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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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‘They’re gone’ – Aussie pro says Cam Smith and fellow countryman have joined LIV

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Despite no LIV events being on this week, the breakaway tour continues to make headlines.

According to Australian golfer Cameron Percy, both Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman have now signed contracts to join LIV Golf.

In an interview with RSN radio, which is a station based in Australia, Percy claimed that both of the Australian star’s departure from the PGA TOUR is a done deal.

It’s been rumored since the Open Championship that the winner of the Claret Jug, Cameron Smith would be joining LIV for somewhere around $110-125 million.

Percy also mentioned that Adam Scott could be joining as well. It’s likely that LIV would be looking to make an Australian team built around Smith, Scott and Leishman.

“Unfortunate, yeah, they’re gone (Smith, Leishman)” Percy said.

“I had a long conversation with Adam Scott and he was very interesting talking to about it, just where it is. He said he met with these guys (LIV) in 2017 (and) they were ready (to) do all this. So, the Tour has known for a long time that this stuff’s in the works.

“The more and more you look into it, some people don’t care, some people have got a conscience and do care.

“It really comes down to, you know, they just executed 80 people this week, just chopped their heads off. They’re not the nicest people in the world.

“Do you just look past that and go, ‘Oh well, I’m rich I don’t really care’. It’s a tough one, it really is.”

With all indications appearing as if the Champion Golfer of the Year has left the PGA TOUR for LIV, there is no doubt he is the most consequential addition for Greg Norman thus far.

The 28-year-old is in the prime of his career and is ranked number two in both the Official World Golf Rankings and the FedEx Cup standings.

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PGA Tour accuses LIV rebels filing a lawsuit to play FedEx Cup of ‘fabricating an emergency’

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The ‘LIV 11’ lawsuit was always going to make public the internal rows and wrangling between players, organizers and the various tours.

Amongst the 11, three players – Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford – are seeking a TRO (temporary restraining order) in order to be able to play the FedEx Cup events, starting on Thursday.

As reported last week, the complaint from the LIV players alleges that being denied access to the FedEx Cup Playoffs not only would prevent Gooch, Swafford and Jones from playing in those events but “also cripples their chances of qualifying for both the Majors and the Tour’s premier invitationals in future seasons. The punishment that would accrue to these players from not being able to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs is substantial and irreparable, and a temporary restraining order is needed to prevent the irreparable harm that would ensue were they not to be able to participate.”

The PGA Tour yesterday issued its response to the accusation, the 30-plus page document stating that “the TRO plaintiffs waited nearly two months to seek relief from the court, “fabricating an emergency they now maintain requires immediate action.”

The PGA Tour continues:

“Despite knowing full well that they would breach Tour Regulations and be suspended for doing so, plaintiffs have joined competing golf league LIV Golf, which has paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to procure their breaches. TRO plaintiffs now run into court seeking a mandatory injunction to force their way into the Tour’s season-ending FedExCup Playoffs, an action that would harm all Tour members that follow the rules. The antitrust laws do not allow Plaintiffs to have their cake and eat it too.”

The tour uses several statements from the plaintiffs in its defence.

When asked if he knew the tour would ban him from the tour for playing without a conflicting event-release, Jones said, “you’ve got to expect” it and acknowledged the possibility of never playing on the PGA Tour again after his suspension. “I did come to this [LIV] series and this tournament with the understanding that could be the case.”

The tour also argues against Gooch’s statement at the Open Championship that he only intended to play a single LIV event before getting suspended, the tour believing that he was intending to play more than the inaugural event at the Centurion Club.

Alongside those objections, the PGA Tour object to the accusation of pressuring sponsors to cancel existing deals with LIV players, that it enlisted the more experienced players, such as Tiger Woods, to intimidate players from joining, and that it colluded with the DP World Tour in its reaction to the defections.

The document ends, “For the foregoing reasons, the PGA Tour respectfully requests that the court deny TRO.”

Elliot Peters of Keker, Van Nest & Peters, representing the PGA Tour, confirmed the stance being taken by the leading tour.

“The players’ participation in the LIV league is in violation of the PGA Tour’s Handbook and Tournament Regulations,” he stated.

“For enormous sums of cash supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, Plaintiffs willfully breached their agreements with the PGA Tour. The players’ purported harm is entirely self-induced. We will litigate this case vigorously to preserve the reputation of the PGA Tour and protect the benefits it offers to players.”

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‘Grow the game? Bullsh*t. They paid me a lot of money’ – Feherty on reasons why he joined LIV

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In the past few months, the golfers who’ve chosen to join LIV Golf have faced extreme criticism by media, fans and fellow players.

The fact that the money is being sourced by the Saudi Government has been one of the main points of contention as well as the fact the events feel like more of an exhibition than a professional golf event.

However, one of the other criticisms that have been echoed quite often is the lack of honesty of those who have joined LIV Golf. Many have claimed their reason for joining was to “grow the game” or for a new and unique experience. Even those who have been supportive of LIV would have a hard time claiming that those were the most influential factors of those who’ve left.

David Feherty, who made his LIV Golf debut at Trump Bedminster two weeks ago isn’t among those who are sugarcoating their reasons for joining the Saudi-backed golf series.

In a recent interview with Gary Koch, the eccentric TV personality admitted money was his primary motivator when asked by the host why he made the move:

“Money. People don’t talk about it. I hear, ‘Well, it’s to grow the game. Bullsh*t. They paid me a lot of money.”

Feherty also expressed that the opportunity to be himself again was another reason he was excited to join LIV.

“It was an opportunity to be myself again,” he said. “It’s become more and more difficult, especially in sports broadcasting, to have any kind of character. Charles Barkley can say pretty much anything he wants, because it’s, ‘Oh, that’s just Charles.’ And it is just Charles. But I have become more and more guarded over the last few years.”

As for critics who Feherty feels are ‘hoping to be offended by something’, Feherty did not mince his words, saying:

“There are people waiting around every corner hoping to be offended by something. F*** those people. Our lives are being shaped by small groups of mean-spirited people who have no sense of humor. We’re in danger of losing our national sense of humor because of this.”

Feherty was also asked about the source of the money and Saudi Arabia’s ties to 9/11.

“The 9 /11 Commission said that the Saudi government wasn’t involved,” the 63-year-old said.

“People that criticize are doing business with China, doing business with Russia. China, in particular, is a country where they’re murdering Uyghurs left, right, and centre, and their human rights record is horrendous.

“You can point to various countries throughout the world. I wouldn’t want to behave like that, but wherever golf is, good happens, and I’m hoping this will do the same thing. [LIV] has said it’s going to donate $100 million to area charities.”

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