my putt and he was riling up the crowd which I didn’t think was great. In Rome, we’ll hopefully win and win in a different style, that’s how I’m looking at it.”

During the interview, Lowry revealed that Cantlay wasn’t the only U.S. player who got under his skin in Wisconsin and took aim at both Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau for their demonstrations on the greens over a couple of short putts not being given.

“For a start Bryson Dechambeau’s putter shaft is about four feet long so it was definitely not a gimme. Justin Thomas did the same thing and then I did the same thing but purely because Justin Thomas did it. 

They made me hit a putt from literally 18 inches on the first so I did the exact same thing as Thomas did just because I was annoyed with the picture I’d seen of him that morning.”

Lowry admitted that he himself got involved in the perceived gamesmanship during the week and also revealed his disappointment with the 19-9 record-breaking defeat.

“I wasn’t giving them anything last week because I was getting booed. I was playing with Tyrrell Hatton on Saturday afternoon and he wanted to give them a couple of balls and I said, ‘No, let’s just let them see the ball in’. It was a bit of gamesmanship from me as well.

I was just Trying to annoy them and get in their heads as well but it obviously didn’t work. I’m disappointed with the scoreline because I think we deserved more than that because we were a great team, a great unit. We just didn’t perform as well as we should’ve.”

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  1. Jack

    Oct 14, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Don’t mind this back and forth. They should be bickering and getting it more exciting. Stop with the polite boring golf stuff nobody wants to watch. We should encourage this. Build up some excitement for Rome!

  2. Stewart G

    Oct 4, 2021 at 4:57 am

    I always chuckle when I see people from the USA call others ‘tubs’ or ‘fatty’ 🙂

    They are probably even worse than Scotland for being overweight and unhealthy!!

  3. Jarnio Bubly

    Oct 3, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    After reading these comments it’s safe to say that golf is in a terrible place at the moment.

  4. Jbone

    Oct 3, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Equally mentally and physically

  5. George Wentworth 3rd

    Oct 3, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Hey Tubs, shut your f a t cake hole or go stuff it at the local All You can eat.

  6. Bryan Cribbs

    Oct 2, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Says I wasn’t going to give them anything the entire week because I was getting booed. Gets pissed when he doesn’t get a 2′-3′ gimme.

  7. Brooke Henderson

    Oct 2, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Lowry needs to shut his f a t mouth and go stuff his Tub of lard face at the local buffet.

  8. C Woods

    Oct 2, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Hey Lowry, shut the eff up loser. Now go stuff your fat face at the local Golden Coral.

  9. Brian

    Oct 1, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Europe are the biggest bunch of babies.

    • Mike

      Oct 2, 2021 at 10:12 am

      Guess you never listen to Phil’s degrading remarks at Tom Watson after the 2014 Cup.

  10. Ben Hoagie

    Oct 1, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    one should talk as his celebratory actions were a bit exuberant after making a putt on 18 and throwing his putter to the ground. Note: celebrate when you win the whole damn thing.

  11. Jerry

    Oct 1, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    The US fans are a bunch of uncouth d bags and I’m from the US.

  12. Scott K Jordan

    Oct 1, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    He’s new to this. Should probably wait until on in Europe before running his mouth.

  13. Neil

    Oct 1, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Hey Shane, Your team got absolutely obliterated by a better team. Hit the treadmill, try a salad at the buffet and get over it…Signed the US Ryder Cup Team

    • Ed

      Oct 1, 2021 at 1:43 pm

      Fat shaming? How sad for you that it’s your whole spiel!

      • Ned

        Oct 2, 2021 at 1:13 am

        Shut up tubby, you’ll do nuthin’.

      • D¡ck Hertz from Holden

        Oct 4, 2021 at 3:46 am

        People that use phrases like “fat shaming” deserve more shamimg than anyone. Lemme guess… your pronouns are listed on your Pinterest bio. Go Instagram your salad doosh-nozzle.

    • Brad

      Oct 1, 2021 at 2:30 pm

      Perfect reply !!

  14. Seve's Ghost Cajones

    Oct 1, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Same moronic narrative with the sawft euros. Win or lose, their feelers get hurt.

    Euros, your players and your fans are no different from the U.S. side.

