Brandel Chamblee Brands America's Behaviour "Pathetic"

Brandel Chamblee Brands American's Behaviour "Pathetic"

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Golf Channel's Brandel Chamblee took to Twitter to brand America's behaviour "pathetic."

Brandel Chamblee Brands America's Behaviour "Pathetic"

The Ryder Cup began to really hot up on Saturday with a number of moments causing controversy on social media.

One such moment involved Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger (opens in new tab) who, at the 15th, were trying to get relief from a drain which Koepka thought he might hit on his downswing.

After much deliberation with referee, David Price, Koepka called for a second opinion, with that referee also refusing the American's claims.

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Koepka, who suffered a wrist injury at the Tour Championship less than three weeks ago when his left wrist made contact with a tree root, ploughed on with his thoughts on the matter, eventually finishing by pointing at the two officials and saying ‘if I break my wrist, it’s on f***ing both of you’, before play got going again.

Related: Should Koepka Be Banned From The Rest Of The Ryder Cup? (opens in new tab)

Obviously the incident caused a storm on social media, with Golf Channel's Brandel Chamblee tweeting that "They should have lost the hole."

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Koepka/Berger went on to lose their game 3&1. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

He went on to tweet "Rule 1.2a applies to any action that a player makes during a round and this rule includes the concept of “serious misconduct.” In the NBA it’s an automatic technical. In Tennis, loss of point and maximum fines. It was pathetic behaviour."

Rule 1.2a states that "serious misconduct is intended to cover player misconduct that is so far removed from the expected norm in golf that the most severe sanction of removing a player from the competition is justified. This includes dishonesty, deliberately interfering with another player's rights, or endangering the safety of others."

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Related: Brandel Chamblee On Ian Poulter - "Among The 24 Players. He's The Worst Ball Striker By A Lot" (opens in new tab)

With multiple examples falling under this ruling, the ones that could have applied to Koepka were "repeatedly using vulgar or offensive language" and "deliberately not playing in accordance with the rules and potentially gaining a significant advantage by doing so, despite incurring a penalty for a breach of the relevant rule."

Matt Cradock
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Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.


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