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Kyle Berkshire plays first pro tournament in 6 years

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Sure, we know Bryson is long and has recently clocked well over 200mph in a display of terrific ball speed. He’s now said recently that he intends on increasing both throughout the 2022 season.

However, Kyle Berkshire eclipsed the 2020 U.S open winner at the World Long Drive championship and also recently surpassed his own top ball speed, creating a record 233mph.

That might not yet make him a PGA Tour player, but he seems to be intending to play more ‘proper’ golf judged on his recent post on his social media accounts.

Berkshire put out a video on his Instagram account that shows him playing a one-round Minor League event in Florida last week. Having “‘worked my butt off the past few months” he didn’t fare too badly, recording level-par for the front nine before a back-nine 5-over for a total of 76 saw him finish seven shots behind winner Ben Silverman.

Included in that score was a double-bogey on the par-five 12th hole, but, as the 25-year-old commented, “Professional golf is hard, and these guys are good.”

A member of the University of North Texas golf team before concentrating on the long drive competitions, he’s been rewarded with numerous titles as well as back-to-back wins at the world championships, but now it’s a case of pursuing success in both codes.

”More than anything I’m thankful to finally be at a place in my life where I can do both long drive and golf at a competitive level. It’ll be a long journey but it’s one I’m grateful to be on.”

 

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It’s a journey we will follow with much interest.

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  1. Dennis

    Jan 25, 2022 at 3:00 am

    How many putts where in that 76?

    • Brent

      Feb 1, 2022 at 11:22 am

      There’s always at least one guy who rushes to type something about putting when it comes to long drivers. Always.

  2. short hair guys can play (mullets included)

    Jan 23, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    Needs to cut that hair…

  3. Sksinc

    Jan 21, 2022 at 7:02 am

    How does one that plays golf even say ‘a back nine 76’

    • B

      Feb 1, 2022 at 11:21 am

      No where does it say “a back nine 76”. Try reading before criticizing.

      • Jon

        Feb 25, 2022 at 12:33 pm

        B – To be fair it does say, “had a few stumbles on the back and shot 76.” He should have said, “had a few stumbles on the back and shot 76 for the round.” Semantics, I guess.

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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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Pro makes bogey at PGA Championship due to a mischievous squirrel 

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As far as bad breaks go at the PGA Championship this week, Richard Bland can safely say he suffered the worst.

The Englishman may not have been threatening to make the cut at Southern Hills, but he certainly wasn’t helped by lady luck after an unruly squirrel caused him to make a bogey on Friday.

A fan-taken video of the incident was given some context from Bland on Twitter, who explained:

“You know it’s not going to be your week when you play a good recovery shot from under the trees & this little fella gets in the way. To top it off. The ball rolls back off the green and don’t get up & down.”

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Unfortunately for Bland, he was unable to replace the ball from the point the squirrel had stopped it as the ball had not come to rest. Per the USGA rules:

“If your ball is moved by an outside influence, such as an animal or a spectator, there is no penalty to anyone and the ball must be replaced. When your ball in motion is accidentally deflected or stopped, there is no penalty and you will normally play the ball from wherever it lies.”

Bland is heading home early after finishing the week at 10 over par.

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