WGC Matchplay to whet amateur appetites
22/03/2021 | sport | golf | 138
This week's event sees the world's best players competing head-to-head in an event that will inspire hundreds of thousands of amateurs looking forward to a return to playing next week, writes Iain Carter.
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22/03/2021 17:54:08 1 1
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Always look forward to this tournament. The 13th hole in particular.
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22/03/2021 18:31:56 9 12
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Poor reporting Mr Carter.

We up in Scotland have been playing golf for a number of weeks,and last week we returned to four balls...

Saying that it’s a tournament which is good to watch as club golfers enjoy that format..
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23/03/2021 07:57:37 5 0
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I think that’s why he specified England and Northern Ireland in which case it’s not poor reporting.
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23/03/2021 10:10:31 2 0
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Poor reading Mr Williamson
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gg
22/03/2021 18:39:13 8 4
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Would be good to see BM have a good run in this tournament and to ignite his potential ????????
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gg
22/03/2021 18:41:33 6 9
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Got a gut feeling RM has this in the bag ????????
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23/03/2021 09:16:11 2 8
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In his handbag more like, you said it was in the bag last week and he shot +10. He is a bottler when the big boys arrive at these tournaments, the bookies must love seeing you walk in to place your bets!
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22/03/2021 19:11:54 2 32
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Not a fan of the group format. Much preferred the straight knockout format.

Who wants to watch no-hopers like McIlroy and MacIntyre blunder their way through three matches when one is more than sufficient?
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22/03/2021 19:43:57 15 2
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Probably they are slightly better players than you..

If they are no hopers then what does that make you?

I reckon you will be a 28 handicap if that...

And that’s at the crazy golf...
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22/03/2021 19:18:06 1 2
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The matchplay is fun to watch, although I can't take it as seriously as the other big non-major tournaments (e.g., other WGC events, Players).

Group format is probably less exciting than knockout, but Fleetwood vs DeChambeau (Group 5), the Europeans (Group 8), McIlroy vs Poulter (Group 11) and Fitzpatrick vs Spieth (Group 15) catch the eye.
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22/03/2021 19:39:54 14 1
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I actually prefer it since it moved to a group stage format.
A lot of the top players used to give it a miss as potentially only 10 holes of golf is a long way to travel for.
Give up, Leslie, we get it!
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22/03/2021 20:30:49 3 21
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In the run up to a major I'm not sure many of them want to be playing Wednesday through to Sunday either tbf.

I always get the impression that the top, top players don't take it that seriously.
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22/03/2021 19:11:54 2 32
bbc
Not a fan of the group format. Much preferred the straight knockout format.

Who wants to watch no-hopers like McIlroy and MacIntyre blunder their way through three matches when one is more than sufficient?
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22/03/2021 19:43:57 15 2
bbc
Probably they are slightly better players than you..

If they are no hopers then what does that make you?

I reckon you will be a 28 handicap if that...

And that’s at the crazy golf...
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22/03/2021 19:52:55 0 10
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super furry golfers,attention seeking narcissitic caddies wearing shorts(caddies didnt wear shorts in 1991 british open -baker finch). total naffness
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22/03/2021 19:58:57 16 0
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Newsflash, we’re in 2021. Golfers and caddies in shorts, should be allowed in every tournament.
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22/03/2021 21:27:04 8 0
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How do you know caddies are narcissistic? Because they wear shorts!! ??. Do you feel powerful behind your keyboard
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22/03/2021 19:52:55 0 10
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super furry golfers,attention seeking narcissitic caddies wearing shorts(caddies didnt wear shorts in 1991 british open -baker finch). total naffness
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22/03/2021 19:58:57 16 0
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Newsflash, we’re in 2021. Golfers and caddies in shorts, should be allowed in every tournament.
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22/03/2021 20:58:07 0 9
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Why? It's a scruffy look that is barely tolerable on caddies.
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22/03/2021 19:11:54 2 32
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Not a fan of the group format. Much preferred the straight knockout format.

Who wants to watch no-hopers like McIlroy and MacIntyre blunder their way through three matches when one is more than sufficient?
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ka
22/03/2021 20:26:19 36 5
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It's a travesty that golf has not been allowed in England. You could always go for a walk with one other person as exercise and more recently go and sit in a park and have a few drinks - yet you cannot play golf until 29th. Disgraceful
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22/03/2021 22:25:45 4 6
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You can hit balls in England just not on a golf course. Millions of balls have been hit in practice on fields
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22/03/2021 20:29:33 2 19
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A good walk spoiled.
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22/03/2021 20:31:23 1 15
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Good one m8.
Coronation Street is on the TV, you’re on the wrong HYS. Removed
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22/03/2021 20:51:43 11 1
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Wow...

Did you think that up all yourself??

