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John Daly has an interesting solution for conflicting PGA and Saudi Tours



The ongoing conflict between the PGA Tour and Greg Norman’s LIV Golf series continues to provide a great deal of drama in the world of golf. The Saudi backed LIV series is seemingly gaining steam with reports surfacing yesterday of Sergio Garcia and other notable golfers reportedly applying for a release from the Tour to play in the LIV series’ first event in June.

That may not sit well with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan who has previously said any Tour members who join the LIV Golf series will be banned from the PGA Tour, although there is some uncertainty regarding whether or not that threat would hold in a potential legal battle.

PGA Tour legend John Daly has offered a solution to the problem. The 55-year-old said yesterday that he believes the PGA Tour and LIV Golf should work together.

“I just wish maybe they could combine them and make it all work out to where it benefits everybody,” Daly said. “And the name of it is golf. I mean, you want to keep golf going and keep it strong, and the foundation of the European Tour and the foundation of the Asian Tour and the Australian Tour and all the tours and our tour, players have kind of built that through a lot of great sponsorships that we’ve had. You know, I just think if they could work it out together it would be really good instead of competing against each other.”

“The concept is great,” Daly continued. “I mean, it would be great if they could just work out for both sides where it becomes, you know, a PGA Tour under their umbrella or a Saudi umbrella, where it works for the money list on our tour and just see what happens that way.”

As of now, the PGA Tour agreeing to work adjacently to Greg Norman’s brainchild seems like a long shot. Although if too many golfers start to apply for releases, the Tour may be forced to make some difficult decisions.

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    May 9, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    He is SO irrelevant (& has been most of this century), why is space wasted on him?

    • Ronnie Mundt

      May 21, 2022 at 1:08 pm

      Some emojis would’ve really driven the point home MICHAEL.

  2. Thomas A

    Apr 29, 2022 at 9:47 am

    John Daly’s interesting solution is to ‘just work it out?’ Really??? This is an article???

    • Eric

      May 2, 2022 at 5:00 pm

      Totally. I was expecting an interesting strategy. He’s just talking.

  3. Dr J

    Apr 27, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Wasn’t it GREG NORMAN who first suggested the ideal of a “world tour” 20+ years ago and, was shunned by then PGA Tour commissioner Dean Beaman? And look what happened…..the “World Golf Championships” for which Beaman was seen as a genius for originating (plagiarizing from Norman).

    Now look who is under criticism again……Norman, and for what? Being innovative and forward thinking again?

    If you ask me, Greg Norman should be the next commissioner of the PGA Tour.

    • Rich Hill

      Apr 28, 2022 at 10:09 am

      Shhhhh. We’re not supposed to remember such things, its against the narrative.

    • Dino Jones

      Apr 30, 2022 at 1:20 pm

      True. He pushed it years ago and it resulted in the WGC events. We will see how things unfold.

    • Hulieo Aeglesis

      Apr 30, 2022 at 11:28 pm

      TOTALLY AGREE! Jay BONE-BRAIN Monahan couldn’t properly manage a bowl of oatmeal at the breakfast table, let alone a professional golfing tour. Yo Jay!! Get your indocto-procto head OUT into the sunshine and stop being a tyranny loving commie…

  4. gunmetal

    Apr 27, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    That’s his solution???

    They should just work together?

    Deep stuff right there. Thanks, WRX.

  5. Donkey Kong Ding Dong

    Apr 27, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Santa does play golf! I knew it!

  6. H

    Apr 27, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    That’s exactly what the PGA Tour doesn’t want.

  7. anti

    Apr 27, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    i think once it’s get underway and some of the players that have switched start making large sums of money the others will flock. Competitiveness and money will always go hand in hand. I for one, wouldn’t be able to stand someone of lesser skill making multiples more than me with lesser play.

  8. Michael

    Apr 27, 2022 at 10:52 am

    That’s a solution? Daly’s thinking at its finest.

    If it involves Greg Norman, you should stay as far away as possible. He is like the bubonic plague and has spent virtually all of his time since playing trying to get even against his enemies, most of which are imaginary.

    The guy has a horrible reputation as a human being and leaves a trail of relationship destruction everywhere he goes.

    It is no small wonder he is in bed with murders and dictators.

    Poulter is his main draw right now. Pathetic is too kind of a word for that.

    • Hulieo Aeglesis

      Apr 30, 2022 at 11:32 pm

      TOTALLY AGREE! Jay BONE-BRAIN Monahan couldn’t properly manage a bowl of oatmeal at the breakfast table, let alone a professional golfing tour. Yo Jay!! Get your indocto-procto head OUT into the sunshine and stop being a tyranny loving commie…

  9. Bob

    Apr 26, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Sorry John. There is no live and let live with the money and power-hungry.

