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Graeme McDowell receives backlash after ‘clickbait’ jibe over pace of play at The Open

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The LIV players will rarely find it an easy ride back on the regular tours, but some are having it tougher than others.

Despite former European hero Ian Poulter getting booed on the first tee at St. Andrews on Thursday and Friday, those assembled did not give the same hostility towards most of his fellow rebel players, with the enthusiastic crowd giving eventual tied-sixth, Dustin Johnson, a good few cheers along the way.

However, Graeme McDowell, one of the LIV players, derided for many of his responses at LIV press conferences, surely chose the wrong moment to have a little fun on Twitter.

On Saturday the Northern Irishman, 11th, 23rd and 49th at his three Opens held at the Old Course, felt the need to have a little jibe at viewers of The Open, suggesting in jest that the event could be improved by a shotgun start, the ‘same time, multiple tee’ start used at the LIV events.

Perhaps he was pointing to the news of six-hour rounds, perhaps he felt it amusing. Either way, it didn’t go down well with the vast majority of the 1800-plus replies.

The responses ranged from Eddie Pepperell’s fishing GIF to, “Really GMac??? And how about 54 holes with music blaring and a fog machine? That’s what’s missing, eh??”

In a separate but related tweet, Brian Phillips referred to the LIV regulations : “You couldn’t draw up a stronger rebuke of the shotgun start format than what we’ve experienced today,” and it was surely G-Mac that read the room completely wrongly. Or at least those that control his social media feeds.”

Some 90 minutes later, the 2010 U.S. Open champion was back on Twitter with a much more aligned view:

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Two star names reportedly blanked Jon Rahm all week at the Masters

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While speaking with Hugo Costa of Golf Channel Latin America, Jon Rahm indicated that he wasn’t too well recieved by some PGA Tour players at The Masters.

“Some did. I expected it. And then, there was someone else who I expected to be a little tougher… and one of them hugged me. I think that, among all the relationships I have, it has been everything what I expected. My friends are still my friends. And then someone, with whom I was very cordial and had a positive relationship (in quotes), has not even looked at me”.

“If someone changes their opinion of me, it is more their problem than mine. I am not worried”.

According to Costa, Patrick Cantlay and Max Homa were the two who were hostile towards Rahm

“Important players with whom Jon Rahm had a good relationship, such as Patrick Cantlay or Max Homa, could have had gestures of contempt towards the Spaniard in this Masters.”

Rahm will tee it up next at LIV Adelaide in a few weeks.

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Report: Greg Norman spotted following a surprise grouping on Thursday at the Masters

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Greg Norman is at this week’s Masters tournament but found himself in a situation where he had to buy himself a ticket to enter the grounds.

Speaking to the Washington Post, Norman explained why he was at Augusta National:

“I’m here because we have 13 players that won 10 Masters between them. So I’m here just to support them, do the best I can to show them, ‘Hey, you know, the boss is here rooting for you.’ ”

So who was Norman following during the opening round of this year’s Masters? Well the answer may surprise you.

Per Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig, Norman was spotted following the LIV-less grouping of Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele.

We’ll find out a little later today whether Norman will make his third appearance in as many days at this year’s opening major.

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Collin Morikawa makes surprising late putter switch at Masters

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Collin Morikawa has had plenty of success with a blade in his hands over the course of his young career, but after a lean spell on the greens lately, it appears that the 27-year-old is ready to try something new.

The California-native began the year with his TaylorMade TP Soto before switching to a Logan Olson proto last month. Now at this week’s Masters, Morikawa has been spotted with a Spider Tour X, the same flatstick that Scottie Scheffler will be using at Augusta.

The move would represent a big change, but it has been a very frustrating year on the greens for Morikawa, who will hope the TaylorMade mallet can offer him a similar upturn in fortune to that of Scheffler. In 2024, Morikawa ranks 164th for Strokes Gained: Putting, and 157th for Total Putting.

We’ll keep an eye whether Morikawa puts the mallet into action on day one of the Masters.

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