The theme of the Saudi-funded LIV golf series is “Golf, but stronger”.
Money talks, strong enough for Dustin Johnson to get an offer he can’t ignore, Brooks Kobaca to make a face within a week, and referee Perez smiling after the shooting in the 1980s.
Inflated signing fees from the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund have long drawn criticism. Now another layer of hype is starting to appear, mainly because some of these players decided to take the money and make it to their mouths.
Taylor Gogh paid more attention to his notes than anything he did on the golf course. For those unfamiliar with Goethe, he won his first PGA Tour title in the 2021 final against a stadium with none of the world’s top 10 at the weekend. He played seven majors in his eight years as a professional.
Asked at the first LIV event outside London whether it was fair to accept criticism for contributing to the “sports wash”, Gotch replied: “I’m a golfer. I’m not that smart.
Then he proved it at Bamkin Ridge last week when his team (4 aces) won seven bullets and paid each member $ 750,000. Goch was asked if he could feel the energy of the crowd.
“I have not played in the Ryder Cup or the President’s Cup yet, but I do not think there is much difference,” said Gooch. “It was just as cool as it happened.”
Beautiful as always, without a doubt.
The remark was ridiculous, even by Gogh’s standards. It was the player who posted a “You Are Invited” GIF when the PGA Tour responded to LIV’s announcement of changes to its schedule designed for larger players’ wallets.
The new league is undoubtedly a mess, and it’s not entirely bad.
The changes announced two weeks ago will make the PGA Tour thinner and better without losing the ideal that “better play” still prevails today. They return to the calendar year (January to August) with an off-season offering something for everyone, or nothing if anyone wants a clean break.
The money will always grow with the new media rights deal, and now more money is going to players who have had the media invest in golf.
But this disruption also draws a line between those who want to be rich and those who want to be stars, and they are not necessarily related. There is increasing hostility on the part of those who want the former to be more transparent.
“I understand that they are fed up with everything to say and all that stuff, but for them to say it’s all for the best in the game … To be honest, I wish someone would say I do it. for the money, “PGA Champion Justin Thomas said on the No Laying Up podcast. “I personally would have had a lot more respect for that.
“But it’s like the players keep talking and saying it’s for the best in the game, so I’m irritated and annoyed even more than that.”
It has nothing to do with 54 little ones being more exciting than 72. It has nothing to do with playing for a team. It has nothing to do with less play. Otherwise, those who entered would not need a tour.
Patrick Reed said goodbye on the PGA Tour and said he never listened to the players. Talk about the appeal of LIV Golf to spend more time with his family by having fewer opportunities to play. By the end of the week, he was trying to figure out how to add the Scottish Open to his schedule.
Wasn’t the idea to play less?
Reid plays about 30 times a year and leaves the role of his choice. Being an independent contractor is not about setting your own rules, it’s about setting your own schedule (which Sarid can no longer do as an LIV employee). He does not have to play five times after last year’s Column Championship. He does not have to be a member of the European tour.
The sounds of some of the actors create an “us against them” mentality, the kind of disruptive environment no one serves.
Fred Capless was particularly candid in an interview with Golf.com last week when he referred to Perez as a “grain of sand” on the PGA Tour. Get in touch with Phil Mickelson, an old friend. It was at least once.
“Those guys – you saw their interviews, right?” Men said. “Have you ever seen an elephant in his life that looked so stupid? They know it’s a joke. ” As he said of Mickelson, “I do not think I will ever speak to him again.”
Another arrival is to bring lawyers into the mix.
Ian Poulter was among three European players granted temporary accommodation by a British referee who was allowed to play in the Scottish Open, although the trip stopped them because they played in the LIV event without permission.
It turns out that filing a lawsuit against the PGA Tour is only a matter of time. It may not be appropriate for trustees to share space within the queues with players they are already suing.
“I think it’s just one of those things that maybe if I had ever passed that person and said ‘hello’ or asked how it was, I probably would not do it again,” Thomas said.