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Rahm Blasts LIV Golf Drones After Costly Mistake: "These f****** drones every time"

Last Updated: July, 8 2024
Rahm Blasts LIV Golf Drones After Costly Mistake: "These f****** drones every time"

Spain's Jon Rahm let out an expletive-laced tirade against the use of drones during the final round of the LIV Golf Invitational in Nashville on Sunday.


Rahm, considered one of the top golfers in the world, was frustrated after his tee shot on the par-4 12th hole landed in the water hazard. At the time, he was within two shots of the lead in the individual competition.


According to audio picked up by microphones on the course, Rahm reacted angrily to a drone that flew over as he was preparing to hit his tee shot. "Every tournament. It’s f****** incredible, " Rahm could be heard saying. Right on my backswing. These f****** drones every time."



Video replays showed a drone hovering near Rahm's tee box as he addressed his ball. While it's unclear if the drone directly impacted his swing, the timing of his comments suggests Rahm felt it interfered with his pre-shot routine


The unfortunate shot dropped Rahm back with a bogey on the hole. However, he recovered well down the stretch, birdying the 14th and 15th holes to finish tied for fourth place at 12-under par.


The presence of drones near players during rounds has been a recurring issue for professional golf, with the devices sometimes disturbing shots unintentionally. Rahm expressed frustration that the drones continue to be an unwanted distraction even at LIV Golf events.


Jon Rahm blamed the drones as he shanked his shot into the water. (Image: LIV Golf)


Rahm's frustration underscores the challenge of utilizing drones for aerial coverage in golf. While LIV Golf aims to give spectators unique views, the drones' presence near competitive shots runs the risk of distracting players.


While Rahm's round ended poorly, his team - called Legion XIII - remained in contention. Thanks in large part to teammate Tyrrell Hatton's first place individual finish, Lahinch went on to win the team competition Torque GC by five strokes over their nearest rivals.


The result helps Rahm rebound from a difficult season in the majors so far, with a withdrawal from the US Open in June and missed cuts at the Masters and PGA Championship. He will look to contend at next month's Open Championship.


Read more: Bryson DeChambeau Helps LIV Golf Nashville Set US Attendance Record


Are there any golf courses that have banned drones?


Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters, has prohibited all drones on its grounds. Drones, according to the club, disrupt players and spectators.


The St. Andrews Golf Club in Scotland, where the Open Championship is usually hosted, restricts drones unless operators have special permission from course management.


Pebble Beach Golf Links in California, site of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, bans drones from flying over any part of its three courses.


Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York, which hosted the 2018 U.S. Open, does not allow drones without prior approval from the club.


The Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Australia, which hosted the Presidents Cup in 2019, prohibited drones because they could interfere with play.


Other prominent courses, such as Oakmont CC, Congressional CC, and Los Angeles CC, have laws prohibiting commercial drone use without approval.


Many public courses have begun to limit drone flying, citing concerns about player safety and privacy.







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With a background in digital media and a passion for golf culture, Emily scours the internet and PGA/LPGA tour circuits for the most entertaining, shocking, and bizarre stories about professional golfers. She is skilled at curating viral golf content, from Instagram antics to tournament controversies, and turning them into shareable, humorous articles. Her readers appreciate her ability to find the fun and humor in the world of elite golf.

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