Never heard that one before..

You must be so proud??
Bot. Removed
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22/03/2021 23:14:49 4 0
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Sensitive.
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22/03/2021 23:16:08 5 0
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Repetitive.
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22/03/2021 19:39:54 14 1
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I actually prefer it since it moved to a group stage format.
A lot of the top players used to give it a miss as potentially only 10 holes of golf is a long way to travel for.
Give up, Leslie, we get it!
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22/03/2021 20:30:49 3 21
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In the run up to a major I'm not sure many of them want to be playing Wednesday through to Sunday either tbf.

I always get the impression that the top, top players don't take it that seriously.
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22/03/2021 20:29:33 2 19
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A good walk spoiled.
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22/03/2021 20:31:23 1 15
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Good one m8.
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22/03/2021 20:29:33 2 19
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A good walk spoiled.
Coronation Street is on the TV, you’re on the wrong HYS. Removed
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22/03/2021 20:29:33 2 19
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A good walk spoiled.
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22/03/2021 20:51:43 11 1
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Wow...

Did you think that up all yourself??

Never heard that one before..

You must be so proud??
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22/03/2021 19:58:57 16 0
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Newsflash, we’re in 2021. Golfers and caddies in shorts, should be allowed in every tournament.
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22/03/2021 20:58:07 0 9
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Why? It's a scruffy look that is barely tolerable on caddies.
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22/03/2021 21:06:26 7 0
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You’re watching the wrong sport. Shorts don’t make the pro or the caddie scruffy, there are certainly some players and caddies, pro and ams, who are not made for shorts, but doesn’t make them scruffy.
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22/03/2021 20:58:07 0 9
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Why? It's a scruffy look that is barely tolerable on caddies.
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22/03/2021 21:06:26 7 0
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You’re watching the wrong sport. Shorts don’t make the pro or the caddie scruffy, there are certainly some players and caddies, pro and ams, who are not made for shorts, but doesn’t make them scruffy.
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22/03/2021 21:29:13 0 6
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I disagree. I've seen the pros wear them in those 'charity' matches they play and they look ridiculous.

Apologies for straying off topic.
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22/03/2021 21:06:44 11 2
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Leslie Thornton. You got a problem with Irish and Scots golfers? Very patriotic.
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22/03/2021 21:29:59 3 18
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Only when they're overrated and overhyped tbqhwy.
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22/03/2021 21:26:14 1 10
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the wee ice mon-ben hogan
snowman (8 on a hole) rory mcilroy
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22/03/2021 21:29:33 0 4
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Know that is truthful
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tom
23/03/2021 02:16:51 6 0
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rory mcilroy a 30 year old ,with a career so far which has him in the hall of fame. A bank balance which most can only dream about.So you point is what exactly ?.
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22/03/2021 19:52:55 0 10
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super furry golfers,attention seeking narcissitic caddies wearing shorts(caddies didnt wear shorts in 1991 british open -baker finch). total naffness
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22/03/2021 21:27:04 8 0
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How do you know caddies are narcissistic? Because they wear shorts!! ??. Do you feel powerful behind your keyboard
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22/03/2021 21:06:26 7 0
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You’re watching the wrong sport. Shorts don’t make the pro or the caddie scruffy, there are certainly some players and caddies, pro and ams, who are not made for shorts, but doesn’t make them scruffy.
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22/03/2021 21:29:13 0 6
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I disagree. I've seen the pros wear them in those 'charity' matches they play and they look ridiculous.

Apologies for straying off topic.
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22/03/2021 21:40:19 4 0
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Apology accepted.
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23/03/2021 10:13:58 3 1
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Better off apologising for talking crap
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22/03/2021 21:26:14 1 10
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the wee ice mon-ben hogan
snowman (8 on a hole) rory mcilroy
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22/03/2021 21:29:33 0 4
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Know that is truthful
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22/03/2021 21:06:44 11 2
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Leslie Thornton. You got a problem with Irish and Scots golfers? Very patriotic.
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22/03/2021 21:29:59 3 18
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Only when they're overrated and overhyped tbqhwy.
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tom
23/03/2021 02:19:55 8 0
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rory mcilroy a 30 year old ,with a career so far which has him in the hall of fame. A bank balance which most can only dream about.So you point is what exactly ?.
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22/03/2021 20:29:33 2 19
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A good walk spoiled.
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22/03/2021 21:29:13 0 6
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I disagree. I've seen the pros wear them in those 'charity' matches they play and they look ridiculous.

