Bob MacIntyre mocks United States with bib

The Scotsman showed up at the Valspar Championship in Florida with his caddie Mike Burrows wearing a unique bib. Instead of the professional's name, it bore the inscription EUR16.5-11.5USA

by Andrea Gussoni
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Bob MacIntyre mocks United States with bib
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Bob MacIntyre deserves a prize for originality regardless. The Scotsman showed up at the Valspar Championship in Florida with his caddie Mike Burrows wearing a unique bib. Instead of the professional's name, it bore the inscription EUR16.5-11.5USA.

Bob MacIntyre, results

It's easy to understand what it represents: it's the final score of the 2023 Ryder Cup, the one won by Team Europe in Rome. Among the winners was our very own Bob, who remained undefeated at Marco Simone, contributing two crucial points to the European cause in his Ryder Cup debut.

As the hours passed, the photo circulated on social media, and more than one American fan has made plans to meet MacIntyre at Bethpage in 2025. The regulations of the Valspar Championship allow players to have a caddie with an "original" inscription.

The key is to stay within 15 characters and avoid mentioning advertising brands. MacIntyre is certainly not the only player who decided to have fun with the bib. Luke Donald took to the course with his caddie and the inscription "Now hiring," referring to the fact that his "bag carrier" would be on his last week of work with him.

Joel Dahmen had "Leaping Cougar" written, which was his childhood nickname when he was part of the Christian organization called Royal Rangers. Then Garrick Higgo opted to call himself "Iggopotamus." And still, KH Lee chose "Mr.

Incredible," as he aimed to be the world's beautiful golfer at the beginning of his career. Troy Merritt, modestly, went by "24 carats." The rules of golf are a set of standard norms and procedures that govern how the sport of golf should be played.

They are jointly written and managed by the R&A of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf worldwide, except for the United States and Mexico, which fall under the jurisdiction of the United States Golf Association. A committee of experts composed of members from the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years.

The latest revision has been in effect since January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that, in certain cases, reduce penalties to ensure fairness.

The rulebook, titled "Rules of Golf," is regularly published and also includes regulations governing amateur status. In Italy, Federgolf is responsible for overseeing competitions and ensuring compliance with the rules issued by the R&A, ensuring that these norms are observed by clubs, associations, and their members, and managing the resulting sports justice while safeguarding their interests abroad.

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