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Kevin Na angrily confronts Grayson Murray on driving range; Pair almost come to blows

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Back in January, Grayson Murray took a shot at fellow PGA Tour player Kevin Na’s slow play via Twitter.

Na went back at Murray a few hours later.

After that, things seemed to settle down.

Until now.

This week at the Mexico Open at Vidanta, the two supposedly went at it once again.

On the latest episode of “The Stripe Show” podcast, Murray revealed that he and Na had another altercation on the driving range where Murray is making his fourth start on the PGA Tour this season. The spat featured “a lot of profanity,” says Murray.

“I was hitting balls on the range, and just kind of had my head down walking to the chipping green,” Murray said. “Sure enough, I hear someone yelling and cussing at me.”

That person of course, was Kevin Na.

“I won’t repeat every word he said, but basically there was a lot of profanity involved, and calling me a not-so-nice word about how I should have said it to his face in person. He didn’t like that I didn’t tag him on the post, which I’m pretty sure I did. I’m pretty sure Chantel [McCabe] had already tagged him, so if I respond he’s already tagged in the post, so I think it works. I’m not afraid to go at him, I’ll tag him.”

“I guarantee every one of them could hear what he said, and the caddies,” Murray said. “I went right up to his face and held my ground, and I told him, if I wasn’t going to get suspended right now I’d drop his a** right there on the range. Because what he said was very immature and I know he wouldn’t have said it to me if we were just seeing each other outside of the golf course.

“It was a very immature thing to say four months later, and to do it on the range, which he knows is his safe spot, he knows that I’m not going to do anything to him, he’s just provoking me.”

Murray then said “the old me” would have punched Na.

“It’s golf, I’m going to move on. And like they say, I’m living ‘rent-free’ in his head right now. I told him, if he goes and plays in the Saudi League, no one’s going to miss him on this tour.”

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  1. MhtLion

    May 5, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    I feel sorry for Grayson Murray for being bullied by someone who is much older and much smaller. Yes.. yes.. I trust you could drop his a**. Yes.. yes.. yada yada. No action full of talks. I ‘sincerely trust’ you, Grayson. Kevin Na – stop that!! Bullying someone much younger and much bigger is bad!!

  2. Dave

    Apr 30, 2022 at 8:52 am

    I am totally with Murray. As far as I am concerned, any player who supports the Saudi league is an enemy of America. Kevin Na is a slow player supporting an anti-woman, anti-freedom dictatorship. They use the PGA Tour to build their careers and then go join egomaniacs Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson to take the Saudi blood money. Disgusting. I wish Murray would’ve dropped the loser right there.

    • Dixon Diaz

      May 1, 2022 at 5:22 pm

      But you’ll do nothing so what difference does it make?

    • SHAD HUGH GOLDSTON

      May 5, 2022 at 1:27 pm

      Dave, you are an ignorant slut. Do us all a favor and STFU.

  3. Riley Webb

    Apr 30, 2022 at 12:49 am

    I think Na could’ve taken him. Guy might kung fu the drunk in the neck. My kinda pro. Weak people use the excuse “I have a drinking problem or substance abuse problem”. Sounds like a P*ssie

  4. Paul

    Apr 29, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    When you argue with an Idiot — then there are two Idiots!

    • Mitch

      May 1, 2022 at 8:42 am

      This might be one of the wisest sentences I have ever heard!

  5. Ryan

    Apr 29, 2022 at 11:54 am

    Grayson who? Grayson Twitter-Fingers. YOURE the “not-so-nice” word. Kevin makes his confrontation in public – let everyone know that was bull. Grayson intimidates him physically with “oh i could drop you bro. meet me in the parking lot”? Go back to your frat. What a POS

  6. Harv Newman

    Apr 29, 2022 at 9:46 am

    This week in irrelevant tour player news……..

  7. Charlie

    Apr 28, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Na had that die GI Joe look in his eye.

  8. dttruman

    Apr 28, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    can’t we all just get along!

  9. Chuck

    Apr 28, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    Based on what I have seen on Tour, Kevin Na is a good guy, a solid professional who has the annoying habit of often playing slowly.

    And Grayson Murray seems to be a mid-level sociopath with significant anger management and substance abuse issues.

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Biographer claims this is the shock real reason why Mickelson and caddie Bones split

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According to an upcoming biography, Phil Mickelson lost an astounding $40 million gambling between 2010 and 2014.

Later this month, the biography called  “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar” will be released. The biography is written by Alan Shipnuck and will chronicle many of Mickelson’s financial escapades.

