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  • Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    by Kevin Cook
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    by Dan Jenkins
  • The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    by Richard Gillis
  • The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    by Martin Davis
  • A Life Well Played: My Stories
    A Life Well Played: My Stories
    by Arnold Palmer

Golf architecture is not a science. Creatively it is not amenable to measurable knowledge. The failure to understand this is one reason responsible for the dilemma in the minds of most golfers who try to come to a logical understanding of golf architecture and get nowhere.   MAX BEHR




Tour Players Embracing Fresh Ideas, For Now!

For too long the average PGA Tour player has only cared about playing opportunities and little else. The mentality has been so pervasive to the point that many lost sight of any need to be part of something entertaining. Of course, if your "product" is not entertaining, those opportunities will not arise.

So it's refreshing to see news of a new format and scheduling adjustments ( Tour) on both sides of the Atlantic are receiving a warm reaction from players.'s Jason Sobel reporting from the McGladrey Classic on St. Simon's Island:

"It's a trial and error process," added Jim Furyk. "If it's good and the fans like it and the sponsor likes it and the players like it, heck yeah, let's go. Let's keep doing it. If it doesn't work, we'll come up with some new ideas. There's nothing wrong with trying."

Therein lies an inherent issue with outside the box thinking: It can't only serve one master. These new ideas have to fit the desires of fans, sponsors and players, which is a more difficult concept than it might seem.

That the players are thinking beyond themselves is a sign of progress.

What's prompting the change? Maybe they get to gauge social media reaction, or its the new influences at headquarters or maybe it's just a growing realization that 72-holes of stroke play every Thursday-Sunday is not the Holy Grail. Either way, it's refreshing to finally see them budging off of the playing opportunities mantra.


McIlroy Welcomes Rolex Series: "With the regulations that the PGA Tour are putting upon’s hard to jump back and forth and play tournaments."

James Corrigan considers the ramifications of the Rolex Series, labeled a "critical game changer" by Chief Executive Keith Pelley. The Telegraph writer also says the French Open will be added to the series, making it eight events.

More interesting, however, is the comment of Rory McIlroy, suggesting the lucrative Series and increased PGA Tour rules will tempt some to stay in Europe. But him?

“It gives guys an incentive to maybe play a little bit more on this side of the pond leading up to the Open Championship and hopefully get some great fields,” he said. “It’s getting more and more difficult to play two tours. With the regulations that the PGA Tour are putting upon us and with how great the events are becoming over here, it’s hard to jump back and forth and play tournaments.

“So I think you might see more guys spending prolonged periods in either/or, because jumping back and forth, you can do it for so long, but in the long run, it just doesn’t work too well. I’m very grateful for the Irish Open being in this Rolex Series. We’ve been given a great date.”

Here's what I'm not clear on: have the UK rules changed for taxation of visiting athletes?

Because unless Keith Pelley has convinced Her Majesty to ease up on rules that make UK visits a loss leader, it's hard to see players teeing up in all of the events leading up to The Open.


2016 Australian Open Primer: Spieth, Ogilvy & U.S. Amateur Champ Luck Paired For Opening 36

Royal Sydney hosts the 2016 Emirates Australian Open, with Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott headlining. Coverage begins Wednesday at 8 pm ET on Golf Channel.

John Huggan covers Spieth's return to Australia a year after winning and he considers the Texan's typically-thoughtful answers to questions.

Martin Blake noted Spieth's admiration for Royal Sydney, which has hosted many times and which is currently under architectural review by Gil Hanse.

Blake also writes about Aaron Baddeley's return to the site of his 1999 Australian Open win as an amateur.

The opening two rounds include Spieth playing with Geoff Ogilvy and U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck. That trio tees off early Thursday, meaning they may sneak in the end of the round one coverage window but will receive full coverage Friday in the U.S.

The Spieth and Ogilvy press conferences yielded some nice questions and interesting answers, including Spieth at the 22:00 minute mark answering a question about his brother's great (basketball) play at Brown:

Ogilvy is great as usual on many topics:

This Australian Golf Digest interview with RSGC super Steve Marsden features some incredible drone shots of the course, too.


