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Former Augusta National employee pleads guilty to transporting stolen Masters memorabilia; Arnold Palmer’s green jacket among stolen items

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According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, a man was charged in Chicago with stealing millions of dollars’ worth of memorabilia from Augusta National last month.

The man, Robert Globensky, was charged with transporting the memorabilia across state lines.

The report states that between 2009 and 2022, Globensky allegedly transported “millions of dollars’ worth of Masters golf tournament merchandise and historical memorabilia” from Augusta National “and transported to Tampa, Florida, knowing the same had been stolen, converted and taken by fraud.”

The document was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Since then, more details have emerged about the case.

According to Darren Rovell of Cllct, one of the items that was stolen was Arnold Palmer’s green jacket.

The Chicago Tribune also reported that Globensky was able to steal the merchandise due to his role as a former warehouse coordinator at Augusta National who oversaw the Masters merchandise that was sold.

Rovell states that “A source with intimate knowledge of the case said an Augusta National member, who knew the jacket was missing, contacted a well-known collector who had gained a reputation for tracking down rare items. The member’s goal was to return the jacket to Augusta under the guise of purchasing it in a private sale.”

The plan worked, and the man agreed to sell the jacket for an agreed upon price of $3.6 million. After the sale was complete, the FBI swarmed the house of the thief.

Cllct also reported that Globensky pled guilty in a federal court in Chicago on Wednesday and now faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Chicago Tribune adds that Globensky’s plea deal includes an agreement to provide the government a cashier’s check for $1.5 million in the next few days.

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‘Most overrated course in the world!’ – Major champ rips ‘awful’ Pinehurst No. 2

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While it’s still early in the 2024 U.S. Open, it appears that most players and fans are enjoying the test the Pinehurst No. 2 provides.

Rory McIlroy, who got off to a strong start in round one, raved about the course after shooting a bogey-free 65 (-5).

“It sort of brings me back to links golf when I was a kid a little bit. The greens are a bit more sort of slopey and there’s a bit more movement on them. But there’s options. You can chip it. You can putt it. I’d love if we played more golf courses like this.”

However, former Open Champion, Mark Calcavecchia, is not a fan of Pinehurst No. 2 and expressed those sentiments on X.

When asked to expand upon his opinion, Calcavecchia explained why he doesn’t like the course.

Round two of the U.S. Open is underway and it seems as if we will get some fireworks over the weekend.

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‘The lack of creativity with questions is kinda boring’ – Brooks Koepka opts to skip media requests at U.S. Open

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After his first round at the U.S. Open, Brooks Koepka declined to have a traditional post-round interview. Instead, the five-time major champion opted to do a text message interview with Golf Channel/Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch.

Lynch’s first question was to ask why Brooks decided to do the interview over text.

“I opted not to do ‘em just because I didn’t feel like it. Same questions every week. The lack of creativity with questions is kinda boring. I know I’m not a media favorite either so it’s not like anyone will notice. LOL.”

Lynch followed up by asking if creative questions would create more “bulletin board” material for Koepka.

“No, definitely not. It’s a major. I have enough self-motivation. I could think of way more creative questions than ‘Do you think the course is borderline? What happened on those bogeys? What went well?’ Then some LIV versus PGA Tour questions.”

Koepka will look to build off of a solid first round at Pinehurst No. 2 where he shot an even-par 70.

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AimPoint under attack again as footage from U.S. Open enrages golf fans

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On Thursday’s first round of the U.S. Open, the putting technique “AimPoint” was once again under attack due to the slow play it seems to create.

The video that drew attention this time was one of Viktor Hovland and Max Homa parading around the green simultaneously.

Gabby Herzig of the Athletic wrote,

“I’ve been anti-AimPoint since my junior golf days when girls would stomp all over my line to read their 4-foot putts. We’ve reached a new level of disgrace. Literally what is happening here.”

The popular X account wrote, “Imagine playing behind these lads on a Saturday afternoon ?”

Whether or not you’re a fan of AimPoint, there’s no denying it looks a bit ridiculous at times.

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