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Brandel Chamblee calls Mickelson a ‘highly paid ventriloquist puppet’ in scathing takedown

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Last week, Phil Mickelson made headlines due to his critical remarks regarding the PGA Tour. Lefty accused the Tour of not distributing revenue to the players fairly, and used the words “obnoxious greed” to describe their practices.

His comments didn’t sit right with many, including Brooks Koepka who said: “[Don’t know] if I’d be using the word greedy if I’m Phil”.

Add Brandel Chamblee to the list of those who have taken issue with Mickelson’s comments. In an op-ed on the Golf Channel website, Chamblee went after the six time major champion, calling Lefty:

“A highly paid ventriloquist puppet involved in a sportswashing operation for a murderous regime guilty of human rights atrocities.”

In the column, Brandel went on to say

“When it comes to competing in professional events, Mickelson doesn’t and never has owned his media rights, so there is nothing to ‘hand back’,” said Chamblee.

“No sports league – not the NFL, MLB, NBA, the PGA Tour, nor any other league – would allow their athletes to own media rights. The profits derived from aggregating those rights fees provides infrastructure, pays league employees and helps pay the salaries of the athletes themselves (in this case, the ever-increasing purses and bonus pools available to Tour members, including Mickelson), to say nothing of protecting the investments of the networks.”

Chamblee added: “Could you imagine being a network that had paid hundreds of millions – or billions – of dollars for broadcast rights, only to have to compete with a Tom Brady, Mike Trout, LeBron James or a Tiger Woods Channel, where they ran their highlights on a loop?

“The networks would cease paying the exorbitant broadcast rights fees if such content was omnipresent. Which means the leagues themselves, in their current form, would cease to exist.”

It will be interesting to monitor the situation between Phil and the Tour going forward.

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  1. Rich Lerner is a Tool

    Mar 10, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    So Rex Hoggard finally found a Ukrainian golf player after a conflict that started in 2014.

    The Golf Channel and NBC Sports are disgusting virtue signaling a$$es.

  2. Chumpblee

    Mar 10, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    The same fools complaining about Saudi Arabia, are the same fools praising Harold Varner for winning and taking the Saudi money.

    Hypocrites!

    • CrashTestDummy

      Jun 28, 2022 at 12:26 am

      Just tells you it is not about the human rights issues. Lol.

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  4. David

    Feb 26, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Chamblee is nothing but a mouthpiece. Guy tries to play heel on TV and he’s nothing but a chump!!

    • Ernest Mancuso

      Mar 5, 2022 at 1:24 pm

      Chamblee is just a puppet for Monahan and the PGA

      • Donnie Brasco

        Mar 10, 2022 at 5:01 pm

        100% correct! An enforcer for PGA Tour mafia boss, Jay “The Shank” Monahan.

  5. ij

    Feb 22, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    A slightly oblique view of Phil’s statement. He wants to use Saudi ‘resources’ to teach the PGA a lesson. Saudi resources were used by Laden et al to ‘teach’ the US a lesson. Phil a home grown terrorist now? Have suspected for long that the guy is driven by money. Money is his religion, money his God. Golf is merely a messenger, a path.

  6. BodeenJCS

    Feb 20, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Phils washed up and seeking attention as the new young crew of talented golfers are on the rise … His ego cant take it , the bomber swing thought didnt work out as he cannot control the ball … Hes teamed up with the other pga tour sore loser Greg Norman whos feeding this crap to Phil who just killed his brand … He cant help himself …Sad but I wont miss him and take that cheater Adam Scott with you , would just be great

  7. Mike

    Feb 18, 2022 at 12:22 am

    Phil is literally siding with murderers over the PGA tour which has donated $3 billion to charities just so he can be richer than he already is.

    • Benny

      Feb 27, 2022 at 7:43 am

      Well said. I really do no’t think there is anything malicious by Phil. Its just someone who’s ego has grown so large that he believes he is fighting something of purpose. When these comments about greed are correct. He is pushing an envelope so far that now sponsors are dropping him.
      I made similar mistakes in my lifetime as a top salesman being stroked and my actions had little to no consciences. Obviously a far difference from Phil level of $$ but making over a qtr of million a year my ego grew so large that I got all caught up in the company and its issues.
      I ried fighting the very company who made me and helped me in the Tech business only to fall from the top and be unemployed with a 6m old baby girl.
      I get it and unless you have been through it fully understand. But perspective is sometimes the only true influencer. Sounds like Phil needs some of his own.