Atlanta Mess: Bobby Jones Golf Course Purchased By State, City Passes On Non-Profit Takeover

The news out of Atlanta isn't good for the beleaguered public course system, as John Ruch reports on a non-profit's effort to operate the city muni's was rejected by the city council.

The story could just be an aberation related to politics, but also will not bode well when future non-profit fans of the game attempt to rescue the many terribly-run city or state courses which, with some repairs, could be made better.

Buckhead's Bobby Jones Golf Course was partially saved thanks to a long-discussed purchase by the state, with a plan to reduce it to 9-holes but add multiple amenities. Everett Catts reports.

With the sale finalized, the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation announced it has entered into a 50-year lease with the authority for the course, which was built in 1932 as a tribute to golf legend Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr.

As part of the state’s ownership plan, the course will be transformed from an 18-hole one to a nine-hole one with a driving range and a wee links for children 12 and under. The wee links will be named the Cupp Links in honor of golf course architect Bob Cupp, who designed the new course before he died in August.

The foundation is partnering with the Georgia State Golf Association and the Georgia section of the PGA of America to create the Georgia Golf House, a new facility that will become a hub for golf in the state. Those organizations, plus Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Junior Golf Association and others will call the Georgia Golf House home.

The new course and facilities will remain open to the public. The course will also be the new home of the Georgia State University golf teams.


Steiny To ESPN: Tiger's "Getting after it a bit more"'s Bob Harig talks to Tiger Woods ten-percent Mark Steinberg who sounds cautiously optimistic about his client's planned return in two weeks for the Hero World Challenge.

Note the timeline prefacing...

"The determination is still there," Steinberg told ESPN. "We've still got two weeks to go, but he is doing the things necessary to get himself as ready as he can be, but it's going to be 15 months since the last time he played competitively.''

Given how things have gone and the issues Tiger's dealing with as an oft-injured athlete dealing with the demons that come with that, it's hard to picture him playing until he's actually on the first tee.


"For some deep buried reason, the US electorate trust a man who can handle a four iron even more than one with whom they can have a beer."

The Guardian's Will Buckley credits golf as a key part of Donald Trump's election to the presidency.

Buckley is surprised at the lack of mentions for golf's role.

There have been 18 contests since the second world war and the only exceptions to this rule are Harry S Truman (not a golfer) beating Thomas Dewey (Augusta member who gave his green jacket to Jack Nicklaus) and Jimmy Carter (not a golfer) defeating Gerald Ford (who, contrary to rumour, could play golf and chew gum at the same time). Aside from these two anomalies it is all golf. For some deep buried reason, the US electorate trust a man who can handle a four iron even more than one with whom they can have a beer.

And this advice...

No surprise, therefore, that Americans have only gone and elected a man who has turned his hobby into his business and actually builds golf courses for a living. Hillary (weak off the tee, inconsistent putter and further let down by a shocking short game) never had a chance. The world of golf has indeed become more powerful and influential. And the Democrats, looking to 2020, need to find themselves a candidate who is more golf than The Donald. Good luck with that one.


Video: Kangaroos Fighting Over A Green Complex Design?

Or something like trivial that. Not nearly as adorable as the kangaroo that played with the flagstick, but almost as entertaining in a "what do they really think will be accomplished here" way.

From Ian Baker-Finch, who is back Down Under and presumably will be heard on the upcoming string of Aussie tournaments, starting with Wednesday's Australian Open.

Boxing Kangaroos #twinwatersgolfclub

A video posted by IanBakerFinch (@ianbakerfinch) on


Video: The Bryan Bros Reunite In Grand Fashion

After a one year tour of the midwest playing small gigs off the beaten track with nary a trick shot in sight, Wesley and George Bryan have bypassed the festival circuit and reunited for the stadium show of trick shots.

The latest trick shot for the tricksters-turned legit players (Wesley with a tour card, George just missing at second stage): hit from atop the 40-story MGM Grand to the new Topgolf Las Vegas below. Spoiler: it ends with a walk-off, so another reunion tour looks like a mere pipe dream for now.


