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Phil Mickelson officially joins Saudi-backed LIV Golf; Rickie Fowler imminent

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After plenty of speculation, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler are set to join the LIV Golf Series.

According to Rich Lerner of Golf Channel, Fowler’s move is imminent, with the journalist breaking the news via Twitter on Monday. While, LIV Golf and Mickelson confirmed today that the 51-year-old will tee it up in London this week, with Phil still planning on competing in the four majors.

“Phil Mickelson is unequivocally one of the greatest golfers of this generation. His contributions to the sport and connection to fans around the globe cannot be overstated and we are grateful to have him,” LIV Golf Commissioner and CEO Greg Norman said. “He strengthens an exciting field for London where we’re proud to launch a new era for golf.

The PGA Tour suffered a blow last week when it was reported that Dustin Johnson accepted $125 million to join the controversial breakaway league.

Fowler hasn’t been playing well for a few years and Mickelson hasn’t played since January. Lefty will begin play Thursday in the $25 million, 54-hole event that will be played at the Centurion Golf Club,

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  1. Pingback: Rickie Fowler gives surprising update amid heavy links to LIV Golf – GolfWRX

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  3. JP

    Jun 7, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Can’t wait for this shit to fail and these blowhards crying about winning millions over their career coming crawling back. They don’t make as much as other sports leagues because their TV deals are so much less. This is such a joke.

  4. Pingback: Rickie Fowler’s U.S. Open qualifying bid agonizingly crushed on final hole…but all may not be lost – GolfWRX

  5. Spencer

    Jun 7, 2022 at 10:17 am

    As I understand it, the PGA requires that a player must play in 15 tournaments per season. If a member fulfilled that requirement, he should be able to play anywhere else he wishes. Any rules or otherwise requirements by the PGA restrict a player’s freedom of free choice.

    • CMY

      Jun 7, 2022 at 10:29 pm

      Uh? That’s like 1 tournament a month. With at least 3 more.

  6. geohogan

    Jun 7, 2022 at 9:48 am

    Phil can now afford a PR firm. its all about image, eh Phil.

    As if these guys didnt already have enough money to be “set for life”

    Like girls who marry for money, they are “golf whores”.

  7. CMY

    Jun 6, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Ricky knows he’s got little left in the tank lately.

  8. birdiedancer

    Jun 6, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    from his statement it sounds like phil is maybe doing gamblers anonymous therapy. and who knows maybe a substance problem as well, might explain so many bad bets. likely he was recommended a change of people and places… keep him away from his bookies at every pga tour stop. great golfer, interesting guy, we all have an achilles heel his was shown in public. I hope he gets healthy and lives a long life……ps it is totally amazing the Saudi’s have that much money to throw at golfers.. imagine the good they could do with the billions but no, they rather make an “indecent proposal” of $$$ to golfers to entertain them.

  9. Milton Gombo

    Jun 6, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    That is a LOT of money for appearances. Plus winnings too.
    Callaway will probably dump him though.
    So there’s that.

  10. PJ

    Jun 6, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    None of the hypocrites say a word about China but are quick to slam anyone playing in the LIV. If someone offered you $125M would you turn it down? I didn’t think so.

  11. Jack Woodburn

    Jun 6, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    $125 MILLION just to join this “tour.” Think about that! Even after taxes, he’s set for life unless there is an injury clause. And we don’t know how long the contract commitment is for. Also no mention of the impact on the contract if LIV fails after 3-5 years. Even so, this LIV deal for most of these guys is far more security than than the PGA tour can provide anyone except maybe Tiger Woods.

    • Milton Gombo

      Jun 6, 2022 at 7:54 pm

      That is a LOT of money for appearances. Plus winnings too.
      Callaway will probably dump him though.
      So there’s that.

    • PJ

      Jun 6, 2022 at 7:55 pm

      Amen. A lot of people are going to jump ship. It’s a matter of time. The PGA won’t ban them either….well not after the expensive lawsuit that is coming. I’m glad DJ and the others are playing in the LIV.

    • Cy

      Jun 7, 2022 at 5:03 pm

      He averages 10 mill/year in gambling losses so after taxes he’ll be set up for about 8 years or so lol

  12. Jeremy

    Jun 6, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    I’d take it. Gas prices are too high.

    • Mower

      Jun 6, 2022 at 6:57 pm

      ^This… this right here.

    • harry paratestes

      Jun 6, 2022 at 9:25 pm

      how do you think saudis get their money. US oil can charge premium on reserve oil now along with Saudis raising price with russia out the game.
      Russia war was best thing for us oil and middle east oil.

  13. Bob

    Jun 6, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    Well, bye.

    Enjoy the Bonesaw Tour and counterfeit paper.

    • Bobs twitter

      Jun 6, 2022 at 7:11 pm

      BREAKING NEWS—–Bob will be watching. He ordered an LIV tee shirt this morning and already has a hat that he wears when he shoots 104 on the local track.

  14. Thomas

    Jun 6, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    American, British and European defense contractors have been taking billions from the Saudis for 60 years. I do not really like Greg Norman that much but the attacks on Phil by the powers that be have been despicable. Phil has probably signed more autographs for kids than any other player. My only issue with Phil is his gambling BS.

