Nov
6
2014
Hear that, everyone?

Shhhhhhh

Surprise! — a professional golfer made a homophobic comment!

Perhaps Patrick Reed should heed some of his own advice and “shhhhhh” himself. The outspoken American has gotten himself into hot water at the HSBC Champions in China.

During the first round at Sheshan International Golf Club, Reed missed a six-footer on no. 1 (his 10th of the day), and reprimanded himself, saying, “Don’t f***ing three-putt you f***ing f*ggot.” His tantrum was caught on camera and it’s certainly created backlash for Reed. Here’s the GIF, where you can clearly hear the gay slur:

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Nov
4
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Caddies
Big shoes to fill!

Big shoes to fill!

With Stevie Williams’ announcing his semi-retirement following the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, Adam Scott is in search for a new full-time caddie. While it will be difficult to replace Williams, who worked with Scott for 3.5 years, Scott certainly has no shortage of applicants to choose from.

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Nov
4
2014
Couples love

Couples love

The players of the American Ryder Cup team are ready for Freddie. In a recent article by Golf World’s Tim Rosaforte, Fred Couples revealed that the entire team had reached out to him that they wanted him to be the next Ryder Cup captain when the biennial dogfight against Europe is staged next in 2016. 

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Nov
2
2014
Dustin Johnson sues

Dustin Johnson conned by his attorneys

Dustin Johnson filed a lawsuit with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia last week against the firm of Morris Hardwick Schneider, which formerly represented the golfer. Johnson is allegedly the victim of a theft and extortion scheme carried out by the firm’s former managing partner Nathan Hardwick, the firm’s current managing partner Mark Wittstadt, and Gerard (Rod) Wittstadt, who are the named defendants in the complaint.

The suit claims that Hardwick, who “played a particularly unique and significant role of trust and confidence, serving as one of Mr. Johnson’s primary advisors on all matters relating to his career as a professional golfer, as well as an officer in Mr. Johnson’s professional corporation,” and the Wittstadts used their positions to steal $3 million from him — while claiming they’d pay him back $4 million for his “investment.” Then, when the first two payments were missed in September and October and Johnson created a stir about getting paid, the defendants threatened to expose confidential information they learned in the course of representing and advising him.

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Oct
28
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA of America

Ted Bishop joined Golf Channel’s Gary Williams on Morning Drive on Tuesday in his first television interview since making his insensitive gender-based remarks last week on two of his social media outlets, and thus, resulting in his swift removal as president of the PGA of America.

In his Twitter and Facebook posts, Bishop was attempting to defend Ryder Cup captains Tom Watson and Nick Faldo in response to excerpts from Ian Poulter’s new book, “No Limits,” where the outspoken Englishmen (God forbid!) criticized two of the legends in the game. The former PGA president listed Watson and Faldo’s major wins, along with their Ryder Cup records, and then he called Poulter a “Lil Girl” on Twitter and expanded on those thoughts on Facebook, writing, “Sounds like a little girl squealing during recess.”

In the interview with Golf Channel, Bishop explained the background behind his postings and expressed regret over the ensuing consequences. 

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Oct
27
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
Jubilee/New Course

Par-4 15th at the Jubilee Course

For one week out of the year when the Dunhill Links is contested, golfers can play a combination of the New and the Jubilee, the second and third courses built at the Home of Golf, which sit just north of the Old Course. When this option was initially presented to me, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea, to be honest. I thought it might be troublesome and that I might get annoyed with awkward, broken routings.

That said, it was a pleasant surprise when I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It’s perhaps not the most trying round of golf you’ll ever encounter, but it’s certainly a fun one. The wind, of course, is always a factor and makes it a tougher test. The composite of the Jubilee and the New is a good, solid challenge on traditional Scottish links — and it’s better than putting both courses out of play due to the infrastructure of the Dunhill event. 

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Oct
26
2014

Robert Streb birdied the second extra hole to beat Brendon de Jonge and Will Mackenzie, the 54-hole co-leader who was eliminated after bogeying the first playoff hole, and capture his first PGA Tour title at the McGladrey Classic.

On the par-3 179-yard 17th, Streb knocked a dart to about four feet from the cup. He rolled in the birdie putt to defeat de Jonge, who had just barely missed his 20-footer to extend the battle.

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Oct
24
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA of America

 

PGA of America president Ted Bishop has been removed from office. Bishop was given the option to announce his resignation and chose to accept that route, according to GolfChannel.com’s sources. He was scheduled to step down from office on November 22, with vice president Derek Sprague to take his place as the incoming president.

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Oct
24
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA of America

PGA of America president Ted Bishop isn’t one to mince words, but he took it too far on Thursday when he launched an attack at Ian Poulter via two of his social media channels. Bishop called Poulter a “Lil Girl” in response to his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains.

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Oct
22
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is back to hitting full shots on the driving range, according to USA Today’s Steve DiMeglio.

The former world no. 1 last hit a full golf shot at the PGA Championship in August, but started hitting balls again last week as he continues to rehabilitate from yet another injury. Consulting with his doctors daily, Woods had been limited to chipping and putting, but he’s now making fuller swings.

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