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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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  1. Pingback: ‘Guys just don’t give a s**t’ – Players hit out at fellow pros’ green habits – GolfWRX

  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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‘I don’t think that makes any sense’ – Patrick Cantlay calls out golf course architects

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In the past seven years, the BMW Championship has been played at seven different golf courses.

This year’s BMW Championship will be hosted by Wilmington Country Club in Delaware, which is a course that’s never been utilized in a professional event prior to this week.

Despite the novelty of the course, defending champion Patrick Cantlay sees plenty of similarities between Wilmington Country and the host of last year’s event, Caves Valley.

“I don’t think there’s too much strategy to this golf course. I think it’s pretty right in front of you and similar to last year,” Cantlay said ahead of his title defense. “The venues between last year and this year are actually really similar, I think, in style of golf.”

The course is relatively long, measuring in at 7,534 yards as a Par 71. Cantlay was critical of the way golf architects have used adding length as the way to attempt to make courses more difficult.

“I think it’s really long. I think it’s also strange to me that we play so many golf courses that all they do is add length to the golf courses. It’s so surprising to me that the golf courses that none of the guys who hit it far, they don’t go to Hilton Head, they don’t go to Colonial, they don’t go to the short, small, dogleggy tree-lined golf courses,” Cantlay explained.

“The way we combat the distance, the way these architects seem to think they want to combat distance is by taking all the trees out and playing it 7,600 yards and put the tees way back and all the par-5s are at 600 yards. I don’t think that makes any sense.

“I’m surprised every time I come to a golf course where they say it’s recently been redone and then there’s no real shaping of golf shots. It’s just how far can you hit it and grab your driver on every hole and hit it as high and hit it as far as you possibly can. If you can hit it 315 yards, you’ve taken out all the bunkers, and you’re maybe in the rough, but it’s way better in the rough with a 9- or 8-iron than it is maybe in the fairway with a 5-iron if you were to lay up to the fat part of the fairway before the bunkers.”

“I’m so surprised that they haven’t figured it out, and it just seems like we’re getting more and more of the same bomb-it-as-far-as-you-can golf courses week after week.”

Last year’s BMW Championship played extremely easy, with Cantlay winning at -27 in a playoff with Bryson DeChambeau. Considering his opinion that Wilmington will play similarly to Caves Valley, we are likely in store for another shootout this week.

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2022 BMW Championship Betting Tips: Back Rory for glory in Delaware

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The PGA TOUR has reached the penultimate event of the 2022 season as we head to Wilmington, Delaware to play the BMW Championship.

The top 70 players left standing in the race for the FedEx Cup will tee it up this week looking to punch their ticket to East Lake.

This is the first time the BMW Championship will be played at Wilmington Country Club and the event has had a different host in each of the past six years.

Wilmington Country Club is a par 71 measuring 7,534 yards and features Bentgrass greens. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and renovated by Keith Foster in 2008.

The BMW Championship will be a no-cut event with the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings moving on to next week.

BMW Championship Outright Bets

Rory McIlroy (+1000)

I am all in on Rory McIlroy this week. It’s rare for me to ignore most of the board and put all of my chips on the favorite, but I believe the BMW Championship is one of the few events on TOUR where it’s the most logical strategy.

The FedEx Cup playoffs typically yield elite winners, and I don’t anticipate that this week will be any different. Specifically, the last three winners of the BMW Championship have been Patrick Cantlay who defeated Bryson DeChambeau in a playoff, Jon Rahm who defeated Dustin Johnson in a playoff, and Justin Thomas. All five of the players who’ve either won or had a chance to win in the last three editions of the event have been big name stars. There are plenty of weeks during the course of the season to chase value, but this isn’t one of those weeks.

Rory McIlroy missed the cut at last week’s FedEx Cup St. Jude Championship. For many players on TOUR, that could be a concern. Not for Rory. Three of McIroy’s past eight victories on TOUR have come after a missed cut in his previous start. He won the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitation after missing the cut at the Valspar Championship, the 2019 Canadian Open after missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament, and the 2021 Wells Fargo after missing the cut at The Masters. In addition to his wins after missed cuts, the 21-time TOUR winner has three top-six finishes after a missed cut as well. It may not seem like that many, but for a player who’s only missed ten cuts since the start of the 2018 season it’s significant sample size.

While this is a new course on TOUR, the first glance course fit for McIlroy at Wilmington Country Club seems ideal. Rory has been excellent on Robert Trent Jones designs and typically plays well on tree-lined classical layouts. He’s also been one of the best putters on Bentgrass this season and ranks 3rd in the field in his past 24 rounds putting on the surface.

