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Stenson and Spieth asked if they could cut round short after wrong tee penalties

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When things go wrong, they start going very wrong.

It’s not as if both Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth were playing well. In fact, as the first pairing out for Sunday’s final round of the Hero World Challenge they probably both wanted to go home anyway and then the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back occurred.

Having both teed off at the par-five ninth hole and making their way down the fairway, they were chased by a rules official who questioned whether they had hit their opening drives off the correct tee.

2019 Hero winner Stenson described their reaction to Golf Channel. “We went down to our balls and the rules official said, did you hit off the right tee box? We looked back and we saw that there was another one forward and left.”

Despite apparently being posted in the locker room and mentioned all week, both players had seemingly been unaware that officials had decided to use their option and switch the tee with that of the par-three 17th, some 20-odd yards front and left of where they had actually struck their openers.

Interestingly, playing partner Spieth commented, “I actually didn’t think we were going to get penalized because it’s a charity event, but then I realized there’s world ranking involved and all that…… the frustrating part for us now is that every other group they’re making sure to tell them, but for us they didn’t. It obviously didn’t matter for us, which is fortunate I think for those guys.”

To be fair, it probably didn’t matter at all given both were miles off the pace and well behind even the 15th ranked player, but the confusion meant they were forced to go back to the correct tee, eventually recording a double and triple-bogey between them.

To demonstrate just how bizarre the situation was, they contributed a sadly humorous ending to the story.

“My question [to the rules official] was if we could just finish 19th and 20th and leave after 9, but that wasn’t an option, either,” Stenson said.

“Yeah, he did,” Spieth confirmed. “He asked them if we could just go to the airport and I said I’m down.

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  1. BILL

    Dec 7, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    I love Stenson….Great sense of humor.

  2. Carloyn

    Dec 7, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Paying these guys a minimum of $100,000 for just showing up and they have the nerve to think they could just cut their round short and go home??? Tiger those two guys are out next year right????

    • James Kendzior

      Dec 8, 2021 at 11:59 pm

      You realize they were joking, right? Guess not.

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Akshay Bhatia wins Korn Ferry event with caddie who ‘doesn’t know anything about golf’

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Golf is on a roll and the new generation have started already.

On just his first official and sixth overall start on the Korn Ferry Tour, 19-year-old Akshay Bhatia eased away down the stretch to win by three shots at the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, thus becoming only the third teenage winner on the tour, along with Jason Day and Sungjae Im.

Put up as one of our players to follow at the end of 2021, Bhatia has been on the ‘watch list’ since finishing 9th at the 2020 Safeway Classic, but three birdies in four closing holes at the difficult Sandals Resort suggests the powerful left-hander has plenty more to give.

Whilst impressive in contention and victory, the bigger story involves the winning caddie – his girlfriend, Presleigh Schultz, a content creator on social media who, by her own admission, knows little about the sport.

Less than a year ago, the golfer privately messaged Presleigh via one of her social media accounts, and within eight months, The Korn Ferry Tour see fit to tweet: ”It all started with an Instagram DM and a professional golf dream.”

Akshay expanded on the tease, saying, ”I was playing in Valero Texas Open so I was like ‘Hey, let’s meet up.’ You know, she’s never watched golf. Her little brother plays a little bit, but didn’t really know what was going on. And, so we met there and now she’s caddying in my first Korn Ferry event as a member, which is awesome.”

Having decided to miss college and turn professional in his late teens, early indications have been mixed, a bundle of missed-cuts offset by that effort at Silverado and a weekend’s play at last year’s US Open at Torrey Pines, but yesterday’s victory puts that all to one side.

Bhatia admitted, ”Well, I ended up turning pro early, didn’t go to college. Got my high school diploma in like three years, two years, and then turned pro when I was 17. So, it was a pretty big jump.”

After this week’s victorious journey, Schultz posted, ”What a week, so proud of @akshaybhatia_1 for his first win on the @kornferrytour such a cool feeling to be by his side this week with him!!”

 

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That isn’t all, though, if the player is to be believed.

“It’s pretty cool to think that at 19-years-old, I can play on the Korn Ferry Tour and I’m a member and you know, I earned every ounce of it. But there’s still bigger goals I want to achieve.”

He’s certainly on his way.

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Niners star Deebo Samuel wears Tiger Masters winning shirt during playoff win

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On Sunday, the San Fransisco 49ers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 23-17 to advance to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

Niners star Deebo Samuel contributed to the win with 110 all-purpose yards and a rushing touchdown. However, the secret to his success may have come from the shirt he was wearing underneath his uniform.

Samuel was spotted wearing a “TW” Tiger Woods brand red shirt during the game. Woods famously has worn his “Sunday red” in all of his record tying 82 career victories, and it looks to be the mock neck shirt Tiger wore when winning his 15th major.

Perhaps Samuel thought the Sunday red could get the 49ers the victory as well.

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‘Dude..what are you doing? Just stop!’ – Grayson Murray, Kevin Na Twitter spat escalates quickly

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Over the weekend, the golf world was treated to a good, old-fashioned twitter beef.

PGA Tour players Kevin Na and Grayson Murray exchanged jabs on the social media platform with the golf world tuning in.

Na was the first-round leader after Thursday at the Sony Open and shot an impressive nine-under 61. His performance was noted by reporter Chantel McCabe on Twitter: “Kevin Na walking in putts does not get old.” That’s when it got interesting.

Grayson Murray replied by calling out Na’s slow pace of play:

Na’s response dealt a devastating blow to Murray, as he stated, “u missing the cut is getting old!”. Murray has missed his past seven cuts on Tour.

Ben An and Colt Knost also got in on the action, with An tweeting “Somebody please call an ambulance for Grayson here”, while Knost hit out at Murray, saying “Dude…..what are you doing???? Just stop”

A twitter beef is always a juicy way to start the 2022 PGA Tour season.

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