  15. Jolter

    Oct 1, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Outside of a couple wins, the US squad had to deal with the Euros gleefully subduing their opponents. Gamesmanship is part of the history of the Ryder Cup ( i.e. Seve). Do you think the Americans have forgotten how Jose Maria danced on the green at Muirfield Village after the Euro win? What goes around comes around and hopefully the US will win a few back to back Cup meetings.

  16. Joe

    Oct 1, 2021 at 10:33 am

    He riled up the crowd? He made the putt and celebrated. Did you see Rory went crazy when he made the putt at Hazeltine? That bothers you? Wait a bit until the crowd calm down and try to make your putt next time.

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  18. DERH50

    Oct 1, 2021 at 9:51 am

    The USA won and won well. The USA had a very good team. BUT it was needed as the Ryder Cup was becoming as pointless as the Presidents Cup – a one sided exhibition match as Europe have won 7 on the last 10 matches. Whichever sides wins in Rome, all players will be treated with the respect they deserve, something that was in short supply at Whistling Straits.Roll-on 23

    • Poor Europe

      Oct 3, 2021 at 12:46 pm

      Win or lose the Euros act like catty women.

      The only reason the US ever loses is disinterest. Maybe you guys can have a couple other countries or continents join the fight against the big, bad USA? ?

  19. Ranger82

    Oct 1, 2021 at 9:22 am

    So….Seve was lauded for his “gamesmanship”, which many could construe (ala Patrick Reed) as borderline cheating.
    Now he wants to whine about losing. Boo hoo, get over yourself…

  20. GetUpDan

    Oct 1, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Wow this comment section is toxic af 😀

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  22. Dunce

    Sep 30, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    All these flavors and you choose to be salty

  23. Paulo

    Sep 30, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Hey America. Hope you’re enjoying our gift of gold to you. “Mashed potatoes “ you ignorant t0015

    • Seve's Ghost Cajones

      Oct 1, 2021 at 11:10 am

      Your gift?

      Bruh, you shoot 120 at your muni.

    • Yankee

      Oct 1, 2021 at 4:33 pm

      Your bangers got MASHED!!!!

  24. Rich

    Sep 30, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Great Ryder Cup
    Emotions high
    A lot on the line things get testy all part of the game
    Like Lowry good for him.
    Agree hole them all, then no arguments and no begging

  25. Danny Boy

    Sep 30, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    The grapes, the grapes they’re sour

  26. Acemandrake

    Sep 30, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Match play always brings out the best in people…

  27. Cynthia Gonzalez

    Sep 30, 2021 at 10:03 am

    They are just bitter that USA won! All of them need to take their bitter ol’ as— back to Europe and stay there!

  28. Brian

    Sep 30, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Europeans are such pussies

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‘Never be buddies’ – NHL star hits back at Brooks Koepka following golfer’s heckling



Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed all take part in this week’s LIV Golf Orlando, their own prelude to the Masters starting on April 6th.

So, of course, at Wednesday’s presser, they were asked about their preparations, what would happen if one were to win at Augusta and, naturally, about ‘Cone-gate,’ a recent incident involving Koepka, a traffic cone, and an insult hurled at NHL defenceman Aaron Ekblad. 


Koepka, captain of the Smash GC team, was happy to answer the reporter’s question and had his fellow LIV players intrigued by his revelations:

Q: Brooks, sort of a viral clip from last week at the Panther game, I was just curious what’s your beef with Aaron Ekblad, and did you bring the cone from home?

Brooks: I did not bring the cone. He gave up a bad goal. It was a bad pass in the third. I’m a die-hard P’s fan, and he gave up a bad goal.

Bubba: What sport is this?

Reed: Hockey.

Brooks: Really?

Yeah, it’s all right. Yeah, he gave up a bad goal I think midway through the third, and I just felt like if they didn’t win that game, they weren’t going to make the Playoffs. Dedicated fan, man.

Bubba: What is that cone he’s talking about?

Brooks: There was a cone. There was a cone that was just outside, so I —

Bubba: Were you hydrated that night?

Brooks: Yeah.

Bubba: Now we’re getting to it.

Brooks: Absolutely. Listen, I’m a die-hard fan.

Bubba: Is your shirt on or off?

Brooks: It’s on.

Bubba: I ain’t gonna look at it then.

Brooks: But I’m a die-hard fan, man. When they do something good, I’m the first one to cheer them, I’ll text these guys.

