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‘How f*****g stupid are you!?’ – Epic rules dispute involving Dave Portnoy breaks out at Barstool Sports golf event



This week, Barstool Sports is conducting it’s “Writer Cup”, which is their version of the Ryder Cup for the Barstool writers.

It didn’t take long for controversy to erupt in the first match out, which was Kirk Minihane and Hank Lockwood against Francis Ellis and Arian Foster.

The disagreement took place when Francis tapped in for a five prior to Foster attempting his putt for four. Minihane argued that once Francis struck his putt, that was the hole that the team took in the scramble format.

Barstool founder Dave Portnoy came to attempt to settle the matter, saying “that’s crazy” that Minihane was trying to give his opponents a five on the technicality.

Minihane responded by saying to Portnoy, “How f*****g stupid are you!?”

Writer Dan Rapaport even called PGA Tour player Joel Dahmen at one point, who said it’s technically a five.

The people replying in the comments of the video were somewhat split on their answers, with more agreeing with Portnoy that it was a four.

What do you think it was WRXers, four or five?

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‘I had to do it’ – Collin Morikawa explains decision to split with coach of 18 years



Collin Morikawa has parted ways with his longtime coach. Rick Sessinghaus, who he had worked with for over 18 years.

The 26-year-old revealed the news on Tuesday at the Hero World Challenge, sharing with reporters that the split took place just before this year’s Ryder Cup in Rome.

“Right before the Ryder Cup, I let go of my long-time coach, Rick Sessinghaus for — we’ve been working for just over 18 years, which wasn’t easy,” Morikawa shared for the first time publicly on Tuesday during a press conference ahead of the Hero World Challenge, a 20-man unofficial event held at the Albany Club. “He’s more than just a coach, he’s one of my really good friends. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to, someone that’s been there for every step of my life essentially, not just in golf but just kind of living life, right?

“It wasn’t easy, and sometimes things happen like that. But 18 years is a long time. Not many relationships that I can say with a lot of people that I’ve had relationships for 18 years, and real relationships where I’m talking to them every week, right? So that wasn’t easy at all.”

As for the reasoning behind the decision, Morikawa stated that “what I saw kind of over the past two years wasn’t to my expectations.”

“I had to do it, I just felt like it was time to make a change at some point. What I saw kind of over the past two years wasn’t to my expectations and standards and goals what I wanted,” 

Morikawa is now working with swing coach Mark Blackburn, who also coaches Max Homa and Justin Rose. In his first event working with Blackburn, Morikawa won the Zozo Championship.

“Obviously, there’s no better way to start, but this is just the tip of the iceberg for us to kind of dig in and really know what we’re going to do,” said Morikawa.

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Jordan Spieth reveals how he reaggravated wrist injury in the most unusual fashion



Last season, Jordan Spieth struggled with a wrist injury for most of the year. The three-time major champion failed to earn a victory and finished 27th in the FedEx Cup standings.

While speaking with the media prior to the Hero World Challenge, Spieth shared how he reaggravated the injury after he finally started to feel better over the summer months.

“I was reaching for a toaster to make my son breakfast. The toast wasn’t even in the toaster.”

The injury stems from overuse, so the 30-year-old has been cautious about too much practice.

“It’s not anything to mess with, so I’ve been trying to take it very, very carefully.”

“It’s not really a rest or ice thing,” he said. “It’s not an inflammation thing, which is how I treated it in May thinking it was an acute injury to the wrist.”

“It’s more use it, but don’t overuse it. Listen to it. But I’ve been at full practice for weeks now and here or there when I feel like it gets close to being overdone, gym, practice, combination of a day, then I stay off it.”

Spieth is satisfied with the progress he’s made, and feels ready to play at a high level as 2024 approaches.

“I have no reservations on my abilities to just do what I need to do going forward given the progress that’s been made over the last month and a half.”

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Tiger Woods weighs in with his thoughts on the ‘Hatgate’ controversy at Ryder Cup



Tiger Woods returns to action this week as he’s set to tee it up for the Hero World Challenge on Thursday. The 47-year-old held a press conference on Tuesday, touching on his health, season outlook and the PGA Tour’s potential deal with the PIF.

Woods was also asked about one of the bigger stories of the summer, “Hatgate”.

The incident stemmed from a report that indicated Patrick Cantlay was not wearing a hat during play as a protest for not getting paid during the Ryder Cup. After he drilled a clutch putt in the match against Rory McIlroy, the United States team all waved their hat in support of Cantlay. Tiger Woods’ former caddie, Joe LaCava, joined in while on the green which resulted in the two sides exchanging words.

Woods downplayed the incident, saying the European side was just trying to “get in [the U.S. team’s] head.”

“You’re not on home soil, so they’re going to try to get in your head and that’s what they tried to do. I totally get it. Emotions. We all want to win.

You have a home side and opposing side, you’re going to get heat and that’s what happened.”

Earlier this month, McIlroy shared that Woods had texted him after the incident.

“I went back to my room and there was a text from Joe LaCava: ‘Hey Rory, would love to meet up in the morning to clear the air.’ But I was tired and didn’t get back to him.”

“There was also three texts and two missed calls from Tiger, because they’re obviously still close. I sent him a quick message: ‘It will be fine … long day … just want to go to bed.’”

After the European team’s dominating victory at Marco Simone, speculation ramped up that Tiger Woods may be the captain for the United States team in 2025, but Woods is currently focused on more important matters in the golf landscape.

“Right now there’s too much at stake with our tour to think about a Ryder Cup.

“We have to get this done and we have to be focused on this right now. The players and everyone involved understands that this is an issue we need to focus on.”

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