  10. Paulo

    Apr 26, 2022 at 8:16 am

    This is basically a hooters advert. Did they send you that photo to use or did you take it when he was interviewed ? 🙂

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Pro makes bogey at PGA Championship due to a mischievous squirrel 



As far as bad breaks go at the PGA Championship this week, Richard Bland can safely say he suffered the worst.

The Englishman may not have been threatening to make the cut at Southern Hills, but he certainly wasn’t helped by lady luck after an unruly squirrel caused him to make a bogey on Friday.

A fan-taken video of the incident was given some context from Bland on Twitter, who explained:

“You know it’s not going to be your week when you play a good recovery shot from under the trees & this little fella gets in the way. To top it off. The ball rolls back off the green and don’t get up & down.”

Check it out below.

Unfortunately for Bland, he was unable to replace the ball from the point the squirrel had stopped it as the ball had not come to rest. Per the USGA rules:

“If your ball is moved by an outside influence, such as an animal or a spectator, there is no penalty to anyone and the ball must be replaced. When your ball in motion is accidentally deflected or stopped, there is no penalty and you will normally play the ball from wherever it lies.”

Bland is heading home early after finishing the week at 10 over par.

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‘I didn’t recognize him at first’ – Mickelson’s mother says ‘relaxed’ Lefty has a surprising new look



Phil Mickelson isn’t defending his PGA Championship this week at Southern Hills, something which his old foe Tiger Woods described as “disappointing” in his pre-tournament press conference.

The 51-year-old has stepped away from the sport after receiving heavy backlash for his links to LIV Golf, whose Saudi backers he described as “scary…to deal with” while advising that they were a way of leveraging with the PGA Tour and their “obnoxious greed.”

In a phone interview this week with USA TODAY Sports, Mickelson’s mother, Mary, gave an update on her son, who is sporting a new look giving him the chance to go out and about without receiving too much attention.

“I didn’t recognize him at first. He had a little bit of a beard and mustache. I don’t ever remember him doing that before. Not too many people recognize him, so it’s been fun to be able to go out with him.”

Mary revealed that Lefty is “happy and relaxed”, spending most of his time in his Rancho Santa Fe, Calif, estate, which he leaves to watch his nephew play Little League baseball and his niece play lacrosse.

“I wish you could see him now. He’s relaxed, he laughs all the time. He’s not on the phone with people that are calling him for this and that, and please play in this tournament, and it’s hard when you have to say no, when you don’t have the time to spend.

But he has taken a lot of time with our family…Tim and Tina, his brother and sister, have mentioned that too. How happy he seems. How relaxed and comfortable. And if it means going through all of this … I’m happy for him.”

As for golf? Mary Mickelson says they don’t discuss the sport but that golf fans will see “a different person if” Phil decides to make a return.

“We don’t talk about [golf] very much. I know when he comes to visit, we’re always in the backyard putting and chipping and just playing around. I guess he’s getting out there. I really don’t know for sure.”

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Korn Ferry Tour pro leaves clubs on airport carousel in incredible chase to make tee time



It’s your job, so I guess you have to do it.

Most golf fans will be used to the tales of the struggles of the end of year Q-school and the plight of mini-tour players, even maybe the list of reserves for each tournament.

But the 18th alternate!?

Korn Ferry Tour player James Nicholas had something of an interesting journey on Wednesday, when late at night he received a call letting him know he was now the first alternate for the AdventHealth Championship starting less than 24 hours later.

When receiving the call, the Yale graduate was sitting in Westchester County, New York, some 1000 miles away from the tournament location in Kansas City, Missouri. Starting the event as a reserve was a possibility, but first he needed to get there on time.

In what was an almost impossible chase, Nicholas got the first flight he could but found his plane delayed by 90 minutes – this was becoming an  increasingly impossible journey.

“Why would I go when I know it will take a miracle for me to get in?” Nicholas shared on Instagram. “Because it’s my job, and I’ll do anything for just a chance.”

Miracles happen and from 18th alternate on May 13th to first on May 18th, at 9:52am on May 19th Nicholas was now informed he was in the tournament!

Having finally landed in the Midwest, the 25-year-old found he had no time to wait for his luggage at the baggage carousel and had to rush to the Blue Hills Country Club without clubs, shoes or glove!

Fortunately the head club pro lent Nicholas all the equipment he needed, allowing him to compete and finish the round in four-over par 76 – some way behind the leaders.

If fortune follows the brave, then he will make the cut later today.

If not, nobody can blame a trier!

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