Bubba: Did you not text him?

Brooks: I didn’t text him, no. I did not.

Well, Ekblad has since responded, and told Sportsnet’s Luke Fox that he doesn’t know Koepka and that they will “never be buddies.”

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Brooks Koepka’s coach says he expects LIV golfers to struggle at next week’s Masters



With the permission of Augusta National, the field for next week’s Masters will include six former champions that made the decision to join LIV Golf.

Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel and Phil Mickelson will all tee it up on 6th April, certain to show that the move to the rebel tour has not diminished their ability to still compete amongst the world’s elite.

However, Pete Cowan, coach to the likes of Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka, says that he is “not optimistic” about the chances of the LIV players at the first major of the year.

In an interview with The Times, the 72-year-old short-game wizard said,

“I’m not optimistic about players who aren’t playing competitively on a regular basis,”

“It’s a big deal. Like any sport, if you’re not competitively sharp you struggle.”

To put that into context, the official world’s top three players have taken part in a total of 21 events between them, with number three Jon Rahm leading the way with eight competitive outings, one ahead of the world number one Scottie Scheffler.

In contrast, 2016 US Open and 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson has only played two events since the turn of the year – LIV Mayakoba and LIV Tucson – and the current LIV table leader Charles Howell has done the same.

As The Times states, the most active PGA athletes will have played ‘more than double’ the number of rounds compared to their LIV counterparts come the Masters. There is concern over the level of commitment and desire to win from the LIV players, with last year’s Open Championship winner Cam Smith finishing fifth and 24th in his two outings in 2023, and DJ ranking in 35th and 13th in limited fields.

It may be that it’s money for old rope, but the incentive to appear in one of the PGA Tour’s ‘elevated’ events must also weigh heavily on those that took the big bucks to jump ship in 2022.

Cowan doesn’t slate those that went for the money, agreeing it has to be a motivating factor in sport, no matter what the public persona might say.

“Whether they say they do or not, they all play for money,” he said, before continuing

 “They are selfish and they have to be to be very good players. Ask Rory how much appearance money he gets a year. They all need to get round a table because if someone is investing billions into my sport I’d be saying, ‘How can I accommodate you?'”

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Augusta National Women’s Amateur champ hit with brutal 4-stroke penalty to begin defense



When high school sophomore Anna Davis won the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, everything went her way.

From charging through the field on the final day with a 69, to seeing leader Latanna Stone finish double-bogey, bogey to hand her the title, the then 16-year-old admitted, “I’m still a little shocked. I literally… I’m speechless. I can’t even fathom what just happened.”

Fast-forward 12 months and the defending champion had a completely opposite opening round, the bad day highlighted with a four-stroke penalty on her opening hole.

In the first round of the ANWA at Champions Retreat, host for the first two rounds of the 54-hole event, Davis twice lifted, cleaned and placed her ball while it was in the rough, mistakenly believing it was ‘preferred lies’ from anywhere.

Davis was then told on the 4th hole that there was a chance the committee would penalize her, but it was only after she finished her round that they confirmed she had lost four strokes, and had to sign for a 9 on hole one.

Chairman of Competition Committees James B Hyler Jr explained, “During play of her first hole, Anna Davis lifted her ball and failed to replace it on its original spot on two separate occurrences. Under Rule 9.4, Ms Davis has been penalized two strokes for each occurrence of playing from a wrong place. Her score on hole 1 will be increased from 5 to 9.”

Davis, who made four cuts from seven outings on the LPGA Tour last season, followed her opening hole with a double at the fourth hole and bogey on the next, standing at eight over par after just five holes. However, she fought back with four birdies and no dropped shots through the last 13 holes, eventually recording a four-over 76, 10 behind leader Rose Zhang.

The 17-year-old told reporters that she had checked the ruling with the group scorer. She asked if the preferred lie ruling apply all over the course and says she was told yes. “I guess he didn’t know,” Davis admitted.

“Aside from hole 1, I played pretty good today,” Davis said. “I hit a lot of shots close. The putter wasn’t really rolling, but I hit good shots.”

“I felt pretty good with my game the next 14 holes after that. I hit good shots. I just tried to forget that the 1st hole happened. All I can really do is have that give me motivation to do well tomorrow and have a good round tomorrow.

I’m playing well so I’m confident that I can do well tomorrow.”

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