  8. Jason

    Feb 13, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    All these other sports you mention the players get a guaranteed amount of money whether they play or not. They can take weeks or months off and still have money coming in. How much does Phil get from pga to take a week off or a month? Pga opened this up now mad about it.

  9. BJ

    Feb 12, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    I’m going to wake up tomorrow scratch my ass, play golf, then watch the super bowl.

  10. geohogan

    Feb 12, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Phil like the USA government, follows the money.
    The USA protected Saudia Arabia after 9/11
    and ever since. Oil and money, Trump human rights.

  11. O

    Feb 11, 2022 at 3:10 am

    Is he speaking about himself??? Talk about pot calling the kettle…… really black lol

  12. Henry R Fitzgerald

    Feb 10, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    You bunch of hypocrites.

    The same PGA Tour who saved a tee time for convicted wife beater and crackhead George Floyd.

    Spare me the outrage fools.

    • O

      Feb 11, 2022 at 3:12 am

      They also protect Eldrick because they need his image but won’t educate the young ones what a horrible human he really is with his infidelity

      • Tom

        Feb 28, 2022 at 9:32 pm

        Was JFK a horrible human too… or just you. Stay in your glass house idiot.

    • Drkviol801

      Feb 11, 2022 at 11:07 am

      Lmaoo ! That is too funny.

  13. Bob Jones

    Feb 9, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    Cozying up to the Saudi regime for money. You’ve sold your soul, Phil (along with all the others joining you). Is it the North Koreans next?

    • Job Bones

      Feb 10, 2022 at 2:18 pm

      wanna do american corporations now? or international corporations with heavy american reliance? blackrock, pfizer, lehman brothers, world economic forum, or chinese companies like tencent and other international surveillance conglomerates like NSO group????….. nope? no hatred for them? funny how you seem to think people/corporations are bad only if theyre brown…

      btw bob, you very obviously have way too much time on your hands to still be as stupid (and confident) as you are currently

      • JC

        Feb 16, 2022 at 9:18 pm

        Funny that you’re calling others stupid, while drawing equivalence between the actions of a government and private companies in the US, none of which are associated with the PGA tour.

        Players who jump for the SGL are aligning themselves with the Saudi gov’t and all the negatives that come with that. No such alignment exists on the PGA tour.

        Do you think the tour itself is guilty of human rights violations? Because otherwise you sound rather…stupid.

  14. Bob

    Feb 9, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Phil is just pissed his wins were cut in half or more because Tiger came into the field. He sits up at night and wonders what it could have been without Tiger. So now he thinks money will make him feel better.

  15. Larry

    Feb 9, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Talk about greedy. He didn’t play Pebble Beach because he got a guaranteed payout to play in Saudi Arabia

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  17. sandman

    Feb 8, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    All I know is that the PGA is pissed none of the top 10 played in Pebble Beach most likely due to commie California politics.

    • eric

      Feb 18, 2022 at 10:21 pm

      You just were dying to find a way to call California a commie state. Even though those players are all there this week at Riviera. The fact that it was at Pebble had nothing to do with it, bonehead. If you really graduated from 10th grade you’d understand that California is not even close to communism, which is state owned property.. You could exaggerate and label them socialist, but not communist. But you’re just parroting what you hear from others who are clueless.

    • John Krug

      Feb 23, 2022 at 9:46 am

      Absurd comment.You could not stand up in front of an audience and even explain what communism is.

  18. Me Geek

    Feb 8, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    If they continue on this path golf is going to end up like Indy and cart breaking up…. Boxing, and other sports that have split into secondary leagues. Those weeks never recovered and they used to be the most coveted sports to watch. I’m sorry but Phil is way off in this one…. And I can’t stand Chamblee… But he is correct.

    • gunmetal

      Feb 14, 2022 at 5:18 pm

      You’re not wrong.
      I’m 1000% sure that there is a lot more nuance and details that we’re not privy to regarding Phil’s “obnoxious greed” comment, but no matter how you slice it, it’s a bad look coming from him. Is the PGA tour greedy? Sure. It’s probably why they are where they are today. Is Phil greedy? Sure. Probably no less than the Tour.

