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The Shag Bag

02 OCT 2017

Making the Rounds

In the days leading up to the Presidents Cup, a handful of players from both the American and International squads appeared on two of NBC’s most popular shows to help promote the event.

On Tuesday morning, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, and Adam Scott were guests on The Today Show and participated in a game of “Never Have I Ever” with the show’s panel of hosts. The players were asked an assortment of questions, including whether they had ever regretted wearing an outfit during a tournament and whether they had ever wanted to give an obscene gesture to a spectator in the gallery. Quite a few hilarious and interesting answers were revealed, but none more so than Phil Mickelson’s assertion that he never once blamed Jim “Bones” Mackay for any of his own mistakes on the golf course. Perhaps that is how the duo managed to stay together for more than a quarter of a century!

Click here to watch The Today Show segment.

Later in the week, Spieth and Day made an appearance on the Tonight Show to join Jimmy Fallon in a round of “golf skee-ball” against three of the top junior golfers in the world. Neither Spieth nor Day managed to put up a very high score in their three attempts and Fallon was about as terrible as you would expect the 43-year-old late-night host to be. However, the youngsters were more than up to the challenge and posted a combined score of 190 to beat the adults by a total of 80 points! That impressive display earned five-year-old Isaac Riches, eight-year-old Aiden Dinani, and 10-year-old Madison Moman three sets of VIP passes to the Presidents Cup for themselves and their families.

Blowing in the Wind

Over the years, we’ve pointed out some pretty ridiculous rule violations on the professional circuits. However, the bizarre misfortune, and subsequent four-stroke penalty, that befell the Tour’s Matthew Southgate at the DAP Championship two Sundays ago seems to legitimately take the cake! During a putt for birdie from six feet on the 15th hole, a rogue leaf collided with Southgate’s ball and deflected it wide of the cup.


According to the USGA’s Rule 19-1b, which deals with balls that are redirected by “animate outside agencies”, Southgate should have replaced the ball and replayed his shot without incurring any penalty.

Unfortunately, Southgate was unaware of that rule and proceeded to finish the hole by tapping in his putt. He was only informed of his violation after finishing his round when he was assessed a four-shot penalty for breaching Rule 19-1b and subsequently signing an incorrect score card.

Sitting One Out

Of course, The Presidents Cup had its fair share of bizarre rulings as well! On Friday, India’s Anirban Lahiri was disqualified for the third hole of his match after the 30-year-old took an illegal practice swing out of a greenside bunker following the conclusion of the second hole. As we all know, players are allowed to hit practice putts after the conclusion of a hole in match play. According to Rule 7-2, however, players are not allowed to hit practice shots in between holes from anywhere else on the golf course. As a result, Lahiri’s playing partner, Charl Schwartzel, was forced to play the third hole alone against Charley Hoffman and Kevin Chappell.

Click here to watch the Anirban Lahiri penalty. 

Incredibly, Lahiri wasn’t the only player that was forced to sit out a hole at the Presidents Cup. On Saturday, the duo of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed were disqualified from the 12th hole after Spieth picked up Louis Oosthuizen’s eagle putt before the ball had come to a complete stop. It should be noted that Oosthuizen’s playing partner, Jason Day, had already made a birdie on the hole and that the South African’s eagle putt had no effect on the outcome of the hole the moment that it rolled past the cup. Spieth explained as much to the rules official on site and added that that he only scooped up Oosthuizen’s ball in an effort to quiet down the rowdy American fans. Nonetheless, Spieth was still found to be in violation of Rule 1-2 and he and Reed were disqualified.

Good Celebration of the Week

Day two playing partners Phil Mickelson and Kevin Kisner celebrated with this ‘Three Amigos’ dance after the southpaw drained a lengthy birdie putt on the final hole of the day to defeat Jason Day and Marc Leishman.

Bad Celebration of the Week

After Charley Hoffman chipped in from 66 yards on Saturday, he ran towards his playing partner, Kevin Chappell, for a giant leaping chest-bump. Unfortunately, Chappell’s caddie was a little too close to the two players and he got clotheslined in the neck by Hoffman’s outstretched arm in the process!

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