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U.S. team questioned by media over their choice of HATS at Walker Cup presser

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The ninth edition of the Walker Cup is set to begin this weekend at St. Andrews. The American team, who’s going for their fourth straight win, had their introductory press conferences on Thursday.

Oddly enough, the aspect of the press conference that’s created the most buzz was the hats that the American team were wearing. The hats had a “W” on them, and most people in the room were unsure of what they stood for.

A reporter kicked off the questioning with a remark about the hats immediately.

“We have to ask right away, are you representing Washington or Wisconsin or what are the W’s for on the hats?”

U.S. captain, Mike McCoy, answered the question.

“The Walker Cup.”

There was then a follow up question, “The next question is why is one W bigger than the other W?”

The number one ranked amateur in the world, Gordon Sargeant, answered that question.

“This one fits my head a little better, so I went with this one, [Nick Dunlap] liked that one. As long as they all have a W on them, we’ll be good.”

But that wasn’t all, towards the end of the press conference, another reporter brought the hats up once again.

“Mike, sorry to belabor the point about the hats, but Tiger Woods has educated us about the W means a win, I take it that’s not the case. Are those hats going to be the ones the boys will wear in the match?”

McCoy wasn’t sure of the answer.

“I don’t know. I don’t think so, but we may very well. I think they came about when President Bush, he attends the matches over in the U.S., and so I think the hats started also as kind of a tribute to him as well as the Walker Cup.”

When GB&I Captain was asked if he’d seen the hats, he said that he hadn’t.

“No, no, I actually haven’t seen the hats. I could think of a lot of W’s, help me out there.”

Both teams will be seeking a “W” this weekend at the Old Course.

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  1. JM

    Sep 21, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    half of the hats have a “W” on them, but clearly the hat supplier ran out of “w”s because some of them are an upside down “M”. Looks like a botched up job by the kid that puts the messages up on the McDonalds sign.

  2. Me

    Sep 11, 2023 at 11:56 am

    Anyone familiar with the Chicago Cubs? If not look up what the fly when they win.

  3. H

    Sep 4, 2023 at 3:44 am

    Americans are so full of hate, racism and xenophobia and backwards thinking it’s still stuck in the 18th century lmao

  4. Michael W. Carroll

    Sep 1, 2023 at 7:13 pm

    Pathetic – when you are representing the USA you wear apparel that indicates same vs this failure at copying the Puma label. This never should have been approved at all. Another tradition disrespected.

  5. Tom

    Sep 1, 2023 at 10:34 am

    Liberal press trying to make something out of nothing… surprised they didn’t blame Trump

  6. Frank

    Sep 1, 2023 at 9:50 am

    Good Lord what morons is that the best you can come up with??

    • W

      Sep 1, 2023 at 12:19 pm

      No, W anker is what they were getting at, but you Yanks wouldn’t understand lol

  7. Bob Jones

    Sep 1, 2023 at 9:50 am

    If you can’t think of anything else to write about, try to make something out of absolute nothing.

  8. Richard

    Sep 1, 2023 at 9:30 am

    Pathetic press if that’s the best questions they can come up with

  9. Mark Felt

    Sep 1, 2023 at 8:01 am

    Great journalisming

  10. The Truth Network

    Sep 1, 2023 at 7:44 am

    These Brits are idiots if all they can come up with are questions about the hats.

    • W

      Sep 1, 2023 at 12:17 pm

      W anker is what they meant, but you’re too thick to understand lol

      • Kurtis

        Sep 3, 2023 at 3:10 pm

        How many times are you going to post this LAME JOKE

      • The Truth Network

        Sep 3, 2023 at 3:37 pm

        If you see the ‘W’ and the first thing that you think of is W***er, then you are a simpleton. Brits are not very forward-thinking, this is why you lost the Revolutionary War. Enjoy your cold weather and tax system.

        • W

          Sep 4, 2023 at 3:43 am

          Americans are so backwards thinking with its deep down hate, racism and xenophobia in their hearts, it’s still stuck in the 18th century so much so it won’t let a woman be president lmao

          • The Truth Network

            Sep 4, 2023 at 12:58 pm

            How’d that Walker cup turn out for you you Wan**er?

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Vincenzi’s 2023 Ryder Cup betting preview: Justin Thomas ready to silence doubters in Rome

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After a long, five-year wait, the 2023 Ryder Cup is back on European soil.

In 2021, the United States team won in dominating fashion, 19-9. The win marked the first time that the U.S. won in back-to-back home Ryder Cups since 1979 and 1983.

The last time the Europeans hosted the Ryder Cup was 2018, where they won convincingly 17.5-10.5 at Le Golf National in France.

