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Harry Styles has a smoother golf swing than you could ever imagine

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From British X-Factor loser to megastar in around 10 years, Harry Styles’ early career isn’t dissimilar to many a golfer that initially missed the big time, only to return to the top league some years later.

Rejected from the show as a solo artist, Simon Cowell brought him back as part of a boy band, who then became the winners of multiple awards and the only group in the 58-year history of the Billboard album chart to have their first four albums chart at number one.

While bandmate Niall Horan has formed one of the best golf agencies in European sport,  with signings such as Tyrrell Hatton, Leona Maguire and two-time 2022 winner Ewen Ferguson, Styles has been seen more as a fashion icon.

Still, very occasionally fashion mixes well with golf, and the 28-year-old musician and actor was recently seen striping a fade on the course in Chicago, looking a bit like Tom Watson circa 1970-something.

In the past, Styles has been quoted as saying golf is his way of relaxing and, given his fame, is already comfortable with hoards of cameramen following every move.

As one reply to the tweet points out, “Even his Golf Swing Is Mick Jagger’s.”

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PGA Tour pro pleads for Tiger Woods to help change ‘terrible’ hole at Genesis Invitational

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On Sunday night, after the conclusion of the Genesis Invitational, PGA Tour player Adam Schenk took to X to complain about Riviera Country Club’s difficult par 3 fourth hole.

Schenk isn’t alone in thinking that the fourth hole at Riv is too demanding, but there are also plenty of players and fans who love the hole.

Ben Hogan called the hole “The greatest par-3 hole in America.”

Smylie Kaufman also said that he believes the hole is more about luck than skill.

Ultimately, there is a fine line between challenging and unfair, and the 4th at Riviera will continue to generate mixed opinions on which category it falls under.

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Brandel Chamblee offers solution to Scottie Scheffler’s putting woes

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On Monday, Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee took to social media to discuss Scottie Scheffler’s putting stroke, referencing the banning of “anchoring” in the process.

“The USGA and R&A made anchoring illegal beginning in 2016 because the fulcrum established when one anchors simplifies the putting stroke such that one can merely let gravity return the putter to the ball. BUT one can legally simulate an anchored putting stroke by letting the putter head move substantially more than the handle and most of the best putters throughout history have done this.”

“So when I look at Scottie Scheffler continue to struggle with his putting (he was dead last in SG Putting amongst those that made the cut at Genesis) I wonder why he simply doesn’t try to get more flow and take the wooden look of dragging the handle out of his stroke. Compare the degree to which Scheffler drags the handle as opposed to some of the best putters of all time in the pictures below.”

Brandel then posted by side-by-side pictures comparing Scottie’s strokes to some of the game’s great putters of the past.

Chamblee then posted a video of why he believes Scheffler is more prone to having “heel strikes” in his putting stroke.

Scheffler finished 10th at the Genesis Invitational where he lost 4.4 strokes putting.

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‘My chill here was zero’ – The comment from Genesis winner Hideki Matsuyama that left Amanda Balionis Renner stunned

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On Sunday at Riviera, Hideki Matsuyama shot one of the most impressive rounds in the history of the event (check out Matsuyama’s winning WITB here).

The Japanese star was six shots back of Patrick Cantlay to begin his final round with a handful of very good players ahead of him as well. Matsuyama went on to shoot 62 and won the event by an unthinkable three shots. During the round, Hideki made a few incredible shots including a dart on the par-4th 15th to less than a foot.

After the round, Matsuyama spoke to Golf on CBS’ Amanda Renner via a translator about the round. Inexplicably, the 2021 Masters Champion said he felt like he shot 3 over par on the day.

Renner seemed shocked by the comment and took to X later to share her thoughts.

“My chill here was… zero,” she said.

Hideki is truly one of a kind!

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