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‘Not my best take. I played like s–t’ – Pro walks back comments slamming ‘pitiful’ Southern Hills

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Saturday at Southern Hills was a tough day for all, but the frustration certainly got the better of Patton Kizzire, who slammed the course after a round of 78.

Taking to Instagram stories, Kizzire bluntly said: “Pitiful golf on a pitiful setup on an overrated golf course.”

 

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To the 36-year-old’s credit, Kizzire walked back the comment by taking to the GolfWRX Instagram page to describe his outburst as “Not my best take ever. I played like s–t”.

Kizzire isn’t the only man to be critical of the course this week, with Tyrrell Hatton another to voice his frustrations. Earlier this week, the Englishman hit out at the state of the greens, saying:

“I mean, we’re playing a Major championship, not a monthly medal,” Hatton said. “You know, they’re bobbling all over the place. It’s so hard to hole putts. So you can hit a great putt and they just don’t look like going in, which is hard to accept when we’re playing in a Major championship.

That makes it the second major championship in succession that Hatton has aired his frustrations with the course after calling Augusta National “unfair” following the 2022 Masters tournament.

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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  1. Jerry

    May 24, 2022 at 4:46 am

    Silver spooned crybabies. Overpaid loudmouths. Go work in a mine.

    • Thomas Woodward

      May 24, 2022 at 6:19 pm

      AGREE! PRO golfers DON’T complain about course ans set-up conditions, they just ACCEPT the challenge and move forward…

  2. Mad hatter

    May 23, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    If both of these clowns never played again I don’t think anyone would lose sleep over it. Hatton has become that golf buddy you hate to play with bc everything is the worst. Food:the worst. Course: the worst. Sun:the worst. Air:the worst. After watching the amber heard trial I feel confident in my ability to call Hatton a narcissist with histrionic disorder.

  3. Professor

    May 23, 2022 at 8:37 am

    The first part is clear, “pitiful golf!” But what did he mean about the set up being pitiful? Everyone plays the same course with the same set up. If it doesn’t fit you eye (I hate that expression) then just say that. But clearly he had issues with the set up. What are they? And overrated? Southern Hills looked amazing on tv. Now, I wasn’t there and I definitely wasn’t playing, but overrated? How so?

  4. spoiledPGA

    May 23, 2022 at 2:21 am

    hey Kizzire maybe if you didn’t play like sh8t the course would have looked better to you…ask JT if the course was “pitiful and overrated”…i think not…thats why you won’t contend you blaming the course smh!!!

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A LIV attorney just created total confusion over the prize money situation on the breakaway tour

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A highly debated topic among media and fans has been whether or not prize money is counted against the upfront bonus players received when joining LIV Golf.

Originally, Brandel Chamblee of Golf Channel tweeted (now deleted) that prize money was counted against the signing bonus.

His tweet was met with plenty of backlash, and a LIV spokesperson came out and denied those claims during a press conference.

“I just wanted to address Alex’s question earlier when you were asking about the prize purses and if they are in addition to the contracts,” she said. “The prize purses are in addition to. There is no draw at LIV Golf on any finances. We just wanted to, on the record, it’s in addition to. And while you guys have, this is your first event, but you should know that from your contracts. You can attest to it. Thank you guys.”

According to the LIV attorneys during yesterday’s trial surrounding three LIV golfers who were attempting to be allowed in the FedEx Cup playoff field, Chamblee may have been correct in his initial claim.

Chamblee took the opportunity to remind Twitter that he was right all along.

For what it’s worth, LIV still claims that contract money is separate from prize money.

After all is said and done, nothing appears to be any clearer.

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‘No hard feelings or anything like that ‘ – Rickie Fowler explains decision to split with longtime caddie

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Rickie Fowler is getting ready to compete at this week’s Playoff opener after squeezing into the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings.

The 33-year-old is looking to overcome a poor run of form that has seen his star fade, with the former World Number 4 now languishing outside the top 150 in the world.

Ahead of this week’s FedEx Cup opener, Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis first reported that Fowler had split from longtime caddie Joe Skovron who had been on Fowler’s bag since Rickie turned pro in 2009.

Speaking on the split, Fowler told Lewis:

“It happened Friday night when we finished up in Greensboro. Told Joe I wasn’t really gonna go into details on who brought up the decision or who made the decision or anything like that. We’ve always been a team, we always will be a team, he’s like a big brother to me. Friendship and all that comes first.

No hard feelings or anything like that, I just thought it might be the best option for the current time, but by no means does this mean we’re not gonna rekindle the flame in the future or anything like that, but I know it’s been tough on both of us.” 

Ben Schomin, the tour operations manager for Cobra Puma Golf, will caddie for Fowler this week in Memphis. Schomin filled in for Bryson DeChambeau last summer following his own split with his caddie, and per Fowler, nothing is decided yet on a long-term replacement.

“Still don’t know where I’ll end up,” Fowler told Lewis. “I got Ben on the bag for me this week. I thought about who I am gonna bring in for kind of a one-off, or this could kind of be next week as well, just depending on how we play this week.”

Fowler has competed in 17 events this season, missing the cut in eight and failing to register a top-20 finish in any.

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Judge rules against LIV trio’s FedEx Cup suspension appeal in early victory for PGA Tour

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On a dramatic day off the course in the world of golf, a federal judge denied Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones’ application for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the PGA Tour.

The result means that the trio will now miss out on this year’s FedEx Cup Playoffs that get underway this week.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs made the case that the three golfers were being unfairly blocked from competing in the FedEx Cup playoffs. On the other side, attorneys for the PGA Tour argued that all the golfers stood to suffer was solely money related, therefore not meeting the standard for “irreparable harm.”

After almost two and a half hours, Judge Freeman ruled in favour of the PGA Tour and denied the trio a TRO, concluding that the three players had “not established irreparable harm.”

Following the verdict, LIV Golf released a short statement saying they were disappointed that the trio “won’t be allowed to play golf.”

Gooch, Swafford and Jones are due to return to the courtroom along with seven others for the bigger antitrust suit filed against the PGA Tour. The suit alleges that the PGA Tour has been unlawfully sanctioning them for signing on with LIV Golf. 

At the close of Tuesday’s case, Judge Freeman indicated that the larger antitrust lawsuit could be heard in the fall of 2023.

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