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Bettinardi issues statement after putters appear on shelves in Costco



Chicago-based club manufacturer Bettinardi, released a statement on Friday distancing itself from the selling of one of their highly regarded putters in mass retail outlet, Costco.

After the Studio Queen B putter was spotted being sold at one of Costco’s outlets at $319.99, Bettinardi swiftly issued an official statement firmly confirming that the retailer was “not an official distributor of Bettinardi Golf.”

In the communication, the company states that, “In an attempt to increase Bettinardi Golf’s distribution in South America, one of our distributors chose to break their contract and sell their Bettinardi product to Costco without the consent of Bettinardi Golf.”

It confirms the company’s next move, verifying that, “We are extremely disappointed that one of our distributors would choose to diminish our brand and end our relationship in this way. Bettinardi Golf is actively pursuing all courses of action to have this product removed from all Costco stores and the Costco website.”

Used by a number of winning tour players, Bettinardi’s website states, “Bettinardi Golf has amassed over 95 worldwide Tour wins since 1998, Bettinardi putters continue to prove their distinction and find their ways into the game’s best golfers hands around the globe.”

Those 95 include this season’s U.S Open, won by Matt Fitzpatrick, and either way, the surprising sighting of their putters at Costco has brought publicity for the acclaimed manufacturer.

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  3. Karsten Solheim

    Sep 21, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    I’ve taken a ton of money with a $50 Anser 2

  4. Andrew Walters

    Sep 19, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    Magical is the P&SI-EGOS. on eBay.

  5. Shoddy Chameroon

    Sep 17, 2022 at 1:58 am

    Wow. 11 comments and you’re all drinking the corporate America Kool-Aid?

    Bettinardi – like many top golf brands – tries to protect real golf shops from being put out of business by big box stores like Costco. This is nothing new, and certainly not only Bettinardi.

    Costco runs on lower profit margins, enormous quantity purchasing, and “make it up in quantity”. Even the big chain golf shops are nowhere near the same throughput.

    But – if you’re happy that all we’ll have left in a few years is Amazon, Wal-mart, Sam’s and Costco… then go ahead, claim Bettinardi is the bad guy here.


    Sep 15, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    It shows the profit margin Benni has on these over priced pieces and how bad the consumer is getting ripped off. EXPOSED.

  7. hko

    Sep 10, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    betti-waht? lol

  8. Patrick

    Sep 10, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    What? Too good for Costco. It’s a putter… I have a betti. It’s nothing magical. What’s the big deal? Kind of makes me want to get rid of mine. I hate the elitist attitude in golf. It’s a stupid game. You hit the little ball into the hole.

  9. Bhickey

    Sep 9, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    How bout them Honma irons for under $1,000?

  10. Gunter Eisenberg

    Sep 9, 2022 at 10:35 am

    I understand that Bettinardi wants to keep their image as an upper tier putter OEM but I don’t think anyone will buy the at that price since you can get a Kirkland putter for half the price a few feet away from that display.

  11. Chun Chang Jackson

    Sep 7, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Whats the big deal? They come in on the same ship that supplies Harbor Freight.

    • Drkviol801

      Sep 15, 2022 at 7:36 am


    • Jack Titanic Thompson

      Sep 19, 2022 at 8:50 pm

      Bettenardi putters are milled in the U.S. in Illinois just outside of Chicago.

  12. Hopp

    Sep 7, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    They have shown up on the Costco website for a month or two, saw them when looking for other golf items.

  13. John

    Sep 7, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Get over yourselves, Bettinardi. You must be the only company ever to exist that wants fewer sales.

  14. Paul Runyan

    Sep 6, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    So, how much is Costco making on these once Asked list price of $450 putters!?

    Hey Sam, last putter I buy from you guys!

    And that latest rendition of the so-called Yes! Version ain’t so great. Why don’t you actually make it like the original Yes! In C- Groove??

  15. Bruce

    Sep 5, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    I wouldn’t buy a Bettinardi boutique fluff putter at half the price.

  16. Benny

    Sep 5, 2022 at 7:44 am

    Good luck. Costco willfully them to pound sand

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Celine Boutier responds after report claimed she refused to play with two teammates at Solheim Cup



Following last week’s Solheim Cup, a report from Handicap54 on X indicated that Celine Boutier asked for a partner change after Georgia Hall had underperformed alongside her during the morning session of the Solheim Cup on Friday.

“I tell a ‘funny’ situation that I found out about @thesolheimcup, from different sources. I’m not going to name names, for now.

