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PGA Tournament Leader Booted Off Course for COVID

Worse yet, it happened LIVE on television.

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While we may very well be on the downhill side of this coronavirus pandemic, the illness is still making some trouble out there in the world, and American sports fans got a glimpse of that this week in a wild way.

That’s because one of the best golfers in the world, who was well on his way to winning a massive prize at a major event, was summarily yanked off the course after testing positive for the illness.

A heartbroken Jon Rahm was forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament after being told he had tested positive for Covid-19, moments after he had established a six-shot advantage at the top of the leaderboard.

The Spaniard had hit an incredible 64 to put himself in pole position to take home the £1.2million prize money but his test result means he now has to pull out of the competition.

The world No 3 had hit a hole-in-one in the second round before three birdies in the third left him on 18 under par, equal to Ben Hogan’s tournament record for the lowest three-round score.

Worse still, Rahm was told of his removal on camera.

Rahm was obviously unhappy with the way the weekend turned out, but expressed his gratitude that he and his family were safe and not sick at this time.

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WATCH: Golfer Lays into Official; ‘Can’t Wait to Leave This Tour’

The anguished golfer did not make himself available to the media at the conclusion of the round containing the outburst. 

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For many of us, our youth was spent dreaming big dreams.  Some wanted to be actors or singers, while others dreamt of a life in politics.  Some took the noble route, imagining themselves as doctors or firefighters.

But a great many of us believed that we would be talented enough for the big leagues.  We saw ourselves playing our days away, wowing crowds and bringing home oversized gold trophies.

Sure, this is a dream for many, but those who’ve been grinding day in and day out have their own issues, too, and athletes are not impervious to angst.

Such was certainly the case this week in the world of professional golf.

Sergio Garcia’s opening round at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship is getting attention not because of his play but because of one specific moment on the par-5 10th. Hitting his tee shot left of the fairway into a penalty area, the fiery Spaniard was able to find his golf ball, albeit not in the allotted three-minute time frame competitors are given when searching for a potential lost ball.

Just outside the given time, Garcia was assessed a penalty stroke and subsequently expressed his displeasure to the rules official.

“I can’t wait to leave this tour,” Garcia said. “I can’t wait to get out of here. Just a couple more weeks until I don’t have to deal with you anymore.”

The moment went viral on social media.

Garcia was getting ready to jump ships to begin with.

Reading in between the lines, it is quite obvious what the 42-year-old is referring to. Linked to the LIV Golf League, the former Masters champion would join many of his European counterparts to participate in the Saudi-backed golf league. With Lee Westwood, Richard Bland and Ian Poulter all being tied to Greg Norman’s league, Garcia has become the latest to express his commitment, albeit in an unofficial fashion.

The anguished golfer did not make himself available to the media at the conclusion of the round containing the outburst.

For many of us, our youth was spent dreaming big dreams.  Some wanted to be actors or singers, while others dreamt of a life in politics.  Some took the noble route, imagining themselves as doctors or firefighters. But a great many of us believed that we would be talented enough for the big leagues.  We saw ourselves playing our days away, wowing crowds and bringing home oversized gold trophies. Sure, this is a dream for many, but those who’ve been grinding day in and day out have their own issues, too, and athletes are not impervious to angst. Such was certainly the case this week in the world of professional golf. Sergio Garcia’s opening round at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship is getting attention not because of his play but because of one specific moment on the par-5 10th. Hitting his tee shot left of the fairway into a penalty area, the fiery Spaniard was able to find his golf ball, albeit not in the allotted three-minute time frame competitors are given when searching for a potential lost ball. Just outside the given time, Garcia was assessed a penalty stroke and subsequently expressed his displeasure to the rules official. “I can’t wait to leave this tour,” Garcia said. “I can’t wait to get out of here. Just a couple more weeks until I don’t have to deal with you anymore.” The moment went viral on social media. https://twitter.com/the_fried_egg/status/1522303897397866496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1522303897397866496%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbssports.com%2Fgolf%2Fnews%2Fsergio-garcia-cant-wait-to-leave-this-tour-after-rules-official-issues-penalty-at-wells-fargo-championship%2F https://twitter.com/Sean_Zak/status/1522299802238820354?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1522299802238820354%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbssports.com%2Fgolf%2Fnews%2Fsergio-garcia-cant-wait-to-leave-this-tour-after-rules-official-issues-penalty-at-wells-fargo-championship%2F Garcia was getting ready to jump ships to begin with. Reading in between the lines, it is quite obvious what the 42-year-old is referring to. Linked to the LIV Golf League, the former Masters champion would join many of his European counterparts to participate in the Saudi-backed golf league. With Lee Westwood, Richard Bland and Ian Poulter all being tied to Greg Norman’s league,…

