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Latest winner on Euro Tour endured locked toilet nightmare before final round

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Jeff Winther had the weekend of his life. The Danish golfer had never had a professional victory in his career; in fact he had never even had a 54 hole lead on the European Tour.

That all changed when the 33-yearo-ld surged to take the lead in Saturday’s third round at the Mallorca Golf Open in Spain. However, Winther’s incredible weekend finish almost didn’t happen.

While Jeff was preparing to head to the course and convert his two shot lead into a victory at Golf Santa Ponsa, disaster struck. As Winther describes in the video below, he almost never even made it to the course for his tee time, and had his 6-year-old daughter to thank for his escape.

During his preparations for the round, he got stuck in the bathroom: “After breakfast, I went to have a shower and my wife came in to use the bathroom as well,” he said. “The door closed, and there’s no lock, but we locked ourselves in. There’s no lock on the door, but the handle didn’t work.

“Our little girl, Nora, 6 years old, had to go and find guys at reception to break down the door. We were in there for 45 minutes, I think. I thought, not Sunday, you’re leading the freaking event. Might not get there for your tee time. What a morning.”

Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. Winther was able to get to the course on time and shoot even par on Sunday to maintain a one shot lead and earn his first ever victory on the European Tour.

 

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Justin Thomas gifts caddie Bones the major winning memento he never got from Phil Mickelson

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When Jim “Bones” Mackay left the booth (NBC Sports and Golf Channel) to caddie for Justin Thomas in 2021, it was for moments like Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship.

After Thomas’ disappointing 74 on Saturday, he found himself seven shots back of Mito Pereira. It was Mackay who provided the necessary pep talk to get Thomas refocused on winning the tournament before his Sunday charge.

“I’m fully confident in saying that I wouldn’t be standing here if he didn’t give me that, wasn’t necessarily a speech, but a talk, if you will,” Thomas said. “I just needed to let some steam out. I didn’t need to bring my frustration and anger home with me. I didn’t need to leave the golf course in a negative frame of mind. I just went down, ‘I played pretty well yesterday for shooting 4-over, and I felt like I’d played terrible.’ And he was just like, ‘Dude, you’ve got to be stop being so hard on yourself. You’re in contention every single week we’re playing.”

Bones explained how important it was for Thomas to remain positive and not expect perfection.

Bones continued: “It’s a major championship. You don’t have to be perfect. Just don’t be hard on yourself. Just kind of let stuff happen, and everything is trending in the right direction. So just keep staying positive so that good stuff can happen.”

“I left here in an awesome frame of mind,” Thomas said.

After all was said and done, Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee speculated via Twitter whether Mackay may be the greatest caddie of all time.

“Bones did an unbelievable job of keeping me in the moment,” Thomas said.

The win with Justin Thomas was Mackay’s sixth major championship victory as a caddie. However, this was the first time he was able to take a trophy with him.

Traditionally, the winning flag goes to the caddie as a trophy and token of appreciation. When Bones was on Mickelson’s bag, he hadn’t had an opportunity to receive one. Mickelson gave the 18th flag to his grandfather after all of his major championship victories.

According to Alan Shipnuck, as detailed in his new book, “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and unauthorized) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar,” those close to Mackay took that as a sign of disrespect.

“Mackay understood and respected that gesture, but 19 more Tour victories would follow, including four majors and he never got to keep a single flag,” Shipnuck wrote.

“That’s a giant f*** you to a caddie,” Shipnuck quotes a person very close to Mackay. “When Phil wins the Masters, he gets the green jacket, the trophy, the big check, all the glory. He had to take the flags, too? For Phil not to follow the tradition was hugely disrespectful.”

After Mackay and Mickelson split in 2017, Phil finally sent the flags to Bones.

“But Phil autographed them in comically large letters, which Mackay felt disfigured the keepsakes,” Shipnuck reported and noted that Bones never displayed them on the walls of his home.

It seems Mackay is finally going to get to put one of those flags up in his home, and it’s certainly well deserved.

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‘Not my best take. I played like s–t’ – Pro walks back comments slamming ‘pitiful’ Southern Hills

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Saturday at Southern Hills was a tough day for all, but the frustration certainly got the better of Patton Kizzire, who slammed the course after a round of 78.

Taking to Instagram stories, Kizzire bluntly said: “Pitiful golf on a pitiful setup on an overrated golf course.”

 

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To the 36-year-old’s credit, Kizzire walked back the comment by taking to the GolfWRX Instagram page to describe his outburst as “Not my best take ever. I played like s–t”.

Kizzire isn’t the only man to be critical of the course this week, with Tyrrell Hatton another to voice his frustrations. Earlier this week, the Englishman hit out at the state of the greens, saying:

“I mean, we’re playing a Major championship, not a monthly medal,” Hatton said. “You know, they’re bobbling all over the place. It’s so hard to hole putts. So you can hit a great putt and they just don’t look like going in, which is hard to accept when we’re playing in a Major championship.

That makes it the second major championship in succession that Hatton has aired his frustrations with the course after calling Augusta National “unfair” following the 2022 Masters tournament.

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‘Pretty warped stuff’ – Announcer blasts leader’s drop at PGA Championship

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Mito Pereira leads the 2022 PGA Championship through Saturday afternoon, but a free drop has been a source of controversy amongst announcers and fans.

On the ninth hole, Pereira hit a tee shot that drifted left into the rough area of the crosswalk, which fans traverse through for the event.

The Chilean was granted a free drop, which allowed him to drop in the fairway, and it’s fair to say not everyone was pleased with the ruling.

On Sky Sports, on-course announcer Wayne Riley described the decision as “pretty warped stuff”, with the Aussie saying on air:

“I can’t believe this drop. Where that ball is, he’s got to keep the flag in line. He’s not going backwards. That, to me is quite amazing..to be able to get it onto the fairway. That’s pretty warped stuff.”

Fellow commentator and winner on the European Tour, Nick Dougherty, declared the decision as a “monumental break”, and the reaction on Twitter was even more stinging:

The 27-year-old was granted relief under a local rule allowing players free relief plus an additional club length from “abnormal course conditions.”

Riley went on to say the ruling was “just one of those”, while Pereira went on to make bogey on the hole.

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