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Outrage as dramatic LPGA classic gets no live TV coverage

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Just four days ago, we reported on the tense and exciting conclusion to the LPGA season, the final two tournaments sure to decide the Rolex rankings number one and alongside that, the Player of the Year.

As the Pelican Women’s Championship came to a dramatic close, viewers at home were left wondering why there was no coverage of such an important final round, a final 18 that saw one of the two contenders for both titles, Nelly Korda, record a triple-bogey seven on her 71st hole before a bounce-back birdie at the last.

That got the Olympic gold medallist into a four-way playoff, after back-to-back short putts missed by Lexi Thompson. And Nelly then went on to win the dramatic affair with another birdie at the same hole in which Lexi missed another short putt.

Go back a year-and-a-bit and both the Cactus Tour (alongside the Outlaw Tour) virtually saved the game of golf during the beginning of Lockdown, the domination of early 2021 LPGA events by the Korda sisters grabbed many a column inch whilst the European Tour’s ‘Scandinavian Mixed’ got excellent attendances and positive reports all through the media covering the European Tour.

Sure, it’s easy to see why Sunday Night Football usurps the coverage – more viewers equals more advertising equals more bucks – but there really is no excuse not to cover the women’s game in some way and to give viewers the option.

Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nicholls tweeted that this was one of the most important LPGA moments ‘we couldn’t watch live on TV this year’ and received a host of support, probably best summed up by the reply from @JohnInt, who tweeted “Needs an Arnold Palmer business sense and attitude. Someone needs to step up and take to another level.”

Or just someone that really cares. Plenty do.

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  1. art williams

    Nov 17, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    If Mike Whan was still commish and the GC was still privately owned this would not have happened. NBC has all but ruined the GC.

  2. Greg

    Nov 17, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Remember what Leadbetter had to say about this subject..

  3. Sal Johnson

    Nov 17, 2021 at 10:11 am

    There is a perfect answer to this.
    If Golf Channel can’t find the time on either their network or one of the NBC Sports and USA networks (all owned together), give the events back to ESPN will would love to have it again.

  4. Dan Gibson

    Nov 17, 2021 at 9:44 am

    I too was hacked off at the lack of TV Coverage for the important final round of this LPGA event. I thoroughly enjoy women’s golf, watching them use almost every club in their bags. But if I see a matchup coming like Lexi & Nelly, the GUY in me takes over — I’m not only watching the sport, I’m watching these beauties.

    I tried livestream and it failed, so I kept account on the NET to following the leaders. It took waiting ’til the morning after to see how the event finished. Nelly nailed two great putts following her Triple on 17; but Lexi really gagged on her last three scoring putts … Great Drama !

  5. Martin

    Nov 17, 2021 at 9:39 am

    It was broadcast live on Sky in the U.K.

  6. CrashTestDummy

    Nov 16, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Is the LPGA getting such poor ratings that TV networks won’t even pick it up? It is surprising because the LPGA pros are so good. Some of the scores they are shooting at tournaments is unbelievable. They are fun to watch.

    It might just be the fact that people are cutting the cord and TV ratings are just down more and more. I think people are just tired of the constant 24/7 politics and propaganda being force fed and injected into everything. That is why I cut the cord.

  7. Chris Hartman

    Nov 16, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    I watch more LPGA events on TV than PGA. I like the “atmosphere” of the LPGA ladies better. So much friendlier, no stupid male ego rivalries, and I can appreciate their slower swing speeds and use of more game improvement style clubs like higher lofted fairway woods, hybrids etc. Peacock had 4+ hours of coverage Sat/Sun of the 12th hole, but as soon as the lead group got off the 12th green, the coverage just ended. Why not just follow that final group to the finish? So then I had to stream it on golf channel, with it cutting in/out multiple times, including a solid 4-5 minutes of outage right when the final group was coming down the 18th. As a LPGA fan, you always know coverage will be worse than the PGA event, but this weekend was just appalling at the disparity.

  8. Boyo

    Nov 16, 2021 at 7:02 am

    They get short shrift all the time. They are great players. Typical male bias.

  9. Brian

    Nov 16, 2021 at 4:22 am

    Nobody thought this. No one.

    • Ben Wright

      Nov 17, 2021 at 10:28 am

      Quiet! Your comment doesn’t fit the narrative!

  10. Mike

    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    I enjoy watching women’s golf because their game (in terms of distances) is closer to my reality! I watch all the final rounds of every event. With rare exceptions, watching on TV, there’s just no buzz or excitement in terms of a gallery getting loud, cheers, anything. Criticize me if you like, but somehow the game needs to expand, from an audience perspective, past kids & people over 55 (like me). For the most part, watching it is BORING. And we’re talking about the best female players on earth!

    Get a ‘task force’ & figure out how do we sell this sport to the 18-49 crowd. And bring in fans. LOTS OF THEM (the PGA events do). Maybe a real rivalry might stir up some excitement (all the women always seem so nice & polite to each other!).

    • David

      Nov 16, 2021 at 8:06 am

      I’m older than this dude and I share his thoughts. The lady golfers show off such wonderful swings & results. Many, maybe most, of my old coot golfing buddies also watch & agree.

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‘He can think whatever he wants’ – Brooks Koepka responds to McIlroy’s duplicitous claim

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From popular four-time major winner to “full villain”, Brooks Koepka has certainly not held back with his view on moving full-time to the LIV Tour.

