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‘John Daly-esque’ – Charley Hull smokes cigarette while signing autographs at U.S. Women’s Open

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While preparing for this week’s U.S. Women’s Open, Charley Hull was seen smoking a cigarette while signing autographs.

This isn’t new for the world number eight, as she’s been seen smoking while playing in the past, including at last week’s Mizuho Americas Open.

Hull is looking to win her first major this week after finishing 2nd in last year’s U.S. Women’s Open.

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Lexi Thompson announces retirement from golf

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Lexi Thompson has announced that she is to retire from full-time competitive golf at this season’s end.

Thompson revealed her retirement plans via the USGA ahead of this week’s U.S. Open. The 29-year-old met with media today at Lancaster Country Club, where spoke to the toll playing professional golf takes on athletes.

Video below via Golf Digest:

Thompson also stated, “There’s more things to life than going to a tournament every week and doing the same training every day.”

Thompson said the following in a video on Instagram:

“While it is never easy to say goodbye, it is indeed time. 2024, I will be stepping away from a full professional golf schedule. I’m excited to enjoy the remainder of the year as there are still goals I want to accomplish.

“I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life. Time with family, friends, and my trusted companion Leo. I will always look for ways to contribute to the sport and inspire the next generation of golfers. And of course, I look forward to a little time for myself.”

This week’s U.S. Open will be Thompson’s 18th consecutive start in the U.S. Women’s Open.

Thompson won the 2014 ANA Inspiration (now Chevron Championship) and notched 11 LPGA Tour victories, as well as representing the United States in the Solheim Cup six times during her illustrious career.

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‘Unacceptable’ – Adam Hadwin rips airline over misplaced clubs

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Adam Hadwin became one of the stars of last year’s Canadian Open after he was tackled by a security guard while he was celebrating Nick Taylor’s playoff victory.

This year, Hadwin is just hoping his clubs arrive on time.

After yet another airline debacle involving missing clubs, the 36-year-old took to X to express his displeasure with the situation.

Hadwin has a strong history at the Canadian Open, finishing T12 last year and 6th in 2019, which is the most recent time that Hamilton has hosted the event.

Hopefully, Adam will be able to compete in his country’s National Open with his own set of clubs.

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Tour pro questions whether Bryson is ‘genuine’ following actions at PGA Championship

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Eddie Pepperell, who’s been one of the harshest critics of LIV and its players, blasted Bryson DeChambeau on the “Chipping Podcast”.

After Bryson put on a show at the PGA Championship at Valhalla a few weeks ago, many fans were reminded why the former U.S. Open champion is so captivating to watch.

Pepperell wondered aloud if DeChambeau’s actions were genuine.

“The cynic in me gives it at least a 50/50 chance that he’s not genuine,” Pepperell said.

The incident Eddie was specifically referencing was when DeChambeau made a man who intercepted a golf ball that was meant for a kid give golf ball back.

“Obviously to Bryson, the issue maybe for Bryson is that there’s been enough things happen in his career where, you know, it makes you just doubt, it gives you a bit more doubt.”

“I think with Phil Mickelson, he rarely had those instances during his career that made you – certainly publicly – consider whether or not he was genuine. For a long, long time, everyone believed this is Phil Mickelson.

“Of course, we’re all a bit like that to some degree, but I do think Bryson is that way. I remember in Saudi Arabia a long time ago when I was there, I lost my luggage and he bought me some toothpaste. He was genuinely very kind. He bought me some toothpaste and a few bits and bobs from the store and the hotel. He did it, nobody else did it and it was very nice.”

“Then I played with him a couple of months after that in Mexico and I remember having a conversation with him… We were having a conversation down one hole and, just mid-conversation he just completely cut out and started talking to his caddie about something else as if he was entirely vacant the whole time.”

“So I think I’ve seen both sides of Bryson and I think because he’s a superstar and because he knows he’s a superstar I think he plays up to that. I do think he’s also tried to turn a corner, personally, and so these acts of service, if you like, are becoming a bit more ingrained and a bit more genuine.”

“But, I’m still not sure I’m fully bought into Bryson. That being said, I love his game and I love what he does for the game and the way he goes about his business. I think he’s totally refreshing.”

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