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‘Should be banned’ – Major champ roasted for ‘painful’ AimPoint routine over 4-foot putt

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Ask a non-golf fan why they don’t follow the sport, and they’ll almost certainly say it’s too slow.

Take that as you will, but many of the current crop of players do seem to have strange and elongated pre-shot routines. Witness Brian Stuard’s constant gripping and re-gripping during the third round of the Honda Classic, and more recently, the bizarre putting routine by Keegan Bradley.

In yesterday’s first round-robin match against Jordan Spieth, the former PGA Championship winner was looking at a four-foot putt that deserved much attention.

However, what followed was a bizarre routine.

Using his version of AimPoint, a method of feeling the slope on the green, and then measuring the ’tilt’ with your fingers, Bradley placed his ball down ready to putt, before questioning himself and showcasing this routine:

Reaction on social media was nothing less than hostile.

Golf pundit Paige Spiranac called the routine “nightmare fuel”, and when Bradley missed the putt, feeling was summed up by one Twitter poster who posted: “Got all he deserved”, with another simply describing the clip as “painful.”

The method is used by a host of top class players, including Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Justin Rose, whilst it wasn’t long ago that Spieth himself asked caddie, Michael Greller, to study the method in his search of finding ‘an edge’.

Whether or not the incident affected Bradley or Spieth was hard to spot but having led 1-up for the front nine, Bradley lost three holes down the back to be defeated by two.

In what has turned into a blockbuster group, Bradley plays Rose today, with Spieth aiming to beat another major champ in Adam Scott.

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  2. Yikes

    Apr 13, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    Having played college golf with this tool, he’s always done weird s*$t that was annoying af. He used to do this weird routine of tapping his chest and closing his eyes for a good 30 seconds to a minute before hitting shots in college. Then on the PGA Tour he spit and false-started a dozen times, now it’s this. I can’t understand how people actual root for this idiot.

  3. andrewJ

    Apr 11, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Since the USGA ban of Greens Books, we see more Pros greenreading by “foot feeling” which does NOT work EVERY putt proven here with Bradley and on TV EVERY week. Foot-feeling doesn’t work because it is NOT Math. There’s nothing about “feeling” in Algebra or Geometry or Trigonometry or Calculus, etc… What causes misreads, with apologies to the Eagles, is your Lying Eyes from Optical illusions on greens. Lying eyes won’t go away with Foot Feeling, or Staring, or Memory or from banned Greens books. But there is REAL greenreading MATH called EGOS that puts a visual gap right in front of your face for each putt that corrects your lying eyes. The P&SI-EGOS plays an important part in creating a precise visual gap for each putt. It’s designed as a Surveying Instrument. But you can use other putters, just don’t expect equivalent results. Yet other putters with EGOS will be better results than foot feeling.

  4. Mike

    Apr 8, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Aimpoint isn’t slow. The player is slow.

  5. Gordy3279

    Apr 6, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    46 seconds to read a putt..that is lighting fast on tour. Try playing with the human rain delay Patrick Cantlay.

  6. Golf has too much male fragility

    Apr 4, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Only in the Golfwrx comments section could an article about Keagan Bradley and slow play end up being an attach of Paige Spiranac.

  7. Paul Starr

    Apr 4, 2022 at 7:47 am

    Bradley is painful to watch on any shot. He more quirks than anyone out there.

  8. MICHAEL

    Apr 4, 2022 at 7:28 am

    Paige is a golf “pundit”? Way too much credit there. She’s a exhibitionist who’s a scratch golfer on the amateur level, no more. Wouldn’t be at all relevant except for her looks. Ain’t hating, that’s the fact, jack.

  9. Breegan Kadley

    Mar 31, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Keegan Bradley’s as crazy as a squirrel trapped in a porta john. Also, hey Paige, just show us your **** and shut up.

  10. ChipNRun

    Mar 30, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    AimPoint Express can be useful on strange course, especially one with a lot of irregular dips and rolls around the green.

    For me, AP is useful during allergy season when I have uneven pressure in the ears. Feeling slope with my feet helps me tell where it actually is.

    Two big benefits of AimPoint for quick use:
    * In individual play, it lessens chance of three putts.
    * In scrambles, I can usually help the team squeeze out a couple of extra 10-foot putts.

    Also, AP emphasizes being firm on putts under 5 feet – run it in vs. float it in and end up an inch short.

  11. Luke keefner

    Mar 29, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    European tour events seem to just switch the feed to another camera instead of watching bullshit like this.

  12. geohogan

    Mar 29, 2022 at 11:21 am

    There is no time limit on the Saudi tour.
    Individual freedom of expression is paramount, says MBS.
    Lots and lots of cash doesnt hurt either.

    See you on the other side, Keegan.

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  14. Richard Douglas

    Mar 26, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    “Pundit”? Yeah, sure.

