I Think Tyrrell Hatton is the Most Relatable Golfer on Tour

Let me preface this by saying most of my favorite professional golfers are European and when the Ryder Cup comes along I’m Team Europe for life.

Yeah, I know. Growing up my favorite players to watch or see highlights of were European/not American. But this isn’t a Ryder Cup post. This is a Tyrrell Hatton appreciation post.

Tyrrell won the Arnold Palmer Invitational this year pre-COVID and he’s also won four times on the European Tour. He made a splash in his Ryder Cup debut and if you haven’t seen any of these clips he is quite talkative on the course.

This happened this year during the third round of the API in 2019. He was not a fan of his approach. He proceeded to chip it to a foot and make a tidy par.

This came at The British Masters last May. I know it’s cliché to call him a mood, but this might be the most relatable thing I’ve seen from a tour player. My ball flight (sometimes) is great, but I rarely find my aim point.

That video is absurd. Just no gallery, nice and quiet and his fiancée slams the port-a-potty on her way out in the middle of his backswing. Chicks!

Another classic. After hitting his tee shot in the way (Shout out to finding the hazard) and missing his bogey putt, he used his club as a shotgun and flipped of a pond. Adding this one to my arensal.

He’s taking the week off, but he’ll be teeing it up again next in Detroit in two weeks. Keep Hatton on your radar and follow him on Twitter.

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RBC Heritage Monday Morning Superlatives

We are back! The PGA Tour crowned its second winner in the return to sport following the COVID-19 “break”. Webb Simpson was not the only winner this week in Hilton Head. Here are our superlatives for the RBC Heritage.

Best Use of Tartan…
What an absolutely dynamite jacket. That trophy is something else too. Zoom in an check out that puppy.

Welcome Back…
Brooks Koepka is BACK!

Koepka finished seventh thanks to carding a final round 65. He was in 60s all four rounds and posted his first top-10 since winning the WGC in Memphis last July. During the final round he had TWO eagles on his front nine. He drove the 332-yard par-4 and hit it to three feet.

Most Talkative…
Bubba Watson in a runaway. Dude was a regular chatty Kathy this weekend despite not being in contention at all.

On Saturday, he had quite the back-and-forth with Rory McIlroy when a crab was on his ball in the bunker on the par-3 17th.

Yesterday, Bubba and playing partner Wesley Bryan had a little side action going on.

Let’s go stroke play then. Absolute savage. In case you were wondering, Bubba won the match 3&2.

Most Relatable Bunker Shot…
Abraham Ancer had a ridiculous week ball striking. The guy hit 65-of-72 GIR. That’s unreal. Despite that, he still was able to have the shank of the week.

I’ve been there, bud. Basically every approach shot I hit into a par-5. He followed that up by knocking it to 17 feet.

Biggest Mood…
Tyrrell Hatton heard me talking about how no one talks to their ball like Jordan Spieth and he said hold my beer. Hatton is an FREAKING CHATTERBOX on the links. He was standing over a putt for birdie as the horn blew and players were taken off the course yesterday.

I feel you, dude. I feel you.

Bryson Moment of the Week…
This is fast becoming a Bryson DeChambeau appreciation site. The guy is everywhere. Look at this GIF.

Also, because I can’t post just one…Me walking to the first tee after putting on a stripe show at the range.

What did I miss? Let me know! Hope you enjoyed our second weekend of coverage.

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Webb Simpson Wins the RBC Heritage

Webb Simpson shot a bogey-free 64 to break away from the pack and win the 2020 RBC Heritage on Sunday at Harbour Town GL.

Webb was cold-blooded with the flat stick down the stretch, coming home in five-under 30. He birdied three of his last four holes to pick up his seventh PGA Tour win. With the win, he’ll move to No. 5 in the OWGR. Webb making moves!

On the back nine, Webb made birdie putts of 10 feet, 22 feet, 2 feet (two-putt birdie on a par-5), 14 feet and 17 feet. Guy was ROLLING the rock.

DID YOU KNOW that Webb Simpson was a Religion major at Wake Forest. What in the literal hell. Be weirder Webb, you can’t. Seriously, look at his bio on the PGA Tour website.

