A new “Lexi Thompson Rule” does not thwart TV viewers from playing referee from their recliners, but it does limit the use of video replay. Lexi Thompson returns to competition in Texas on Thursday, for the first time since a TV viewer tipped off the LPGA to her sketchy ball replacement during the ANA Inspiration three weeks ago, knowing that golf’s governing bodies have limited such off-course interference with professional tournaments. On Tuesday, the USGA and R&A handed down a decision designed to limit the use of video replay and hinder armchair whistleblowers’ ability to referee golf tournaments from afar.
Today, we sit down with Mark Blackburn, the coach behind Kevin Chappell's breakthrough win at the 2017 Valero Texas Open. Blackburn has worked with Chappell since the 2012 U.S. Open. Together they've racked up six second-place finishes in addition to the victory in San Antonio, Kevin's first.
Kid Rock and Jack Nicklaus won a golf tournament together. Nicklaus and Rock, also known as Robert James Ritchie, joined forces to win the inaugural Skins Shootout at the Bass Pro Legends of Golf tournament at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri over the weekend. The duo beat Gary Player and Lee Trevino.