Matt Kuchar has to pay for his bronze medal

I’m not sure if I was too tired or I just did not want to change last night!

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Huh? A medal winner at the Olympics has to pay for their medals?

Well, at least for Matt Kuchar who bronzed over the weekend after a remarkable eight under round on Sunday. After getting their medals, Justin Rose (gold), Henrik Stenson (silver) and Kuchar (bronze) all were supposed to get paid for winning their prizes, $20,000, $15,000 and $10,000 respectively.

In tradition however, athletes on team Great Britain and Sweden do not get paid for their medals but they don’t have to pay either. Kuchar still got his $10,000. But, he has to pay $4,000 of that money for the medal, so this leaves him with $6,000 which is still a lot of money for you and I but is change for Kuchar.

At the end of the day, Olympic golf has shown us how truly passionate our winners are about the sport. They completely put cash aside and are pumped about their medals.

Then again, who wouldn’t be excited? Especially when your sport hasn’t been in the games in 112 years.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! Excited to announce that I’ve started a new writing opportunity with Pro Golf Now of the FanSided network! I will still continue to post on GP Golf Report as well!

Source: SwingBySwing Clubhouse 


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WATCH: Jim Furyk shoots lowest score in PGA Tour history

Jim Furyk accomplished one of those most remarkable feats in golf, maybe even in sports as a whole. He shot a 58 during the Sunday round of the Travelers Championship.

Ironically, it was the second time that a player achieved the low number. Stephan Jaeger did this during in a Web.com Tour event a couple of weeks ago.

What makes Furyk’s 58 so crazy is that, he also shot a 59 during his career. He is one of only six players to shoot a 59 and now, he’s the only player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 58.

He shoots such a low score without being a long hitter off the tee. I can see #FurykGolf happening on Twitter now as many people will start to play like him in order to achieve greatness.

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WATCH: Fist fight breaks out on golf course

Went out to my favorite course with Kevin @coloradokev and @grantjbradshaw on my last day in CO and witnessed some absolutely ridiculous #fightclub on the 18th hole after someone hit right into the group on the green. Who says white ppl don’t brawl? #golffight #denver #neverlayup #whitemalematurity #fossiltracegolfclub

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So, this video will certainly bring out the “This is the only thing exciting about golf” social media comedians who’s comments are dried out.

But, two dudes were seen getting into a little scuffle out on the golf course over a conflict of some sort. One of the men (blue shirt) instantly puts up his fist, as if he was in a boxing motion (Although a little nerdy).

The two swung and pushed each other but missed quite a bit. Eventually, homie in blue connected on one to the guy in pink, and sent his hat flying.

I guess we can say the blue guy won that one. But, you want to know how you can really win a fight on a golf course?

Hit a way better shot than your opponent. Make them cry.

And then I suppose you can drop the gloves after that….

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WATCH: This may be the most adorable moment at Baltusrol

The PGA Championship is arguably the most unpredictable major for a number of reasons. One of those cases happened on Friday when Jason Day hit his recovery shot at Baltusrol.

After hititng the shot, a kid raced in front of him to get a high-five. Day looked a little puzzled but then proceeded to give the kid his five.

One of those cute moments that you’ll only see during a PGA Tour tournament. There’s no doubt that the young man won’t forget that moment anytime soon.

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WATCH: Putt takes a million years to drop at PGA

Putting is what make or breaks your round no matter what people may tell you. It also leaves for some fascinating moments as well.

During the PGA Championship at Baltursol, John Senden hit a beautiful putt that looked like it was going straight for the cup. The ball then stopped at the edge of the hole for the longest.

As Senden kept walking around and waiting to see if the ball would go in, it didn’t. He then decided it was time to tap it in, but the ball magically drops in, just as he was getting ready to finish the hole out.

It had to be one of the longest times waiting for a ball to drop in. Bubba Watson also had the same situation, only his ball dropped significantly faster than Senden’s.

Oh, putting. How you never cease to amaze us.

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Rory McIlroy was upset when he lost PGA Long Drive Contest

The Long Drive contest that takes place before the start of the PGA Championship is one of the cool traditions in the game. At Baltursol, Rory McIlroy looked like he would win the event after bashing a tee shot 345 yards.

Ben An had other plans however. An smashed his shot 347 yards, a measly two yards longer than McIlroy’s shot.