Europe has won seven of the last ten editions of the premier golfing showcase. However, the U.S. has won two of the past three competitions and entire this latest affair as the favorite. 

Marco Simone is a par-71, measuring at 7,268 yards and features Bentgrass greens. The fairways are comprised of paspalum and the rough is fescue. The course was designed by Jim Fazio and David Mezzacane and is located 10 miles from the center of the Rome and is surrounded by the green of the Roman countryside. The course has hosted the last three Italian Open’s on the DP World Tour. 

Prediction

I bet Europe to win the Ryder Cup at +185 on multiple occasions between October of 2021 and April of 2023, but the line has plummeted over the past few weeks. The United States are -160 and Europe is +130 as it stands now.

The last extremely close Ryder Cup we’ve seen was in 2012 when the European Team came back to stun the United States at Medinah by a score of 14.5 to 13.5. I believe 2023 is the year we finally get another excruciatingly close finish on Sunday at the Ryder Cup and it will come down to the last few matches.

Therefore, I still believe the value lies with Europe and would bet it at any number better than +120.

Top European Point Scorer: Ludvig Aberg +1800 (Caesars)

Prior to Ludvig Aberg’s victory at the Omega European Masters, there was some debate as to whether or not Ludvig Aberg was deserving of a captain’s pick with such little experience in professional golf. However, I believe Aberg’s spot was long secured whether or not he won at Crans. Donald was paired with Aberg at Detroit Golf Club for the Rocket Mortgage Classic and was awestruck by his talent. From then on, it was a foregone conclusion that the young Swede would be in Rome, for better or worse.

Given his skill set and recent play, I strongly believe Aberg will be paired with either Viktor Hovland or Rory McIlroy over the first few days of the Ryder Cup. Marco Simone is a difficult course off the tee, and Aberg is already one of the best in the world in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee. He should set up perfectly for the golf course.

Playing with one of Europe’s strongest players will increase the likelihood of Aberg accruing points over the fourball and foursome portion of the event, so the pairing is crucial. In the team’s scouting trip to Rome, Aberg played with Hovland in a match against McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood, so that could give a sneak peak into Donald’s plans for Rome.

Aberg will have to compete with his playing companions for top scorer, but at more than three times the odds, I believe Aberg carries significant value in this market.

Top United States Point Scorer: Justin Thomas (+1200 via BetRivers), Top Captain’s Pick (+450 via DraftKings)

The inclusion of Justin Thomas in this year’s Ryder Cup was controversial. The two-time major champion had arguably the worst season of his career, failing to make the FedEx Cup playoffs and missing the cut in five of his last eight starts to end the season.

Despite the struggles all year, JT has seemed to turn a corner this fall, and should thrive in the format that he’s been so successful at throughout his career.

At the Fortinet Championship, Thomas finished in 5th place and gained 6.7 strokes on the field on approach, which was his best performance in that category since last year. He has worked tirelessly over the past few months to get ready for the Ryder Cup, and I believe he will perform well.

JT is a combined 16-5-2 in Ryder Cup’s and President’s Cups and the format undoubtedly brings out the best in the fiery competitor. Like it or not, Thomas is the heart and soul of the American side. For that reason, I strongly believe Thomas will play a minimum of four times on the week, with five being a real possibility. The most important aspect of betting this market is identifying the players who will play the most, and his track record with Jordan Spieth and relationship with Zach Johnson would indicate he’ll be out there for much of the competition.

We are being offered a discounted price on Thomas for his poor 2023, but he will have every opportunity to turn it around at Marco Simone.

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Correct Score: Europe 14.5, USA 13.5 (+1300 via DraftKings)

Correct Score: USA 14.5, Europe 13.5 (+1000 via DraftKings)

Last week, we saw the Solheim Cup come down to the wire, and I believe a similar scenario will unfold at the Ryder Cup. There hasn’t been a down-to-the-wire Ryder Cup since Medinah and 2012, but that will change this year. These teams are as evenly matched as I can remember, and the home soil advantage will help neutralize the U.S. team’s slightly superior depth. These odds are long enough to sprinkle and hope for a spectacular finish down the stretch.

 

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5 examples of how Lexi Thompson has been treated harsher than any of her peers

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Following Lexi Thompson’s Solheim Cup post-round presser on Friday evening, the 28-year-old has been the topic of much discussion.

Golf pundits and fans alike have been weighing in with their takes after this exchange with a reporter surrounding an untimely shank on Friday afternoon went viral:

After the incident, LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez said that Lexi has “been picked on and drug through negative comments. She is tired of it”

So has the criticism of Lexi Thompson been justified, or is this yet another example of her being unfairly treated?

