Cheating plot thickens | The greatest Monday qualifier ever | Air France stymies GMac
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1. Kang cheating plot thickens
Joel Dahmen (pictured above) is getting support in his claim that Sung Kang’s ball never crossed the hazard (and thus that he took an illegal drop) from the ShotLink volunteer who was working the hole.
2. The greatest Monday qualifier of them all?
T.J. Vogel has done it again. Vogel fired a 6-under 65 to qualify for the Greenbrier. It’s his seventh Monday qualification of the year.
For context, nobody Monday Qd more than three times last year. Also, look at these scores.
64 to qualify for the RSM Classic
64 to qualify for the Honda Classic
63 to qualify for the Valspar Championship
65 to qualify for the Wells Fargo Championship
66 to qualify for the AT&T Byron Nelson
66 to qualify for the FedEx St. Jude Classic
65 to qualify for A Military Salute at Greenbrier
3. Air France loses GMac’s golf bag
Graeme McDowell is slated for the Open Championship qualifier today. Trouble is, he has no golf clubs. Air France lost his sticks, and predictably has no idea where they are. Sans clubs, McDowell is withdrawing.
4. Coach: Ko’s parents aren’t meddlers
David Leadbetter, Lydia Ko’s former coach, blasted the golfer’s parents after the teacher-coach duo split up earlier this year.
5. Why Tiger couldn’t save his tournament
ESPN’s Bob Harig with a brilliant deep dive into the disintegration of the National.
6. PGAI tour
Oh boy. The PGA Tour is doubling down on artificial intelligence.
Press release…”Following successful technology launches over the last three years in augmented reality and virtual reality, the PGA TOUR has unveiled Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms to enhance broadcast and digital storytelling. Among the TOUR’s primary areas of focus in AI are a Microsoft-developed Content Relevancy Engine (CRE), a smart video clipping tool and an automated story creator that all utilize data captured by ShotLink powered by CDW.”
7. The PGA Tour & the Rules of Golf
Geoff Shackelford puts the Dahmen/Kang dispute in (a disturbing) context.
“The incident lands as the PGA Tour and several players have begun to chip away at the Rules of Golf. Consider
8. Links Golf Showcase(!)
9. On the subject of links golf…
Here’s a look at current Open Championship odds (via Bovada) so you can mull over your bets during 4th of July BBQs.