Captain of one of the two teams receives the request from one of her best players (player A), who complained about the level of her teammate (player B, on Friday morning).

‘Can I play with another golfer in the afternoon?’

The captain answers yes and tells her with whom. And the player in question gives her a third name (player C). Well, the captain answers that it is impossible, sends her to sit down for the Friday afternoon session and decided that third name play with the player who had a low level (player B). And these last two won their match, that afternoon! ???”

“Yes, the golfer was Céline Boutier. And I wanted to wait for the celebrations to pass and I wanted that the names were saying by the friends of Golf Sin Etiquetas (@gfcgolf and @alexlarrazabal1), who had the same information and were on the course (I considered that they had priority and I was waiting to them). At the same time, I want to clarify a detail that I have explained poorly. The story is like this. Friday afternoon, Celine Boutier tells Pettersen that she doesn’t want to play with Hall and wants to play in the afternoon, with another player. Suzann tells her that she would play with Maguire (I explained that detail poorly, but it is a detail that does not harm what I said). Boutier refuses and Suzann Pettersen decides that the French golfer won’t play that afternoon.”

Boutier responded to the claims in an interview with Ouest France.

“I don’t know what to say other than that it’s completely false. Leona is a player that I respect enormously, even more so in the Solheim Cup. We know each other very well, since university (they both studied at Duke in the United States).

I don’t see any personal or professional reason not to want to play with her. It’s even the opposite, it’s an honour to play with her. This is unfounded and almost comical in fact. Anyone who knows us and our relationship would know that’s not true.”

Boutier has yet to make any comment on the claim she didn’t want to play Friday afternoon with Georgia Hall.

Although the report has now been disputed, Handicap54 is standing by his original report.

“If Celine Boutier had seen this, she would have denied the situation of Hall too. This is not the first time that a player/part of the team players has tried to ‘deny’ a conflict in the Solheim Cup/Ryder Cup. But I respect their ‘denial’. I still stand my tweet (much more, after seeing this) and admire Pettersen’s ability to overcome all these internal problems that she had.”

“Koepka and DJ ‘would have had a fight’ at the @rydercup 2018. Koepka denied it, but he had a great relationship with DJ… which was not seen again until LIV Golf. I insist: this is not the first time that a player/person on a player’s team tries to deny a situation like this. I respect Boutier’s response but I still stand my tweet.”

Have a take? Discuss this article at GolfWRX on X.

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‘They might be leaking oil’ – Why Wyndham Clark thinks Europe may be mentally drained by Sunday



The 2023 Ryder Cup gets underway in just a couple of days, and it’s safe to say that the mind games have well and truly begun.

Earlier this month, Ryder Cup rookie Wyndham Clark hit the headlines for comments he made regarding the prospect of facing Rory McIlroy in Sunday’s singles.

While speaking to Golf Channel, Clark said:

“I have the utmost respect for Rory – he is one of our great ambassadors of our game. He is obviously one of the best of all time and he is still going so he can be that. I have tons of respect for Rory and because of that respect, I also want to beat him. I like to think I am better than him and I want to prove that.”

The U.S. Open champ caught some flack for those comments, but it hasn’t stopped Clark from showcasing his bullishness, with the 29-year-old exclaiming on Wednesday that he believes members of the European team may have played too much golf heading into this week’s event.

When a reporter mentioned to Clark that he’s had some weeks off while the Europeans have been playing themselves into form, the US Open champ mentioned how it could be a hindrance to the Europeans.

“I think the European team, I think it’s great that they got to play. I also think they might be maybe a little mentally fatigued as this week goes on. This is obviously a very intense environment and mentally challenging, and then also you put in a pretty physically demanding golf course being so hilly and up and down that maybe come Sunday they might be leaking oil and we’ll be fresh.”

There’s not long to wait now to find out if Clark is correct or off base in his assessment.

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‘This can’t be real’ – Golf fans react to John Daly’s hilarious NSFW Instagram post



On Tuesday night, John Daly took to Instagram to show a photo of a statue of himself at Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

The statue had a bee’s nest attached to it and looked as if it was adding to the statues below the belt area.

Daly posted the photo with the caption, “Thanks to the hornets for making it life size #savethebees @nemacolin #mysticrock”


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Country artist Randy Houser replied, “Hahaha!!! Does it itch or sting?”

Another commenter, @ryanshager replied, “I’ve seen it, it’s actually bigger”.

Daly has been a controversial figure at times in golf, but there’s no denying that he always bring some entertainment to the table.

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