He beat out Abraham Ancer who shot six-under and hit all 18 GIR during the round. Tough break for the up-and-comer. Ancer only missed 7 greens all week. SEVEN! That is an absolute ball striking clinic.

Another week in the books. We’ll have a bunch more on today and the tournament in general tomorrow in our Monday Morning Superlatives piece.

Also, every time I think of Webb Simpson this is what comes to my mind.

“Enjoy the jail cell, pal.”

NARC

Bryson DeChamDEBO Came to Play!

After finishing the day yesterday in round 1, 3 shots off the lead, Bryson DeChambeau knew he needed to put in a strong performance today to move himself up the leaderboard and put himself in legitimate contention heading into the weekend. Well, he certainly delivered shooting a 64 finishing at 7 under for the day, and if it wasn’t for a missed short putt on 18, he’d be tied at the top of the leaderboard with Webb Simpson.

I’m really not sure what’s going on with Bryson, but he seems to be doing everything right. He’s turning himself into a legit superstar on the PGA Tour, not only with his massively long game, but his ability to smooze it up with the press.

Its utterly confusing though, how can someone be so stiff at address and have so much game? It literally makes zero sense. If this guy was paired to fill a foursome on a Saturday afternoon at the local public course, the second he stepped to the tee and I saw this I’d cringe…

My first thought would be this is gonna be long day and theres no way this guys handicap is any lower than 40. But then he does this?

I don’t know what this guys fitness regiment was during the COVID-19 break, but he’s put on some serious poundage. He says it was from a lot of muscle gain because he’s “literally working out every day”, I say he was “literally waiting in the local Wendy’s drive through line everyday.” Regardless, as I’ve said in a previous post, if jamming down a few Baconators a day gets me to pipe 375 yard drives then I’m all in. You do you Debo, you do you.

As a former Bryson hater, mostly because of his “signature hat” look. I have to admit when I am wrong. This guys game is just savage and it’s fun to watch.  When a guy has a 260 yard look into the green and hits an iron pin high, that’s something to watch and I look forward to a lot more of it over the weekend.  

As a side note though, you really do need to lose the hat.  

What are you doing?

Rory McIlroy Gets Caught On a Hot Mic at the RBC Heritage

Rory McIlroy carded a six-under-par 65 during the second round of the RBC Heritage to move safely inside the cutline. During his bogey-free round, he got caught on a hot mic following his tee shot at the driveable par-4 ninth.

On Friday, the hole was playing 334 yards. Earlier in the day, Bryson used 3-wood to get the greenside bunker… A THREE WOOD. What an animal. But this isn’t about him.

McIlroy is known as being the best driver of the golf ball. He stepped up to the tee and did this…

Been there, bud. Basically every time I grab the big stick. HOWEVER, when I miss (like most 15-handicaps) I miss big. The freaking guy ended up here!

He was that pissed and he a clean look at the green. And sure enough he knocked to five feet. FIVE FEET. GTFO. Are you kidding me! I’d be thrilled with this. THRILLED!

He went from being very relatable off the tee to a sick up-and-down that amatuers dream of.

Rory is my GUY. Love that dude. He had an awesome round and moved up 61 spots to get what will end up being a mid-morning tee time on moving day. Check out his highlights below.  

Should be a fun moving day! Let’s go!

2020 RBC Heritage Preview

After a wild finish in the first event back, the next stop is Hilton Head, South Carolina for the RBC Heritage.

This week’s event is taking place at Harbour Town GL. Like Foster mentioned in his course preview yesterday, this place is a delight. I’m a sucker for a driveable par-4 and it should be interesting to see what players do on both the ninth and 13th holes.

HOW TO WATCH
Thursday
PGA Tour Live: 6:45 AM – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Friday
PGA Tour Live: 6:45 AM – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Saturday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 7:45 AM – 3:00 PM
PGA Tour Live Features Holes: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
CBS: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Sunday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 7:45 AM – 3:00 PM
PGA Tour Live Features Holes: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
CBS: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

THE FIELD
Once again the field stacked with EIGHT of the top-10 players teeing it up, including each of the top-five (No. 1 Rory, No. 2 Rahm, No. 3 JT, No. 4 Brook & No. 5 DJ). This will be the case for next week to in Hartford, but all eyes are on TW and when the Big Cat is going to make his return.

