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Golf fans can’t believe how expensive tickets are for LIV Golf opener

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Speculation and rumor continues to surround the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf International Series with star names continually banded about as eventual starters but, apart from Robert Garrigus and Phil Mickelson, all are as yet unconfirmed.

Still, that hasn’t stopped the organizers from releasing tickets for the first seven events, and ‘golf social media’ wasn’t happy.

The inaugural event takes place at the Centurion Club in June and clearly those in charge are expecting some big stars given the price of tickets.

At the time of writing, a one-day ground pass is priced at £67.88 and a 3-day ground pass at £179.69, saving just over 10 percent. There are also plenty of extras, additions and executive packages as expected, offering various luxuries such as the Club 54 3-day premium Package at £9822.90.

Given the promise, these prices are not that much of a surprise given the suggested reward levels for the players, but they compare badly to many other marquee events such as the Scottish Open and The Open itself, both which will feature far more players, and include the very best in the world.

The golf twitterati set to work once the figures were announced, with golf warbler, Sam Harrop commenting:

Ben Coley, respected golf journalist and tipster, remarked that:

Away from the British golf heirachy, one fan summed up a lot of feeling from the general golf-loving public, saying:

#LIVgolf good to see that the #saudigolf tour is targeting the working man. £85 for day passes is an unbelievable rip off considering @TheOpen tickets are a similar price for a better field Dead in the water before it’s begun !!!”

Yesterday, LIV chairman Greg Norman, indicated that the recent months have been a tough ride. Judged on the reaction to the ticket prices yesterday, that may continue for a while.

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  1. Brian

    May 19, 2022 at 11:58 am

    The PGA Championship has entered the chat.

  2. Johnny Penso

    May 8, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    It’s $100 for a regular single day ticket at the RBC Canadian Open this year. These prices don’t seem that out of line to me.

    • PaulVL

      May 9, 2022 at 1:40 am

      You’re 100% correct. I live in San Diego and the Farmers Open at Torrey is $80 for one day.

    • Jeong

      May 15, 2022 at 6:12 pm

      Some PGA Tour events charge you $50 just for a day parking, haters gotta go out to the fields before typing on their keyboards.

    • Michaele

      May 16, 2022 at 8:53 am

      Sure if you are comfortable taking money from killers and rapists and think Greg Norman is doing this for the good of the game.

    • Mike

      May 17, 2022 at 11:45 pm

      Just read about the $18 beers at the PGA championship. Who’s ripping off who?

  3. Yeasowhat

    May 6, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    8 events with a prize money pool of $255 million. Max 48 players with 12 teams of 4. The winning teams make ridiculous amounts of money as well.

    48 players who have a chance to make millions. I get that the PGA tour has prestige but I think it’s going to be tough for guys to ignore this. If you’re in it to make money, that prestige can get in the back seat and make room for the bag.

  4. Soothsayer

    May 3, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    DOA.

  5. Big Al

    May 2, 2022 at 11:39 am

    This new golf league will never get off the ground. It’s a bad chili dip waiting to happen. Up against too much tradition!

  6. MICHAEL

    May 1, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    Remind me again, is anyone being “forced” to go (& pay those higher prices)?

    • Jason

      May 2, 2022 at 10:38 am

      Remind me again, how I have to be forced to do something in order to have an opinion?

  7. geohogan

    Apr 30, 2022 at 9:33 am

    The ‘choke’ is on Norman, as usual. Like blowing a 6 stroke lead on closing day.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM5z_sCHNQw

    • Big Guy

      Apr 30, 2022 at 8:24 pm

      @geohogan – is that the best you got? The man competed at the Masters over a 19 year stretch year after year and was seemingly always there on Sunday. 9 times he finised T6 or better (including coming back to a 3rd in 1999!). Plenty of other ‘legends’ don’t have that track record but you want to judge him for 1 round.

      Weak and pathetic stab at LIV Golf and you sound like an 8th grader in the schoolyard. You may as well have started your comment with “Oh yeah, but ..”

      • Michaele

        May 16, 2022 at 8:57 am

        Norman is a certified POS in every part of his life. The evidence is everywhere.

        The point about the Masters has validity to demonstrate his ability to be successful under pressure. It’s the biggest Masters choke in history and he has been trying to get revenge since. Strange thing is, he’s only getting revenge on himself.

        LIV Golf, funded by killers and rapists, is DOA and will never supplant the PGA Tour, European Tour or the establishment of golf.

        You should significantly more like a child than he does.

  8. Freddiethered

    Apr 29, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    You see better golf at a mini tour event. This whole thing is a joke.

  9. Gunter Eisenberg

    Apr 29, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    The big ass prize money to entice the players to play in the first place has to come from somewhere.