After talking to reporters in the media center, McIlroy received the (sorta) devastating news that he had lost the long drive contest. Apparently, McIlroy was not happy with the result, especially since it was only by two yards.

An meanwhile, not only beat McIlroy, but defeated other heavy hitters such as Brendan Steele and Nicolas Colsaerts. Certainly an upset in a PGA tradition and maybe we’ll see more bombs from An in the near future.

Take a look at this clip of McIlroy’s tee shot and you’ll get a great idea at how hard An hit his. Boom. Bang. Pow.

Now we need a closest to the pin and putting contest in one of the other majors. Make it happen.

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Source: Golf Digest 


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WATCH: You won’t believe what Bubba Watson’s new toy is

Bubba Watson continues to show why he’s one of golf’s all-time personalities. He’s an emotional roller coaster and does some unbelievable stuff off the course.

Here, we see him and the crew over at Oakley, creating and flying jetpacks. Yes, JETPACKS.

They decided to put these beauties together and fly around the golf course. It certainly makes for some awesome birdseye views.

Now, when will Oakley start selling these to the public? You and I need to beat traffic!

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This new golf video game looks amazing

 

If you’re a golf fan who enjoys video games, you may be familiar with The Golf Club which is a popular game that released in 2014. In TGC, players were able to design their own courses, with some players even re-creating real world courses such as Augusta National, Pine Valley and St. Andrews.

Well, the folks over at HB Studios are doing it again. They will be releasing The Golf Club 2 which will release in the first quarter of 2017.

The game will a ship load of new additions from the previous game. These additions include a deeper player customization, Societies which is a play where virtual golfers can hang out and set up matches, a full practice area, and more tools in the already deep course designer.

These are just a few things. With the game still months away from release, there’s no telling to what will be added closer to launch.

The game will also feature a new swing mechanic that will give players choices. If you want the game to be as hard as humanly possible, there’s an option for that or if you want a more casual experience, then there’s that too.

There will also be a career mode where players can earn money to purchase new gear for their golfers. As hinted in the trailer, the career will likely have a “TGC Masters” tournament which also could indicate that TGC 2 will have its own representation of golf’s four majors.

There will also be new swing animations as well, making for an even more immersive experience.

One of the new tools in the course designer is the ability to add waterfalls. This was one thing that was missing from the original TGC but now is implemented.

Although there is no PGA Tour license or no big name golfer as its namesake, with the power of the course designer, players can certainly make it feel like they are playing on the Tour. Oh, and there’s the new ability to add spectators, so that will really bring the Tour environment to life.

So, with the many new changes, TGC 2 looks to make a run at sports gaming greatness next year. I believe golf video games are also one of the best ways to get kids interested in golf.

Kid plays game > kid wants to learn how to play golf > kid goes to range and hits balls > kid gets hooked on golf for life.

See how that works?

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Bubba Watson rocks high top shoes at Oakmont

 

Golf has certainly come a long way from the “boring” and “not cool” days and it shows with all of the unique personalities on the PGA Tour, as well as a strong following on social media.

The same goes for style too, as we’ve seen golfers wear snapbacks and high top shoes. Well, the high tops are back once again.

After Keegan Bradley and Rickie Fowler rocked their swagtastic kicks (Bradley even wore kicks with Michael Jordan’s second number, 45 on it) , two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson decided to do the same. His G/Fore Crusaders are custom and Watson even put a little touch on the design of the golf sneaker.

Well, if Oakmont ends up killing Watson this week, he can at least say brought a little swagger for the occasion.

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Source: Golf Digest 


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This how ridiculous Oakmont’s greens are

Rickie Fowler’s latest snapchat story shows just how fast the greens at Oakmont are. 😳 (Rickie is RickieFowler15 on 👻!)

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Oakmont is one of hardest and most famous golf courses in the world. To use a video game reference, it may the Dark Souls (a game known for its high level of difficulty) of golf courses.

This was proven as Rickie Fowler was recorded hitting a putt that simply kept rolling…..and rolling…and rolling. It shows how dangerous the greens are at Oakmont.

It’s hard enough as is without the U.S. Open conditions. So, with golf second major approaching, you and I can only visulaize how difficult the course will be.

It’s a dream course to experience for most golfers. But those dreams can possibly turn into a nightmare…..even on Twitter!

Even on social media you can’t escape the Church Pews. Beware.

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