With such a stacked field we have plenty of firepower on Thursday and Friday with star-studded groups. Check out the blogfrom yesterday talking about the featured groups.

Some groups that I did not mention there, but could provide some entertainment are:

Kevin Kisner, Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson
These three are not long hitters, but some of the best ball strikers. Can Spieth keep his upward trend? Kisner is accurate off the tee and can roll it with the best of them. ZJ is ZJ. I can’t believe this guy has won two majors! He won at Augusta in 2007 and his last win was The Open at the Old Course in 2015. Never forget this EPIC practice swing….

Ernie Els, Vijay Singh and Bernard Langer
Hop in the DeLorean, slam that gas pedal until you hit 88 mph and let’s go back to the early 90s. This group has combined for 139 wins on the PGA Tour and European Tour, including NINE majors. On a course that neutralizes distance in some aspects these guys could make some noise. Also, Langer has won 41 times (11 majors) on the PGA Champions Tour. That’s second all-time and insane.

TOURNEY HISTORY
Historically, the course has rewarded accuracy off the tee and proximity to the hole. Matt Kuchar (Who I might be able to outdrive) won here in 2014 and finished second last year. Luke Donald (former world No. 1 and not a long hitter by any means) finished second here in 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Last year’s winner, CT Pan, ranked 167th on tour in driving distance (285 yards) took down the field with a score of 12-under. Will the big dogs be able to buck the trend in the Palmetto State?

WHO DO WE HAVE WINNING IT ALL
Steve:
This is the week, guys. This is the week. I’m going Rory McIlroy. He’s going to prove the haters wrong on Sunday and come-from-behind to win. My promise to you is that I will not pick anyone else until McIlroy wins. I have -14 as the winning score. Each of the last three winners have had to get to double-digits under par to win.

CWalks: I’m going with Gary Woodland, and not for any particular reason other than I’m feeling it.  He didn’t play at the RBC last year, so I legit have no idea how he will handle Harbour Town, but I will say, it seems like Gary runs in streaks. When he starts playing good golf it usually isn’t short lived.  He finished in the top-10 last week at Colonial and I’m willing to bet he’s feeling good about his game and we will see him in contention quite a bit in the upcoming weeks. 14 under. Too easy.

Foster: As much as I want to pick Jazz Janewattananond, I don’t think it’s quite his time yet. I do think it’s time for Matt Kuchar to avenge his runner-up finish last year and win his second Tartan jacket. -13 wins it for Kuch.

Who do you have throwing on the Tartan Jacket on Sunday?

RBC Heritage Predictor, Get Rich Quick Scheme

Hey Everyone, it’s once again that time of the week to throw in the picks for your chance at a piece of the $50,000 prize. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, heres where to find it.

I finished last week with 65 pts, which isn’t too shabby and was 10 points off from being in the money, so chances are if you went with my picks in general and picked the winner and final score better than I did, you may have won some money. So if you did, good job.

There are some reallllllly good matchups this week, so lets get to it.

Match 1 – Rory McIlroy vs. Justin Thomas

Both of these guys put in a really strong effort last week at the Charles Schwab and I expect to see it again this week. Rory McIlroy is once again one of the favored guys to win this week, but after a strong start in the CSC at Colonial, he seemed to have lost some steam after posting that strong 63 in round two following up with consecutive scores in rounds 3 and 4 finishing in at 69 and 74 respectively.

Justin Thomas on the other hand had a consistent week at Colonial putting himself in a great position to make a run going into the final round. Ultimately, his final round didn’t come with the consistency he had hoped posting a +1 score of 71 landing him in a tie for 10th. Even though he didn’t show one of his strongest finishes last week, he still had a great week and I expect it to continue into the Heritage this week.

I’m taking JT on this one, but I don’t expect Rory to finish far behind.

If you’re gonna push it, do it with class. I expect nothing less this week. Get it JT!

