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YouTube sensation ejected by Brooks Koepka at Open Championship party



British YouTube sensation Rick Shiels this week revealed how Brooks Koepka had him removed from the VIP section of a Scottish nightclub during the running of the 150th Open Championship.

The popular ex-professional has been a worldwide hit on social media, with many fans pointing to the manner of his presentation and demeanor.

A typical example of a recent comment reads, “in some way your videos have rekindled my desire to get back out and play again,” so it’s hard not to feel some sort of sympathy when hearing his latest podcast, despite the humor behind it all.

He starts the tale of last Saturday night, a day after the four-time major winner had missed the cut at St. Andrews:

“So it’s Saturday night, I’m out and having a nice time, just as I was Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night… St Andrews is a good place for this, lots of good places… shout out to Dunvegan who very much looked after me with a VIP pass, a shout out to Sounder Bar, which also looked after me, and also to an establishment called ‘The Vic’,” said the man who tried to break 75 on The Old Course just days before the big event.

“Now ‘The Vic’ is the place where you end up at the end of the night. I didn’t realise St Andrews had this establishment, which I absolutely fell in love with, okay?”

“So luckily enough I got quite friendly with the manager after spending just about every single day in there, I spent a lot of money in there… I’ve not checked my bank account yet… so I walk in, through I go and they tell me they’ve got Brooks Koepka upstairs in VIP… I think ‘sweet’.”

“So we go upstairs… it’s VIP, but it’s not VIP. It’s just a bit of a roped off area. Just IPs. So we get to the rope, there’s a security guard there, and it’s busy, quite popping. Then a guy in VIP, who I didn’t know, puts his hand up and says ‘these two can come in’. So I’m looking around thinking whatever, walking in, this is alright isn’t it, champagne everywhere, I’m having a good time. I’m thinking this is where I could turn into Shielsy in a minute!

“So I’m in there. I lasted, guy… a grand total of 90 seconds. I come in, it’s like a U-shape VIP bar. I go round the corner and end up talking to Sam Westwood, Lee Westwood’s son, who reckons he can beat me. I’m like okay, whatever, no problem. That conversation was short and very brief, and then I turned to my left and I see Brooks.”

So I see Brooksy, here’s there, I’m thinking this is cool. I might introduce myself. Dream scenario… he will come up to me and give me a big hug and say,”Rick, love your videos pal, that was the dream, let’s have some champagne, let’s have some Sambuca.”

“He missed the cut. This was Saturday. I’m like, here we go, Brooksy. So I turn to him and he looks at me right in the eye and he taps the security guard next to him, the bouncer, turns back to me, points at me, points at my mate Neil, and then indicates to the bouncer to remove us from the VIP section.”

“I’m like, what have I done to offend Brooks Koepka?! So I’m like this is really embarrassing now… 90 seconds ago I walked in here like cock of the land and now I’m walking out with a tail between my legs.”

“This is now a feud… Brooks Koepka, why did you kick me out of VIP? What happened?!”

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  1. Ghost of Jock Hutchison

    Jul 31, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    Koepka revelled in the story of his humble pathway (mini-tours in Europe etc.) to major champion and I was a big fan for a while. 2022, turns out he is a complete d-bag. I have no opinion on Rick Shiels.

