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Report: PGA Tour pro says he wants to ‘punch Talor Gooch in the face’

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Tensions are high in professional golf.

The LIV Golf players who have elected to leave the PGA TOUR have left many of their former colleagues steaming.

Alan Shipnuck, in his “Firepit Collective“, spoke with Talor Gooch recently. Shipnuck regards Gooch as “the face” of the PGA TOUR Vs. LIV. He also calls Gooch a “god-fearing country boy who is intelligent enough to have been his high school valedictorian”.

The reason Gooch’s decision to leave the PGA TOUR was so highly scrutinized was because he didn’t fit the mold of the other players who had preceded him.

Prior to Gooch’s departure, the narrative surrounding LIV Golf was that it was a tour for washed up players with their best golf long behind them. Once Gooch decided to leave, the floodgates opened for younger players such as Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz, and eventually the Champion Golfer of the Year Cameron Smith.

Gooch made things even more uncomfortable when he compared the atmosphere at LIV Portland to a Ryder Cup (which he’s never played in). The comments were joked about by plenty of PGA TOUR players and didn’t help the way Gooch was perceived.

Matters got worse when Gooch then decided to tee it up at Wentworth for the DP World Tour’s “flagship” event in search of Official World Golf Ranking Points. This drew criticism from players like Shane Lowry, Matt Fitzpatrick, Jon Rahm and Billy Horschel. All of which had questions as to why Gooch should be able to play the event when he had never supported the DP World Tour throughout his career.

All of these factors have added up to make Gooch the face of all that is wrong with LIV Golf in the eyes of those who oppose the Saudi-backed series.

According to Shipnuck, one anonymous PGA TOUR player recently said,

“He always seemed like a nice guy, but now I just want to punch him in the face.”

Gooch is seemingly unbothered by the criticism thus far, saying to Shipnuck “It was funny. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.”

After winning the BMW PGA at Wentworth, Shane Lowry exclaimed “another win for the good guys!”

After the Four Aces team victory at LIV Chicago, Gooch shot back.

With Gooch currently involved in a lawsuit against the PGA TOUR, I don’t expect cooler heads to prevail anytime soon.

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Unruly fan behaviour overshadows Charlie Woods’ pre-qualifier round for Cognizant Classic

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On Thursday, Charlie Woods attempted to pre-qualify for the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches. The round at Lost Lake Golf Club didn’t go so well for Charlie, as he shot a disappointing 86 on the day.

According to The Palm Beach Post, the round quickly became unenjoyable for the 15-year-old. A group of nearly 50 fans followed Woods close to the fairway and ignored pleas from the tournament staff for them to “stay on the cart path”.

“Who are you? The fire marshal?” one fan reportedly said.

The Palm Beach Post also shared that one grandmother pulled her granddaughter out of school in hopes of Woods noticing her. Another fan became disgruntled when Charlie wouldn’t sign a copy of her book, “How I Play Golf,” by Tiger Woods, saying “I live here” when told that Charlie wasn’t allowed to sign mid-round.

Woods was derailed by scoring a 12 on the 7th hole, as well as plenty of other mishaps throughout the round. Unlike most 15-year-old kids, Charlie doesn’t have the luxury of being able to grind through the adversity outside of the public eye.

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We asked Rory McIlroy what his dream all-time version of ‘The Match’ would be…Here’s what he had to say

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In the lead up to TNT Sports’ ninth edition of “Capital One’s The Match,” Rory McIlroy, Max Homa, Rose Zhang and Lexi Thompson held a press conference.

While answering a question from GolfWRX, Rory McIlroy did his best to reveal what four players in the history of golf he’d hypothetically like to see play in “The Match”.

Vincenzi: “If you could create a match in this format between any players in any era, what match would you create and why?”

McIlroy:

“I think one of the cool things about golf is being able to or at least trying to compare generations. So, I was always a big fan of Shell’s wonderful world of golf growing up. And obviously you had a lot of the greatest players ever to play those matches.

I mean, it’s hard. I think there’s too many great players in the history of the game to try to, to just put up a foursome together because, you know, off the top of my head, I’m like, ok, Sam Snead and Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Seve. I mean, you can go on and on down the list and I’m a pretty big historian of the game and I, I really appreciate where the game has come from and what it’s evolved into and how that has benefited me and all of my peers up until this point. So, I think it’s hard to create a foursome and a format that would really do the history of golf justice.

But take your pick, there’s so many different ones that you could do. But I think trying to compare generations, being able to compare Hogan to Tiger, for example, in both of their primes would be something that would be really cool to watch.

There you have it. If the next version of “The Match” was Ben Hogan vs. Tiger Woods, who would you pick?

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‘Yuck’ – Cringe driving range mansplaining incident towards PGA pro goes viral

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While a female golf professional and coach was on the range, she received some unprovoked swing tips from an amateur onlooker.

“What you’re doing there is you’re coming back too slow,” the random man said to Georgia Ball, who has almost 200,000 Instagram followers based on her excellent golf tips she puts out on social media.

“I’m going through a swing change at the minute, so…,” Ball responds.

The man continues to try and “help” and says he’s been playing the game “for 20 years”.

You can see the full video on Ball’s Instagram page (@georgiagolfcoach) here:

 

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The most infuriating part of the video is certainly after she makes a great swing, the man tries taking credit as if his advice is what produced the result.

The man takes a beating in the comment section so make sure to check out the post, with even Hollywood actor Don Cheadle calling the incident “yuck”.

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