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Fan favorite Smylie Kaufman files for medical extension

I’m not going to sugar coat it, Smylie Kaufman hasn’t played good golf within the last year and a half. The 26-year-old hasn’t made a single cut in 14 straight tournaments. Too much partying with Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler? Tough to say. But highly unlikely as Kaufman will file for a medical extension, which will end his 2018 PGA Tour season due to an elbow injury. Kaufman has one tour win at the 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open but has been silent ever since. He was once tabbed one of the most promising golfers of the future as he showed he could hang in the 2016 Masters with a 69 in the third-round before firing a 9-over 81 on the final day. Kaufman has been in a bad place for a while and told Golf Digest social media help his golf attitude.

“Social media doesn’t help,” Kaufman said. “That place sucks. It was so great for me for so long, but it was never anything good the last six months. When I go to Twitter, it’s like reading the newspaper for me. Well, I don’t wanna see Tom or Joe telling me how bad I suck when I read the newspaper.”

I’m no PGA Tour player but I understand what Kaufman means by, “feeling like I forgot how to play the game.” Golf tests your body but mostly your mind. Earlier this week I lost a low-end bet because I let a double bogey on the ninth hole ruin the rest of my round. I’d tell you how to forget about a bad shot but I’m still trying to figure that out myself.



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