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Rory McIlroy accused of being ‘out of touch’ following post-round comment at Bay Hill



Bay Hill played difficult on Sunday. As a result, fans got to see a back-and-forth event with the leaderboard constantly in flux for much of Sunday’s final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

It was an exciting finish, and Kurt Kitayama (200-1 pre-tournament) ending up pulling off the shocking win over stars such as Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Viktor Hovland, and Tyrrell Hatton.

When speaking after his round, Rory McIlroy gave a bit of a strange response to what he believes fans want to see.

Dan Rapaport of Barstool Sports added his opinion, saying,

“This is a point players, Tour often miss. We like when it’s hard! We like seeing bogeys! Birdies aren’t cool when everyone’s making them!”

Most of the twitter users replying to the tweet agreed.

I think we can all agree that a difficult test on Sunday and watching the world’s best struggling a bit on the golf course to see who overcomes the challenge is what most golf fans want to see!

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  1. Kuch is the MAN

    Mar 8, 2023 at 10:29 am

    The TOC is literally unwatchable. -30 not winning a four day tournament is not golf.

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  4. Moo

    Mar 7, 2023 at 10:37 am

    Swinging his own swing! That’s how Kurt did it at Arnie’s place! Arnie would’ve been proud!

  5. markhughw

    Mar 6, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    There is a fine line between being tough and being unfair. I think most players and viewers want it to be tough but fair, and no one wants 27 under par winners. This particular tournament was not unfair even though par won in the final round, Kita was still 9 under and English and Mc were only one behind.

  6. Danny

    Mar 6, 2023 at 6:09 pm

    Watching bogey’s being made is not ok but watching Rory cry after every missed putt is.
    That’s not entertaining!
    On another note, watching Tyrell Hatton miss shots and what ensures thereafter is.
    Go figure.

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  8. Livininparadise

    Mar 6, 2023 at 4:53 pm

    Well, the commissioner is upset, so the next elevated event winner will be 30 under

  9. Everyone

    Mar 6, 2023 at 3:54 pm

    We want to see more tee to green, not the weekly putting contest.

  10. Jerry

    Mar 6, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    He’s right. The top players in the world gagging down the stretch. Hail Kitayama!

  11. Frank the Tank

    Mar 6, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Rors is a little punk who should watch the leaderboard and make more putts.

  12. Summit

    Mar 6, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    Rory’s view is simple and on point. When guys make clutch shots and birdies, the crown cheers and goes nuts. You don’t see the crown going nuts with bogeys and pars… maybe a little light “golf clap” but that’s not exciting for them.

  13. Ray

    Mar 6, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    Maybe he should go play in the LIV tour. ?

  14. Jolter

    Mar 6, 2023 at 12:08 pm

    For an elevated event, you want to see the best golfers in the world face some challenges over an entire golf course. Who wants to see the Phoenix Open or the old Hope birdie giggles. Rory is usually much more thoughtful, so maybe the LIV heat is finally getting to him.

  15. Thomas Parlante

    Mar 6, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Granted the course was tough and watching the lead change was exciting but Jordan Spieth finish was disappointing. He missed too many easy putts .

  16. A. Shipnuck

    Mar 6, 2023 at 9:32 am

    Is this what an elevated event looks like? A field with all the top players, an no one wanted to win it. It came down to a guy no one heard of shooting even par in the final round winning it

    • tdbach

      Mar 6, 2023 at 11:58 am

      I take it you don’t play golf. Tough course, tough conditions, a lot of pressure to win. It turned out to be a great tournament because of all of the above. You prefer LIV golfing exhibitions to tournament golf? Where players already have a flush bank account, will make a pretty good haul coming in 10th, and besides they’re going to make a bundle on their “team” winnings. No pressure. All fun and games for the players. That ain’t tournament golf. That’s just a show.

    • Pros choke?

      Mar 6, 2023 at 1:23 pm

      They all wanted to win that big purse bad and couldn’t help but make mistakes under the pressure. This is exactly how it should look, not like an exhibition round.

    • Remember my name

      Mar 6, 2023 at 1:32 pm

      If you never heard of Kurt Kitayama then you don’t follow golf. This isn’t the first time a lesser known name has won a big tournament, remember John Daly for starters?

    • Jim

      Mar 7, 2023 at 8:24 am

      I personally Loved watching the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Course being so challenging. The announcers kept noting the greatest players in the World were competing in the Field to win Arnie’s Tournament. Well in my opinion the Man who won was able to do son by keeping his head in the game to the last stroke. Congratulations Kitayama. You and the Course set up won the Day.

  17. Phil

    Mar 6, 2023 at 9:31 am

    Propaganda Poster boy shoulda gone to college.

    • Calm down

      Mar 6, 2023 at 9:45 am

      Why ? For a proper indoctrination? Lol. He was just salty after yet another bad putting week. Nothing to see here really.

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19th Hole

‘Never be buddies’ – NHL star hits back at Brooks Koepka following golfer’s heckling



Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed all take part in this week’s LIV Golf Orlando, their own prelude to the Masters starting on April 6th.

So, of course, at Wednesday’s presser, they were asked about their preparations, what would happen if one were to win at Augusta and, naturally, about ‘Cone-gate,’ a recent incident involving Koepka, a traffic cone, and an insult hurled at NHL defenceman Aaron Ekblad. 


