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Brooks Koepka’s wedding outfit featured a tribute to his rivalry with Bryson

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Former world No. 1, Brooks Koepka, has had an interesting year.

The four-time major champion missed the cut in four of the five most important events — The Players, Masters, PGA, and the 150th Open Championship — and posted a best of 55th at the PGA Championship.

He’s also had the small matter of the controversy caused when deciding to join the LIV Series just weeks after saying he was “with the PGA Tour, it’s where I’m staying.”

Still, golf is “just” golf, and in his life outside the sport, Koepka has long been displaying his happiness in being alongside wife Jena Sims, who he met on the course at Augusta a few years ago.

After a 14 month engagement, the pair completed their nuptials in June, and since then there has been a steady flow of social media posts showing off the lavishness of the wedding day and beyond.

Probably best of all the photographs, though, has to be one that Koepka posted yesterday, hidden in a set of images on his popular Instagram page.

Amidst the photos in the pond, the guests and the usual guff, the 32-year-old is seen displaying the socks he wore during the ceremony – inspired by THAT leaked video at Kiawah Island.

Back then, Koepka was already involved in a public field with great rival Bryson DeChambeau.

With both taking shots at each other at every opportunity, the rivalry eventually led to a made-for-tv grudge game in November 2021, a contest that could have been stopped at the three-quarter mark, Koepka winning 4 and 3 in a 12-hole match at the Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas.

Whilst they have both since joined the LIV organization, they are hardly bosom buddies, and it’s nice to know that despite all that has gone on between them, DeChambeau was somehow an inspiration at the wedding!

 

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  1. Pingback: Brooks Koepka’s wedding outfit featured a tribute to his rivalry with … – US Trends – Poster

  2. James J

    Aug 24, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Why are we covering this like he is a Kardashion? Please. DEAR GOD please save this site

  3. Frank

    Aug 24, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Good Lord i used to love this douch bag now not so much I’m glad he’s on the LIV tour

  4. Bob

    Aug 23, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Really?

  5. Chase K.

    Aug 23, 2022 at 8:55 am

    Seems like a great story!

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‘What’s going on?’ – Justin Thomas left frustrated with two officials over ruling at Hero

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During Thursday’s first round of the Hero World Challenge, Justin Thomas called for a rules official and subsequently, a second opinion, on the par-5 9th at Albany Golf Club.

The players were playing lift-clean-and-place, and Thomas’ ball came to rest about 5o yards short of the green in an area where it was difficult to identify if the ball was sitting in the fairway or the rough. The ball had gathered some mud, so if the rules official had decided that his ball was in fact in the rough, he would have to hit a pretty difficult shot given the condition on his golf ball.

“Basically, what’s going on?” Thomas asked the official.

The official told Thomas that the change of color in the grass was indicative of the change of fairway to rough, and therefore he would have to hit his ball as it lied. Thomas argued that the grass was cut to the same length in both spots, therefore the color didn’t matter.

“But you see, what I’m saying, this is also beat down from the carts, but look at how much longer this is than this,” he said before walking over to the thicker grass. “Like see, this is the same height [where his ball was and the apparent fairway.] I totally see it’s down grain and it’s a totally different color, but … the change of the length of grass is just what kind of confused me.”

After relief was denied by the official, “JT” called for a second opinion. While waiting for another official to show up, Thomas was heard saying to his caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay, ““It’s the same exact length, this is not rough.”

When the second rules official came over, he said: “I can see the cutline right here,” and pointed to the different shades of grass that the other official mentioned.

Thomas accepted the decision.

Interestingly, announcer Paul Azinger shared his opinion that the second rules official almost never will disagree with the first rules official’s ruling.

“That second opinion almost never works,” Azinger said to Dan Hicks during the broadcast.

“Really?” Hicks asked.

“Never,” Azinger said. “Very rarely will an official go against another official.”

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Data shows how much more difficult green become as the day progresses

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For many a golf bettor, betting on the first round leader of any tournament revolves around the early starters.

Even a cursory look at this week’s Australian Open shows the morning wave averaging 1.73 shots better than the afternoon players, resulting in 18 early starters finishing in the top-10 by the end of the day, including current leader David Micheluzzi.

However, over on the South African Open, the roles are reversed, with current leader Thirston Lawrence taking up one of 15 places on the front page of leaderboard for the late starters, who shot around half-a-shot less than the morning groups.

Naturally, there are many factors – wind, temperature, dew, grass-types and, potentially, overall quality of the groupings, but these are variables that can change from day to day.

Step in Lou Stagner, data lead of Arccos Golf and all-round numbers guru.

Stagner does not deal in emotion or factors that cannot be measured. It’s facts, figures and that’s your lot!

He will tell you that from the fairway, 80-yards from the pin, professionals simply don’t get as close as many believe:

On Wednesday, the man who once built a Lego model of Augusta #12, tweeted a table showing the variance in putts made by PGA Tour members under morning and afternoon conditions.

Taking stats over 17 years, the table shows an advantage to the early starters, not by much, but enough to consider.

There are plenty of places to take the stats, with a few respondents asking for a table on grass types through the day – Bent v Bermuda v POA – and that will probably turn up on Stanger’s twitter feed soon.

Of course, on a Sunday, later starters have the pressure of trying to win a tournament, which is why we tend to see flashy rounds from those a few off the pace on Payday, but it is enough to consider when trying to get that illusive three-figure first (or second) round leader.

Either way, two-time major champion, and regular tweeter Justin Thomas, decided this was his chance to get in an early excuse when he’s off late in the day.

Make of what you will. Perhaps the stats will one day include how many of these are for par saves against birdie putts, or is that too much?

Either way, Stagner continues to bombard us with stats that delight and entertain, and that can be no bad thing. Unless you are a buddy of Lou’s…

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Cam Smith fumes at ‘pretty s****y’ opening round at Australian Open

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After an incredible week at the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship, Cameron Smith is off to a rough start at the Australian Open. The Champion Golfer of the Year struggled to hit fairways all day long and finished his round at +1 which is eight shots back of first-round leader David Micheluzzi (-7).

Smith, who received a massive ovation from the crowd, was extremely displeased, calling his play “pretty shitty” as he went from his post-round press conference to the practice range. The 29-year-old also said it was “as bad as I’ve played in a long time”.

“I don’t think it was a mixed bag, I think it was all rubbish to be honest,”

“Maybe some delayed tiredness, maybe. I did feel a little bit foggy out there at times, but it’s not really an excuse, it’s my job to do all that stuff.”

Despite the uninspiring round, the world number three still feels as if he can get back into the event and contend.

“It’s not like I don’t know how to play golf, it was just a bit of a bad day.”

“I’ve just got a few things to clean up, I think. Like I said last week [at the Australian PGA Championship], I felt as though the golf got better every day.”

The Aussie is incredible at recovery shots and finding his way out of trouble. But if he wants to be the first player to win the Australian PGA and Australian Open in the same season since 2011, he needs to start putting the ball in the fairway.

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