  2. AS

    Jul 27, 2022 at 3:11 am

    How could this frigin Idioce actually think like this is moi question?! Whether One enjoys Rick’s Utube’s golfing attributes or not=irrelevent! What is not is Thyne Question that should be directed towards Braintrust @ LIV Golf moving 4ward & what types of Golfing Reps do they want to a$$ociate with whilst trying to grow Their LIV Golfing Brand & ultimately Their Marketing Reputation to Joe & especially Jill Golfing Public?! Afterall their borrowed Mission Goal seems to be Thee Mantra of: Golf can be Eh Sorce of Influencial Good Thyne World Over & able to show rest of World~Sports wise along with Worldwide Positive Social Engineering so to speak…lol akin to what These Newbiez Saudis of Unlimited Fiatz $ Supply & how LIV Golf Lifestyle can even alter ill-goten Social Dilemmas Inherent within Saudi Chauvenistic Societal Higharchy aka What’s Good FORE Yo Goose IS LIV NOW Good Fore Ye Gander?! Well Sire Greg & His Kingship of $Bags full of Contracts = U2 gunna allow this downright ugly LIV VIP PR HOLIER THAN THOUISM TO PREVAIL & BE CONDONED WITHIN THYNE RANK & FILE OF WHAT TYPES OF MANNERISMS R GOING TO QUALIFY UNDER LIV GOLF GIFTHORSES OF OBVIOUSLY WAY TOO MUCH $ BEING AFORDED TO PROVENED BY ACTIONS SUCH AS THAT PAST 150th MISSED CUT SAT DAY THAT BROOKS=YER OBVIOUSLY OVERPAID & UNDER VETTED COMPLETE NON-LIV GOLFING PERSONALITY MOVING 4WARD & EYE SURMIZE YER BACKBENCHING BRAINTRUST DO NOT WANT THIS BOGIE MAN BEING A$$OCIATED WITH YER 48-MAN/12~TEAMED ROSTERS?! ESPECIALLY WITH THEE LIKES OF ADIDAS THINKING OF DROPPING EH B$LLLION DOWN ON LIV MARKETING BIZMESS201?! YER PUTT U2 SO PLZ REED DAH GREEN$ VERY CAREFULLY & ASK YER SELFIEZ (not Yer Egoz!) If Brooks ONLY HAS 1 LIV TOURNEY UNDER HIS ERRANT SHOTS @ UNSUSPECTING GOLFING COMMUNITY, UTUBERZ ASIDE…IS EH ROYAL GOOF SUCH AS THIS WORTH THEE LIV GOLF PERSONALITY (or lack there of?) INVESTMENT or ironically woods givething Eh Contracted Utuberz Marketing Position on behalf of LIV GOLFING Entertainment Inc. be eh better & wisor ROI by way of Signing up Ol Rickie to Brooks’ Contract ÷ 10fold & Let Sire Shields “Do His Utuberz THANG” & WATCH HIM DEVELOP EH HOLI NEWBIE SOURCE OF SHOWING OFF THYNE SIGHTS & SOUNDS OF THEE TRUE POWER OF LIV GOLF & ALL IT ALBATROSS’ IN & AROUND THEE GRAND OL NEWBIE GAME WE ALL HAVE CALLED WHACK FOCK DURING OUR QUESTS FORE BIRDIES & PARS MORE SO THAN BOGIES ET AL?! EH APPOLOGIEZ TO RICK BY BROOKS WOODS BE EH GOOD START…BUT IF MY LEAGUE = RETURN ALL $ PAID TO BY MOONDAY & PLZ DON’T SHOW UP FOR THYNE TRUMP WEEKEND CUZ YER FIRED CUZ U FAILED OUR 3 MOS CONTRACTUAL PROPER LIV GOLF REP MATURITY EXPECTATIONS ! & FORE LET RICK SHIELDS A$$UME BK’s 1/48th Honoured LIV Golf Shotgun Teeoffs Positions as eh way of LIV Golf saying We Apologize for 1 of Our Non-Vetted Properly Overpaid & Not Worthy to participate on any future LIV Golf Tour! Especially IF WE PLAN ON COURTING THEE BEAUTIFUL LADIES OF LIV GOLFING LYNX…OHH M’EYE = WHUTZ MAY 2-TIME MAJOR CHAMP BROOKES THINK OF BEING A$$OCIATED WITH Brooks?! Eegads Watson…Jaxa$$ on Thyne TeeBlox = No Thx Comfy @ LPGEh with My Pride & Rep albeit less moolah but doing ohtay!

  3. Trevor

    Jul 24, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Rick calls himself “Shielsy”? Haha. Rick is kind a knob. His videos are annoying and he thinks he’s better than he actually is. Definitely not a “sensation”. Good on Brooks for doing that.

