The FedEx Cup playoffs started with a bang a few weeks ago, with Will Zalatoris defeating Sepp Straka in a thrilling finish to claim his first PGA Tour victory.
As Zalatoris delivered the goods during the FedEx St. Jude Championship, a mini-storm broke out on social media involving Will’s former mentor Scott Fawcett, analyst Brad Faxon and Justin Thomas.
Noting Dan Hicks and Brad Faxon’s comments on NBC regarding Zalatoris’ Memphis putt, Fawcett blasted the duo on Twitter, causing Justin Thomas to weigh in and slam the DECADE Golf creator, calling his comments “blatant and aggressive. ”
The fallout from the trade prompted Zalatoris to issue a statement in which the 26-year-old condemned Fawcett’s actions, saying:
“Scott Fawcett is not a paid member of my team. I in no way condone or support anything said in these tweets. I have personally reached out to Dan Hicks and Brad Faxon and echoed them that I do not don’t agree with what he said. Any interviews he has given have not been authorized.
“He tried to contact me and I did not speak to him. I am grateful to him for all he has helped me through the ups and downs of junior golf, but these statements do not reflect my values or me- same.
Fast forward a few weeks, and Fawcett shed some light on the exchange, posting a lengthy video with his take on what happened and why.
After explaining the history and the bad blood between him and Brad Faxon, Fawcett explained why he thinks Justin Thomas decided to intervene, alleging it goes back to a fiery incident involving Fawcett and another Q-School pro in 2019.
According to Fawcett, at TPC Craig Ranch three years ago, he was on the bag for an anonymous player. On the second hole, his player hooked a drive, his ball landing in an area where trash and debris had accumulated from a tornado microburst that hit the area a few days prior.
While walking towards the ball, Fawcett explains how he stepped on a piece of wood containing a nail which tore his shoe and straight into his foot. Understandably, needing time to collect themselves from the clash, it took both player and caddy a few minutes before they began looking for the ball, at which point Fawcett explains how “it seemed like they had been looking for the ball forever” in the view. of the group behind them on the tee.
A player from the group behind began shouting from the tee, before hitting them, and while walking down the fairway, the player shouted “cheats” at the pair, Fawcett alleges.
Admitting that at this point he snapped, Fawcett explains how “he went after this guy”, saying he would be about as embarrassed about what he said to the player as what he said. had tweeted at Hicks and Faxon.
“I wanted to ruin his day at this point,” Fawcett continued, saying the player’s actions were totally irrelevant.
The next day, Fawcett decided to time the entire round to prove that what happened on the second hole of opening day “wasn’t a glaring thing” and to fully document the time in case this incident happened. would reproduce.
Moving on to last week, Fawcett appeared on The Loop podcast, where he was quoted as saying, “Find me one player on tour who’s met me in person who says I’m not a good guy and do everything I can to help them. Go find me one, I’ll give you 1 million dollars. A comment that prompted touring pro Tom Lovelady, the man who had the bust with Fawcett that day at Q-School, to post a raised hand and wink emoji on social media in reaction to the quote.
Saying that “he definitely hates me,” Fawcett responded to the comment by telling him that he offered to help and do whatever he could for him, which brings us back to TPC Craig Ranch.
In the parking lot on the second day of the 2019 Q-School, Fawcett reportedly apologized to Lovelady for what had happened the day before, an apology which Fawcett said was not accepted.
According to Fawcett, Lovelady was Justin Thomas’ roommate at the time.
While breaking down Zalatoris’ statement condemning his tweets, Fawcett explained that he didn’t condone his tweets either, saying it was a “hyperbolic joke that didn’t land” (quoting D’s tweet). opening, which says he was joking) and revealed that he personally contacted Dan Hicks via email to apologize to him and his family.
As for Faxon and JT? Fawcett said, “Faxon? Nu-uh, I’m not going to apologize to him. JT? I’m definitely not going to apologize to him.
Watch Fawcett’s full video below.
Over the 19th hole