In addition to the incredible putting of late, McIlroy also ranks 5th in the field in his past 24 rounds in Strokes Gained: Approach. He’s gained strokes on the field in nine consecutive events and that should prove to be a major advantage this week with the greens at Wilmington Country Club being absolutely massive.

With six of the past seven BMW Championships having a winning score of -20 or better, I believe this week will be another low scoring affair. The 33-year-old ranks first in the field in Birdie or Better and should be able to keep up with the scoring pace if the event turns into a shootout.

It’s been a month since Rory’s heartbreak at St. Andrews, and I believe this is the week he bounces back and adds to his all-time lead in FedEx Cup career earnings.

 

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Controversial ESPN host says he’s ‘disgusted’ by Tiger Woods in unpopular rant

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On Tuesday, a closed meeting amongst several of the golf hierarchy, all assembled for a PGA Tour player meeting including none other than Tiger Woods.

ESPN’s divisive host Stephen A. Smith isn’t happy about it, though.

On Tuesday’s edition of First Take, the outspoken presenter made it clear that, in his opinion, it is disgusting that Tiger Woods is putting his considerable might behind the PGA Tour in the ‘battle’ against LIV.

Smith ranted:

“I’m disgusted by it. Let me explain why. The United States government, their number two trade partner, from what I’ve read, is Saudi Arabia. a host of U.S. corporations, and I apologize, I just googled it, I just looked it up just now. If I’m wrong about anybody, please forgive me, General Electric, AT&T, Bank of America, Halliburton Company, Pfizer International. A whole bunch of people. If I’m wrong, I apologize, it was online. Talk about these major corporations doing business. I don’t know. I just said it was online, so I don’t know. But I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say U.S. corporations doing big business with Saudi Arabia and suddenly individuals are looking to get paid and everybody is in an uproar?”

Hinting at anti-competition regulations, the presenter continued:

“I thought this was America. I thought we were a capitalistic society. I thought competition breeds our greatness. That’s what I thought. Tiger Woods is sitting there acting like the PGA should be the only game in town. When do we say that? Now granted, if you’re the only game in town, you’re the only game in town. We see it in USFL and we see Arena Football but we know it’s the NFL and then everybody else. You can have the G League and college basketball, but we know it’s the NBA and everybody else.

“You got Major League Baseball, we understand that you can have those things, but the chances of you usurping them and eclipsing them are slim to none. They are established brands in the United States of America that garner the support of millions and as a result that’s what we gonna flow with. I’m good with that. That’s America. You establish your level of dominance to the point that it don’t matter what some competition is going to do, cool. This is different.”

Smith then puts the 15-time major winner in the spotlight:

“You got Tiger Woods supporting, feeling like players betrayed the PGA. What do you owe the PGA? Show the PGA, you work, you produce, you go out there and you earn your money,” he said. “They don’t pay everybody. Winners get paid. Losers don’t necessarily get paid. I don’t know all the particulars … and I’m not pretending to. I’m addressing principle, meaning American principle.”

“Now I’m a Black man first forever and always and very, very proud of it,” continued Smith. “But I am a proud American citizen and I do believe in the American system when it talks about capitalism, when it talks about meritocracy and handling your business and handling your own and may the best man and woman win. So if you better than LIV, be better!”

Referring to the feelings presented by the families of the victims of the 9/11 tragedy, Smith said:

“…the intensity you exercise toward golfers who want to compete under the LIV umbrella, we do the same thing to the government and the corporations. If you ain’t doing it for them, don’t do it to the individual players.”

Reaction to the speech, transcribed on mediaite.com has been, naturally, very mixed.

Support for the controversial presenter was limited with many taking an opposite stance.

Indeed, the general feeling was summed up by one respondent on the mediaite.com site:

“There is no explanation that will rationalize away the Saudi’s human rights violations. I don’t measure good and bad based on what American corporations do. They would sell their mother to the taliban if it meant bigger profits. I am happy that Tiger Woods is calling out the LIV golfers and trying to get more backing for the PGA. The LIV golfers have dug their grave and they can lie in it now. The Saudi’s believe in women as 2nd class citizens, and LGBTQ are even lower. They believe in corporal punishment which is vile. I DO have a problem with the idiot Smith fella criticizing anyone for finding fault with Saudi Arabia. I am sick of money talking, corporations deciding what is ethical and NOT prosecuting law breakers because they are politicians or rich.”

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