  4. Kate Upton

    Jul 23, 2022 at 8:27 am

    Dropped a giant deuce in the can this morning. Felt good, but smelled really bad.

  5. John mac

    Jul 22, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    Rick is up front , Kool guy . Brooks is a miserable human.I mean that is the nicest possible way.

    • Gerry T

      Jul 22, 2022 at 4:58 pm

      Exactly! Brooks is spoiled and feels self-entitled. He’s classless and a washed up tool!

  6. Not rick

    Jul 22, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    Rick is a tool. Brooks is a loser. They both should be removed

  7. Fred

    Jul 22, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    I wish youtube would remove Rick Shills too.

    • Gerry T

      Jul 22, 2022 at 5:16 pm

      What’s your reasoning? I have more respect for him than for your comment.

  8. Ryan

    Jul 22, 2022 at 11:20 am

    wow brooks seems like a dbag

  9. Brian

    Jul 22, 2022 at 3:39 am

    Sensation? LOL

    • Gerry T

      Jul 22, 2022 at 5:14 pm

      Keep it classy! I swear by him. A shame of how classless your comment is here.

  10. ND Hickma

    Jul 21, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    Didn’t think I would ever like Koepka. Now I do. Legend.

    • Gerry T

      Jul 22, 2022 at 4:56 pm

      I think more highly of Rick and less highly of Brooks the spoiled rich brat.

      • ND Hickman

        Jul 24, 2022 at 3:02 am

        Cool story. I think Rick Shiels is irritating, makes boring content and isn’t any good at golf. Brook has won four majors and seems to have the personality of a cardboard box.

  11. eh

    Jul 21, 2022 at 11:40 am

    complete ass hole

  12. BD57

    Jul 21, 2022 at 9:33 am

    While I’m disappointed by this story, I’m not at all surprised.

    Koepka worked overtime to keep his feud with DeChambeau going – frankly, he acted like an ass through much of it.

    He’s not the owner of the place, he’s a GUEST. It’d be the owner’s call re: who the owner considers a “VIP” entitled to access, not Koepka’s.

    More & more, stuff like this reveals Koepka to be a mean SOB who’s capable of playing very good golf.

  13. PHIL

    Jul 21, 2022 at 8:33 am

    British blokes think there ugly mugs are wanted everywhere. Don’t shoot 2 you see the whites of their eyes laddy.
    Snowflake snitches on youtube

    • Jake

      Jul 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm

      Brooks is the guest in the UK. And Sam “thanks daddy” Westwood? Clownworld.

      Marie Antoinette 2.0 approaches.

    • Brian

      Jul 21, 2022 at 1:35 pm

      I guess the part that he was joking about it. If you actually followed him you’d know he’s not like that. But hey you be you.

    • F

      Jul 22, 2022 at 1:51 pm

      You fat bald Yanks also think we want to hear your loud mouths like you’re Chambles bastard son ffs, shut it, will ya Phil lol

    • Joe

      Jul 31, 2022 at 5:45 pm

      You’re an idiot QAnon backwoods f*ck.

  14. Tom

    Jul 21, 2022 at 6:48 am

    Brooks is a complete has been POS!

    • Gerry T

      Jul 22, 2022 at 5:02 pm

      I agree 100%! Arrogant SOB! He’s certainly not in Tiger’s or Rory’s league!

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19th Hole

Tour pro says Tiger and Rory are not doing enough to stop LIV Golf



In an interview with The Irish Times, DP World Tour player Mike Lorenzo-Vera shared his belief that taking down LIV Golf would be a fairly straightforward task.

Speaking about players who haven’t been as vocal as they should in his view, the Frenchman told the publication:

“I’m very surprised about the silence. Use your social network. What are you doing? Go ahead. Speak.”

“The [DP World Tour] players are totally against the way the players go there and come back and particularly the way they go to the law to try to avoid the fines. There are a lot of people who are on the same page.

