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‘It was handled pretty sh**ty’ – Roger Maltbie on his now heavily-reduced role as NBC golf analyst

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At the back-end of 2022, it was announced that longtime NBC golf analysts Roger Maltbie and Gary Koch would not have their contracts renewed for 2023.

However, since then, Maltbie has performed some duties for NBC after being given a one-year deal, albeit with a role heavily reduced, with the 72-year-old now covering the less prestigious events on tour.

In a recent Q&A with GolfWeek, Maltbie expressed his feelings on what occurred. Speaking on whether he had a sour taste in the way his situation was handled by those above him in the hierarchy of the company, Maltbie said:

“Yes, but they’ll remain nameless. I can’t do that. I’m still working some. And I was asked when the time came that they said Gary and I wouldn’t be back, I know there’s a lot of feelings. Do I like how it was handled? No. Do I like the reasoning behind what happened? Not particularly, no.”

Maltbie added:

“But there’s an enormous amount of gratitude. Not many people get to do this for over 30 years. So they were very good to me for a very long time. So I’ve got no hard feelings. But yeah, it was handled pretty sh**ty.”

With his one-year extension coming to an end, it remains to be seen whether or not Maltbie will still be with NBC in 2024.

Check out the full Q&A here.

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Always Sunny’s Rob McElhenney gets more than he bargained for after asking Max Homa to rate his swing

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Rob McElhenney, better known as “Mac” from the TV show It’s Always Sunny in Philadephia, took to X to attempt to receive a swing roast from PGA Tour star, Max Homa.

However, instead of Homa replying, it was McElhenney’s wife and co-star on It’s Always Sunny in Philadephia, Kaitlin Olson, who replied.

“Flat takeaway, no extension on the follow through, left knee bend reduced power and the hips didnt finish like we discussed. But other than that it’s beautiful”

Somewhat surprisingly, Olson’s feedback on her husband’s swing is pretty accurate.

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Ernie Els reveals the part of his career that he says will ‘forever be a sour taste in my mouth’

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While speaking with Golf Monthly, Ernie Els spoke about the part of his career that “left a sour taste in his mouth”.

“I think they all sting a little bit now that I think about it. A tournament I never won was The Masters. In 2004, I felt I was playing some of my best golf ever. I had a legitimate chance to win all four Majors. Although 1994 was my breakthrough year, in 2004 I was in my prime. I was doing a lot of really good things with my mental and physical game. David Leadbetter had my swing going beautifully, I was hitting it far and was doing a lot of things very well.

But not winning The Masters, that will forever be a sour taste in my mouth. It’s such an amazing event with so much prestige and it means so much, but the better player won that day. I finished second to Phil while playing one of my best rounds ever that Sunday, making really clutch putts and some birdies on the back nine. That really hurt.”

The South African was able to compile 75 professional victories, with 19 of them coming on the PGA Tour. In Els’ five starts at The Masters between 2000-2004, he finished in the top-6 all five times, and he finished runner-up in 2000 and 2004.

Despite never winning at Augusta National, Els was able to win four major championships, including two U.S. Open’s (1994 and 1997) and two Open Championships (2002 and 2012).

Els also told Golf Monthly about how much breaking through in 1994 with his first major meant to his career.

“When I look back now, my Major wins were all very special. Majors define you so much over your career. The 1994 US Open was a battle. I messed it up on the 18th hole. I made big mistakes in the play-off. It was one of the toughest victories ever. It took 92 holes. Looking back now, that win was very, very important because if I didn’t win that tournament, things could have turned out a lot differently in my career. I was 24 at the time. Winning the US Open gave me a lifetime exemption on the European Tour and a ten-year exemption on the PGA Tour, which means a lot.”

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Report: Tyrrell Hatton to join LIV after securing big payday

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According to James Corrigan of The Telegraph, Tyrrell Hatton has officially signed his deal to join LIV Golf.

The deal will make the fiery Englishman a part of Jon Rahm’s new team, which is unofficially named “Legion XIII”, and is reportedly worth around $63 million (50 million pound).

Hatton is currently ranked number 16 in the OWGR but with LIV still not eligible for OWGR points, that number will drop relatively quickly, leaving the 32-year old’s major championship status in question going forward.

The signing caps off what was undoubtedly a successful off-season for LIV. The circuit was able to sign Jon Rahm which opened the door for Hatton and, although not yet official, Adrian Meronk.

As it currently stands, Hatton won’t be eligible to compete in the Ryder Cup if he forfeits his DP World Tour membership, but that could change in the near future with Rory McIlroy lobbying for Rahm (and therefore others) to be included in the 2025 plans.

Hatton will make his season debut this Friday at Mayakoba.

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