Match 2 – Jordan Speith vs. Bryson DeChambeau

Another tough one to call! Prior to last week I would have gone with Bryson all day since he’s just been rock solid since the start of the 2019 season and has shown no signs of slowing down. Not to mention the dude took the COVID 15 to heart and decided to be a hero and add another 45 LB’s to that. But HEY whatever works, if I could jam a few cheeseburgers down my gullet and average 343 yards per drive I’d be all for it, however, thats not reality, but for this guy it is. What even is 2020?

Even with all that said. I have to pick Jordan here, he was fire last week and we all witnessed what I believe to be a resurgence. He may have finished with a round 4 score of 71 and is still ranked 55 in the world, but I’m willing to bet some coin Jordan is gonna turn on the game and bring us back to 2015-17? I don’t know about you but I’m all set watching Jordan ride the struggle bus. He’s too good and it can’t go on, and from what I saw last week, It won’t go on. It can’t, it’s not sustainable! I’m ready for the Jordan Speith we saw lighting up the highlight reels as world #1.

Do work son!

Match 3 – Jon Rham vs. Xander Schauffele

Let me make this clear. I will never pick Jon Rahm. So, just to make sure I am being clear, going forward, every time Jon Rahm is in these match-ups, the default pick is the other guy. There is nothing worse than this guys display of bitchness week in and week out on national TV. It just makes him so easy to hate.

Xander all day on this match, and not to mention he played like a rock star at Colonial last week holding the lead going into round 4. This ones a lock. not even sure why they need to play.

*Note* As Daniel Tosh would says, “J.O.N, the dumbest of all John’s”. Sorry if you spell your name Jon. You should probably go ahead and fix that.

Match 4 – Dustin Johnson vs. Justin Rose

If this was the 2019 season, I’d say this would be a great one to call, however, Dustin Johnson as of late hasn’t shown us anything to prove he’s out there to win. After missing the cut last week at Colonial and not having posted a top 10 finish since January, I don’t have too much confidence that he can out perform Rose this weekend who’s coming off that fresh 3rd place finish at Colonial. I actually think this one’s an easy call. I’ll take the Olympic gold medalist for 1,000 Alex.

Match 5 – Brooks Koepka vs. Patrick Reed

After my fellow writer Steve’s lambasting of Patrick Reed, I still have to take him here. He had a strong weekend at Colonial last weekend finishing 7th and quite honestly, Brooks has been unimpressive in 2020 to say the least (Aside from his stash…). Ill be more interested in Brooks once the next Major drops, but until then don’t call me. Reed’s got the edge here.

Match 6 – Webb Simpson vs. Colin Morikawa

So, I’ll take the criticism from my “Who?!” comment last week about Morikawa. This kid can straight up play. I have some suspicious that we will begin to see this 23 year old in the mix on Sunday’s more and more as we move forward. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always liked Webb. He just puts his head down and plays golf, nothing to dislike about the guy. While he has shown glimmers of greatness in the past, it just never really seemed to pan out for him long term and it’s time for him to move to the side and let the young guns give it a shot. Collin for the win!

Match 7 – Matt Kuchar vs. Luke Donald

The final Match of the week is an interesting one. It’s not often you see Matt Kuchar in these lists, and I’m more confused at why Luke Donald is here? At least Kuch finished last year at the RBC in 2nd place, which gives him some weight to see if he can come out and rip up Harbour Town a year later and press for the win? But Luke? Dude hasn’t been relevant, umm … ever? Kuchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

I’ll let you all pick the winner. I mean, its not fun if we all just picked the same exact cards! I know who I’m going for, might even toss a $100 on him as a little side bet, who knows. Good luck ya’ll! Enjoy lovely Harbour Town!

RBC Heritage – Harbour Town Golf Links Course Preview (with a twist)

I always get irrationally excited when the RBC Heritage comes around. While you’d think it was because the Tartan jacket is an awesome prize, or the field is always stacked (it’s not), it’s really because of the course.

Yes, Harbour Town Golf Links is picturesque, and the 18th green is framed by the candy cane-striped Harbour Town Lighthouse across the marina, but my love for the course comes from this:

Ah, mid-90s PC video gaming at its finest. Microsoft Golf was a staple of my childhood. I played this game for YEARS on end and Harbour Town is one of two courses featured in the game, and was almost always my choice. So much so, that during this quarantine, I found a way to play the game in all its glory again.