European Tour Unveils "Innovative" Rolex Series: 4 $7M Events

The press release and announcement tout this as an innovative and a significant advancement for the European Tour. Certainly there are promises of the events in question offering enhanced digital and television converage touches (see video midway down this page). But the Rolex Series sounds more like an effort to make the strongest pockets of the schedule a bit stronger, with nice add-ons inspired by a longtime and loyal golf sponsor.

Essentially the European Tour is going to offer enhanced purses at four key events and three  former "Race to Dubai" playoff events which already drew decent fields. Maybe that's why Chief Executive Keith (Elton) Pelley won't shift to some Rolex-green frames until a few more events are added to the rotation.


-Rory's Irish Open, the Scottish Open and the Italian Open all become stronger.

-Elite player pocketbooks (and maybe wristwatches winners) are improved.

-Each event should draw enhanced fields (though the BMW PGA already does fine), with more incentive for non-European Tour stars to appear in the UK especially. Each event should get more media attention, at least from what media remains.


-Creates greater separation between events in the Rolex Series and those not in, making the already bloated European Tour schedule look like it's carrying even more dead weight.

-Strengthens events that stars were already likely to play instead of events needing a boost.

-Ensures the World Golf Championship events are stuck in neutral as a four-tournament, mostly U.S.-centric concept * How could I forget, a second WGC heads to Mexico City next year! Players are SO excited too!

The full press release: 


The European Tour is proud to officially announce the Rolex Series, an exciting new alliance of leading tournaments which will strengthen the golf schedule from the 2017 season onwards.

The innovative concept — launched today with the European Tour’s longest standing partner, Rolex — is one of the most significant advancements in the Tour’s 44 years and will enhance both the competitive and entertainment experience for members and fans around the world. 

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “We are delighted to unveil the Rolex Series today and we are committed to developing and building on it over the coming years.

“The Rolex Series will celebrate the highest quality of golf and the international spirit of the game; values that Rolex and the European Tour strengthen with this announcement. We are tremendously proud to have Rolex as our partner in this exciting new venture and we thank them for their continued support.”

Today’s announcement deepens the historic bond between Rolex and the European Tour, which has seen the Swiss company be the proud partner and Official Timekeeper of the Tour since 1997.

Rolex Director of Communication & Image, Arnaud Boetsch, said: “It is with great enthusiasm that Rolex will reinforce its longstanding partnership with the European Tour by supporting the Rolex Series, an innovative advancement in professional European golf.

“Rolex has enjoyed a unique alliance with golf for over fifty years and this is the most recent development of Rolex’s enduring commitment to the game. 

“Across junior, amateur and elite levels, Rolex is devoted to golf’s development worldwide, and we look forward to being a part of the flourishing future of The European Tour.”

In 2017, the Rolex Series will feature a minimum of seven tournaments in seven iconic golfing locations across the world, all offering minimum prize funds of US$ 7 million, with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai featuring a prize fund of US$ 8 million. Plans are in place to increase the number of Rolex Series tournaments in future seasons as part of the multi-year commitment made to the European Tour by the world’s leading Swiss watchmaker.

As the scope of the European Tour expands around the world, golf fans will be brought closer than ever to the leading professionals on the world’s best courses thanks to significantly enhanced television and digital production as well as increased hours of coverage distributed worldwide.

The 2017 Rolex Series will begin in May with the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in England and will be followed by two tournaments in July: the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart; and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald.

The fourth tournament of the Rolex Series next year will be the Italian Open at the Olgiata Golf Club in Rome in October while the final three Rolex Series events will be in November, comprised of the Turkish Airlines Open at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort; the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City in South Africa; and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

The news prompted this Instagram image from Dubai:



9th In The World: Who Is Alex Noren?

With the European Tour limping toward its Race To Dubai conclusion and featuring a Masters winner who "wants his life" back (according to Derek Lawrenson), attention will turn to Alex Noren.

Noren's won four times since July and has risen to 9th in the world after being outside the top 100 in June according to Will Gray, yet he never received any Ryder Cup consideration and would probably need ID to walk onto any major championship range. He's at least dropped to 80/1 in Masters futures odds, but is still behind Jon Rahm and Tiger Woods.