Apologies for straying off topic.
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22/03/2021 21:40:19 4 0
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Apology accepted.
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22/03/2021 22:22:23 1 7
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Council grass cutters will be happy golf courses are open. Their is no turf left on the football pitches from all the English golfers practicing during lockdown
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ka
22/03/2021 20:26:19 36 5
bbc
It's a travesty that golf has not been allowed in England. You could always go for a walk with one other person as exercise and more recently go and sit in a park and have a few drinks - yet you cannot play golf until 29th. Disgraceful
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22/03/2021 22:25:45 4 6
bbc
You can hit balls in England just not on a golf course. Millions of balls have been hit in practice on fields
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22/03/2021 22:29:59 2 4
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Disappointing news that Big Brooks might miss the Masters. He looked in good form before this setback.
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Neo
23/03/2021 13:25:28 4 0
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Nevermind you can always tune-in to watch Robert MacIntyre take on the Masters Champion this week!
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22/03/2021 22:43:52 6 12
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Brooks with one good knee would have put up a better show than Rory McIlroy at Augusta. Cant wait to read the excuses on the Saturday morning when he misses the cut again.
He will never beat Sir Nick Faldo on six majors !
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23/03/2021 00:26:16 2 2
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Any more hot predictions?
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23/03/2021 11:40:17 5 0
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What's RM supposed to say when he's obliged to speak to the media after a bad round and they ask him what went wrong? If he tries to explain then he is "making excuses" if he says nothing then "he's arrogant" if he says he played well then "he's delusional". I think your comment says a lot more about your obsession with RM than it does about his character.
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gg
23/03/2021 20:49:06 1 0
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Look at it another way, RM has won 3 different majors and NF has won two ????
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22/03/2021 23:12:19 1 9
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I enjoy looking at match play on an interesting course but this one goes on for too long and I am sick to death of these flat courses with so many water hazards that the PGA has used over the past month.I think I would have preferred stroke play for Thursday and Friday and then match play on the other two days on a better course. Just my preference. A long wait yet to the Open and a real links.
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23/03/2021 04:08:30 4 0
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You’ve clearly never watched the match play from Austin Texas then lol.
It’s far from flat! The course is great!
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23/03/2021 04:57:22 2 0
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Austin Country Club flat? That's as ignorant as saying St. Andrews isn't a links.
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22/03/2021 20:29:33 2 19
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A good walk spoiled.
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22/03/2021 23:14:49 4 0
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Sensitive.
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22/03/2021 20:29:33 2 19
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A good walk spoiled.
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22/03/2021 23:16:08 5 0
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Repetitive.
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22/03/2021 22:43:52 6 12
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Brooks with one good knee would have put up a better show than Rory McIlroy at Augusta. Cant wait to read the excuses on the Saturday morning when he misses the cut again.
He will never beat Sir Nick Faldo on six majors !
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23/03/2021 00:26:16 2 2
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Any more hot predictions?
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23/03/2021 07:15:51 1 5
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Yeah ...i will win the lottery before mcilroy wins another major.
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23/03/2021 01:36:55 1 5
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austin country club welcomes careful drivers
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22/03/2021 21:26:14 1 10
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the wee ice mon-ben hogan
snowman (8 on a hole) rory mcilroy
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tom
23/03/2021 02:16:51 6 0
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rory mcilroy a 30 year old ,with a career so far which has him in the hall of fame. A bank balance which most can only dream about.So you point is what exactly ?.
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22/03/2021 21:29:59 3 18
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Only when they're overrated and overhyped tbqhwy.
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tom
23/03/2021 02:19:55 8 0
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rory mcilroy a 30 year old ,with a career so far which has him in the hall of fame. A bank balance which most can only dream about.So you point is what exactly ?.
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23/03/2021 07:26:55 0 11
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Jack Nicklaus won 18 majors back in the day but it doesn't mean he's a contender these days. It's the same with McIlroy, except with a lot less majors.
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23/03/2021 02:58:18 3 6
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Unwatchable due to the time difference! Might pop to
my local course though and watch the 3 quid battles!
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23/03/2021 08:37:07 3 1
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Featured groups are live at 3pm.....
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23/03/2021 09:13:56 1 0
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It's only 5 hours difference. Not as bad as the west coast.
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22/03/2021 23:12:19 1 9
bbc
I enjoy looking at match play on an interesting course but this one goes on for too long and I am sick to death of these flat courses with so many water hazards that the PGA has used over the past month.I think I would have preferred stroke play for Thursday and Friday and then match play on the other two days on a better course. Just my preference. A long wait yet to the Open and a real links.
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23/03/2021 04:08:30 4 0
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You’ve clearly never watched the match play from Austin Texas then lol.
It’s far from flat! The course is great!
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22/03/2021 23:12:19 1 9
bbc
I enjoy looking at match play on an interesting course but this one goes on for too long and I am sick to death of these flat courses with so many water hazards that the PGA has used over the past month.I think I would have preferred stroke play for Thursday and Friday and then match play on the other two days on a better course. Just my preference. A long wait yet to the Open and a real links.
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23/03/2021 04:57:22 2 0
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Austin Country Club flat? That's as ignorant as saying St. Andrews isn't a links.
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23/03/2021 07:03:02 6 19
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Anyone but McIlroy is fine by me. The bloke reeks of self importance.
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23/03/2021 08:36:14 18 0
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Are you basing that on stories about him or interviews with him because he always comes across as quite a decent guy in interviews.
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Sam
23/03/2021 10:12:04 7 1
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He's a decent chap according to people who know him so on what evidence do you base your opinion?
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23/03/2021 15:45:59 4 0
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Seen him at pro ams and he is always fun, courteous and totally down to earth. Makes the amateurs feel like he is actually enjoying their company.
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gg
23/03/2021 18:04:56 1 0
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And that's coming from a footie fan LOL
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23/03/2021 07:05:02 15 2
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£1 coins, Iain? Contactless has put paid to that pleasure. And the R&A has stopped our harmless club sweep. Daren’t even play cribbage for crisps anymore. And yet the online gambling parasites are allowed to fill every ad break on TV.
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23/03/2021 00:26:16 2 2
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Any more hot predictions?
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23/03/2021 07:15:51 1 5
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Yeah ...i will win the lottery before mcilroy wins another major.
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tom
23/03/2021 02:19:55 8 0
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rory mcilroy a 30 year old ,with a career so far which has him in the hall of fame. A bank balance which most can only dream about.So you point is what exactly ?.
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23/03/2021 07:26:55 0 11
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Jack Nicklaus won 18 majors back in the day but it doesn't mean he's a contender these days. It's the same with McIlroy, except with a lot less majors.
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tom
23/03/2021 14:12:39 2 2
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There is a different between being old and out of form and overrated/overhyped. Nicklaus and co still draw a crowd. There's alot of today's in form crowd who i think struggle to draw breath at times. Nicklaus/McIlroy could at times did that to the paying public.
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23/03/2021 07:44:24 6 3
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The format could suit McIlroy, he seriously needs a good week, but also so do Hatton and Fleetwood, maybe even more so. Poulter is great at matchplay, but again his form isn't great.

