Professional golfer Fredrik Lindblom was the target of rude comments made against him by a professional tournament director.
According to Monday Qualifying Info, a Twitter account that follows the lives of golfers in Monday qualifiers, many players were led to believe that they were given free entries into the Sault Ste. Marie Pro Invitational in Michigan.
Lindblom wanted clarity on the situation, so he messaged the tournament's Instagram page to confirm whether he had received a free invitation or just a usual invitation that required an entry fee.
The 31-year-old said to the tournament that when he asked if he had been 'comped', meaning a free entry, no one said 'no', and if directors reach out to players such as him, then a free entry is usually the implication.
A tournament director was reaching out to players and making it sound like they were getting an exemption. He did same to @f_lindblom and when Fredrick called him out on it, the conversation took a WILD turn. pic.twitter.com/aWWkBB5ZQ9— Monday Q Info (@acaseofthegolf1) August 1, 2021
It seems the Swede is in the same boat as many players. However, the tournament provided some extraordinary responses to Lindblom that he could never have expected.
They replied to say that no one has ever been 'comped' for the Sault Ste. Marie Pro Invitational, which is being played on August 8 and 9, and then another message was sent.
"Since you can't make a cut on the Forme Tour, we wanted to invite you to a no-cut event - Yea, 73-72 at Jennings Mills (Forme Tour event) probably wouldn't get it done up here so I wouldn't have made the trip either."
These are extremely derogatory and unprecedented comments towards a player from a professional golf director, but the madness did not stop there.
Omg. This is wild. I literally love mini-tour golf. This is amazing. pic.twitter.com/HFB7Q0aNuA— Monday Q Info (@acaseofthegolf1) August 1, 2021
The Sault Ste. Marie Pro Invitational then posted coverage of an 'Emergency Press Conference' where a man from the tournament explained the whole situation.
The press conference did not provide much more clarity though. There was a loose apology for the messages sent to Lindblom and the representative also stated that one free place would in fact be up for grabs for the invitational.
Monday qualifying and Mini-Tour golf can be a stressful and tough world for golfers who are following their dreams to get on the PGA Tour, but at least this bizarre set of events can provide us with some light entertainment.