Finding a good profile on Noren was tough, but maybe because he's done it best on by his very ownself. Sure, his blog hasn't been updated since 2012, but Noren's website includes his first person life story if you click on "My Story" in the lower left.

I forgot that the 34-year-old--that's right millennials, you can like him!--went to Oklahoma State and unlike many Euros, stayed for four years. But with all of the talk about short courses, Himalayas greens and growing the game (including today on Morning Drive), this really stood out:

My fight to reach my dreams began 23 years earlier at my home course Haninge GK in Sweden.

The putting green served as a natural kinder garden and it was located in the middle of two straight lines of oak trees. The green was narrow and long and gave us enough creativity to try the craziest shots when having chipping contests. The bet was always ice cream to the winner. We played golf all day. Our parents had to bring food out on the course because dinner wasn't our first priority; lowering our handicap was. We usually played together; sometimes we let our parents join up if we weren't enough kids around. I think the opportunity to play around and not being instructed by anyone gave us the complete joy and love for the game. We could not get enough of it.


Kansas Course Adopts Ancient Sustainability Program

John Green of the Hutchinson News reports on Crazy Horse Sport Club and Golf Course turning their native roughs over to three goats who will eat any weed, including poison ivy.

Green writes:

“They love the weeds,” said Matt Seitz, general manager of the now Crazy Horse Sport Club and Golf Course, 922 Crazy Horse Road. “Especially the poison ivy. I saw them running along and they just stopped and started gobbling it up. It’s like candy to them.”

Jon Mollhagen, the Lorraine rancher and businessman who bought the course earlier this year, obtained the three female animals from a friend, said Seitz, who did not know their breed.

“This a good way of controlling the weeds without chemicals,” Seitz explained. “We used to spray it, but it’s hard to control and we’d rather do it without all the herbicides and stuff.”

Besides, Seitz said, “they’re good at getting people talking. It’s something new.”

Of course it's not actually news, but the way many links once had their roughs maintained. In fact, quite a few could borrow the Crazy Horse practices and maybe give us healthier natives while saving a few balls. 


Vinyl Pays: Augusta National Buy's Record Shop For $5.35 Million

According to Damon Cline of the Augusta Chronicle, Jay's Music Center's taxable property value is $637,900.


For Masters attendees, Jay's is on the corner of Washington and the old Berckmans. During tournament week it's rented out to show off the latest Land Rover's or IZOD shirts while hosting post-round parties. And the site has a fine view of the water tower and new media center.

Not anymore!

Cline writes:

Jay’s Music owner Doug Frohman would not discuss terms of the sale, but said it requires his family-owned business to vacate the property “right at the beginning of December.” He said an official agreement to lease or purchase the Piccadilly property has not been reached, but added that he was confident he’ll be able to reopen the business early next year in the former cafeteria property, which has been vacant since closing in September.

“We have to move fairly quickly” Frohman said in a phone interview Monday morning. “It’s not the most ideal situation, but thank goodness we’ll have a roof over our heads.”


XXIO's $849 Driver, $2080 Irons...

Mike Stachura of has a first look at XXIO's first clubs and what is presumably the first PXG competitor for the super high-end club market.  

The clubs are essentially the Lexus of Cleveland/Srixon and are coming to the U.S. after making a splash in Japan.

And they aren't cheap.


Zurich Details Confirmed: Fowler/Day, Rose/Stenson On Board

The Zurich Classic's move to a 2-man team event in 2017 was announced on Morning Drive by the PGA Tour's Andy Pazder, who confirmed all of the exciting details. Here is Pazder's longer interview on Fairways of Life with Matt Adams.

The long overdue arrival of a radically different format kicked off in grand style with Rickie Fowler announcing that he will be partnering with Jason Day, while another Zurich "ambassador" Justin Rose, will team with Ryder Cup partner Henrik Stenson to create a powerful Gold-Silver medal duo.