  19. Kirk

    Feb 8, 2022 at 9:38 am

    To those that disparage Brandell’s bonafides — why not attack the quote or the idea? Is it because you know that he is kinda right on this one?

    • mrgeek

      Feb 8, 2022 at 12:59 pm

      Yeah I’m no fan of his but he’s correct on this one and Phil is way off…

    • brooks of the year

      Feb 9, 2022 at 6:13 pm

      my main issue is his use of so many buzzwords like “sportswashing” ‘murderous regime” and “human rights atrocities” (if they’re so atrocious then why cant you say one?? one???… i’ll wait)…

      much simpler for brandel (who is also literally by definition a “highly paid ventriloquist puppet”) to say “how much did you charge for that statement, ‘greedy’ phil?”

      • Mike

        Feb 18, 2022 at 12:29 am

        Have you never heard of Jamal Khashoggi dumbass.

    • AB

      Feb 10, 2022 at 3:58 pm

      “buzzword, buzzword, buzzword, buzzword..” ….. see??? im right!!!!!!!

      dont worry little guy, i already know who you voted for and i already know all of your other opinions and that youre right about everything, and even when youre wrong youre still morally correct….. shut your stupid pie hole up and use your semi-developed brain for once in your worthless life

  20. Aubrey

    Feb 8, 2022 at 7:57 am

    So many Phil apologists trying to defend the indefensible!

  21. Steve

    Feb 8, 2022 at 7:38 am

    I like Phil Mickelson, but in this case, he is standing in a glass house with a sharp stone. I wonder if Callaway, KPMG and Workday are wondering if Phil is going to wave the sponsorship fees they pay him, so that, you know, he won’t be seen as “greedy”, LOL. Sorry, Phil. It cuts both ways. Lastly, I don’t always agree with Brandel Chamblee either – I would guess few of us do. Then again, he isn’t being paid to make sure we agree with him. He’s paid to provoke debate – something he does very well much of the time. It’s show biz, folks.

  22. Paul Runyan

    Feb 7, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Who cares, The Goof Channel is over anyway and Brandel will have to find another gig.

    Hopefully on MSNBC with Rachel.Madcow.

    • KC Scott

      Feb 9, 2022 at 1:18 pm

      Exactly right! Why does anyone pay attention to a 1 time winner on the PGA tour in 15yrs? He lost his card at 39 and has been making disparaging remarks about the top golfers on tour at TheGooFChannel since 2003, what a prick!

  23. Damon

    Feb 7, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Funny I’m not seeing any comments from Chamblee (or basically anyone else on the Golf Channel) slamming the Saudis but giving China a free pass for the Olympics. Seeing the travesty of their human rights record you hear very little from anyone.
    He keeps looking for his 15 minutes by conflict and apparently…, hypocrisy.

    • Danimal

      Feb 7, 2022 at 9:10 pm

      Let me try to help. Phil made the comments that Brandel referred to last week, not during the 2020 Toyko games, and currently best I can tell is there is no golf in the 2022 winter games currently being held in China.

      I agree with Brandel as often as I disagree with him. But in this case he’s doing his part to provide a different take on the Phil’s comments. That is what sports journalism is about. Phil can own his comments and we hopefully all realize that the Saudi golf league provide both moral and economic dilemmas for golf fans, professional golfers, and the PGA tour.

    • Dan Rice

      Feb 8, 2022 at 8:35 am

      China, as well as Nike,who uses slave labor to make their products that doesn’t seem to bother Chamblee

    • GaGolfer

      Feb 9, 2022 at 11:00 am

      You’re right. I keep forgetting in America nowadays we can’t criticize one thing without criticizing everything. Thanks for the reminder. But I need to point out you forgot Korea, Yemen, Syria, Venezuela, and Nigeria. How can you call out China and give those other regimes a pass? Why, you must be just as bad as Brandel. There – didn’t we accomplish a lot while taking the focus off the Saudis?

    • Redo

      Feb 9, 2022 at 3:14 pm

      Check it out on the Olympic Channel.