Well, here are five times, in my opinion, that Lexi has been scrutinized far differently over the years than her peers.

2022 KPMG PGA Championship

At the 2022 KPMG PGA Championship, Lexi Thompson held a two-stroke lead with three holes to play. She couldn’t close the deal and lost the tournament.

Afterwards, she was fined $2k (as were the rest of the group) for slow play.

Lexi declined to speak to the media and got hammered on social media for doing so…

Almost every golfer at some point has skipped a media session following disappointment on the course, and nobody has really batted an eyelid.

Tiger skipped back-to-back post-round media briefings at the 2019 WGC Mexico after being frustrated with his putting. Remember the backlash over that? Nah, me neither.

Donald Trump

@TheWhiteHouse

Every (or nearly every) big-name golfer under the sun has played golf with Donald Trump. Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy etc. Nobody really cared.

For whatever reason, when Lexi Thompson did, it was a story, and she took herself off social media soon after the photo was posted.

 

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A post shared by Lexi Thompson (@lexi)

2021 U.S. Women’s Open

In the final round of the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open, Lexi Thompson had a 6-foot eagle on her opening hole. She missed and made birdie to lead by five.

She then lost the tournament.

Following the round, Brandel Chamblee said on ‘Live From’:

“She’s got 6 feet away. Now professional golfers don’t miss the center of the face by a pinhead. Look where she hits this putt on the very 1st hole. Look where this putt comes off the face. She would have missed the center of the putter there by a half an inch. I have never — I have never — seen a professional golfer miss the center of the putter by a wider margin than that. That was at the 1st hole. “

Honest? Absolutely. Correct? Brandel usually is. Has any other LPGA golfer been handed the full-on Chamblee treatment? Not to my knowledge.

2023 Solheim Cup

Lexi Thompson spoke the words, “I don’t need to comment on that” when a reporter asked her about a failed shot, and the golf community collectively lost their minds.

Lost on many people is the fact that she literally answered the question instantly after.

Jessica Korda described the reporting of the awkward exchange with the media member as yet another example of the golf media shredding Lexi, but in reality, it was really just golf media covering the furore created by golf fans reacting to the viral clip.

Lexi then won her next two matches, collecting 3 points from 4 for the U.S. team. But nobody seems to care about that.

Instagram

‘yOu ShoUlD PrAcTIce puTTinG’

There’s very few golfers that have been plagued with such inane posts on their Instagram page as Lexi Thompson has.

I’ve tracked golfer’s social media accounts over the past few years (job requirement, sort of?). I can categorically say that Lexi gets some of the angriest and most aggressive responses to her posts of any golfer. Male or female. (She also gets some very nice ones too).

Despite countless posts of Thompson relentlessly practising her putting, the number of comments from dummies accusing her of neglecting that area of her game is both bizarre and alarming. Notice how the comments have been disabled on the post below? Probably not a coincidence.

 

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A post shared by Lexi Thompson (@lexi)

Go on any other golfer’s social account, and it will be hard to find the same dynamic.

Throw in the scandalous rules decision at the 2017 ANA Inspiration that cost her a second major title and spawned the “Lexi rule,” and it’s hard not to think Lexi has had a bit of a raw deal at times.

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Bryson DeChambeau had a message for Zach Johnson over Ryder Cup snub following latest LIV win

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Bryson DeChambeau’s top form continued at the latest LIV Golf event in Chicago, with the 30-year-old claiming his second individual win on the new tour over the weekend.

The victory comes after DeChambeau fired an incredible 58 earlier this summer, and his subsequent ommission from the U.S. Ryder Cup side raised some eyebrows.

Following his victory in Chicago, Bryson told media that “it would have been nice to at least just have a call” as he opened up on being snubbed for Ryder Cup consideration by captain Zach Johnson.

“If you look at it, it would have been nice to at least just have a call. There are numerous people that I think Zach should have called out here, and we didn’t get that.

“I understand, I get it, but we’re nothing different. We’re still competing. We’re still working super hard to be the best we possibly can be.
“I don’t know if it was back ended or whatnot. I’m not up to make that discussion available.

“I have no idea what it was or who made that decision, but it would have been nice for them to consider us more because we’re pretty damn good out here.”

Bryson added:

“Brooks is obviously going to kill it for Team USA next week and excited for the team, but yeah, it definitely does sting a little bit.

“Say what you want, we’re still golfers, and I personally think that given the way I played this week, I could have definitely racked up some points for Team USA.”

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