“They are taking the money and they are just laughing in the face of people.

“The players are against the way LIV Golf is doing it. They are just scared that negative comments could come back to them. It’s time to stand up and show the European Tour has history and the players are not just little brats.”

According to the 37-year-old, if Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy spoke out more strongly against LIV Golf, they could severely limit what the Greg Norman-backed golf series would be able to accomplish.

However, in his mind both Tiger and Rory have been “too soft” in their stance, although per the publication, he admits it’s trickier for them due to their high profiles.

“If Tiger and Rory really wanted to take it down, they could. If they really want to, they could talk like myself, Robert MacIntyre or Billy Horschel for example. If they start to show their anger, I think they can do a great job by limiting what’s going on.”

Lorenzo-Vera also took some shots at Greg Norman, saying:

“They are throwing huge money to steal players because Norman is angry at the tours. It’s his last shot, how old is he 70 something?”

Lorenzo-Vera has been very outspoken on Twitter about his disdain for LIV Golf in recent months.

Lorenzo-Vera didn’t hold back when sharing his opinion on the statement Henrik Stenson released after abandoning the Ryder Cup to join LIV Golf.

He’s also said via Twitter that he hasn’t talked to any player who’s joined LIV Golf since they’ve left.

There have been plenty of differing opinions on LIV Golf since its inception, but Mike Lorenzo-Vera has made his crystal clear.

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Lexi Thompson’s daily practice routine shows the dedication it takes to stay at the top of the sport



Golf fans often opine that being a professional golfer would be the best job in the world. While that may be true for some, it can sometimes be overlooked just how much hard work it takes to play at the highest level.

Lexi Thompson, who is an 11-time LPGA Tour winner, gave us a glimpse into what her everyday training regimen entails via her instagram page.

In the post, Thompson shared the details of her practice session:

“A look inside my solid practice session today…I average practicing about 3-5 hours a day but putting alone about 2 hours. Then on top of that 1-2 hours in the gym training. So if I’m not playing an event that is my everyday schedule, hardly ever any days off”


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There’s no doubt that to get to where Lexi Thompson has gotten, massive amounts of work ethic and dedication are an absolute requirement.

After putting in the work over the past few weeks, Lexi will be hoping it pays off at this week’s AIG Women’s Open where she goes in hunt of her second major.

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LPGA major champ hits out at Bubba Watson and his wife over decision to join LIV



The question is simple.

“What are the reasons you (LIV golfer) jumped ship from the PGA/DP World Tour?”

It’s been a long-held argument from those opposed to the Greg Norman-led tour that players are ignoring the human rights record of the backers — the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund.

And instead, golfers are masking the financial benefits via rhetoric containing reasons such as “more time with family,” “exciting (54-hole shotgun start) golf” and that they should be free to work for whoever they like, rather than be tied down by the leading organizations.

Latest signing, Bubba Watson, has explained his own situation rather differently.

As the series unveiled him at Bedminster, home of last week’s third LIV event, the two-time Masters champion gave his reasons for leaving the PGA Tour behind:

“My wife loved it, we prayed about it, we came to the decision and here we are. Everyone’s a team. It’s not an individual sport any more. It’s another thing we didn’t have and now we’re bringing it to life.”

An interesting explanation, and not bought by many on the circuit.

Indeed, LPGA Tour player Angela Stanford took to Twitter to show her exasperation at the statement.

The 2018 Evian Champion was making a point that many have made — pointing to the human rights record of the Saudi regime — although it wasn’t received well by everyone.

Replies ranged from the supportive, “Thank you for saying this. I don’t believe a word of his statement,” and, “nailed it, ” to ones that questioned the support provided by Arab companies for some top-class women’s events.

One poster asked, “Wait, wasn’t there just a women’s event in Saudi Arabia? Georgia Hall won in March, in SA in a Sanctioned event. Is that not ok? I’ll sit back and wait for this answer.”

As the tour continues, so do the arguments. It seems unlikely we are any nearer to harmony.

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