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Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter involved in ugly Twitter spat with DP World Tour pro

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Whilst we have seen plenty of rhetoric from the leaders of the three major tours — Jay Monahan, Keith Pelley, and Greg Norman — social media has been the scene of much frenetic and biting conversation between players.

One of the most vociferous anti-LIV golfers has been Eddie Pepperell, who has always used Twitter as his go-to outlet for tales of red wine, his dogs, and his play, which he often describes as honestly as he can, as when finishing the Spanish Open:

Being as forthright and honest as he is has taken Pepperell to having over 170k followers, with many viewing his constant spats with current LIV players, in particular Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter.

Pepperell’s anti-LIV stance knows few boundaries, and he recently commented on the status of LIV players, as well as changing his Twitter bio to read, “LIV golfer in the making.”

And so to the latest row, occurring after golf columnist Alistair Tait asked if the sponsors on the DP World Tour events might jump to LIV before becoming “a European Tour casualty in the current war of attrition that is professional golf.”

In the column, Tait queries the quality of recent European events, noting, “Thank goodness defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick is playing at Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande, Spain. The U.S. Open champion brings star quality to a tournament that deserves far more stars.”

Westwood and Poulter took to Twitter to voice their support, with Westwood commenting, “Finger on the pulse Alistair,” and Poults claiming he was, “Bang on as normal…”

Pepperell seized his chance and asked the winner of the 2004 Andalucia Masters why he didn’t play Valderrama this year.

Poults came back:

Poulter then replied with, “Oh Eddie, I’m playing at the same venue the European Tour had an event for 3 years… i can’t play both at once. Valderrama is one of the best courses in Europe. I’d love to play there again one day. That was a big win in 2004 I remember picking up €625k. Now answer my Questions”

Pepperrell also asked Poulter’s Ryder Cup and LIV ‘Majesticks’ teammate why he wasn’t at Valderrama this year.

Westwood starts by re-routing the question back to the originator, and the comment is met with that famous Batman ‘Ooof!’ – “Why weren’t you playing Eddie? I know you like a fine Rioja.”

The answer is, as ever, honest.

Westwood notices the chance to take a swipe:

before Pepperrell finishes with a final left hook:

“That’s not a battle I’m after.. I was simply asking why you weren’t play Valderrama after praising Alistair’s article. I think I know the answer.. but I could be wrong. (What I think I know, has nothing to do with your want to support the ET, more you ability to…)”

It’s not great, not nice to read, and certainly nowhere nearer to getting players across the tours to walk hand-in-hand down a fairway, wherever that fairway may be.

At the end of LIV Jeddah, Westwood finished tied 12th, Poulter tied 28th, five and nine shots shy of the 12-under posted by winner Brooks Koepka.

Pepperrell didn’t play this week.

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Brandel Chamblee says this area of Rory McIlroy’s game costs him in the biggest moments

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It’s been over a decade since Rory McIlroy last won a major. At last week’s U.S. Open, the Northern Irishman had his best chance in recent memory to finally got over the hump, but missed two putts inside five feet, including a 2’6? putt, which cost him the tournament.

While speaking on Golf Channel, Brandel Chamblee shared his opinion on what he believes has held McIlroy back in the biggest moments.

“Don’t get me wrong, I love Rory’s golf swing, it’s beautiful. It’s beautiful. But he’s now finished in the top-ten in the last six US Opens and he’s averaging in those six US Opens – because I just looked here in strokes gained approach – about 30th. Guess what they do not do? Win US Opens.

“The guys who win US Opens finish first, second, third, fourth. Brooks Koepka in US Opens – first, second, most greens and best iron shots, strokes gained approach.

“Rory consistently underperforms in his iron play – and that is the most important statistic.”

The stats back up Chamblee’s opinion. On Sunday, Rory ranked 69th of 74 players in Strokes Gained: Approach.

McIlroy will take a few weeks off before teeing it up at the Genesis Scottish Open followed by the last major of the year at Royal Troon.

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Tour pro says Rory McIIroy needs to replace caddie Harry Diamond following U.S. Open collapse

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It’s no secret that Rory McIlroy hasn’t won a major in a decade. On Sunday, the Northern Irishman had his best chance in recent memory to finally got over the hump, but missed two putts inside five feet, including a 2’6″ putt, which cost him the U.S. Open.

While speaking on The Chipping Forecast podcast, DP World Tour player Eddie Pepperell said he believes McIlroy needs a new caddie.

“He looked so comfortable and in control and he just needed to hit it to the front part of that green on 15. And I really think he would have walked away with that trophy. That was an inexplicable club decision on 15 and possibly the last too.”

Harry Diamond, a longtime McIlroy friend, has been on his bag since 2017.

Pepperell said that McIlroy’s former caddie, JP Fitzgerald, would be a wise choice to replace Diamond.

“I just think Rory needs somebody who’s capable, like JP (Fitzgerald) probably used to be able to do and help him get across that line.”

Eddie added that if Rory were to win at Pinehurst, a change wouldn’t have been necessary.

“I wouldn’t have said this If he had won but I think he needs a new caddie. I hate saying that about Harry because I’m sure he’s a lovely guy. And I’m sure he’s a good caddie.

“But today, I felt Rory needed somebody that could pull him through the finish line. Rory should never have lost that golf tournament today.

“And I’m adamant about that. I’m sure if he had a super experienced, strong caddie, he would have just pulled him through.

“And I think that that’s the thing that’s holding him back in majors. I could be wrong, but that’s what I think and a bogey on 15 was just emblematic.”

On Monday, McIlroy put out a statement saying he’s going to take the next few weeks off and will skip this week’s Travelers Championship, which is a Signature Event.

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The stunning numbers behind the rise in Bryson’s popularity following U.S. Open win

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Joe Pompliano, who is a sports and business investor at Pomp Investments, took to X to share just how popular Bryson DeChambeau is after his win at the U.S. Open.

“Bryson DeChambeau’s last 24 hours:

• Google search interest up +250%
• The Stitch x Crushers collab sells out
• Gained 25,000 Twitter followers
• Gained 25,000 YouTube subscribers
• Gained 100,000 Instagram followers
• Appeared on the Today show this AM”

I can also add that DeChambeau’s New Era hat, which has been sold out since the day it was released, was briefly back in stock on Monday. It proceeded to sell out once again in less than an hour.”

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Like it or not, Bryson DeChambeau is the biggest star in professional golf.

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