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Multiple PGA champ says ‘Phil was not missed’ at Champions Dinner

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The PGA Championship’s past champions’ dinner on Tuesday was a bit different than usual. Phil Mickelson, the tournament’s defending champion was nowhere to be found.

At a typical PGA Championship, Mickelson would have hosted the past champions’ dinner. The duties would include picking the menu and giving gifts to those in attendance. This year, those duties fell to the PGA of America due to Phil’s absence.

According to former champion Dave Stockton, Mickelson was “not missed”.

“It was a fun evening. Phil was not missed,” said Dave Stockton, who won the 1970 and ’76 PGA Championships. “I think Phil would have been a big distraction. The story here this week is the PGA.”

Stockton is partly responsible for having the champions’ dinner at the PGA Championship include only past winners, which is something that started last year at Kiawah Island.

“At Kiawah last year we had I think six or seven people in the room besides just players, and like we did last night, we sat around and they can’t separate us out because there’s so many players, former champions, that it was unbelievable,” Stockton said. “We ended the night, and everybody stayed. I think it blew the PGA officers away.”

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Major champ calls for audio release of bombshell Mickelson interview

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On Wednesday, GolfWRX reported on an excerpt of 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem’s interview with Golf Magic and Boylesports Latest Golf Betting, in which he doesn’t hold back his view on Alan Shipnuck, author of the recently published biography of Phil Mickelson.

Put simply, Beem said, “I don’t trust Alan. It’s nothing personal, I just don’t trust what he writes,” and the theme has continued today with more details of the interview that he had with the bookmaker’s blog.

Whilst accepting the subject of the book, Phil Mickelson, has made errors and will need to ask for a deal of forgiveness to be allowed back on the PGA Tour, Beem has doubts about the context of the controversial comments that have turned the golf world upside down over the last couple of months.

Mickelson has become a (self?) exiled player since calling LIV Golf’s Saudi backers “scary…to deal with” and advising that they were a way of leveraging with the PGA Tour and their “obnoxious greed.”

Having been unhappy with the way Shipnuck handled the coverage of his rookie year in his 2003 publication, ‘Bud, Sweat & Tees’ – “I think that he tries to sensationalist everything,” – Beem wants some clearance on the circumstances of the controversial comments that appeared in the latest tome.

“What was printed by Alan Shipnuk, I want to be clear on this, I want to hear the audio,” Beem told the bookmaker site. “I want to hear exactly what Phil said and I want to hear the context of what he said because the written word is so different than the spoken word that you can take it in any context you want.”

“If you write me a letter, I can read that letter in so many different ways trying to figure out the way you wrote it. I want to hear what he said and how he said it before I really determine how I feel because I look at the source with a little disdain – I’m not a fan. ”

“Once I hear the context, I could probably make a better determination, but it’s hard for me to comment much more on Phil. He’s always been a unique character on the PGA Tour, and there’s a thousand stories out there as we all probably know.”

With nobody knowing for sure where we will see Mickelson next tee it up, Beemer has some advice for the 2021 PGA Champion should he wish to come back to the main tour.

“To go out and to try and redeem yourself, then what you need to do is become a model citizen. You need to come back, hat in hand at the PGA Tour if that’s where your allegiance is, and you need to apologise to every single player on the range.”

“You know, ‘Hey, listen, sorry for having this controversy, didn’t mean it to distract from you and this great tour that we’re part of’, because there are a lot more things to the PGA Tour that, besides the money they play for, are funnelled in.”

“You can give me a cheque for $5 million for winning a tournament, but the things that I get from the PGA Tour are so much more valuable in some respects. And there’s a laundry list of them.”

The current PGA champion is the first non-injured player of the modern era to miss the defence of his title, and with just three weeks to go before the first LIV event in London, we are still in the dark  as to where he next tees it up.

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‘This is why some people hate golf’ – Golfer suffers incredibly cruel disqualification

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A golfer has been disqualified from the USGA 4-ball this morning after having two grips on his putter that were a quarter of an inch too close together.

Popular Twitter account “Monday Q Info” shared the news of the equipment violation today with the following tweet:

“If you have two grips on the putter, they have to be a minimum of 1.5 inches apart. His were 1.25 inches apart…One of the USGA officials saw it yesterday afternoon…Went back to the hotel to confirm the rule…Measured this AM in parking lot and DQ’d him.”

Former professional golfer, Will Strickler weighed in on the disqualification.

It’s been a year that continues to throw up the unlikeliest of rules violations, but this one may just be about the harshest so far of 2022.

One golf fan on Twitter probably summed up the feelings of many frustrated people reacting to the reason for the DQ, saying: “And this is why some people hate golf.”

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