Eighty two-man teams will play foursomes Thursday and Saturday and fourballs Friday and Sunday with a Friday night cut to 35 teams. Pazder confirmed that the "conversation" started on Tuesday of this year's Zurich Classic, but was definitely initiated by the tour.

As I noted on Morning Drive, this is the beginning of what is hopefully Jay Monahan's prioritization of fan-friendly initiatives. Combined with the possible shifting of the PGA to May and a season end by Labor Day with a few fresh formats, and things are moving in a sensible and exciting direction.

There is also a natural inclination to believe that if the players respond to this as many assume they will, that some other tournaments in less-than-perfect calendar spots will want to provide a fresh format. That's my view anyway. Maybe a truncated team match play, a mixed event or something else we haven't thought of.

Either way, anyone who has played two-person formats knows that the pressure of playing with a partner is not necessarily easier, meaning those precious FedExCup points will be well earned.


Will A Donald Trump Presidency Be Good For Golf? 

It's a trivial question given what's at stake. But now that the world can focus again following another Bernhard Langer win in the Schwab Cup, the complex question of Donald Trump's presidency-to-be turns to the entirely inconsequential question of what having a president-elect golfer means.

His direct ties to the game are more significant than any president before him, including Presidents Bush 41 and 43, whose ties to the Walker Cup were obviously strong. Yet having a family tie to an important amateur event pales given Trump's ownership of marquee properties hosting major tournaments.

He told Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes Sunday night that he doesn't care about his businesses compared to governing America, yet project-related conflicts will inevitably arise. Besides his curiosity with projects he was very closely involved in, matters will get inevitably awkward when trying to gauge his positions. The most obvious: his campaign position on climate change conflicting with his company stance regarding a changing shoreline at Doonbeg.

With Trump's view that golf is aspirational, it's pretty safe to assume a WPA-style project to restore municipal courses won't be on the agenda to grow the game and salvage deteriorating properties. And given his criticism of Barack Obama using his time to play golf instead of helping Louisiana flood victims, we probably won't see him working the House and Senate on the golf course...oh wait, maybe we will.

There is also the likelihood of his golf properties gaining prominence from presidential visits, as this Maggie Haberman/Ashley Parker NY Times story suggests he will be spending a great deal of time outside of Washington.

Jaime Diaz of attempts to consider how Trump will perform "through the prism of golf" and besides reporting that golf has hardly been on his mind for a few months now, the ties will continue to be inescapable.

On the negative side, Trump is polarizing. He has deeply offended many with his comments (even in golf, in land use conflicts while building Trump Aberdeen), and probably will again. Also, he sees the game as “aspirational” (to some a dog whistle word that means keep the riff-raff out), reflected in an average green fee of about $250 on his public courses. Some who have played with Trump have claimed he cheats. In short, he can be seen as an easy caricature of the entitled, vulgar American golfer, a version of Judge Smails from “Caddyshack.”

Here is where things will get interesting: it's pretty well known that Presidents rarely turn into nicer, healthier or saner individuals after living in the White House. Golf has long been the primary go-to sport for presidents seeking rest, relaxation and camaraderie. Trump certainly has shown a love for the game and presumably will need days off. Will he play?

The stakes for golf in that situation are significant for the sport, insignificant compared to most other presidential matters. Because if Trump continues to avoid using golf because the imagery plays poorly with the working-class voters who helped elect him, then sterotypes mentioned by Diaz are reinforced.

Yet if Trump does use the golf course to socialize, relax or make deals, does that negatively reinforce the view of golf as merely an aspirational game for the rich and powerful?

Golf probably can't win no matter what happens, but given the badgering the sport has taken in recent years, I'm not sure golfers will be affected either way.


USGA's Davis: "Rule 18-2, that God-forsaken rule"

Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard reports that the USGA's Mike Davis apologized to the PGA of America's annual meeting for his organization's rift with the PGA over the proposed anchored putting ban.

But I found his comments on the pending simplification of the rules, and in particular, the dreaded 18-2, more eye-opening.

Davis added that the USGA has a draft of that new code that is “simpler” than the current rules, and that his association will release the draft sometime next year.

