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‘I can’t believe I said that’ – Will Zalatoris blasted critics after key moment in Memphis win

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So often the nearly man, Will Zalatoris (see his winning WITB here) grabbed his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday evening with an enthralling playoff win over Sepp Straka at the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

On multiple occasions, it seemed like that maiden victory would evade Zalatoris once again, with the 25-year-old needing to dig deep to keep his chances alive down the stretch in Memphis.

The Californian eventually prevailed in a playoff, where a bogey was good enough to beat Straka, who had found the water on the short par three 11th hole, but it was the final hole in regulation that brought out more emotion from Zalatoris than any other.

After finding trouble on his 72nd hole. Zalatoris faced a do or die 10 foot par putt. Having received plenty of questions and criticism over his unique putting stroke since being on Tour, the 25-year-old poured the putt into the middle of the cup and then used a Steph Curry line to hit out at any critics, shouting: “What are they going to say now!?”

Speaking following his round, Zalatoris explained:

“You know, I’m a big Warriors fan and obviously Steph, he’s a Cal club guy, he’s a pretty big inspiration obviously. I follow the Warriors like crazy and when he said that, it kind of related to kind of my journey so far. So being that close and then kind of being written off here and there and then obviously finally pulling it off, it was – I actually can’t believe I said that. At least it wasn’t something worse.”

After proving he can deliver when it matters, it won’t be any surprise to anyone if the floodgates are now open for Zalatoris.

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  1. Pingback: Will Zalatoris condemns former mentor’s X-Rated attack on NBC pair – GolfWRX

  2. Jolter

    Aug 15, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    Well golf is golf, and it took some time for him to finally win. Let’s see how long it takes for number 2 and the announcers are right, as I have watched him play over the year in that he does have a balky putter.

  3. Pingback: PGA Tour chief referee explains decision to penalize Cam Smith before Memphis final round – GolfWRX

  4. LOLZ

    Aug 15, 2022 at 7:47 am

    Asterisk win. Had help from the rules official.

    • CRABGRASS

      Aug 15, 2022 at 11:42 am

      And, the 30 minutes he took to play his 3rd shot while making his opponent wait around and play out of turn.

    • VC

      Aug 15, 2022 at 11:43 am

      Did they cheat?

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‘It’s a slap in the face’ – Patrick Reed hits out at DP World Tour over treatment at latest events

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This week, Patrick Reed is playing in the Cazoo Open De France at Le Golf National. The course is where the 2018 Ryder Cup was held. The European Team won the trophy, and Reed was only able to muster one point in three matches.

This week however, Patrick Reed was the betting favorite entering play. Despite being somewhat of a regular on the DP World Tour, Reed feels as though the treatment he’s received this week has been “a slap in the face”.

Reed is by far the biggest name in the field, but wasn’t asked to play in the pro-am or conduct a pre-tournament press conference. Of course, this treatment is a result of the 33 year old’s decision to join LIV Golf.

According to The Telegraph, Reed told Journal du Golf: “It’s a slap in the face not to invite me to do a press conference here, or as happened in Wentworth, not to have me play the pro-am and all those things. At the end of the day, it’s just my golf that I have control over. I’m here to support the Tour, France and all the people who are here.”

“But I don’t see why we can’t move from the LIV to the European Tour like we usually move from the PGA Tour to the European Tour. A lot of players understand and support my choice and have nothing against me. I didn’t feel any animosity against me from them.”

While there have been some players who have publicly stated they have no issues with the players who’ve chosen to go to LIV, there have also been a number of players who have done the opposite.

LIV golfers are currently able to participate on the DP World Tour due to a temporary court order until it is resolved legally. A decision on their eligibility going forward is expected to be given in February.

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Congress members blast ‘pimp’ Greg Norman in meeting at Capitol Hill

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On Wednesday, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman met with members of congress to discuss LIV’s current dispute with the PGA TOUR.

It didn’t go very well.

According to multiple sources, Republican Tim Burchett of Tennessee walked out of the meeting due to an inability to understand Norman due to his accent as well as the “propaganda” he felt Norman was sharing.

Burchett later sent a tweet himself about the meeting with “The Shark”.

Burchett wasn’t the only member of congress to give Norman a hard time.. Chip Roy of Texas said to reporters of the meeting: “Don’t come in here and act like you’re doing some great thing, while you’re pimping a billion dollars of Saudi Arabian money,”

It’s unclear whether or not any of the lawmakers gave Norman the reception he was looking for, but he did later thank them for meeting with him via an Instagram post.

 

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Golf Channel analyst roasts Patrick Reed during Presidents Cup coverage

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The Presidents Cup gets underway today, with the U.S expected to dominate an International side heavily depleted due to LIV Golf defections.

A mainstay in the U.S. side in both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, Patrick Reed is another who misses out, but it hasn’t stopped Rich Lerner of Golf Channel from taking a swipe at the divisive Texan during coverage this week.

While showing a highlight of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed celebrating after a Ryder Cup match victory, Lerner weighed in cheekily saying:

“Once known as ‘Captain America’, Reed is now paid by the Saudis to play golf.”

One commenter piled on, tweeting that Lerner should be careful of a lawsuit, referring to Reed’s defamation suit against Brandel Chamblee and the Golf Channel.

Reed is currently in action this week at the Open De France at Le Golf National.

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