Looking forward to this one.....to be honest I think it will take a lot to stop Dustin Johnson.
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23/03/2021 07:46:24 6 2
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Forgot to mention that Wales' golf courses opened over a week ago? Naughty.
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23/03/2021 08:27:39 24 2
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Scotland's never closed did they? None of them should have, safer than going to the supermarket
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22/03/2021 18:31:56 9 12
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Poor reporting Mr Carter.

We up in Scotland have been playing golf for a number of weeks,and last week we returned to four balls...

Saying that it’s a tournament which is good to watch as club golfers enjoy that format..
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23/03/2021 07:57:37 5 0
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I think that’s why he specified England and Northern Ireland in which case it’s not poor reporting.
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23/03/2021 18:50:07 0 0
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He actually didn’t specify he just assumed everybody reading was from England..

Good attempt though..
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23/03/2021 08:11:42 5 5
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Rory won’t win it. Guy has completely lost the plot in 2021. At tpc he had no idea where his drives were headed.
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23/03/2021 07:46:24 6 2
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Forgot to mention that Wales' golf courses opened over a week ago? Naughty.
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23/03/2021 08:27:39 24 2
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Scotland's never closed did they? None of them should have, safer than going to the supermarket
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23/03/2021 07:03:02 6 19
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Anyone but McIlroy is fine by me. The bloke reeks of self importance.
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23/03/2021 08:36:14 18 0
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Are you basing that on stories about him or interviews with him because he always comes across as quite a decent guy in interviews.
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gg
23/03/2021 18:07:53 1 0
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Give him a break dubz, coming from a footie fan he probably doesn't even know who RM is
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23/03/2021 02:58:18 3 6
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Unwatchable due to the time difference! Might pop to
my local course though and watch the 3 quid battles!
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23/03/2021 08:37:07 3 1
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Featured groups are live at 3pm.....
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23/03/2021 08:37:55 13 0
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Match play is so much more fun to watch than stroke play. Obviously the team element of the Ryder Cup adds even more to this but the direct competition just makes for better watching for me.
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23/03/2021 10:22:35 4 1
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There definitely needs to be more variety to the Tour events rather than have 72 hole strokeplay nearly all the time. Thursday and Friday especially can be tedious
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23/03/2021 08:39:49 1 0
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Good pressure matchplay experience for this year's potential Ryder Cup debutants.
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23/03/2021 08:41:43 3 10
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Poulter has pretty much had it, 45 and on the obvious decline. Think he’s played his last RC match, will probably be captain in the next decade.

