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A young Justin Thomas found out about the intensity of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry the hard way

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Justin Thomas is bidding for his second major championship victory in succession this week, with the current PGA Champion in excellent form heading into U.S. Open week.

The Kentucky native is one of the favorites this week in Brookline, Massachusetts, a part of the world close to JT’s heart.

The 29-year-old’s uncle is from the New England area, the primary reason why Thomas is a big Boston Red Sox supporter. Speaking to media this week, JT revealed that any Christmas or Birthday gift from his Uncle would also be Red Sox related: 

“No birthday or Christmas gift that was for me from him was anything but Red Sox. It was, like, I had a lot of jerseys, tee shirts, a lot of hats, a lot of blankets.”

However, JT also dished on his brutal introduction to the rivalry between the Red Sox and New York Yankees when he was just nine years of age.

“Went to a Yankees-Red Sox game at [the] old Yankee Stadium. I remember because I had my Nomar jersey on, and I was getting yelled at and cussed at and given the finger, and I was nine years old. That was my first introduction to the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.”

In case you were curious, Thomas’ social media accounts all have the same username ‘@JustinThomas34’, with the number 34 paying tribute to Red Sox legend David Ortiz, while JT also threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park back in 2018.

You can bet that Thomas will have plenty of support from the New England crowd this week.

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  1. Jerry

    Jun 14, 2022 at 10:19 am

    Spineless fair weather Yankee bandwagoneers.

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Brandel Chamblee reveals the golf legend that stopped talking to him once he became an analyst

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There hasn’t been anyone in golf media that’s been tougher on LIV Golf than Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

Since the inception of LIV, Chamblee has said it “makes him want to puke”, has called the players who’ve gone to LIV “the greediest, most self-serving, self-interested, willfully blind players in the world of golf today” and has also said “As far as I know, it’s never happened that an athlete has been kicked out of their Hall Of Fame but both Norman and Mickelson should be removed from the Hall Of Fame”.

In an interview with “The Sunday Times” over the weekend, Chamblee talked about his previous relationship with Greg Norman and how that’s changed.

“But there are some things that are indefensible. Before he was commissioner of LIV, Greg was sending me very laudatory texts about my work, saying things like: ‘It’s nice to have a strong voice in the game’. It’s funny how his opinion changed. Honestly, I don’t know how he sleeps at night.”

Chamblee has never been afraid to speak his mind on television, and that’s cost him some relationships over the years.

“Absolutely, I’ve lost friendships because of what I’ve said. It’s not like I was friends with Vijay [Singh], but I practiced with him and the minute I went on TV, he was like: ‘You’ve gone to the dark side’ and immediately quit talking to me. 

The nature of my job is to be forensic and investigative to get to the bottom of why people do what they do in the game of golf.”

The 60-year-old also spoke about his former friendship with Scott McCaron and how it deteriorated over his public opinion in regard to the “anchoring” rule.

“I was friends with Scott McCarron when I played the Tour but we got in crossways because of how I viewed the anchoring rule. I’m sure I had reservations about being critical early on, but my responsibility is to the audience. As much as I enjoy being around the players, I’d rather not be friends with them because I don’t want to go on the air and say critical things about someone I like.”

One of the most controversial statements Chamblee has made was at the 2013 BMW Championship when he suggested Tiger Woods intentionally cheated and was met with threats of legal action as a result.

“As I’ve said a million times, TV is not unlike golf,” Chamblee says. “Sometimes you get things wrong. I could have handled it more diplomatically.”

Whether you agree or disagree with Chamblee, there’s no question that he speaks his mind. With LIV Golf set to begin on February 24th, we can expect him to continue to make strong statements about the rival circuit.

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‘It happens in every single sport’ – Jon Rahm weighs in on golf’s distance debate with interesting take

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The distance debate in golf has been rumbling on for years, and now one of the most dominant players in the sport has had his say.

According to Jon Rahm, players getting bigger and stronger has been the most important factor when it comes to the steady increase in driving distance on the PGA Tour.

While speaking on the Fore Play Podcast, “Rahmbo” gave his thoughts on the debate in golf: have we gone too far with distance?

“Technology is just a little bit better. I get it, but overall, we’re all better athletes. It happens in every single sport. There’s actually a tech talk about how much better athletes are nowadays for the most part, but then technology is allowing for these things.

“They said, if Jesse Owens and Usain Bolt on their records would have run together, the difference would have been minimal, minimal right, and that was in 1936. So compared to user involvement in 2009 I mean, just think about (American) football players, it’s the same thing. Basketball hasn’t changed since the 80s, so it’s going to happen to every sport. Tennis, you watch McEnroe to how they’re playing Wimbledon. It’s a completely different sport.”

“Now, in our case, I think what they’re doing, which is trying to stretch golf courses, is only going to feed into people hitting it longer, period. It’s getting to a point where if you have long rough and 520 yard par 4s, you’re going to need to hit it 340 because otherwise you’re not going to get to the green in any other way.

“So they’re feeding it into us that we are needing to hit it longer. And I think it hinders the game when they try to roll back the ball and change things, with the technology of the clubs. We’re going to get to a point where I will be the smallest on Tour. You’re gonna get people who are six-foot-five, JJ Watt looking people, who are going to be hitting it 380 down the centre, like it’s eventually going to get to something like that.”

Eddie Pepperell and Padraig Harrington weighed in on Rahm’s comments via Twitter.

Whether or not you agree with Rahm, the distance debate doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon.

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A Women’s Masters could be on the way if this latest Augusta National rumor is to be believed

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It’s no surprise that just a couple of weeks away from LIV’s first event of 2023, they are in the news at every opportunity.

On Saturday, golf bloggers @Tour_Junkies tweeted a bit of a shocker:

The tweet received nearly 70,000 views but replies varied from the shocked to those denying it ever happened.

The suggestion was that the pairing of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore would be involved in the design for LIV, but that was yet another rumor denied by many on the social media site.

Instead, a few hours later, Tour Junkies revealed the land may have been bought by another organisation, this time, Shell and Augusta National themselves:

Almost three years ago, businessinsider.com revealed Augusta has spent $200 million snapping up land surrounding the golf course over the past 20 years, so this new purchase may simply be one of many, revealed simply as nothing seems hidden in this internet age.

However, and here goes yet another golfing rumor, the land is said to have been purchased to host a Women’s Masters in the future – something unheard of in previous years, but yet another potential addition to the recently enhanced LPGA tour, now with a total prize fund of over $100 million.

For that, Augusta may well enlist former Masters champion Crenshaw and his partner.

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