  24. carlos concepcion

    Feb 7, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Brandel Chamblee- doesn’t even have enough standing to make those comments. he’s nobody.

    • benseattle

      Feb 9, 2022 at 11:14 am

      “Brandel Chamblee- doesn’t even have enough standing to make those comments. he’s nobody.”

      You know, don’t you, that applying this standard means that YOU have no right to comment as well, as your “standing” is even less than that of Chamblee. Even LESS of a nobody.

      • FCCP

        Feb 10, 2022 at 12:19 pm

        keep your seattle opinions to yourself lil bud…. or dont reveal that youre a stupid worthless socialist next time you try to take a moral stance….

        • PCCF

          Feb 14, 2022 at 12:38 pm

          Hey FCCP, your remark reminds me of Trumps quote…

          “I love the poorly educated” :-0

  25. Drkviol801

    Feb 7, 2022 at 9:14 am

    So you’re telling me he’s like Club Champion?

    • Ronnie Mundt

      Feb 7, 2022 at 12:20 pm

      Brandi’s never been a champion of anything. Those that can’t do, teach. Those that can’t teach, talk about it.

      • Al

        Feb 7, 2022 at 12:44 pm

        Why do you need to be a good golfer to have a valid and logical opinion on a golf matter,the revenue it generates and how it should be disrtibuted?Ad hominen argument Ronnie…

        • Shayno

          Feb 9, 2022 at 4:58 am

          Ronnie’s wrong… Brandel had a nice career… “Chamblee turned professional in 1985 and has one PGA Tour victory. He shared a first round lead at the Masters Tournament in 1999 and for six straight years was among the top-100 for money earnings on the Tour”. Tour card for almost 20 years and a win?? I dunno… Seems like he was alright.. plus he’s right here. Phil needs to take his foot off the pedal on this one..

          • GD

            Feb 10, 2022 at 3:54 pm

            anyone with slightly above average hand-eye coordination, average athletic ability, a middle-class income, and who didn’t play any real sports growing up should have at least 1 PGA tour win in their lifetime, and if you dont then youre a complete NARP and your opinions on sports and golf are not only misinformed, but entirely uninformed…

      • benseattle

        Feb 9, 2022 at 11:25 am

        “Brandi’s never been a champion of anything. Those that can’t do, teach. Those that can’t teach, talk about it.”

        Interesting, isn’t it, how contributions such as this choose to completely ignore the debate at hand and instead focus upon their personal dislike of the messenger. By this standard, we should pay no attention to reporters, observers, commentators and other experts as they’re not presently “champions” of something or other at precisely this exact moment. Oh, and resorting to tired cliches is hardly stimulating discourse. Everyone is entitled to voice an opinion on the tax-adverse, insider-trader, relentlessly dollar-hungry, attention-desperate, murderous regime-loving Phil Mickelson. Even you.

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16 LIV Golf pros threaten legal action against DP World Tour; DP World Tour responds

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16 LIV Golf players have threatened the DP World Tour with legal action after being banned from the Scottish Open and fined £100,000.

The 16 players will likely include Europeans such as Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer. In the letter obtained by “The Telegraph”, the players said that the Tour’s actions to ban and fine players “will have adverse consequences on the DP World Tour.”

The letter ‘implored’ the DP World Tour to “reconsider your recent penalties and sanctions” and rescind the fines and suspensions by 5pm on Friday. If the Tour doesn’t rescind the bans and fines by that time, the players will be taking immediate legal action. “If not, you will leave us with no choice but to employ the various other means and methods at our disposal to rectify these wrongs,” the letter states.

The letter also criticizes the DP World Tour’s decision to partner with the PGA TOUR for the Scottish Open and Barracuda Championship. Due to their alliance, some DP World Tour players have been forced out of the Scottish Open to make room for PGA Tour players. Therefore, some DP World Tour players will have to fly to Kentucky to play for a smaller purse in the week before the 150th Open Championship.

Additionally, the 16 players criticized the DP World Tour’s new deal with the PGA Tour that will see the top 10 players on the Race to Dubai rankings earn PGA Tour cards.

“That the DP World Tour top performers will now earn PGA Tour cards serves only to solidify the DP World Tour as second fiddle to the PGA Tour and depletes the DP World Tour’s top rising talent even further”.

