Homa rips fan, Mickelson fresh fame, Tour pro bust up | The Social Scramble #1

If you’re a golf fan, then Social Scramble is for you. Here, Ben Smith recaps our week in golf.

Let’s dive in.

Tyrrell Hatton, please don’t ever change…

When you watch Tyrrell Hatton, you know you’re never far from a viral moment. Hutton threatened to spontaneously combust during the final round of the BMW Championship. If you don’t know, the BMW Championship is the final leg of the FedExCup playoffs and only the top 30 players advance to the season-ending Tour Championship. Our dear, sweet Tyrrell was in a precarious position. He knew. But then he also had the situation explained to him in excruciatingly unnecessary detail by a PGA Tour official, which was absolutely hilarious.

“you clown”

Max Homa has booked his spot on Team USA for next month’s Ryder Cup. Tied for eighth in the BMW Championship but was involved in a fiery exchange with a spectator. As it turned out, the ‘clown’ spectator was gambling with his friend and shouted ‘pull it’ during Homa’s backswing. Homa is usually one of the more laid-back, happy, relaxed guys on the PGA Tour, but he wasn’t happy. He was not pleased at all.

Baby Brooks is finally home!

Congratulations are in order for Brooks Koepka as he and his gorgeous wife Jena Sims were finally able to bring their baby boy Crew home. Crew was born six weeks early and spent 20 days in the ICU for an unknown reason. He is happy, healthy and – most importantly – home with his parents.

“Have you lost your mind?”

It seems we can’t go a week without Phil Mickelson making headlines. This week it was revealed that Lefty had bet more than $1 billion over three decades, losing more than $100 million. Mickelson also reportedly wanted to bet $400,000 on Team USA to lift the 2012 Ryder Cup, which he played in Medina. Walters then joined ESPN to talk about the conversation he had with Phil about the bet. “I said, ‘dude, are you out of your mind?’ Shortly after Mickelson offered a non-denial, another allegation surfaced alleging that he had previously been investigated by the FBI for money laundering. So the story goes, Walters claims that Lefty hired a lawyer he knew from KPMG, who then pulled a legal stunt that would have made Harry Houdini proud to help Phil escape.

“It is strange”

We’re getting closer to the Ryder Cup and golfers are looking for position to automatically make each side. We at GolfMagic were a little confused to see Germany’s Yannik Paul skip the ISPS Handa World Invitational, given that he is too much in the frame to book his place alongside Luke Donald. His agent told Telegraph Sport his client realized he perhaps should have been a bit more willing.

What he said;!

Speaking of the Ryder Cup, Ian Poulter raised a few eyebrows before dropping it at the Asian Tour event in England. Poulter, whose son Luke made the cut in the same tournament, suggested LIV Golf events are like “mini Ryder Cups”. Sorry postman, I don’t buy it.

Gameplay difficulty

The pace of play continues to trouble French Tour pro Mike Lorenzo-Vera once again. In June, the golfer decided to post live updates of his slow round during the BMW International Open. He later claimed that there are some players on the tournament committee who are slow. And they are the ones meant to solve the problem. It turns out the issue hasn’t been addressed and he played behind a team that took five hours and 40 minutes to play a round at the ISPS Hand World Invitational. “A joke,” he fumed.

You can’t have it both ways!

I have been a keen observer of the LIV Golf-PGA Tour legal outing since last August. The two organizations are now committed to trying to be the best buds for life. But the “framework agreement” between the PGA Tour and PIF (the Saudi sponsor of LIV Golf), is being scrutinized by US lawmakers. We’ve already heard from two high-ranking officials about the amazing deal, but we’ve yet to hear from those who took part in LIV Golf. CEO Greg Norman and Saudi businessman Yasir Al-Rumayyan cited scheduling conflicts as to why they were unable to attend the first hearing. Lawmakers still want to hear from Mr Al-Rumayyan, but he now claims he cannot testify because he is a minister bound by Saudi Arabia’s laws on the secrecy of certain information. Snap, snap! They told him he can’t have it both ways.

“They have to go”

Speaking for LIV Golf, England’s Richard Bland called for the resignations of PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley. Blundi threw Jay and Keith under the bus. He then flipped over them. “Regardless of LIV, I wasn’t a fan of where Keith was on tour trying to work with the PGA Tour,” he told bunkered. “I didn’t get that. In a month we’re trying to play the Ryder Cup against them and now we’re in bed with them.”

Happy untangling!

On the eve of the FedExCup Playoffs, the PGA Tour announced the retirement of Andy Pazder. Pazder had been with the tour for 34 years, so his abrupt, essentially-immediate resignation was surprising given that he had a hugely influential and important role that apparently earned more than $2 million a year. Pazder was snapped up by ex-tour pro partner Tom Pernice Jr, who she claims covered up her allegations of domestic abuse. MaryAnn Reilly O’Neill described Pazder as a “demonic sociopath.” Crick.

Eddie spits with Lee!

England’s Eddie Pepperell and Lee Westwood had a heated spat on social media on Monday morning. It’s been weeks since the PGA Tour/DP World Tour announced its plan to partner with Saudi promoters LIV Golf. But that doesn’t mean everyone is friends again. Yet. Pepperell and Westwood traded barbs. Probably the funniest thing about this exchange was that Pepperell came out with the funniest insult in some time, saying it was “ridiculous” that Westwood won £100,000 in a LIV Golf event despite “playing like a turnip”. Eddie had a good week on tour and then posted this:

“Rome will be fun”

As a European it was great to see Viktor Hovland hit form at the right time winning the BMW Championship.

I loved this exchange he had with Rory McIlroy as he left the green right after the leadhouse was posted:

Yes, we tend to agree.

That’s it for this week. See you next Monday!

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