After some great events, played on bloody difficult courses I’m not frothing over this probably being setup as a wide open birdie fest. Have had a cheeky £10 e/w on Rory, feel that he just needs a spark to get a bit of confidence back.
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23/03/2021 09:31:39 7 2
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Another ignoramus who doesn't know Austin Country Club.
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23/03/2021 08:50:07 12 5
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It beggars belief how golf was put on the ban list in England, when one is outside and not at close quarters with anyone. I find golf a wonderful release from everyday business activity and its a great walk also. I am looking forward to playing at my local club next week and giving my new CALLAWAY BIG BERTHA B21 DRIVER a workout.
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23/03/2021 09:10:24 0 0
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East Brighton Golf Club?
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23/03/2021 09:12:01 1 6
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It’s because the message was to stay home outside of essential reasons - sadly golf doesn’t fall into essential.
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23/03/2021 09:30:33 1 5
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Yawn
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23/03/2021 10:08:46 1 18
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What truly beggars belief is how in a time when so many have lost lives, loved ones, livelihoods and homes 'one' feels not having been able to play golf warrants a moan. Enjoy your new £400 toy though. Such disposable income could not have been used any more wisely or generously in current circumstances I'm sure. Have fun on the course. You deserve it.
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23/03/2021 08:50:42 6 4
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excellent article
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23/03/2021 08:50:07 12 5
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It beggars belief how golf was put on the ban list in England, when one is outside and not at close quarters with anyone. I find golf a wonderful release from everyday business activity and its a great walk also. I am looking forward to playing at my local club next week and giving my new CALLAWAY BIG BERTHA B21 DRIVER a workout.
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23/03/2021 09:10:24 0 0
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East Brighton Golf Club?
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23/03/2021 08:50:07 12 5
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It beggars belief how golf was put on the ban list in England, when one is outside and not at close quarters with anyone. I find golf a wonderful release from everyday business activity and its a great walk also. I am looking forward to playing at my local club next week and giving my new CALLAWAY BIG BERTHA B21 DRIVER a workout.
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23/03/2021 09:12:01 1 6
bbc
It’s because the message was to stay home outside of essential reasons - sadly golf doesn’t fall into essential.
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23/03/2021 09:27:57 7 0
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Same Stay at Home message in Scotland but we've never stopped playing since June. It's counted as your daily exercise. Two balls since Christmas but back to fourballs from 2 weeks ago. I think the main reason England was restricted was because of the new variant that was prevalent in the SE in December, so gov were being more cautious but I think that could have been relaxed a few weeks ago.
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23/03/2021 11:39:15 4 1
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So you can walk around a golf course for your daily exercise which has been allowed but you can't hit a ball around a golf course. Please explain the difference?
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23/03/2021 09:12:43 2 0
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this must be a good pointer to the RC given that it is a matchplay format. There are players struggling for form (poulter) that need to turn their season around
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23/03/2021 13:04:59 2 1
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I wonder how many times Sky will mention the RC this week? Especially if in the build up to or during a European versus an American .... mute.
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23/03/2021 02:58:18 3 6
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Unwatchable due to the time difference! Might pop to
my local course though and watch the 3 quid battles!
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23/03/2021 09:13:56 1 0
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It's only 5 hours difference. Not as bad as the west coast.
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gg
22/03/2021 18:41:33 6 9
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Got a gut feeling RM has this in the bag ????????
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23/03/2021 09:16:11 2 8
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In his handbag more like, you said it was in the bag last week and he shot +10. He is a bottler when the big boys arrive at these tournaments, the bookies must love seeing you walk in to place your bets!
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23/03/2021 09:20:29 11 1
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It's a great tournament to watch from Wed-Sat but come Sunday when there are only two matches on the course, with incessant ad breaks or commentators drolling on to fill the gaps in play, it becomes too tedious for me.
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23/03/2021 09:12:01 1 6
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It’s because the message was to stay home outside of essential reasons - sadly golf doesn’t fall into essential.
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23/03/2021 09:27:57 7 0
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Same Stay at Home message in Scotland but we've never stopped playing since June. It's counted as your daily exercise. Two balls since Christmas but back to fourballs from 2 weeks ago. I think the main reason England was restricted was because of the new variant that was prevalent in the SE in December, so gov were being more cautious but I think that could have been relaxed a few weeks ago.
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23/03/2021 08:50:07 12 5
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It beggars belief how golf was put on the ban list in England, when one is outside and not at close quarters with anyone. I find golf a wonderful release from everyday business activity and its a great walk also. I am looking forward to playing at my local club next week and giving my new CALLAWAY BIG BERTHA B21 DRIVER a workout.
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23/03/2021 09:30:33 1 5
bbc
Yawn
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23/03/2021 08:41:43 3 10
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Poulter has pretty much had it, 45 and on the obvious decline. Think he’s played his last RC match, will probably be captain in the next decade.

