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‘Get your s–t together!’ – Viktor Hovland fumes at airline over missing clubs…and it gets worse

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Viktor Hovland’s trip to Hawaii to play in the Sentry Tournament of Champions this week got off to a rocky start.

The Norwegian’s clubs were stuck in Seattle while he was in Maui, and it’s safe to say he was not best pleased with Delta for the inconvenience – letting his feelings known on his Instagram story (pictured below in a tweet from @golfbettingclub).

As of Tuesday morning, Hovland’s clubs were yet to arrive to his hotel. He has been playing great golf the past few months and should be an excellent fit to contend at Kapalua this week. While he has bounced back from equipment issues in the recent past and won at Mayakoba despite having his driver break on the range prior to the event, it certainly isn’t an ideal way to start the week.

Update: It appears Hovland’s clubs arrived early Wednesday morning…

…but unfortunately for Hovland, it seems that his driver has broken in the shipping process:

Where’s Danny Lee when you need him?

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  2. Paul Runyan

    Jan 5, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    Delta. ..

    Dont
    Even
    Leave
    The
    Airport

  3. Bee El Emm

    Jan 5, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    This is what happens when astronauts and vote counters handle luggage…………

  4. Livininparadise

    Jan 5, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    Although a hard case would be great, I have had no issues with a nicely padded club daddy soft case. Take the driver head off, use the bag boy back bone, add bubble wrap, and them since the clubs together as tight as possible around the back bone. No issuez

    • Brian

      Jan 5, 2022 at 9:07 pm

      Completely agree! Can’t believe a tour player wouldn’t ensure his stiicks with more “insurances”. Yet VH coukd win with a rental set! Love this guys game !

  5. Matt

    Jan 5, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    All you had to say was Delta, worst airline in history

  6. Mike B

    Jan 5, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    Those are some beatdown looking head covers on his fairway woods.

  7. Jeff Reed

    Jan 5, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Ship Sticks next time. Hahahaha

  8. Jorge Milian

    Jan 5, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    With FedEx as a title sponsor, wouldn’t they be the ones to transport the clubs?
    Nowhere to go but up on this one.

  9. Jerome

    Jan 5, 2022 at 11:58 am

    For all you pros out there that trust airlines, you get what you pay for. And please, invest in a hard case.

  10. benseattle

    Jan 5, 2022 at 11:23 am

    Let me get this straight: a professional golfer places his tour bag inside an unsupported CANVAS COVER and DOESN’T expect his clubs to get knocked around and probably broken? Even a hack like me travels with his clubs in an indestructible hard-shell case.

    Or….. bucks-up Tour Pro could finally decide to fly Private.

    • Jedidas

      Jan 7, 2022 at 3:59 pm

      Agree on the hard case! Unbelievable. Good he’s flying commercial though, those planes burn a shit tonne of fuel

  11. Bjorn

    Jan 5, 2022 at 10:59 am

    Seattle’s had some pretty severe snow and I’ve heard that airlines have cut multiple flights. Easy to imagine what happened.

  12. Eastpointe

    Jan 5, 2022 at 10:54 am

    all the pros I’ve ever seen have used hard cases. Good thing he gets his clubs for free

  13. PanchoBuddy

    Jan 5, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Travel 101….remove the heads from you shafts!!!!!

    • J

      Jan 5, 2022 at 12:43 pm

      This. Absolutely.

    • Brian

      Jan 5, 2022 at 1:13 pm

      What pro, who flies everywhere with his clubs, doesn’t have a hard case?

    • Mike

      Jan 5, 2022 at 3:31 pm

      AMEN – this is what everyone should do every time. Put the heads in the headcovers and flip the shafts over. That is what I have been doing for 20+ years with zero problems.

  14. John Coctostan

    Jan 5, 2022 at 9:08 am

    I have been in this situation before unfortunately… but… why in the hell is a pro golfer flying with his woods connected?!?! Take the heads OFF for this reason!! and then get a tube for the shafts that you can put into your travel bag… Or, buy a hard case… I understand why these guys don’t use hard cases because they’re the ones that will be carting this crap around but this was a very avoidable situation… Hope he wasn’t in love with that shaft

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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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Kevin Chappell cleverly uses rules to his advantage at Sony Open

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Golf rules can be incredibly tedious.

However, an intense knowledge of the rules, sub-rules and decisions can often pay dividends, especially if a player doesn’t entirely agree with an on-course official.

Kevin Chappell, currently on a medical exemption and with potentially only a handful of events away from retirement, showed at the Sony Open that there is nothing like an experienced head to get the best out of a round.

After opening with a 63, the 35-year-old wasn’t able to keep pace with the low scoring that occurred for the next three days but showed during the third round that he will never leave a shot out there because of the rule book.

On the 9th hole, the two-time winner had already taken relief from a cart path after an errant tee shot and asked for a similar ruling as he approached the destination of his approach – an almost bare patch in chipping distance from the hole.

After the rules official, Ken Tackett, had refused the initial plea for ground-under-repair, Chappell then asked, ”What about the cart tracks?” and received the same shake of the head.

In went Chappell again. He took another stance and asked, ”That’s not casual water?” Tackett viewed the stance from behind and for the third time refused relief.

”Can you look on the side here?” requested the player, and the official moved just in front of the player, this time allowing not only relief from casual water but also allowing Chappell to lift and clean his ball.

Of course, he then chipped to under seven feet and holed the birdie putt.

If at first you don’t succeed, know your rules and keep going.

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