    “What’s that, hon? The glitter? Oh, that’s from a PUNDIT!”

    Good luck with that one.

  15. Richard Douglas

    Mar 26, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    AimPoint isn’t inherently slower. In fact, it can lead to faster reads, which would quicken play.

    Some players are slow no matter which techniques they employ. Don’t blame AimPoint; blame the guy taking all that time.

  16. Paul Runyan

    Mar 25, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Paige should have her own show on Golf Channel!

    Of course it would have to be on rather late. Wouldn’t want to offend anyone looking to define what is a Woman….

  17. Justin

    Mar 25, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Nothing wrong with aim point. And obviously a tough putt as he is head and shoulders a better putter of anyone commenting. Actually pretty comical amateur golfers critiquing a pro. Like rory and bryson working out…or anything related to Tiger.

  18. sandtrap

    Mar 25, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    I think the video clearly shows him placing both of his feet within 3 inches either side of his line in 4x places while lining up! Not to mention walking up and down the length of it with a funky little pirouette only 6-8 inches from the hole itself.

  19. Old lefty 70

    Mar 25, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    All that time and still missed the putt!!!! I could have accomplished that in 3 seconds!!!?

    • Richard Douglas

      Mar 26, 2022 at 8:34 pm

      Please let us know when you make millions of dollars doing it. Thanks!

  20. Mike

    Mar 24, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Sure glad Paige weighed in, probably drew upon her extensive LPGA experience.

  21. Johnny Penso

    Mar 24, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Golf pundit Paige Spiranac? I don’t think pundit means what you think it means.

  22. Stormbringer

    Mar 24, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Actually, for Bradley that was a quick routine. I could not play with the man and would have to turn away while he performed his rituals over any shot. 45 seconds not matter what to hit a shot once you are in place. This includes putting.

  23. Frank

    Mar 24, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Using your fingers when you’re standing behind the ball is okay kind of like if you want a plum ball that’s okay. But they should definitely not be allowed to walk down the line while straddling the line to the hole. While were talking about things that should be banned the line on the ball that’s used for lining up putting should be banned. Rules of golf no swing aids while playing. They won’t let you lay a club on the ground for your feet to point the way for your stance which obviously shouldn’t be allowed. To me that’s pretty close to the same thing as a line on your ball to point the way. While we’re at it let’s ban a line on the top of the putter head pointing the way.

  24. DB

    Mar 24, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Why would you care what Paige says? Golf pundit? She has nothing to do with golf.

    • Frank

      Mar 24, 2022 at 2:56 pm

      Paige is selling T&A and odviously doing good at it. It’s just the way of the world.

  25. PJ

    Mar 24, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    Honestly, should I encounter that during a casual round I would leave and go to the next tee.

  26. HR Fernández

    Mar 24, 2022 at 11:19 am

    The PGA Tour and the governing bodies do not care about slow play, that it is obvious.

    The bigger problem is how this garbage has made its way to amateur and recreational golf making ot even slower.

    • Paul

      Mar 24, 2022 at 1:13 pm

      Agreed. The tour only cares about finishing at 6:00. The big problems is watching some 20 hdcp use this and other things they see pros doing. I watched a lady in the group in front of my use this and the line on her golf ball on all 5 putts she took on that hole!

    • Frank

      Mar 24, 2022 at 3:08 pm

      Me too lol

    • Mel Drucker

      Mar 24, 2022 at 3:17 pm

      I was a pro for a few years so from experience I can tell you this. All the Governing bodies and the PGA, PGA European Tour and all the other tours care about is $$$$$$$$. Also from the talk on the PGA tour that’s what drives the a lot of players. I say that after hearing about how many are thinking about joining the Saudi Tour and taking there blood money. No tour should even sponsor and play an event in that country.

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  28. youraway

    Mar 24, 2022 at 9:16 am

    This insane waste of time and pounding down their line of putt must be stopped. I have three issues with the Rules (perhaps more) 1st players are now pounding down their putting line on greens in the name of repair, obvious cheating. 2nd If a player has 3-minutes to find their ball, then why are they allowing 6-minutes to decide where they will take relief, and perhaps anther 4-minutes to decide which shot they will play, all with their caddies running their mouths and 3rd of course, long delays in putting both by the players and caddies with these laborious green reading tactics.

    • Bro Kuchar

      Mar 25, 2022 at 11:17 am

      1. He never stood on our around his line. Never even close to it so he wasn’t ‘pounding’ down his line. 2. Newsflash, it’s legal to fix pitch marks, spike marks, and anything else on the green.

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16 LIV Golf pros threaten legal action against DP World Tour; DP World Tour responds

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16 LIV Golf players have threatened the DP World Tour with legal action after being banned from the Scottish Open and fined £100,000.