After some great events, played on bloody difficult courses I’m not frothing over this probably being setup as a wide open birdie fest. Have had a cheeky £10 e/w on Rory, feel that he just needs a spark to get a bit of confidence back.
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23/03/2021 09:31:39 7 2
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Another ignoramus who doesn't know Austin Country Club.
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23/03/2021 13:58:33 1 2
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Take it you are a golf snob/bore
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23/03/2021 15:42:55 0 4
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And you think they’re going to set it up as a US Open? Of course they won’t.

Does Bethpage black always play as hard it as does when they set it up for a US open? Nope.

Another ignoramus who doesn’t understand how courses get set up.
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23/03/2021 09:40:28 4 0
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Loved the Suntory version all those years ago, one matchplay a year is not enough, though agree with an earlier remark, a real challenge for the TV company to maintain the vibe in the later rounds
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23/03/2021 17:39:42 1 0
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If you played KO all the way through and effectively put the losers into a different bracket each time, everyone would play 6 rounds over the week and you could place everyone from 1st to 64th. Solves the tv issue as well.....
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23/03/2021 17:46:23 1 0
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I remember when it was the Piccadilly (brand of cigarettes) World Matchplay at Wentworth every autumn. Because it was a Mark McCormack (IMG) tournament lots of the top Americans turned up. It was as much a highlight of the golfing year as the Masters. Great days.
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23/03/2021 08:50:07 12 5
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It beggars belief how golf was put on the ban list in England, when one is outside and not at close quarters with anyone. I find golf a wonderful release from everyday business activity and its a great walk also. I am looking forward to playing at my local club next week and giving my new CALLAWAY BIG BERTHA B21 DRIVER a workout.
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23/03/2021 10:08:46 1 18
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What truly beggars belief is how in a time when so many have lost lives, loved ones, livelihoods and homes 'one' feels not having been able to play golf warrants a moan. Enjoy your new £400 toy though. Such disposable income could not have been used any more wisely or generously in current circumstances I'm sure. Have fun on the course. You deserve it.
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23/03/2021 10:21:25 13 0
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Sad times indeed but you expect what exactly? The world to stop? To cease anything of enjoyment? And that would help how exactly? You need to pop down off that soap box
I don't play these days due to injury but I'm pretty sure that getting out for any kind of exercise these days would be enormously beneficial for peoples physical and mental health. That can only be a good thing surely? I can't quite work out if you're rabidly anti-golf, anti going outside or just anti someone having a spare £400. Whichever one it is you come across as a bit of a knob Removed
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23/03/2021 11:49:17 6 0
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Going by your pathetic rant, I'm expecting to hear that you don't have any hobbies or interests and you donate every spare penny you have to charity, right?
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Si
23/03/2021 12:24:06 3 1
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Every year 600,000 people die. Perhaps we should lock down all the time until we get that to zero. In your world maybe.
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22/03/2021 18:31:56 9 12
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Poor reporting Mr Carter.

We up in Scotland have been playing golf for a number of weeks,and last week we returned to four balls...

Saying that it’s a tournament which is good to watch as club golfers enjoy that format..
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23/03/2021 10:10:31 2 0
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Poor reading Mr Williamson
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23/03/2021 07:03:02 6 19
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Anyone but McIlroy is fine by me. The bloke reeks of self importance.
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Sam
23/03/2021 10:12:04 7 1
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He's a decent chap according to people who know him so on what evidence do you base your opinion?
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23/03/2021 17:44:19 0 0
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Zika?
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22/03/2021 21:29:13 0 6
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I disagree. I've seen the pros wear them in those 'charity' matches they play and they look ridiculous.

