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Charles Barkley boasts about handicap after major swing improvements



Appearing recently on the Dan Patrick Show, former NBA star Charles Barkley is insisting his handicap is “back to a 10”.

On Friday’s show, the former NBA star and avid golf fan was boasting about his improved golf game while taking some shots at host Dan Patrick:

“You’re one of my favorite people,” Barkley told Patrick. “You’re a coward on the golf course.”

The unprompted shots didn’t end there.

“Dan, let me tell you something. You ain’t got no chance of ever beating me again. I’ll come to your house, I’ll come wherever. You ain’t never going to beat me at golf again. I’m saying never. Ever.”

“I was the worst player in the world, but I’m back now, brother. I’m back now with a vengeance. When I was crappy on the golf course, y’all trashed me for 30 years,”

“I tried to help you,” Patrick said. “I told you not to play. I tried to help you.”

“What else are old and fat people supposed to do?” Barkley replied. “I’m an old, fat dude. I just wanna play golf and fish every day. I love relaxing, doing nothing. But I got my superpowers back. I’ll play anybody, anytime, anywhere.”

As you can see in the video below, Barkley’s swing has improved greatly in recent times:

Unfortunately for golf fans,  we won’t get to see Chuck back up his bold claims on the golf course for this year’s edition of “The Match” like we did for “The Match 3”, which resulted in Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley easily defeating Stephen Curry and Peyton Manning.

However, we will get to see him alongside Phil Mickelson in the booth, which is sure to be entertaining.

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  1. Jeff Reed

    Nov 17, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Appearing recently on the Dan Patrick Show, former NBA star Charles Barkley is insisting his handicap is “back to a 10”. 10 handicap??? Really?? Now THAT is a good laugh.

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Greg Norman delivers swaggering response to Rory McIlroy after recent PGA Tour wins jibe



Rory McIlroy has been one of the most outspoken critics of the LIV Golf Series since the breakaway tour’s inception.

The Northern Irishman has slammed many of the recent defectors to LIV, calling them ‘duplicitous’, and after winning the Canadian Open back in June, McIlroy set his sights on LIV’s CEO Greg Norman.

Speaking to Amanda Balionis after his victory in Canada, Rory talked about how much the win meant to him:

“Yeah, this is a day I’ll remember for a long, long time…my 21st PGA Tour more than someone else…that gave me a bit extra incentive today.”

That ‘someone else’ could only have been one man – LIV chairman Greg Norman.

Unsurprisingly, that jibe did not go unnoticed by Greg Norman, and in a recent interview with Australian Golf Digest, the multiple major champion hit back with a slick response.

“I respect Rory, but I am somewhat confused by his approach. But then, he is paid to sit on the PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Council, so he is obviously going to support the tour. I do know he has asked for sizeable appearance fees to play in Saudi Arabia. His comments also show competition is a wonderful thing.

“So, I take it as a compliment that he wanted to beat my 20 PGA Tour wins. His next goal should be to win more than 91 tournaments globally or to maintain No.1 in the world for more than 331 weeks.”

We’ll see if Rory has a response for Greg should he grab a victory in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

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‘I’m ready to cop some heat’ – Cam Smith unfazed by backlash after reportedly signing for LIV



It’s been quite the summer for Cam Smith, with the Aussie capturing his maiden major at the Home of Golf before almost instantly being heavily linked with a move to LIV Golf.

After unconvincingly dodging the question of whether he was joining the breakaway tour or not following his Open win, the Telegraph reported that the Aussie had signed a deal with LIV worth north of $100 million.

Per the Telegraph, Smith will likely make his LIV debut next month in Boston, but it still hasn’t stopped the Aussie from teeing it up at the FedEx Cup playoffs, with his eye very much on capturing the $15 million bonus.

Asked on Tuesday to confirm or deny the report, Smith responded with an auspicious “no comment,” which stoked plenty of response from golf fans and those in the media.

Following his opening round at the FedEx Cup Playoff opener in Memphis, Sky Sports reporter Nick Dougherty asked Smith if he understood how journalists “read between the lines of those sorts of comments“, and the Aussie offered an interesting response:

“Yeah, it’s just their job, mate. That’s what they’re there to do, they’re there to sell stories, and I’m sure they’ve had a few looks at it the past few days. You know, I’m ready to cop some heat.

I understand what I’ve said, but like I said, I’m here to play to win the FedEx Cup Playoffs. That’s my number one goal, and whatever happens after that will come from me.”

Smith began his charge at the FedEx Cup title with a round of three under par in Memphis to sit just five back of the early lead.

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Leona Maguire pulls off one of the greatest up and downs from a bunker that you’ll ever see



When the pros face a greenside bunker situation, they are usually very adept at getting up and down.

However, take the wedge option away, and that success rate obviously drops quite significantly.

In recent times we’ve seen players try and get out of horrible spots in the sand with a putter, with usually poor results. Back in February, at the 15th hole at PGA National, Lee Hodges attempted just that, with a disastrous result, putting the ball from sand to the hazard.

So, how about removing wedges and the putter as options? 

That was the dilemma facing Leona Maguire at the opening round of the ISPS Handa World Invitational, with the Irish woman choosing to play a HYBRID from a nightmare spot at the back of the bunker.

What happened next showcased the 27-year-old’s immense talent, knocking her hybrid bunker shot to inside 10 feet and then drilling the putt.

“One of the greats,” and “imagination at its best”, declared the announcer. Agreed.

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