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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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  4. Paul Runyan

    Jan 5, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    Delta. ..

    Dont
    Even
    Leave
    The
    Airport

  5. Bee El Emm

    Jan 5, 2022 at 4:52 pm

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

  6. 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 !

  7. Matt

    Jan 5, 2022 at 2:59 pm

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

  8. Mike B

    Jan 5, 2022 at 1:11 pm

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

  9. Jeff Reed

    Jan 5, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Ship Sticks next time. Hahahaha

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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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Will Zalatoris condemns former mentor’s obscene attack on NBC pair

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After Will Zalatoris won his first ever PGA TOUR event in dramatic fashion, his former mentor Scott Fawcett took to Twitter to criticize NBC’s broadcasting team.

Fawcett’s tweets (now deleted) were directed at Dan Hicks and Brad Faxon, who made a few comments about Zalatoris’ putting stroke that Fawcett took exception to.

The comments were captured and slammed by Justin Thomas, and reader beware, they feature plenty of expletives.

Fawcett was a coach of Zalatoris’ in his junior playing days and caddied for him when he won the 2014 Junior Amateur Championship.

The next day, Fawcett went on The Loop podcast and defended his comments.

“Find me a single tour player that has met me in person that says I’m not a good guy and does all I can to help them. Go find me one, I’ll give you $1 million.”

Despite Zalatoris’ previous relationship with Fawcett, he made it clear on ‘Golf Today’ on Wednesday, that he does not support the comments made attacking Hicks and Faxon.

“Scott Fawcett is not a paid member of my team. I in no way condone or support anything that was said in those tweets. I personally reached out to Dan Hicks and Brad Faxon and echoed that I don’t condone what he said. Any interviews he’s given have been unauthorized.

He has tried to reach out to me and I have not spoken to him. I’m thankful to him for everything he helped me with in the ups and downs in junior golf but those statements are not a reflection of my values or me.”

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Report: Draft copy of LIV contract reveals fascinating key details

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Amongst the many controversies and stories surrounding the LIV Golf Series, the contract details have been a constant subject of scrutiny.

Two months ago, renowned analyst Brandel Chamblee claimed that LIV prize money was counted against the signing bonus. This claim was then refuted by the winner of the opening event of the breakaway tour, Charl Schwartzel.

Fast forward to last week’s trial surrounding three LIV golfers who were attempting to be allowed in the FedEx Cup playoff field, and a LIV attorney appeared to let slip that money won in tournaments was “recouped against the LIV contract.” A comment which prompted the LIV COO to issue a memo to clear up the confusion saying, “Prize money is of course separate from the contractual monies that players earn. As you already know, prize money is not subtracted from a player’s contractual earnings.”

While the talk about what is and what isn’t true when it comes to LIV prize money rumbles on, a draft contract obtained by the Wall Street Journal has shone a light on many different aspects of the restrictions, expectations and bonuses expected and available to new players of the Saudi-backed Tour.

Per the WSJ, “it isn’t clear whether such terms are included in all LIV contracts or can be negotiated by individual players,” but here’s a rundown of the key details on the draft LIV contract, which includes a hefty bonus for any major championship win: 

  • Players are supposed to wear LIV apparel, even when playing in non-LIV events.
  • Players are instructed to refrain from giving interviews without approval.
  • Players agree to assist in recruiting other players to LIV, when requested.
  • Players need approval for most of the logos they wear and branded products, such as coffee mugs that they use at events. 
  • Players are awarded a $1 million bonus for winning any of golf’s four major championships. 

Per the report, a federal court judge is expected to rule on a motion by the Tour to unseal the LIV contracts this week, meaning more should be revealed soon.

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Kyle Berkshire smashes ball speed world record…again

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Kyle Berkshire, two-time winner of the World Long Drive Championship, has blown away his previous ball speed record, now setting the bar at an eye-popping 236mph.

Put into perspective, Cameron Champ, current leader of the ‘ball speed’ averages on the PGA Tour, can muster an average of 188.94mph through 56 rounds, his fastest figure being 194.64mph. Whilst driving it on the course is completely different to a wild slash, Berkshire remains over 41mph faster.

Filming alongside fellow 2021 Long Drive competitor and host for the day, Bryson DeChambeau, the pair were providing content for pro golf net supplier The Net Return when Berkshire hit the new unofficial record.

Having warmed up with figures in the DeChambeau region of 220, the Foresight GCQuad recorded his first few shots at between 230 and 232mph.

And then the big one.

Broadcast live on his Instagram account, Berkshire was confident he could reach 235mph, itself a record – “100 percent I can do it.”

He then did.

With a 5.5? Cobra LTDx LS driver in hand, Berkshire stopped the speedo at the record 236mph, with his host seemingly more excited than the player himself.

 

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The comments on his social media show that the distance travelled may have been incorrect – ” plenty will point out that “it only carried 291 yards” (this is due to a misread on spin… at these speeds spin is very hard to pick up when the ball only travels a short distance)” – but as the camera pans down to the screen, it clearly indicates the stunning figure.

Addressing those of his 191k followers that may have watched live, or will see the clip, Berkshire commented, “the fact is when you spend your life doing what you’re passionate about, it brings about a special feeling of happiness and satisfaction with life. This is how I feel about the sport of long drive (and breaking speed records/pushing limits) and I hope everybody reading this finds their passion in life and takes it as far as they can ????.”

Having abandoned his idea of getting a PGA Tour card, Berkshire is currently miles clear in the 2022 Professional Long Drivers Association standings, and will start a red-hot favourite for the world championships at the end of September.

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