Apologies for straying off topic.
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23/03/2021 10:13:58 3 1
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Better off apologising for talking crap
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23/03/2021 10:08:46 1 18
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What truly beggars belief is how in a time when so many have lost lives, loved ones, livelihoods and homes 'one' feels not having been able to play golf warrants a moan. Enjoy your new £400 toy though. Such disposable income could not have been used any more wisely or generously in current circumstances I'm sure. Have fun on the course. You deserve it.
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23/03/2021 10:21:25 13 0
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Sad times indeed but you expect what exactly? The world to stop? To cease anything of enjoyment? And that would help how exactly? You need to pop down off that soap box
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23/03/2021 08:37:55 13 0
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Match play is so much more fun to watch than stroke play. Obviously the team element of the Ryder Cup adds even more to this but the direct competition just makes for better watching for me.
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23/03/2021 10:22:35 4 1
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There definitely needs to be more variety to the Tour events rather than have 72 hole strokeplay nearly all the time. Thursday and Friday especially can be tedious
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ABM
23/03/2021 10:29:44 2 11
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I'd rather watch paint dry.
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23/03/2021 11:00:16 15 0
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Off you go then, nobody's stopping you
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23/03/2021 11:19:28 3 0
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Enjoy.
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23/03/2021 12:25:04 1 0
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What colour?
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Neo
23/03/2021 13:00:59 1 0
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You need to get out for a walk!
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23/03/2021 16:35:50 1 0
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Off you pop, there was no need to tell us though??
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ABM
23/03/2021 10:29:44 2 11
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I'd rather watch paint dry.
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23/03/2021 11:00:16 15 0
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Off you go then, nobody's stopping you
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23/03/2021 11:05:01 6 7
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Anyone thinking of putting money on Mcilroy?... DON'T!!!
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23/03/2021 11:07:30 8 4
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Form is temporary, class is permanent
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23/03/2021 11:05:01 6 7
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Anyone thinking of putting money on Mcilroy?... DON'T!!!
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23/03/2021 11:07:30 8 4
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Form is temporary, class is permanent
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23/03/2021 12:24:47 1 5
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Exactly why to keep your money the chap cannot putt good enough to win.
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ABM
23/03/2021 10:29:44 2 11
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I'd rather watch paint dry.
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23/03/2021 11:19:28 3 0
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Enjoy.
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23/03/2021 09:12:01 1 6
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It’s because the message was to stay home outside of essential reasons - sadly golf doesn’t fall into essential.
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23/03/2021 11:39:15 4 1
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So you can walk around a golf course for your daily exercise which has been allowed but you can't hit a ball around a golf course. Please explain the difference?
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23/03/2021 12:43:24 1 0
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Its wore than that. You are permitted to walk around the course carrying your clubs, but still not hit a ball.
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23/03/2021 15:46:36 0 1
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Because you could apply that logic to tennis, cycling et all. You can’t make a rule for one and not the others. And I’m a massive golfer, but I don’t feel hard done by and it’s only a few days now until they reopen.
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22/03/2021 22:43:52 6 12
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Brooks with one good knee would have put up a better show than Rory McIlroy at Augusta. Cant wait to read the excuses on the Saturday morning when he misses the cut again.
He will never beat Sir Nick Faldo on six majors !
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23/03/2021 11:40:17 5 0
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What's RM supposed to say when he's obliged to speak to the media after a bad round and they ask him what went wrong? If he tries to explain then he is "making excuses" if he says nothing then "he's arrogant" if he says he played well then "he's delusional". I think your comment says a lot more about your obsession with RM than it does about his character.
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23/03/2021 15:23:16 2 0
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Spot on Jamie, they're are quota a few on here who are obsessed about McIlroy and display double standards when it comes to him and other golfers.
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23/03/2021 10:08:46 1 18
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What truly beggars belief is how in a time when so many have lost lives, loved ones, livelihoods and homes 'one' feels not having been able to play golf warrants a moan. Enjoy your new £400 toy though. Such disposable income could not have been used any more wisely or generously in current circumstances I'm sure. Have fun on the course. You deserve it.
I don't play these days due to injury but I'm pretty sure that getting out for any kind of exercise these days would be enormously beneficial for peoples physical and mental health. That can only be a good thing surely? I can't quite work out if you're rabidly anti-golf, anti going outside or just anti someone having a spare £400. Whichever one it is you come across as a bit of a knob Removed
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23/03/2021 11:43:01 1 0
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Worth an outside bet for fun...
Reed 25-1
Cammy Smith 35-1
and Mathew Fitzpatrick at 40-1
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23/03/2021 10:08:46 1 18
bbc
What truly beggars belief is how in a time when so many have lost lives, loved ones, livelihoods and homes 'one' feels not having been able to play golf warrants a moan. Enjoy your new £400 toy though. Such disposable income could not have been used any more wisely or generously in current circumstances I'm sure. Have fun on the course. You deserve it.
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23/03/2021 11:49:17 6 0
bbc
Going by your pathetic rant, I'm expecting to hear that you don't have any hobbies or interests and you donate every spare penny you have to charity, right?
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23/03/2021 11:53:59 1 9
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Sorry I find it difficult to see anyone from Europe winning this, Thomas, Johnson & spieth are probably winners. On form Borey will be losing his matches 9/8 & 8/7. Another two day tournament for him.