For that reason, I arguably know Harbour Town Golf Links better than any other course I’ve played (except maybe the two courses I grew up playing). So every time I watch the RBC Heritage, I am REALLY into it – mostly because I’ve hit every shot I see the pros hitting on TV hundreds of times (thanks to unlimited mulligans).

The Pete Dye design, in consultation with Jack Nicklaus, sits near the southern tip of Hilton Head Island. Holes are tree-lined or adorned with some sort of body of water. Fairways aren’t terribly narrow, but the greens are on the smaller side, with some pretty good undulation. Because of its position between Baynard Cove and the Atlantic Ocean, balls can break in any direction.

Here are just a few of my favorite holes, as featured on the game (yardages are current):

5TH HOLE – 549 YARDS – PAR 5

Dog leg left, but still reachable in two, we’ve seen some eagles here in the past. But there’s a few fairway bunkers that can catch a wayward drive and make it a three-shot hole. The green is deep, so if the pin is back, make sure to take an extra club.

9TH HOLE – 332 YARDS – PAR 4

It seems like it’s becoming mandatory on the PGA TOUR to have at least one or two drivable par 4s. This is arguably Harbour Town’s only chance at that. (The 13th hole might be another option, but conditions/execution have to be near perfect for that.)

The green is absolutely surrounded by sand, and the left side is guarded by a relatively low-hanging tree, so if you’re going to go for it, you have to bring it in from the right. If that’s the case, only lefties have a chance to hold the wide, shallow green with a driver.

17TH HOLE – 174 YARDS – PAR 3

It’s not crazy long, but from the tee it looks like you’re just going to hit it straight into Baynard Cove. Wind is always a factor too, so there will be a club change.

So that’s my Harbour Town Golf Links previews ahead of the RBC Heritage this weekend. There’s a gallery below of a couple more “pixel”-esque holes in the game.

Let us know what you think in the comments below. And let me know if you’ve ever beat my course record of 44 on Microsoft Golf. I swear I didn’t play from the red tees, use 50-60 mulligans, or set “Gimmies” to 72 inches.

GALLERY

Featured Groups Announced For The RBC Heritage

On Monday evening, the PGA Tour announced the featured groupings for the first and second rounds of the RBC Heritage. You can catch every shot and hear some pretty decent player-caddy conversations from these groups. For the cost of (I think) 60 bucks you’ll definitely get your money’s worth in my opinion.

And without further ado…

Let’s go! Lots to unpack here.

Rory McIlory, Rickie Fowler and CT Pan
– You might be asking yourself “WTF is CT Pan doing with these guys?” Well you’re not alone. But, he did win this event last year. He is also the guy who refused to play at the Player’s Championship over concerns of COVID-19. So I’m sure that will get brought up at least once.
– Rickie is coming off a missed cut. He never really looked on his game last week in Fort Worth. His moustache was in top form though. Interested to see if he’ll be wearing a mic again during his rounds. I’m assuming no.  
– McIlroy has been a fast starter this season, but struggled on Sunday. He’s shot a combined eight-over-par his last two Sunday’s when he entered the day within three of the lead. TOUGH. But, watching him smoke driver is awesome.

Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed
– Burgermeister Meisterburger (Shoutout to Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town…instant classic). Am I the first person to give Daniel Berger this nickname? I think so! Anyway, he won last week thanks to shooting seven-under-par (67-66) on the weekend.
– Brooks Koepka historically doesn’t care or particularly try to hard in non-majors. His most recent win on tour came at the WGC in Memphis last July in a stacked field. Can he make another run this week?
– Patrick Reed is an asshole. If you came to this website to hear anything positive about that rule-breaking, sandbagging SOB than you were sorely mistaken.

John Rahm, Justin Rose and Justin Thomas

– Rahmbo is an absolute loose cannon. Watching him play is fun. Whether you’re getting the good or the bad he’s must-see-tv.
– Justin Rose switched away from those god awful Honma clubs prior to last week. He’s back playing the clubs that helped him reach No. 1 in the world rankings. Can’t knock the guy for chasing that money with Honma. Rose also loves MASTERCARD. Look at his kits and try and find the Mastercard logo is like walking around Disney searching for the hidden Mickey’s.
JT is my spirit animal. Little Ryder Cup vibe with Rahm and Rose playing against (or alongside) JT.

Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and Gary Woodland
I want to just get inside Dustin Johnson’s head and just spend an afternoon there. I bet his heart rate stays the same whether he’s sitting on his couch watching TV or standing over a putt for a major. I just don’t think he cares about anything. He mashes the ball and has taken his game to a new level with his wedge play lately.
Hideki Matsuyama directly translates to consistent (I think). The guy is just there. All the time. I feel like he’s been on tour for an eternity but he’s only 28 and in his seventh year. His pause or hitch or whatever you want to call it is what he’ll always been known for.
– Gary Woodland went from looking like Christian Bale in Batman to Christian Bale in the Machinist. Maybe not that extreme, but the guy dropped a ton of weight during quarantine. Wish I was able to do that. He’ll be lacing stingers all over the place which are even more awesome on top tracer.

Some big names are missing here so there should be some pretty solid other groupings.

Which one of these groups will create the most fireworks during the opening two rounds?

Charles Schwab Challenge Monday Morning Superlatives

The first PGA Tour event in our new socially distant world is in the book and Daniel Berger captured his third career win. Berger wasn’t the only winner this week in Fort Worth. Here are our superlatives for the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge

Most Likely to be Compensating for Something…
Look at the size of the championship trophy.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME. That is just an absolutely preposterous photo. Plaid jacket gets the thumbs up. BUT that trophy is almost the size of Daniel Berger (who looks like he is being held captive). You just won, bud. RELAX!

Best Moustache…
This was a two-horse race. Rickie vs. Brooks.

Rickie had an uneventful week, so let’s give this one to Super Mario Brooks.

Hang that photo in the Louvre. I don’t really have anything else to say. Just take another peak at this alpha’s cookie duster.

Best Round…
Four different players shot 63 (the low round of the tournament), including Justin Rose (R1), Harold Varner (R1), Patrick Reed (R3) and Rory McIlroy (R2). Despite Rory coming to his last hole of the day with a chance of tying the course record, I’m giving this one to HV3.

As Foster said in his piece last night, HV3 is an all-time guy. He hit all 18 GIR during the opening round. That is BANANAS!

Least Likely to be Asked to be Mic’ed Up…
No brainer….

Brooks in a landslide. To be fair, I’d say the same thing if I saw someone chip in from that shitty lie.

Least Likely to get a Gimme…
I had to do it and you hate to see it.

He had a four-putt double and he three-jacked from three feet! Tough to watch. The most thrilling thing in golf is the simultaneous feeling that Spieth will either bury a bomb or three-put each time he steps on the dance floor.

Most Likely to Defy the Laws of Physics…
The 17 hole on Sunday was the biggest factor in deciding the champion.

I know you can say that he pushed that putt, but it was down! It was in. That stutter step towards the whole he does is heartbreaking.

This just hurts. I don’t know if it was nerves or what. That ball hit the side of the cup and got sent to another zip code. (Not pictured was Morikawa asking if he had to finish after losing the playoff. NO DUDE. It’s over.)

Best Bogey….
Before the three-put meltdown on 17 yesterday, Xander had one of the most ridiculous up-and-down bogeys these eyes have ever seen.

I’ve been there. We literally named our site after finding hazards!

I’ve not been here. After a drop and chip he drained the 30-footer to only drop one shot. Big time stones to make that putt.

Most Awkward Interaction…
So…. Jim Nantz mentioned that only Rickie Fowler agreed to be Mic’ed up during the week and that wasn’t the case. Adam Hadwin (who is Canadian and apparently loves tweeting volunteered).

Sorry, dude. You don’t make the needle move.

Worst Celebration…

I’ve never seen a more anticlimactic hole-in-one. The delayed reaction. He grabbed his putter! I think he hated it off the club.

Biggest Mood…
Who else but Phil the Thrill.

What a vibe this guy gives off. LOVE IT.

What did I miss? Let me know! Hope you enjoyed our first weekend of coverage.

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