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‘Scumbag piece of s***!’ – Dave Portnoy launches scathing attack on Brooks Koepka

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Brooks Koepka is never short on controversy.

Of course, his most famous battle was a long-running social media spat with Bryson DeChambeau, a rivalry that led to the televised golf duel The Match 5, in November 2021, a game that Koepka would win 4 and 3.

However, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, has revealed that the four-time Major winner reneged on a promise to face him in a $250k charity match, initially due to be held just after the Tour Championship in September, two months before the tv event.

Having had to pull out of the season-ending tournament with a left-wrist injury, he clearly could not face Portnoy a couple of days later, but Portnoy says he never even got a ‘heads up’ about the impending match, or a request to organize another date.

Speaking on his podcast with @EddieBarstool, Portnoy launched a scathing attack on BK, saying:

“We had the match set-up for $250,000, Lefty vs Lefty (Koepka was required to play left-handed). He got injured. Whatever, s*** happens – the weekend before we were supposed to play. He DMs (Direct Messages) me, going, ‘Sorry, we’ll reschedule it. No problem.”

“There was a lot of work on our end, Eddie, to get this thing set-up. The broadcaster, the tech-side, hours and hours and hours of setting this thing up, all on our end. Next thing you know, I don’t hear from him and he is going, ‘Hey! I’m doing this match with Bryson DeChambeau”

“Listen, you do you. To not give me a heads up, he was not doing that first and after all the work we put in to our thing… Scumbag, piece of s***! If I wasted somebody’s time and energy, not just mine, it wasn’t actually mine, it was our company’s, granted. I was practicing and injuring my shoulder. If I wasted that much time – it wasn’t his fault that he got hurt – but the courtesy to go, ‘Hey, I got this opportunity to do this first, then we will do you.’ What a piece of s***. Not even a – ‘I should have told you’, nothing, what a piece of s***.”

Golf journalist Christopher Powers summed up the rant with the words, “Sounds like the match is dead.”

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  1. David

    May 9, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Without the tribe, this guy is a nobody. Yawn.

  2. Speedy

    May 1, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    Portnoy’s complaint can only be without merit when such cretin language is utilized.

  3. Jo Buffalo

    Apr 30, 2022 at 12:53 am

    Love the portnoy. This is a non-story! Sucks barstool spent some dough but he’s got plenty of it. You’ll make that up tonight at your sports book.

  4. jamho3

    Apr 29, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Being gracious and kindhearted are important values to me. In a case like this,I’m not entirely sure of the problem.

    DP was inconvenienced and the time was wasted that’s true. I’m really sorry about that At the same time BK was bringing a ton of cache’.

    Injuries happen Brooks certainly could’ve and maybe should’ve explained better and expressed more concern for DP and his time.

    It’s easy to see how DP feels.

    At the same time BK is on our radar because he’s excellent at golf and he brings a ton of cache’ eyes and interest to anything like this I don’t think we roast him for not having PERFECT manners nor making a big deal about things outside of his control.

    Sorry DP.

    Next time

  5. John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

    Apr 29, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    It’s actually Japanese, but don’t let facts get in the way of your hate for Portnoy.

  6. benseattle

    Apr 29, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    The day I care about what Dave Portnoy says is the same day that I take an interest in ancient Chinese kabuki theater.

  7. T-Bone

    Apr 29, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    “Piece of shit”? Seems a little…harsh? Isn’t Portnoy the guy who likes to choke-out his dates?

  8. Gunter Eisenberg

    Apr 29, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Portnoy should STFU and focus on what he does best at, posting pizza reviews on Youtube.

  9. Jerry

    Apr 29, 2022 at 10:27 am

  10. Don

    Apr 29, 2022 at 10:02 am

    Portnoy calling someone a scumbag piece of shit is rich

  11. SS

    Apr 28, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    I’m sure the tribe will compensate Portnoy the rat.

  12. Chuck

    Apr 28, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    GolfWRX Poll:

    The single worst thing to happen to golf in the 21st Century:

    A. Bryson DeChambeau
    B. Barstool Sports
    C. Brooks Koepka
    D. Saudi Arabia
    E. All of the above.

    • Pete

      Apr 29, 2022 at 10:04 am

      E for sure.

    • Reeder

      Apr 29, 2022 at 11:12 am

      I am in with “E”. And Port(an)noy might attempt to temper his less than articulate rant, step out of the dive bar, beer league casual profanity screed and actually speak intelligently. Chuck…choices A-D? All losers.

    • Realanswer

      Apr 29, 2022 at 11:34 am

      B

      D gets a special mention because they’re not just one of the worst things in golf, far beyond that, so it feels wrong to even limit them to golf.

      A & C are just players on the tour. Some love them, some hate them, that is just how sports go. Nothing new, next generation will have another group people love or hate, just like always.

      • Livininparadise

        Apr 29, 2022 at 1:05 pm

        @real answer. Thank you. 100%. Players drive the viewership, love them or hate them. Lots of people would watch tiger, not for his playing brilliance, but to see if he would fail.

    • MICHAEL

      May 1, 2022 at 12:47 pm

      OK, OK, rant all you want about the Saudi’s. But you put their gas in your cars.

  13. Joey5Picks

    Apr 28, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    Who cares what this misogynistic scumbag POS has to say?

  14. Barstool Squirts

    Apr 28, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    From one SPOS to another…….

  15. LUFC

    Apr 28, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    Typical Barstool thinking they are bigger than they are.

