LIV Golf pro goes on expletive-laden rant at The Masters: "It's chicken s***!"

LIV Golf player Jason Kokrak has criticised Augusta National officials at the 87th Masters.

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Sun, 9 Apr 2023
LIV Golf pro goes on expletive-laden rant at The Masters: "It's chicken s***!"

Jason Kokrak, who plays in LIV Golf League events, was not best pleased with the treatment Sandy Lyle received at his Masters farewell. 

Lyle, 65, was competing for the final time at Augusta National this week, ending a run of 42 appearances at the tradition unlike any other. 

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The weather has played a huge part in this 87th Masters. Horrifying footage showed three large pines come crashing down on Friday evening. 

Thankfully, nobody was hurt. It was around this time the horn blew to suspend play. 

Unfortunately for Lyle, he was making his way up No. 18 for the last time with the aforementioned Kokrak and his fellow LIV pro Talor Gooch

Lyle, the 1988 Masters champion, was facing a 12-foot putt for par at 4.22pm when play was halted. 

When play resumed on Saturday morning Lyle two-putted for par to post an 83 in front of barely any patrons. 

Kokrak told the media that he had implored Augusta National officials to overlook the suspension of play and let him putt out. 

He told Golf:

"I said, 'It's chicken sh--. It could have been a really cool moment for Sandy Lyle, his family, the patrons, Augusta National, being the '88 champion.
"Him and Larry [Mize] being their last Masters. I asked them for a special exemption. They said they weren't even going to blow the horn for a few more minutes, but the trees came down on 17.
"I said this is a moment that he’s not going to get again. So I think Augusta National and the rules committee should be ashamed of themselves. And I'm really disappointed for him and his family for him not to be able to have that moment."

Lyle wasn't as angry as Kokrak. 

He told the media: 

"We tried to talk to the official that, you know, please, let us finish. But, no, they stuck to the rules and rules are rules and we had to abide by that." 

The 65-year-old said he then spent the rest of the evening drinking whiskey. 

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