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Senior Pickleball Player in Denver Picks Up Felony Charge

Talk about EGREGIOUS!

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Pickleball may very well be one of the fastest growing sports in that nation at the moment, but its sudden rise to the top of the ath-leisure world hasn’t come without some hiccups.

The sports is rather easy to understand:  Played on a tennis court with a slightly smaller inbounds area and a shorter net, players use wiffle balls and something akin to a beefier ping pong paddle to play.  The medium-impact game has been increasingly popular among older Americans, who prefer to remain active but understand that a full court game of tennis could be a bit much.

In Denver, Colorado, what was once a fun game for one elderly citizen has turned into a legal nightmare, however.

Authorities in Denver have charged a 71-year-old retiree with defacing a rec center’s floor to mark boundaries for the game, reports CBS Denver. As a result, Arslan Guney is accused of felony mischief and theoretically faces three years in prison. His attorney—and his supporters in the local pickleball community—say the charge is ridiculous. “In no way did he intend to damage the floor,” says attorney Hollynd Hoskins. “This is not a crime. This is not criminal mischief.”

Guney was charged after he re-marked the fading out-of-bounds lines with a sharpie, prompting a ludicrous response from local authorities.

“Defacing or damaging public property is unacceptable, a criminal offense, and will not be tolerated in any of our public buildings or spaces,” says a spokesperson for the city’s Parks & Rec system. The department estimates it will cost about $10,000 to refinish the floors, an amount Guney’s supporters say is exaggerated. “He’s willing to do anything, including any amount of community service, tutoring, mentoring at-risk kids in order to make amends and to be able to gain his membership back,” says his attorney. “And obviously, he would like to stay out of jail.”

Guney is known as “the mayor of Pickleball” in his area, and so there is little doubt that this flock will come to his side as a court adjudicates the case.

Pickleball may very well be one of the fastest growing sports in that nation at the moment, but its sudden rise to the top of the ath-leisure world hasn’t come without some hiccups. The sports is rather easy to understand:  Played on a tennis court with a slightly smaller inbounds area and a shorter net, players use wiffle balls and something akin to a beefier ping pong paddle to play.  The medium-impact game has been increasingly popular among older Americans, who prefer to remain active but understand that a full court game of tennis could be a bit much. In Denver, Colorado, what was once a fun game for one elderly citizen has turned into a legal nightmare, however. Authorities in Denver have charged a 71-year-old retiree with defacing a rec center’s floor to mark boundaries for the game, reports CBS Denver. As a result, Arslan Guney is accused of felony mischief and theoretically faces three years in prison. His attorney—and his supporters in the local pickleball community—say the charge is ridiculous. “In no way did he intend to damage the floor,” says attorney Hollynd Hoskins. “This is not a crime. This is not criminal mischief.” Guney was charged after he re-marked the fading out-of-bounds lines with a sharpie, prompting a ludicrous response from local authorities. “Defacing or damaging public property is unacceptable, a criminal offense, and will not be tolerated in any of our public buildings or spaces,” says a spokesperson for the city’s Parks & Rec system. The department estimates it will cost about $10,000 to refinish the floors, an amount Guney’s supporters say is exaggerated. “He’s willing to do anything, including any amount of community service, tutoring, mentoring at-risk kids in order to make amends and to be able to gain his membership back,” says his attorney.…

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