Specifically, Davis addressed the ruling from this year’s U.S. Open that led to eventual champion Dustin Johnson being penalized when his ball moved on the fifth green during the final round.

“As for the Dustin Johnson ruling, Rule 18-2, that God-forsaken rule, that is going to be getting attention in the near future. We listen and we learn,” he said.

Letting it be known the rule is not a favorite of the USGA's will go a long way toward healing the wounds caused by this one.


WSJ: "How Trick Shots Made a Golf Career"

Nice to see the Bryan Brothers and in particular, Tour #1 graduate Wesley, getting the WSJ treatment from Brian Costa.

With George just missing at second stage this week, the story is a nice reminder of the incredible season enjoyed by Wesley and also just how many ways there can be to finding a tour-ready game. Including not being "out there" on the tour too much.

“It’s crazy,” Bryan said. “If you just look back a year ago, I’m really broke, really bored, doing trick-shot videos with my brother. Now here I am.”

The typical tournament he played in cost $600 to $700 to enter, in addition to the cost of travel, while offering winners’ checks in the range of $1,500 to $3,500. Any finish below first place meant he was operating at a loss. He caddied at a country club for extra cash.

“The longer it takes to get out there,” Bryan said, “the more people you have questioning you. ‘Hey, are you sure you’re good enough? It’s time to hang it up. It’s time to get a real job.’”


PGA Championship Contemplating A Permanent Move To May?

There has been increased chatter about the Players Championship moving back to March, but the various headlines working off of Rex Hoggard's story suggesting a 2020 PGA Championship move to May missed the buried lede: golf's fourth major may be considering moving from August to May. Permanently.

Check out the key quotes from PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua, quoted by Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard about what we already knew (the 2020 event may be played in May to avoid the Tokyo Olympic Games), and what we hadn't expected:

“We are huge proponents of the Olympics. We are all about the Olympics, but we also have to protect the PGA Championship and we can’t just bounce the PGA Championship around every four years,” Bevacqua said.

Can't bounce around.


“To truly make it work, to make it succeed and to make sure golf is in the Olympics for the next century, the whole schedule needs to be adjusted,” he said.

Bevacqua may be testing the waters to see how television and fans feels about the change, but I'd guess he and new PGA Tour Commish Jay Monahan have sketched out a new schedule post-2019 that moves the Players to March, the PGA to May and the "playoffs" to a conclusion before or on Labor Day.

This would be an enormous boost to the PGA Tour's moribund playoff product where ratings stink, the format does not resonate and players seem uninspired following the PGA Championship. But put the playoffs back a few weeks after The Open, inject just a little life in the format (play-off), and suddenly a few of those issues go away.

So it would make sense for the PGA Tour to move the Players back to March, allowing the PGA Championship to move permanently to May. Except that...

The PGA of America's PGA Championship currently owns an August date when there are few other major sporting events, giving it the opportunity to regularly register the second highest rated golf telecast of the year behind the Masters.

Furthermore, as difficult as August can be agronomically, May might be even more of a headache for northern venues that experience a long winter. Places like Rochester, Long Island, Whistling Straits and Minneapolis are all very tricky to get peak conditions in May, impossible in a freak year.

So thinking of this as a trade, I'm feeling like the PGA Tour gets the better end of the bargain, solving two huge issues. There has to be one piece for the PGA of America missing. Maybe a player to be named later or some cash sent along as a courtesy?

With a television contract due to expire after the 2019 PGA, it's clear the PGA of America CEO is testing the waters for a permanent move.


Video: Mongoose Attack In Sun City!

Attack might be strong.

How about, "creating a glorious blur of space grey as they cross the green, mercifully leaving a golf ball alone"?

Oh, and how about "the most exciting moment so far of the Race To Dubai!"



What Happens When PGA Tour Pros Swing And Hit Their Bag, Smart Phone Edition

Ian Poulter says he's not the culprit and given his ability to photograph and Tweet, he has a strong case. But he's wisely not identifying the Mayakoba Classic contestant who slammed his bag with a club and took out TWO phones. After all, that would earn the player a fine on top of the cost to replace his phone and that of his bagman.

The Tweet: