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Lots of laughs as starter botches Brooks Koepka’s name at Farmers Insurance

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Perhaps it was due to his surprising new hairstyle, but Brooks Koepka was incorrectly called “Bruce” Koepka when he was announced on the first tee at Torrey Pines this week.

Tony Perez, who is the father of PGA Tour player Pat Perez, made the announcement which led to a lot of laughter and “Bruce” chants from the gallery. Koepka was a good sport about the mistake, and laughed it off.

This isn’t the first time that Brooks has been mistakenly called “Bruce”. Verne Lundquist famously called Koepka “Bruce” repeatedly on CBS during the 2019 Masters.

Whether it’s being called by the wrong name or dying his hair bleach blonde, there is no distracting from the fact that Koepka has missed yet another cut this week at Torrey Pines, giving him three consecutive missed cuts (in events that feature a cut) on Tour.

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‘Pro caddies are extremely overrated’ – GolfWRXers react

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to a strong take from WRXer user ‘@4thhand11’, who kicks off the discussion by saying:

“Stricker won with his wife on the bag. Kuchar won with a random caddie in Mexico. Cink won with his son on the bag. Sam Horsfield just won on the Euro Tour with his girlfriend on the bag.

Nothing against guys like Bones and Fluff but honestly, how much can it matter when you can win with a random family member carrying your clubs?

The media loves to hype up some caddies, but they really make a marginal difference IMO.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts on the subject in our forum, with the vast majority in strong disagreement.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • RSinSG: “Well, the player always has to hit the shot, but the most value a caddie may offer is the ability to talk the player off of a ledge when his internal noise gets really loud.”
  • Stevens24: “Well, Stricker’s wife has caddied for him for most of his career, so it isn’t like that was a one-off. You really think Cink’s son was a one-off? And Kuchar’s caddie was a local who knew the course. If they weren’t important, tour pros would be paying them anything, and you would have a bunch of 18-year-old kids doing it. Yet the best caddies make serious money and do not go without a bag. Funny how Scheffler didn’t win anything until Ted Scot got on the bag?”
  • mosesgolf: “Steve Williams purposely gave Tiger an incorrect yardage that set up the famous putt on the 18th Torrey Pines 2008 US OPEN. SW said Tiger was so pumped and amped up that giving him correct yardage likely meant Tiger hitting his wedge too far. IMO they matter big time. Even JT admitted he doesn’t win without Bones last weekend.”
  • Chunkitgood: “The problem with caddies is that they are not overrated. That is, they are, in fact, quite important, which is unfortunate. I’d rather see a golfer win more strictly on his own efforts.”

Entire Thread: “‘Pro caddies are extremely overrated’ – GolfWRXers discuss”

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John Daly had a blunt reason for why Tiger Woods’ PGA Championship went south

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Tiger Woods’ PGA Championship tilt ended in an early withdrawal, with the 15-time major champion pulling out of the event after Saturday’s third round of 79.

Woods was seen limping throughout his week at Southern Hills, but his valiant effort still resulted in his second made cut in consecutive majors this year.

However, according to John Daly, Tiger Woods could have gotten in the mix at last week’s PGA Championship had he decided not to walk the course.

“I guarantee you that if Tiger used a cart this week, he’d be on the leaderboard.” Daly said to Golf.com

There is plenty of irony in the comment, considering Woods was once critical of Daly for using a golf cart on the course.

Back in 2019, before the PGA Championship Tiger said “As far as JD taking a cart, well, I walked with a broken leg, so,”

Daly made it clear in an appearance on the “Full Send Podcast” earlier this year that there weren’t any hard feelings stemming from Woods’ 2019 comment. He blamed the media for Woods’ apparent misunderstanding of the situation.

“Yeah, but he didn’t know the facts because the media, ‘the media’ (sarcastic gesture) didn’t tell him I had diabetes and I had a bad two knees and my hips out and all this stuff. He apologized to me at dinner the other night. I mean, he’s fine. I love Tiger.”

There’s no doubt that a cart could have helped Woods, considering he was only able to play 54 holes before withdrawing from the PGA Championship due to his physical pain. However, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Woods has continued to insist on walking.

A few months ago, Tiger made it clear that he won’t be using a golf cart in a professional tournament. “That’s just not who I am. That’s not how I have always been, and if I can’t play at that level, I can’t play at that level,” said Woods.

Daly also played in the PGA Championship and got off to a hot start, before struggling on Friday and missing the cut at +8.

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Was this the key off-course detail that helped Justin Thomas win the PGA Championship?

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Whether recreational or professional, most participants in any sport now take an avid interest in the monitoring of their fitness, performance, sleep, and recovery, and golfers are no different, seemingly always at the forefront of statistics and numbers on and off the course.

Advertising themselves as having ‘the latest, most advanced fitness and health wearable available’, Whoop has released the figures behind Justin Thomas’ latest victory, a play-off win at the PGA Championship – the second major win of his career.

With the Whoop 4.0 able to monitor all the vital statistics and more, it also has the facility to wake up the wearer at the optimal time based on sleep needs and cycles. Based on those, JT had a cracking week.

The company revealed that the 29-year-old woke up with ideal green recoveries on Friday (89%) and Saturday (88%) before going into his final round off a third ‘green’ night.

Indeed, Saturday night was JT’s best of the lot, recording a 100% sleep performance and 89% green recovery score. As the company tweeted, “JT’s accomplishments this weekend are performance, unlocked”

Fully rested and visibly prepared to overcome a seven shot deficit on Sunday afternoon, the data reveals he was clearly unworried through the night with 2.5 hours of REM, 1:50 slow wave sleep (+13 mins over 30-day average) and 9:50 time in bed (1:24 over 30-day average).

Even when it got tight, JT seemed as relaxed as he may have been throughout that nine hours of sleep, and even a very awkward shot couldn’t put him off his stroke!

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