At the US Open, he lambasted reporters for asking questions about the league, saying he simply wanted to concentrate on his golf at Brookline, and yet soon after he deleted any connection to the PGA Tour from his Twitter account, prompting Rory McIlroy to call the group of rebels “duplicitous.”

Following yesterday’s LIV press conference, social media, and Twitter in particular, has gone haywire.

No Laying Up reports on the Koepka’s comment, “You guys will never believe me, but we never even had the conversation (on LIV) until after the U.S. Open,”  and questions, “So the conversation *began* on Monday, June 20, and his twitter profile was scrubbed the same day?”

Why has Koepka agreed to join the LIV series as opposed to staying with the PGA Tour?

“Having more breaks, having … more time at home to make sure I’m 100% before I go play an event. I don’t feel like I’m forced to play right away.”

As one Twitter user pointed out, Brooks has “played 10 days of golf in three months.”

As for his response to Rory’s comments, Koepka does show some respect for play of the recent Canadian Open champion, if not his views.

“Look, I got respect for Rory as a player. He’s good. He’s phenomenal. I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t see it (the “duplicitous” comment). I didn’t hear about it until basically like a day ago.

So, look, he’s entitled to his opinion. He can think whatever he wants. He’s going to do what’s best for him and his family, I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family and can’t hate on anybody for that, and like I said, opinions change.”

Bob Irving, the ‘voice of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ wasn’t shy in giving his view on the presser:  

“Just watched the LIV pressers with Perez, Reed, Koepka, who basically all said they’re glad they don’t have to COMPETE for their money anymore because so many millions are GUARANTEED by the Saudis. What a bunch of losers.”

The second LIV event starts tomorrow at Pumpkin Bridge, Portland opposite the John Deere Classic and Irish Open, and the controversy looks as if it’s not going to die down quite yet.
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LIV stars give bizarre non-answer to Chamblee’s prize money claim before moderator steps in

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There has been much debate in regard to whether the LIV Golf Series players get to keep their prize money, or if the tournament winnings come out of their signing bonus.

The rumblings began when Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee claimed that Charl Schwartzel “didn’t actually win 4.7 million for his victory at LIV Golf’s inaugural event at the Centurion Club.

 

(Note: This tweet has now been deleted by Chamblee)

Former Tour caddie Michael Collins responded to Chamblee’s claim, stating that he was lying about the subject.

On Tuesday’s pre-tournament press conference for LIV Golf Portland, Brooks Koepka was asked to clarify whether or not the prize money was in addition to the signing bonus, strangely responding “I don’t know — it’s irrelevant”

Q. It’s been reported by people that there is a — your signing bonuses versus the draw, meaning what you win comes out of your signing bonus or vice versa. That’s supposedly in your guys’ contracts. Can you confirm if that’s actually true or not?

Koepka: That’s not — no. No.

Q. Just to confirm, Brooks, you’re saying it’s not the case?

Koepka: No. I don’t know — it’s irrelevant.

Q. Okay. And the rest of you guys?

Perez: (Shook head).

Q. The only reason I ask you is because both Keith Pelley, Jay Monahan and you can name other people keep saying that we’re miss- reporting stuff all the time, and the reason is is because every time we ask a question we can’t get answers or people don’t want to talk about the specific issues. That’s why I’m asking.

Koepka: I heard that rumor on Monday morning at the U.S. Open. I also heard I was in London on Saturday or Sunday before. I mean, that was on Monday. Just saying. You can’t believe everything you hear.

After that the contentious exchange, the moderator entered the conversation to clarify the answer while telling the three LIV players they should know since it’s in their contract.

Moderator: I just wanted to address Alex’s question earlier when you were asking about the prize purses and if they are in addition to the contracts. The prize purses are in addition to. There is no draw at LIV Golf on any finances.

Perez: Chamblee was banging that drum the other day.

Moderator: We just wanted to, on the record, it’s in addition to. And while you guys have, this is your first event, but you should know that from your contracts. You can attest to it. Thank you guys.

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Pat Perez shuts down reporter with ultra blunt response at LIV presser

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Whilst golfers are never meant to be politicians, the furore over the LIV Golf Series has meant players’ press conferences have created one hell of an uproar on social media.

From Phil’s infamous comments to Rory’s disappointment over ‘duplicitous’ players, from the USGA permitting LIV players into the PGA Championship to the most recent alliance between the PGA and DP World tours, press conferences and releases continue to go back and forth. Words are important.

With just two days to go to the start of the second LIV event at Pumpkin Ridge, Portland, a LIV presser involving Pat Perez, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed has grabbed the headlines.

After mentioning the “club players that have resigned” and the “9/11 survivors” who have protested against the Saudi involvement in golf, a reporter asked new recruits Perez and Koepka, “whether golfers should be participating in this?”

He continued, “Do you have any comments that you are supporting a country with a really bad human rights?”

Perez bluntly states, “No.”

Asked to explain, he is blunt in his response.

“I’m playing golf. This group has given me the opportunity to play golf and have a different schedule. That’s my only concern.”

To silence, the 46-year-old perhaps realizes the effect of his initial statement.

“So yeah, I understand the topic you are trying to bring up and the horrible events but…I’m here to play golf. That’s my job.”

Again, a moment of silence before four-time major champion, Kopeka, speaks:

“Pretty much spot on what Pat said – same thing. I mean we’re here to play golf – we’re excited about it. We’re going to put on the best show we can put on and hopefully one of us is up here on Saturday with the win.”

As Porter says on his tweet, an “incredible answer.”

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