The 16 players will likely include Europeans such as Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer. In the letter obtained by “The Telegraph”, the players said that the Tour’s actions to ban and fine players “will have adverse consequences on the DP World Tour.”

The letter ‘implored’ the DP World Tour to “reconsider your recent penalties and sanctions” and rescind the fines and suspensions by 5pm on Friday. If the Tour doesn’t rescind the bans and fines by that time, the players will be taking immediate legal action. “If not, you will leave us with no choice but to employ the various other means and methods at our disposal to rectify these wrongs,” the letter states.

The letter also criticizes the DP World Tour’s decision to partner with the PGA TOUR for the Scottish Open and Barracuda Championship. Due to their alliance, some DP World Tour players have been forced out of the Scottish Open to make room for PGA Tour players. Therefore, some DP World Tour players will have to fly to Kentucky to play for a smaller purse in the week before the 150th Open Championship.

Additionally, the 16 players criticized the DP World Tour’s new deal with the PGA Tour that will see the top 10 players on the Race to Dubai rankings earn PGA Tour cards.

“That the DP World Tour top performers will now earn PGA Tour cards serves only to solidify the DP World Tour as second fiddle to the PGA Tour and depletes the DP World Tour’s top rising talent even further”.

Full letter here:

“In Mr Pelley’s latest communication, he uses the statement that every action in life comes with a consequence. We agree, and we are concerned that the actions of the Tour against us, LIV Golf, and golf in general will have adverse consequences on the DP World Tour, a tour and an organisation that, despite our recent interactions, we care deeply for.

“The intention of this letter is not to further divide us, but to respond to Tour statements and to pose questions that the Tour should answer and we should discuss in detail. Instead of spending our time, energy, financial resources, and focus on appeals, injunctions, and lawsuits, we would implore you, the custodians of the DP World Tour, to reconsider your recent penalties and sanctions, and instead focus our energies on forging a path forward that is better for the DP World Tour members and the game of golf.

“To this end, we ask that you rescind your fines and suspensions by 5:00 pm on Friday, July 1, 2022. In addition, we represent over 5 percent of the DP World Tour membership and, under its articles of association, we ask you to convene a meeting of Tour membership to discuss these important matters further. If not, you will leave us with no choice but to employ the various other means and methods at our disposal to rectify these wrongs.

“We appreciate that the argument being put forward is that the ‘strategic alliance’ with the PGA Tour will provide overall benefit to DP World Tour members – hence the competitive threat to the PGA Tour being treated differently when it comes to releases and other matters.

“To begin with, we do not accept that protecting the PGA Tour through this alliance could in any way justify this disparate treatment. Even if it could, what are these benefits? This a question we have asked for many months.

“Thus far, the option to play the Barracuda Championship instead of the Scottish Open doesn’t appear to be one that benefits the membership at all. Ultimately, approximately 40 DP World Tour members who would have been eligible for the Scottish Open on the DP World tour will now not be eligible, and instead will only have the option to go and play on the PGA Tour in Kentucky the week before The Open, for less money but at a higher cost to participate.

“In addition, PGA Tour players have been encouraged to play the Scottish Open through a stipend to cover travel costs, but the same benefit is not afforded to DP World Tour members?! That the DP World Tour top performers will now earn PGA Tour cards serves only to solidify the DP World Tour as second fiddle to the PGA Tour and depletes the DP World Tour’s top rising talent even further. And without regard to whether this collaboration is lawful, would this collaboration be happening without LIV Golf entering the market?”

In response, the DP World Tour released this statement on Friday morning:

“There has been a leak to the media of a letter we received on behalf of a number of LIV Golf players which contains so many inaccuracies that it cannot remain unchallenged.

“Before joining LIV Golf, players knew there would be consequences if they chose money over competition. Many of them at the time understood and accepted that. Indeed, as one player named in the letter said in a media interview earlier this year; ‘If they ban me, they ban me.’ It is not credible that some are now surprised with the actions we have taken.

“The letter claims that these players ‘care deeply’ for the DP World Tour. An analysis of the past participation statistics on our Tour in recent years of several of the leading players named, suggests otherwise.

“One player in particular named in the note has only played six Rolex Series events in the past five years. Another one, only four. I wish many of them had been as keen to play on our Tour then as they seem to be now, based on the fact they have either resigned their membership of the PGA TOUR or, if they are still in membership, have been suspended indefinitely.

“Furthermore, given how deeply these players say they care about the DP World Tour, perhaps some of them could have played in Ireland this week in support of our new title sponsor, in particular one player who gave us a signed commitment to play at Mount Juliet.

“With that player currently in action at Pumpkin Ridge, you can imagine the allegation in the letter that we are in the wrong, is hard to accept.

“We also take great exception to an allegation made near the end of the letter which states we are somehow playing ‘second fiddle’ to the PGA TOUR. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“We held a player meeting in Ireland on Tuesday where we outlined in great detail all the many benefits of our expanded relationship with the PGA TOUR.

“One of those is an unprecedented ten cards on offer to the PGA TOUR, cards that many of the players named in this letter desperately wanted to attain in the early stages of their careers. Why now be critical of those trying to do the same?

“The letter also expresses supposed concern about the future of the DP World Tour. Rest assured no-one should have any worries on that score.

“The DP World Tour is a vibrant, independent and global Tour with increasing and guaranteed prize fund growth over the next five years. We have fantastic tournaments across the year including a host of wonderful national Opens, all played in front of huge crowds, illustrated perfectly by this week’s Horizon Irish Open.

“Finally, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on any potential legal matters.

“I will simply reiterate that our Members’ Regulations which have been in force for more than 30 years, have been accepted by all the players, are there to protect all of our members, and we will use them to take all necessary steps to protect their interests.

“The sanctions for those members who knowingly broke our rules by playing at the Centurion Club without a release are proportionate, fair and, I believe, considered necessary by the majority of our members.”

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Phil Mickelson makes a couple of interesting equipment changes for LIV Golf’s Portland event

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For many years, golf fans watched Phil Mickelson using what may have been one of the shortest putters on tour, but while he won the PGA Championship with his trusty Odyssey Milled Blade “Phil Mickelson” he’s been tinkering with the length for a while.

Last September at the Fortinet Championship, Phil was spotted with a new, extended, grip on the flat stick, allowing him to create an ‘arm-lock’ style that made him feel as if, “I’ll get on a roll and just start making a lot.”

So to this week’s LIV tournament at Pumpkin Ridge, and the six-time major winner is experimenting once again.

Twitter’s ‘Phil Mickelson Tracker’ posted a photo of his extended putter with the one-word exclamation “#Armlock!”

The replies were mostly positive, suggesting it can only help the three-time Masters champion improve past some poor putting stats. Indeed, since a standout gain of over 12 shots putting at Kiawah Island, Lefty has lost strokes to the field in nine of his last 12 recorded starts, with his worst performance being a loss of over ten shots at the BMW Championship last August. No wonder he lobbed on the extra rubber at Napa.

With his Callaway deal on hold, Mickelson has also made a change in his wedges.

Lefty has a Ping Eye2 wedge in the bag this week, with the model being an Eye2 XG (a reproduction of the original Eye 2 but with 2010 conforming grooves) which he has used occasionally since 2014. 

Mickelson sits T30 after the opening day’s action in Portland, after shooting a disappointing round of 3 over par on Thursday.

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Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia’s personal relationship has reportedly turned toxic

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In 2014 Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia were the so-called ‘dream team’ of the Ryder Cup.

The pair totted up a combined total of 5-and-a-half points of the 16-and-a-half won by the victorious European team, beating the pairing of Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan in the second day foursomes before both winning their singles.

Their relationship was so solid that McIlroy was honored to be an usher at Garcia’s wedding in 2017, but recently it’s all gone sour, with Golf Monthly reporting a “complete deterioration” of the relationship.

A week ago, it was widley reported that the Spaniard had told his Northern Irish friend that they were now “finally getting paid what we deserve,” a comment that received the reply, “Sergio. We’re golfers. We don’t deserve to be paid anything.”

According to Golf Monthly, the relationship has now “turned personal,” with the world number three unhappy that his old friend has dedicated himself to the Saudi-backed tour, putting the selection process for the Ryder Cup into confusion. The rhetoric between the two is reported to be “bitter and personal.”

At the Wells Fargo Championship in May, as he was hacking out of the rough after a ruling, Garcia was heard muttering, “I can’t wait to leave this tour,” before being confirmed as one of the initial participants of the LIV Golf Series.

Whilst it is unclear exactly what the sanctions are with regards to the Ryder Cup 2023, the way the PGA and DP Tours are moving, there is a distinct possibility that LIV players will be seriously affected – though Garcia has made clear that he wants to be a part of it.

At a press conference before the inaugural LIV event at the Centurion Club, Garcia stated, “I haven’t resigned from the European Tour because I would like to still be a member. I’m European, I love the European Tour. I played it for 23 years. Obviously we’re going to have to wait and see what the European Tour does. But I definitely would like to keep my membership and get my chance to make the Ryder Cup team because I love that event. But we’ll wait and see what happens over there.”

Whilst recent LIV press conferences on site have caused their own controversy, Garcia has prompted his own backlash.

After reportedly delivering an anti-DP World Tour rant at the BMW International in Germany last week, Golf Monthly reports that one tour player commented:

“They (LIV players) all think they are untouchable, and they all think the tours can’t do anything. I think they’re all about to realize they’re wrong. It is short sighted to think regulations can’t change and that there isn’t a lot of ill-feeling towards them. I think they’ve miscalculated quite dramatically.

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