Full letter here:

“In Mr Pelley’s latest communication, he uses the statement that every action in life comes with a consequence. We agree, and we are concerned that the actions of the Tour against us, LIV Golf, and golf in general will have adverse consequences on the DP World Tour, a tour and an organisation that, despite our recent interactions, we care deeply for.

“The intention of this letter is not to further divide us, but to respond to Tour statements and to pose questions that the Tour should answer and we should discuss in detail. Instead of spending our time, energy, financial resources, and focus on appeals, injunctions, and lawsuits, we would implore you, the custodians of the DP World Tour, to reconsider your recent penalties and sanctions, and instead focus our energies on forging a path forward that is better for the DP World Tour members and the game of golf.

“To this end, we ask that you rescind your fines and suspensions by 5:00 pm on Friday, July 1, 2022. In addition, we represent over 5 percent of the DP World Tour membership and, under its articles of association, we ask you to convene a meeting of Tour membership to discuss these important matters further. If not, you will leave us with no choice but to employ the various other means and methods at our disposal to rectify these wrongs.

“We appreciate that the argument being put forward is that the ‘strategic alliance’ with the PGA Tour will provide overall benefit to DP World Tour members – hence the competitive threat to the PGA Tour being treated differently when it comes to releases and other matters.

“To begin with, we do not accept that protecting the PGA Tour through this alliance could in any way justify this disparate treatment. Even if it could, what are these benefits? This a question we have asked for many months.

“Thus far, the option to play the Barracuda Championship instead of the Scottish Open doesn’t appear to be one that benefits the membership at all. Ultimately, approximately 40 DP World Tour members who would have been eligible for the Scottish Open on the DP World tour will now not be eligible, and instead will only have the option to go and play on the PGA Tour in Kentucky the week before The Open, for less money but at a higher cost to participate.

“In addition, PGA Tour players have been encouraged to play the Scottish Open through a stipend to cover travel costs, but the same benefit is not afforded to DP World Tour members?! That the DP World Tour top performers will now earn PGA Tour cards serves only to solidify the DP World Tour as second fiddle to the PGA Tour and depletes the DP World Tour’s top rising talent even further. And without regard to whether this collaboration is lawful, would this collaboration be happening without LIV Golf entering the market?”

In response, the DP World Tour released this statement on Friday morning:

“There has been a leak to the media of a letter we received on behalf of a number of LIV Golf players which contains so many inaccuracies that it cannot remain unchallenged.

“Before joining LIV Golf, players knew there would be consequences if they chose money over competition. Many of them at the time understood and accepted that. Indeed, as one player named in the letter said in a media interview earlier this year; ‘If they ban me, they ban me.’ It is not credible that some are now surprised with the actions we have taken.

“The letter claims that these players ‘care deeply’ for the DP World Tour. An analysis of the past participation statistics on our Tour in recent years of several of the leading players named, suggests otherwise.

“One player in particular named in the note has only played six Rolex Series events in the past five years. Another one, only four. I wish many of them had been as keen to play on our Tour then as they seem to be now, based on the fact they have either resigned their membership of the PGA TOUR or, if they are still in membership, have been suspended indefinitely.

“Furthermore, given how deeply these players say they care about the DP World Tour, perhaps some of them could have played in Ireland this week in support of our new title sponsor, in particular one player who gave us a signed commitment to play at Mount Juliet.

“With that player currently in action at Pumpkin Ridge, you can imagine the allegation in the letter that we are in the wrong, is hard to accept.

“We also take great exception to an allegation made near the end of the letter which states we are somehow playing ‘second fiddle’ to the PGA TOUR. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“We held a player meeting in Ireland on Tuesday where we outlined in great detail all the many benefits of our expanded relationship with the PGA TOUR.

“One of those is an unprecedented ten cards on offer to the PGA TOUR, cards that many of the players named in this letter desperately wanted to attain in the early stages of their careers. Why now be critical of those trying to do the same?

“The letter also expresses supposed concern about the future of the DP World Tour. Rest assured no-one should have any worries on that score.

“The DP World Tour is a vibrant, independent and global Tour with increasing and guaranteed prize fund growth over the next five years. We have fantastic tournaments across the year including a host of wonderful national Opens, all played in front of huge crowds, illustrated perfectly by this week’s Horizon Irish Open.

