4 golf moments you missed last week

We think you may have missed a thing or two

Billy Horschel
Billy Horschel at the Travelers Championship. Credit: Jim Rogash (Getty Images)

We think there are four things that may have passed you by last week...

It was another dramatic week following the fortunes and failures of golf players around the world.

Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship and Pablo Larrazabal took the title at the BMW Open in Munich.

So, you may know who Watson beat in the play-off at Travelers, but do you know which fellow American the website FiveThirtyEight gave a surprising 1% chance of winning the remaining majors?

You may know the names of Phil Mickelson's and Rory McIlroy's caddies, but do you know the unusual turn of events that led to Bernhard Langer getting a new caddie this week?

Here are some of the things you may have missed, in no particular order...


1) Streelman's face on M&Ms

Sure, it's nice to take home a fat paycheck for winning a tournament. Wouldn't you rather have your face on some M&Ms, though?

If you win the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship, that's exactly what you get.

Kevin Streelman won the tournament in 2014 and last week pictures emerged of his face on dozens of the chocolate snack.

The sweets are handed out by the tournament at media days and are also awarded to the winner. That makes all the travelling and the hours on the range worth it, doesn't it?


2) Langer's got a brand new caddie

When a former Ryder Cup captain asks you to be his caddie, you say yes, don't you?

Bobby Siravo was posed this exact question by the man himself at the US Senior Open on Thursday.

The German's regular caddie, Terry Holt, was unable to walk, so Langer sought out Siravo, who was working in the background at the event, and asked him to carry his bag.

If having your face on some M&Ms isn't something to tell the grandkids, walking a golf course with Langer most certainly is.

Bernhard Langer

Bernhard Langer at the US Senior Open. Credit: Harry How (Getty Images)


3) Jordan, you've no chance...

Lies, damn lies and statistics.

That saying didn't stop number-crunching site FiveThirtyEight from calculating that Jordan Spieth has about a 1 per cent chance of completing the Grand Slam.

They also worked out that Spieth is on track to win somewhere close to 12 major titles.

A consolation prize if nothing else...


4) Billy says sorry

It was one of the defining images of the US Open. The man responsible for it is sorry for it, too.

When Billy Horschel brought his club down in the direction of the 6th green in the final round, the world took note.

The American denied that he had actually made contact with the surface. He took to Twitter to apologise, writing: "And it's not the role model I wish to be to so many young golfers in the world today!"

If future golfers at least speak their mind as openly as Billy Horschel does, the game will be better for it.

Will Medlock graduated from UEA with a degree in Film and Television before completing a Masters in Sports Journalism at St Mary's in London. Will has had work published by The Independent and the Rugby Paper.