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Justin Thomas hits out at rules officials at Women’s PGA Championship

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With two holes remaining in the final round of the 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Congressional Country Club outside of Washington, D.C., the final group of Lexi Thompson, In Gee Chun and Hye-Jin Choi were put on the clock.

The women’s PGA has caused the hot topic of slow play in golf to resurface. The pace was also sluggish on Saturday, with the last group Saturday played in 5 hours and 45 minutes, causing the last half hour of coverage to be bumped off of NBC.

The reigning men’s PGA Champion, Justin Thomas took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the golfers being put on the clock while chasing a major championship.

Thomas did say he was “all for helping slow play”, but it would appear he believes pace should be maintained in some circumstances but not in others.

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Lexi Thompson’s behavior following Women’s PGA defeat sparks fierce debate

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Lexi Thompson has had one hell of a golf career.

At 12 years old, she became the youngest ever woman to take part in the US Women’s Open, and at 16 she became the then youngest ever winner of an LPGA tournament.

With the golfing world at her feet, the star junior player won six events by the end of 2016, including her first major – the Kraft Nabisco in 2014 – and looked set for superstardom.

It hasn’t all gone to plan, though, with the pain continuing into last night’s final round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship when, after leading by two shots, she finished with two bogeys and a par to lose by a shot to In Gee Chun, another who had let a lead slip through Sunday’s tense final 18.

Majors have proven a tough gig for 27-year-old Thompson.

Lexi led the 2017 running of the first major of the season, the ANA Inspiration, into the back nine, before being notified of a four-shot penalty for misplacing her ball on the 17th hole of her third round – two shots for putting the ball back in the wrong place, and two for incorrectly signing her scorecard – all via notification from a television viewer.

In tears, the former World Number One fought back to birdie the final hole, finally losing a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the only time Lexi has found things conspire against her at the wrong time.

During the 2021 season, she blew a five-shot lead the down the stretch of the US Women’s Open with a series of errors, whilst in November of the same year, she lost her third playoff of the year when failing to capitalize on yet another lead, this time at the Women’s Pelican Championship.

Shrugging that off by saying she is working on all aspects of the game and feels good, Sunday the 26th of June will surely not be a day she will want to keep in the memory banks.

As mentioned, after In Gee had played nervously throughout the opening holes, Lexi found herself in front going down the stretch and hot favorite to finally lift her overdue second major.

Winning is hard, golf is hard, and it just didn’t happen. Again.

If losing (yes, that’s sadly the right word) wasn’t enough, Lexi was then fined $2000 for slow play after her round.

Lexi, perhaps unsurprisingly, refused to talk to the media after coming off the course and, naturally, social media has had a field day with both instances.

Justin Thomas took to Twitter to plead: “I’m all for helping slow play, but putting those ladies on the clock with 2 holes left trying to win a major seems like a good read the room situation and don’t put them on the clock.”

Zephyr Melton of Golf.com was tweeting the main twists and turns of last night’s final round and noted Lexi’s refusal to speak to the media as “not a good look.”

Whilst he admitted that she did come out and sign hundreds of autographs after, the replies to the initial tweet were many and varied.

The majority called for the media to “give her space”, whilst a good few gave the comparison to Naomi Osaka, the number one tennis player who refused to speak to the media at the French Open before being told she would face expulsion if not doing so.

Back then, Osaka said she had witnessed players breaking down after questioning by the press, and called for prioritizing the player’s mental health.

The question must be, is a player obligated to talk to the media covering an event?

According to one respondent:

It’s called being a professional and facing the music when you choked away a major championship (again, I might add). You owe it to the people who supported you & the entire country! Osaka and her have a lot to be ashamed of. You would never see this happen w/ Billy Jean King!”

While another countered, saying:

“The media overestimates how much people really want to hear what athletes have to say following devastating losses. I’d rather give them their privacy and let them talk after they’ve had time to process.”

Did she choke? Unquestionably.

Does she need to be questioned about it just minutes after doing so, not that long after throwing away a couple of similar chances and answering it all back then?

Leave that to you, GolfWRX readers.

*Photo courtesy of @TheAmyRodgers

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2 big European names reportedly in talks with LIV Golf

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Over the past few days, it’s been revealed that Matthew Wolff and the world’s number two ranked amateur Eugenio Chacarra have signed with LIV Golf.

Although Wolff has struggled this season, the 23-year-old already has a PGA Tour win and was once thought to be a rising star in the golf world.

Now, we have more speculation on two more notable names who will seemingly make the jump to LIV Golf in the coming days.

The Times is reporting that “there is speculation around Tommy Fleetwood, whose wife and manager, Clare Craig, was at the Centurion Club. There is also speculation that Henrik Stenson’s management team has been in talks with LIV.”

Stenson’s case is an interesting one. The Swede is set to be the European Ryder Cup Team’s captain next year in Italy. It’s been previously stated that any golfer who joins LIV Golf will not be able to compete in or captain for the Ryder Cup. It appears that Stenson will be giving that up.

One DP World Tour official stated, “should Henrik cross to the other side, he will not be captain at next year’s Ryder Cup.”

Fleetwood’s reported departure is another major blow for golf. Although he’s famously come up short thus far on the PGA Tour, he has a decorated DP World Tour record with five victories including two Abu Dhabi HSBC Championships. The Englishman has also been a massive fan favorite on both tours.

According to a tweet by Telegraph reporter, James Corrigan, “there were loads and loads of golfers’ agents at Centurion for the first LIV event”.

It appears likely that more names will continue to surface each week as the PGA Tour season begins to wind down.

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