“Finally, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on any potential legal matters.

“I will simply reiterate that our Members’ Regulations which have been in force for more than 30 years, have been accepted by all the players, are there to protect all of our members, and we will use them to take all necessary steps to protect their interests.

“The sanctions for those members who knowingly broke our rules by playing at the Centurion Club without a release are proportionate, fair and, I believe, considered necessary by the majority of our members.”

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Phil Mickelson makes a couple of interesting equipment changes for LIV Golf’s Portland event

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For many years, golf fans watched Phil Mickelson using what may have been one of the shortest putters on tour, but while he won the PGA Championship with his trusty Odyssey Milled Blade “Phil Mickelson” he’s been tinkering with the length for a while.

Last September at the Fortinet Championship, Phil was spotted with a new, extended, grip on the flat stick, allowing him to create an ‘arm-lock’ style that made him feel as if, “I’ll get on a roll and just start making a lot.”

So to this week’s LIV tournament at Pumpkin Ridge, and the six-time major winner is experimenting once again.

Twitter’s ‘Phil Mickelson Tracker’ posted a photo of his extended putter with the one-word exclamation “#Armlock!”

The replies were mostly positive, suggesting it can only help the three-time Masters champion improve past some poor putting stats. Indeed, since a standout gain of over 12 shots putting at Kiawah Island, Lefty has lost strokes to the field in nine of his last 12 recorded starts, with his worst performance being a loss of over ten shots at the BMW Championship last August. No wonder he lobbed on the extra rubber at Napa.

With his Callaway deal on hold, Mickelson has also made a change in his wedges.

Lefty has a Ping Eye2 wedge in the bag this week, with the model being an Eye2 XG (a reproduction of the original Eye 2 but with 2010 conforming grooves) which he has used occasionally since 2014. 

Mickelson sits T30 after the opening day’s action in Portland, after shooting a disappointing round of 3 over par on Thursday.

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Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia’s personal relationship has reportedly turned toxic

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In 2014 Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia were the so-called ‘dream team’ of the Ryder Cup.

The pair totted up a combined total of 5-and-a-half points of the 16-and-a-half won by the victorious European team, beating the pairing of Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan in the second day foursomes before both winning their singles.

Their relationship was so solid that McIlroy was honored to be an usher at Garcia’s wedding in 2017, but recently it’s all gone sour, with Golf Monthly reporting a “complete deterioration” of the relationship.

A week ago, it was widley reported that the Spaniard had told his Northern Irish friend that they were now “finally getting paid what we deserve,” a comment that received the reply, “Sergio. We’re golfers. We don’t deserve to be paid anything.”

According to Golf Monthly, the relationship has now “turned personal,” with the world number three unhappy that his old friend has dedicated himself to the Saudi-backed tour, putting the selection process for the Ryder Cup into confusion. The rhetoric between the two is reported to be “bitter and personal.”

At the Wells Fargo Championship in May, as he was hacking out of the rough after a ruling, Garcia was heard muttering, “I can’t wait to leave this tour,” before being confirmed as one of the initial participants of the LIV Golf Series.

Whilst it is unclear exactly what the sanctions are with regards to the Ryder Cup 2023, the way the PGA and DP Tours are moving, there is a distinct possibility that LIV players will be seriously affected – though Garcia has made clear that he wants to be a part of it.

At a press conference before the inaugural LIV event at the Centurion Club, Garcia stated, “I haven’t resigned from the European Tour because I would like to still be a member. I’m European, I love the European Tour. I played it for 23 years. Obviously we’re going to have to wait and see what the European Tour does. But I definitely would like to keep my membership and get my chance to make the Ryder Cup team because I love that event. But we’ll wait and see what happens over there.”

Whilst recent LIV press conferences on site have caused their own controversy, Garcia has prompted his own backlash.

After reportedly delivering an anti-DP World Tour rant at the BMW International in Germany last week, Golf Monthly reports that one tour player commented:

“They (LIV players) all think they are untouchable, and they all think the tours can’t do anything. I think they’re all about to realize they’re wrong. It is short sighted to think regulations can’t change and that there isn’t a lot of ill-feeling towards them. I think they’ve miscalculated quite dramatically.

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