The biography will also include an analysis of  documents that were compiled when government auditors conducted an investigation into Mickelson’s finances during the time he was entangled in an insider trading case involving professional gambler Billy Walters. In the case, Mickelson wasn’t accused of wrongdoing but was ordered to pay back a portion of his stock gains based on a tip he recieved from Walters who was sentenced to five years in prison,

Shipnuck concluded that during those years, Phil lost most or all of his yearly earnings gambling.

“In those prime earning years, his income was estimated to be just north of $40 million a year,” Shipnuck wrote. “That’s an obscene amount of money, but once he paid his taxes (including the California tariffs he publicly railed against), he was left with, what, low-20s? Then he had to cover his plane and mansion(s), plus his agent, caddie, pilots, chef, personal trainer, swing coaches and sundry others.

“Throw in all the other expenses of a big life — like an actual T. Rex skull for a birthday present — and that leaves, what, $10 million? Per the government audit, that’s roughly how much Mickelson averaged in annual gambling losses. (And we don’t know what we don’t know.) In other words, it’s quite possible he was barely breaking even, or maybe even in the red. And Mickelson’s income dropped considerably during his winless years from 2014 to ’17.”

Another fascinating tidbit of information Shipnuck offers is the reasoning for Phil’s split with his longtime caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay in 2017. The author states that disputes over hundreds of thousands of dollars that Mickelson owed Mackay were at the heart of the separation.

In an excerpt of the book recently published at the Fire Pit Collective, Shipnuck writes:

“Bones had fired Phil at the ’17 Memorial, over a series of simmering grievances, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in overdue back pay.”

Shipnuck also speculates that the “real motivation” behind Mickelson’s involvement in the LIV Golf Series was the amount of money that Phil could make by joining, considering his finances from all of the gambling losses.

Mickelson has been of the grid since the controversy regarding his involvement with the Saudi backed golf league, and it’s unclear whether or not he will attempt to defend his title at the PGA Championship later this month.

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PGA Tour admit referee error after Sergio Garcia’s bombshell outburst over lost ball ruling

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Sergio Garcia stunned golf viewers on Thursday evening, with a rant after a lost ball ruling that suggests the Spaniard is on his way to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tour.

The 42-year-old has been heavily linked recently with a move to the controversial tour spearheaded by Greg Norman. After a lost-ball ruling on Thursday, Garcia let loose shouting, “I can’t wait to leave this tour.” as well as “Can’t wait to get out of here,” and “Just a couple more weeks until I don’t have to deal with (the rules official) anymore.”

The ruling that preceded Garcia’s outburst occurred on TPC Potomac’s par-5 10th hole, where the 2017 Masters champion Garcia hooked his drive into a marsh on the left side of the hole, which was marked as a penalty area with red stakes.

After a search that involved Garcia crossing a creek and looking through tall grass, the ball was finally found, but a rules official deemed he found the ball outside of the allotted 3 minutes – meaning the Spaniard was forced to take a penalty drop.

On Thursday evening, however, the PGA Tour released a statement admitting that an error from the rules official had occurred and that Garcia actually found his ball in time:

“As Garcia entered the penalty area, a referee located on the 10th hole started a search time clock, as it appeared a search for the golf ball had begun. Unbeknownst to the referee, the players in the group were told by a TV spotter that the ball was on the far side of the creek, and at that point, Garcia spent a considerable amount of time trying to access the other side of the creek. This was not in clear view of the referee due to other players in the group playing, so the time clock was still running on the search when it should have been paused. When the ball was found by Garcia, the ferry’s three-minute search time had expired, and Garcia was informed the ball was treated as lost.”

Unfortunately, no retrospective action can be taken on an error like this and Garcia’s score of par on the hole remains. Garcia did not speak to media after his round of 3-under par.

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PGA Tour pro trolls his own wife before she hilariously roasts him in return

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After Jordan Spieth had won the RBC Heritage in April, golf journalist Dylan Dethier tweeted some advice that his wife Annie had given to him. ‘“You need to take five seconds, if you miss a putt, before you hit your tap-in. So I thought about that today,” he said.’

Family support, you can’t beat it.

And then there was Adam Schenk, previously recognisable only to the die-hard golf fan but whose name may now be known by far more.

This week, Schenk took to Twitter to make light-hearted fun of his wife Kourtney’s outfit, something surely only a brave spouse would do!

But there it is, Schenk posting a photo with the words, “When your wife steals the hotel curtains”

The responses were mostly of sympathy for what was to come, with Sideline Provisions summing most feelings with the comment, “This funny. Also, Rest In Peace.”

However, Kourtney got her own back on her personal Twitter account, posting a picture of Adam and ….

Adam is done, at least for the time-being, and surely he knows that.

An hour after Kourtney’s biting comeback, he posted this..

PiP contender, anyone?

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