Koepka, captain of the Smash GC team, was happy to answer the reporter’s question and had his fellow LIV players intrigued by his revelations:

Q: Brooks, sort of a viral clip from last week at the Panther game, I was just curious what’s your beef with Aaron Ekblad, and did you bring the cone from home?

Brooks: I did not bring the cone. He gave up a bad goal. It was a bad pass in the third. I’m a die-hard P’s fan, and he gave up a bad goal.

Bubba: What sport is this?

Reed: Hockey.

Brooks: Really?

Yeah, it’s all right. Yeah, he gave up a bad goal I think midway through the third, and I just felt like if they didn’t win that game, they weren’t going to make the Playoffs. Dedicated fan, man.

Bubba: What is that cone he’s talking about?

Brooks: There was a cone. There was a cone that was just outside, so I —

Bubba: Were you hydrated that night?

Brooks: Yeah.

Bubba: Now we’re getting to it.

Brooks: Absolutely. Listen, I’m a die-hard fan.

Bubba: Is your shirt on or off?

Brooks: It’s on.

Bubba: I ain’t gonna look at it then.

Brooks: But I’m a die-hard fan, man. When they do something good, I’m the first one to cheer them, I’ll text these guys.

Bubba: Did you not text him?

Brooks: I didn’t text him, no. I did not.

Well, Ekblad has since responded, and told Sportsnet’s Luke Fox that he doesn’t know Koepka and that they will “never be buddies.”

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Brooks Koepka’s coach says he expects LIV golfers to struggle at next week’s Masters



With the permission of Augusta National, the field for next week’s Masters will include six former champions that made the decision to join LIV Golf.

Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel and Phil Mickelson will all tee it up on 6th April, certain to show that the move to the rebel tour has not diminished their ability to still compete amongst the world’s elite.

However, Pete Cowan, coach to the likes of Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka, says that he is “not optimistic” about the chances of the LIV players at the first major of the year.

In an interview with The Times, the 72-year-old short-game wizard said,

“I’m not optimistic about players who aren’t playing competitively on a regular basis,”

“It’s a big deal. Like any sport, if you’re not competitively sharp you struggle.”

To put that into context, the official world’s top three players have taken part in a total of 21 events between them, with number three Jon Rahm leading the way with eight competitive outings, one ahead of the world number one Scottie Scheffler.

In contrast, 2016 US Open and 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson has only played two events since the turn of the year – LIV Mayakoba and LIV Tucson – and the current LIV table leader Charles Howell has done the same.

As The Times states, the most active PGA athletes will have played ‘more than double’ the number of rounds compared to their LIV counterparts come the Masters. There is concern over the level of commitment and desire to win from the LIV players, with last year’s Open Championship winner Cam Smith finishing fifth and 24th in his two outings in 2023, and DJ ranking in 35th and 13th in limited fields.

It may be that it’s money for old rope, but the incentive to appear in one of the PGA Tour’s ‘elevated’ events must also weigh heavily on those that took the big bucks to jump ship in 2022.

Cowan doesn’t slate those that went for the money, agreeing it has to be a motivating factor in sport, no matter what the public persona might say.

“Whether they say they do or not, they all play for money,” he said, before continuing

 “They are selfish and they have to be to be very good players. Ask Rory how much appearance money he gets a year. They all need to get round a table because if someone is investing billions into my sport I’d be saying, ‘How can I accommodate you?'”

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Augusta National Women’s Amateur champ hit with brutal 4-stroke penalty to begin defense



When high school sophomore Anna Davis won the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, everything went her way.

From charging through the field on the final day with a 69, to seeing leader Latanna Stone finish double-bogey, bogey to hand her the title, the then 16-year-old admitted, “I’m still a little shocked. I literally… I’m speechless. I can’t even fathom what just happened.”

Fast-forward 12 months and the defending champion had a completely opposite opening round, the bad day highlighted with a four-stroke penalty on her opening hole.

In the first round of the ANWA at Champions Retreat, host for the first two rounds of the 54-hole event, Davis twice lifted, cleaned and placed her ball while it was in the rough, mistakenly believing it was ‘preferred lies’ from anywhere.

Davis was then told on the 4th hole that there was a chance the committee would penalize her, but it was only after she finished her round that they confirmed she had lost four strokes, and had to sign for a 9 on hole one.

Chairman of Competition Committees James B Hyler Jr explained, “During play of her first hole, Anna Davis lifted her ball and failed to replace it on its original spot on two separate occurrences. Under Rule 9.4, Ms Davis has been penalized two strokes for each occurrence of playing from a wrong place. Her score on hole 1 will be increased from 5 to 9.”

Davis, who made four cuts from seven outings on the LPGA Tour last season, followed her opening hole with a double at the fourth hole and bogey on the next, standing at eight over par after just five holes. However, she fought back with four birdies and no dropped shots through the last 13 holes, eventually recording a four-over 76, 10 behind leader Rose Zhang.

The 17-year-old told reporters that she had checked the ruling with the group scorer. She asked if the preferred lie ruling apply all over the course and says she was told yes. “I guess he didn’t know,” Davis admitted.

“Aside from hole 1, I played pretty good today,” Davis said. “I hit a lot of shots close. The putter wasn’t really rolling, but I hit good shots.”

“I felt pretty good with my game the next 14 holes after that. I hit good shots. I just tried to forget that the 1st hole happened. All I can really do is have that give me motivation to do well tomorrow and have a good round tomorrow.

I’m playing well so I’m confident that I can do well tomorrow.”

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