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23/03/2021 12:24:10 1 0
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We hear that each time the ryder cup comes around too..... bets USA team ever etc. Zzzzzzz
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Neo
23/03/2021 14:38:59 1 0
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Casey/Rahm/Garcia I wouldn't discount any of those 3.
Shame Koepka and Woods are injured. Rumour has it that McIlroy has been farting alot after eating bad Curryplop.. his tournament will depend alot on whether he can recover.. Removed
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23/03/2021 10:08:46 1 18
bbc
What truly beggars belief is how in a time when so many have lost lives, loved ones, livelihoods and homes 'one' feels not having been able to play golf warrants a moan. Enjoy your new £400 toy though. Such disposable income could not have been used any more wisely or generously in current circumstances I'm sure. Have fun on the course. You deserve it.
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Si
23/03/2021 12:24:06 3 1
bbc
Every year 600,000 people die. Perhaps we should lock down all the time until we get that to zero. In your world maybe.
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23/03/2021 11:53:59 1 9
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Sorry I find it difficult to see anyone from Europe winning this, Thomas, Johnson & spieth are probably winners. On form Borey will be losing his matches 9/8 & 8/7. Another two day tournament for him.
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23/03/2021 12:24:10 1 0
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We hear that each time the ryder cup comes around too..... bets USA team ever etc. Zzzzzzz
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23/03/2021 13:09:32 0 2
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“bets USA team ever etc. Zzzzzzz“
What does that even mean??
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23/03/2021 11:07:30 8 4
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Form is temporary, class is permanent
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23/03/2021 12:24:47 1 5
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Exactly why to keep your money the chap cannot putt good enough to win.
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gg
23/03/2021 20:41:45 1 0
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It's his short irons not the putter.????
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ABM
23/03/2021 10:29:44 2 11
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I'd rather watch paint dry.
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23/03/2021 12:25:04 1 0
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What colour?
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23/03/2021 11:39:15 4 1
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So you can walk around a golf course for your daily exercise which has been allowed but you can't hit a ball around a golf course. Please explain the difference?
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23/03/2021 12:43:24 1 0
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Its wore than that. You are permitted to walk around the course carrying your clubs, but still not hit a ball.
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ABM
23/03/2021 10:29:44 2 11
bbc
I'd rather watch paint dry.
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Neo
23/03/2021 13:00:59 1 0
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You need to get out for a walk!
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23/03/2021 09:12:43 2 0
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this must be a good pointer to the RC given that it is a matchplay format. There are players struggling for form (poulter) that need to turn their season around
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23/03/2021 13:04:59 2 1
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I wonder how many times Sky will mention the RC this week? Especially if in the build up to or during a European versus an American .... mute.
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23/03/2021 12:24:10 1 0
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We hear that each time the ryder cup comes around too..... bets USA team ever etc. Zzzzzzz
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23/03/2021 13:09:32 0 2
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“bets USA team ever etc. Zzzzzzz“
What does that even mean??
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23/03/2021 15:09:32 2 0
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Clearly they meant to put best USA team ever.
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23/03/2021 17:43:28 0 0
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I will let the comment ratings answer that, ignorance is indeed bliss it seems.. .
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23/03/2021 13:12:45 1 3
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Assume Paul McGinley will be commentating. He will be loving it getting to mention the Ryder Cup at even more opportunities with it being a matchplay event rather than strokeplay.
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22/03/2021 22:29:59 2 4
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Disappointing news that Big Brooks might miss the Masters. He looked in good form before this setback.
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Neo
23/03/2021 13:25:28 4 0
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Nevermind you can always tune-in to watch Robert MacIntyre take on the Masters Champion this week!
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23/03/2021 13:25:47 3 4
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HYS open 20 hours total 95 posts, i don't think there any interest in the topic? The attraction of this event is in the mind only of the BBC not the public
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23/03/2021 13:44:43 5 0
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When the R&A sold out to Sky, and BBC lost interest in golf, it became inevitable that Joe Public would look at other sports

BBC doesn't even have the rankings any more
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23/03/2021 13:38:54 4 0
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What about the underdog but talented Victor Perez who lives in Scotland and did it pretty well at the Players I think?
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23/03/2021 13:41:28 1 8
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Poulter is like an early 90s red coat who thinks a giant steak with a USA flag stuck in it is the height of cultural sophistication.
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23/03/2021 13:25:47 3 4
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HYS open 20 hours total 95 posts, i don't think there any interest in the topic? The attraction of this event is in the mind only of the BBC not the public
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23/03/2021 13:44:43 5 0
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When the R&A sold out to Sky, and BBC lost interest in golf, it became inevitable that Joe Public would look at other sports

BBC doesn't even have the rankings any more
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23/03/2021 19:36:56 0 0
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Something indeed very odd when a population 67 million people littered with golf courses everywhere has such little interest in the topic, the article is well written, the same quality of writing is often missing in other BBC sports musings.
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23/03/2021 09:31:39 7 2
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Another ignoramus who doesn't know Austin Country Club.
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23/03/2021 13:58:33 1 2
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Take it you are a golf snob/bore
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23/03/2021 21:41:57 0 0
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Nope. Unlike you though I know the course.