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‘It’s all fun and games til commas get involved:’ Pro fires back at heckler


By: Nick Piastowski May 1, 2021 Talor Gooch

Talor Gooch during the Players Championship in March.

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Talor Gooch, in Palm Harbor, Fla., heard a heckler in Long Island, N.Y.

“3 bogeys in a row u are so bad @TalorGooch,” tweeted @VinkolaJokic.

A heckler in Long Island, N.Y., then heard back from Talor Gooch, in Palm Harbor, Fla. 

“Did you bet on me?” tweeted @TalorGooch.

For the next six hours, @VinkolaJokic continued to hear from Gooch. Until Gooch no longer heard from @VinkolaJokic. 

To begin, @VinkolaJokic was right — Gooch had bogeyed three holes in a row during Friday’s second round of the Valspar Championship. He’d finish with a three-over 74 and missed the cut at the Valspar Championship by six shots — and then was reminded on his iPhone that he shot a three-over 74 and missed the cut at the Valspar Championship by six shots. Gooch’s round and tournament were finished. Soon, a troll would also be.

The epic exchange (shown over 13 photos) — which would feature a mini-golf bet, a flight to JFK and Venmo payments:

Proof never came. 

Other tweets did. A few folks who had gambled on Gooch took him up on his Venmo offer — and Gooch paid up (shown over nine photos).

One person even gave the money back. It didn’t go unnoticed. 

But Gooch stressed that none of this — the mini-golf bet, the flight to JFK and the Venmo payments — was meant to boost his profile in the Player Impact Program, which the PGA Tour started at the start of the year to reward its most popular players. 

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