The Rory Show won this weekend. Now a Saudi cloud hovers over the US Open

For a week, you can convince yourself that the good guys have won.

That was at least the easy plot line that was drawn when the first episode of Civil War in the Gulf closed on Sunday.

If there’s a risk that the LIV series ‘overseas golf debut will overshadow the RBC Canadian Open’s premiere in three years’ time, the Saudi-backed sports business is attracting massively paid benefits – well, last Sunday’s round put it here – and – now anxious to rest in the A head-to-head showdown between sporting origins, the battle between the only Canadian leg of the PGA Tour and the Saudi-Arabia-backed Rebel Tour turned into a brutal incitement when Canada held an easy knockout delivered.

Not only did Etobicoke’s St. George’s Country and Country Club for a premium course that had five of the world’s top 10 players, while LIV Golf’s leading player was 16th in the world rankings, Dustin Johnson. RBC Canadian Open has made a very fascinating entertainment product.

At the LIV golf event outside London, Charles Schwartz of South Africa spent Saturday in a 72-round final and won a one-ball victory over world number 134, Hanne Duples of the Netherlands. If the payouts were the maximum – Schwartz won a ridiculous $ 4.75 million for a 54-hole job – the drama was minimal.

Amidst the beer-filled noise of crowded St. George territories, meanwhile leading Rory McIlroy like Justin Thomas, Tony Benau and Justin Rose when he recorded his latest Tour 62 which was a successful defense of his 2019 title. do not stop there. Rose went on the 18th track when she needed a double to become only the 12th player in PGA Tour history to cut 59 – a dream that died when he missed his second shot and on a jig settled, and a final 60-round. The lottery earned him fourth place.

Cory Connors shot 62nd on Sunday to finish as the best Canadian on Friday. And on a wonderful day playing golf in this country, Brooke Henderson politely mentioned to her compatriot that she was the most successful golfer in the North of the country after completing her eleventh career victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

In other words, as discussions about runners-up from the Saudi league were overshadowed by the speech, Sunday’s story dominated the traditional sports tour more than the moment.

“(Forever) I feel really good, with all the things that have happened in the world of golf this week,” McIlroy said.

Even when he won, McIlroy, who took $ 1.56 million home, could not help but recognize a blood-sucking shark in the waters of world golf – especially Greg Norman, the great white shark athlete and CEO of the LIV. golf series, representing the PGA of his career Twenty, the victories were passed in the column indicating McIlroy’s 21st victory in his career.

“More than Norman,” McIlroy said. “It means a lot.”

“As much as McLeroy’s victory stands a chance to achieve seismic in the history of the PGA Tour – especially given that it came after McLeroy made an eloquent argument for refusing to give Saudi money” worthy “to play golf tournaments – make no mistake: LIV Golf, so much so because it looks like a lifeless product. It is usually far from a dead entity.

Watch the Monday talk ahead of this week’s US Open in Brooklyn, Massachusetts, which revolved mainly around the Rebel League threatening to relocate the world golf system.

“It’s sad,” Thomas told reporters. This is the US Open. It’s an amazing place with a lot of history, an amazing stadium and a lot of plot lines. But (Liv Golf) apparently turns all the questions around him. “

In fact, if LIV Golf had not sounded the alarm, Phil Mickelson’s presence at Brookline on Monday would have meant a press conference to discuss his ongoing quest for the only major championship to elude him. Instead, as LIV Golf’s biggest name, Mickelson barely spent a moment talking about the state of his game.

Facing the American media for the first time in months, after going out to find out after a rough justification for his close partnership with the Saudis, Mickelson looks at a different golfer than the smiling player who is one of the world’s most famous has become. Sports in his gym. fame career. Cautiously and defensively, Mickelson did not apologize for taking the oil money and fled, despite the lack of small talk about Saudi Arabia writing excessive checks to athletes to improve the worldview of his oppressive regime.

However, he argued that his lifelong membership on the PGA Tour, which earned him 20 championships, should circumvent the suspension imposed on LIV golf dissidents last week by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan – an insistence that suggested that legal action be taken. in the entrance. And while Mickelson sparked poor discussion about LIV Golf’s ability to “develop the game” for youngsters, he made no secret of his motivation to join the series. When asked about a bid for LIV Golf not offered by the PGA Tour, Mickelson first noticed the “incredible financial opportunity” – in his case, the payout was said to be in the $ 200 million range. He spoke of the reported problem gambling as if it were a complete addiction, saying it was something he would have to work on “for the rest of his life”.

He also said that playing in fewer tournaments – and the LIV Golf schedule currently includes eight – would give him more “balance” and a chance to “be present and involved with those I love”. This reflected Johnson’s sentiment over the weekend, saying “every reason I started playing LIV was to play a little more golf, not more.”

More money for less golf sounds like an offer that can hardly be turned down. And for the Saudis, do not make a mistake, there is only money. As much as Sunday was a good win for some of those who have so far refused to capture it, the fight is just beginning.

Rose called it a “disturbing period” in the sport: “I think we’ll probably see a few more months before we really know how it’s going for sure.”

Thomas said he spent the Canadian Open week worrying about the future of golf: “I walked around and lost a lot of sleep last week thinking about what might happen. You know, I grew up all my life and would love to play on the PGA Tour … The fact that (the tour) can hurt because “some people leave, and if they keep leaving – it’s sad.”

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