  15. Joey5Picks

    Jun 6, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    For these guys it all comes down to “show me the money!” not caring where it comes from. Maybe the Putin Golf League is next for them, backed by Putin and the oligarchs. It all spends the same, right?

    • LIV LAF LUV, F ALL DEMS

      Jun 6, 2022 at 4:24 pm

      heads up pal, you’ve outed yourself as a mentally incapable toddler… just from the words you use and assumptions your semi-developed brain has made

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Euro pro shares priceless Tiger Woods story involving a Portaloo at Oakmont

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When you’ve just won the US Amateur, playing alongside defending champion Geoff Ogilvy and Tiger Woods at Oakmont will have been an exciting but daunting prospect.

Nerves would have been jangling as Richie Ramsay teed it up alongside the 2006 WGC Match Play champion and the then 10-time major winner, so imagine unintentionally winding up Tiger, at the time the undisputed King of golf.

Interviewed by DP World Tour’s Life On Tour podcast, the four-time European Tour winner recalled the time he accidentally shook up the number one legend of the modern game, in 2007.

The Scot explains:

“I was playing with Ogilvy and Tiger at Oakmont. Playing with Tiger, I’d never even seen the guy in real life before,” he said.

“It was pretty daunting. There’s a walk through to the 11th tee and it’s a 200-yard walk through trees.”

“I’m lagging behind. I’ve made double bogey,” he continued. “My caddie has gone ahead of me and I’m swinging the putter, and I thought ‘this is not a good idea because I’ve got the putter in my hand and I feel like I just want to throw it away’.”

The tale goes on. “There’s a Portaloo halfway down the walkway and there’s nobody there, and I just rattled this Portaloo with the putter and keep walking.”

“As I walk up to the tee, I look up. I can see Squirrel, who’s Geoff Ogilvy’s caddie, Geoff Ogilvy, Steve Williams, my caddie and no Tiger Woods.”

“I’m like ‘oh f***’. So he comes up and just looks up and I’m at the back trying to hide behind my caddie, because I’ve absolutely rattled this Portaloo and he’s been inside.”

“He must have got the shock of his life.”

Tiger eventually finished level with Jim Furyk in second place at 6-over, one shot behind eventual winner Angel Cabrera.

Clearly that year, Oakmont was brutal in more than one way!

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Serena Williams reveals the advice from Tiger that inspired her to play the US Open before retiring

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Serena Williams and Tiger Woods have been the dominant force in their respective sports since breaking onto the scene in the mid to late ’90s.

Williams, now 40, has amassed 23 tennis grand slam titles (the most of any male or female player in the Open era), while Woods, 46,  with his 82 PGA Tour titles and 15 slams, has always been head and shoulders above the rest.

While Woods has vowed to continue his competitive golfing career, despite injuries now severely hampering him, Serena this week announced that she would be “evolving away from tennis”, with the US Open at Flushing Meadows to be her last tournament.

In her retirement announcement in an essay for Vogue, Williams revealed that she may not have played the US Open, that begins at the end of the month, if it were not for Tiger, who she leaned on for advice ahead of her retirement.

“This spring, I had the itch to get back on the court for the first time in seven months.” began Williams, “I was talking to Tiger Woods, who’s a friend, and I told him I needed his advice on my tennis career. I said, ‘I don’t know what to do: I think I’m over it, but maybe I’m not over it.’ He’s Tiger, and he was adamant that I be a beast the same way he is! 

He said, ‘Serena, what if you just gave it two weeks? You don’t have to commit to anything. You just go out on the court every day for two weeks and give it your all and see what happens.’ I said, ‘All right, I think I can do that.’ And I didn’t do it. But a month later, I gave it a try. It felt magical to pick up a racket again. And I was good. I was really good. I went back and forth about whether to play Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open after that. As I’ve said, this whole evolution thing has not been easy for me.”

Serena didn’t play for a year due to a hamstring injury before returning to the grass this summer.

Considering this Tweet from her back in 2019 when Tiger won the Masters, it’s no surprise that the 15-time major champ’s words have inspired her to empty the tank before calling it a day.

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‘To play an event like this is a dream for me’ – Patrick Reed on this week’s Asian Tour event

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One of the main reasons given by players moving from the PGA Tour to the LIV series was to allow more time between events, to be at home more often, and to have the freedom to choose which events to play throughout the season.

In the last week or so, we have seen 11 LIV golfers serve a lawsuit on the PGA Tour and subsequently receive an in-depth reply and denial of charges. Three of the 11 – Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford – have since seen their application for a Temporary Restraining Order denied by the courts, therefore being unable to play in the first (or following) FedEx play-off events, starting on Thursday.

2018 Masters champion, Patrick Reed, has had his many controversies over the years and after agreeing to sign for the LIV series, spoke of how it allowed him more free time.

“On top of it, just the quality of life for us as players now, having less events, being able to spend more time at home with the family,” was an admirable take by Reed.

“If you have kids, being able to spend time with your children, and not sitting there and having to play three, four weeks in a row, then have a week off, and during that week off you’re preparing, trying to get ready for the next week.”

Great, hard to argue with that notion.

Yet, here he is, just a couple of months later, playing the LIV-backed International Series Singapore before taking in a similar event in Korea, just a few days later, surely not giving much time to jet home and spend more time with Justine and the kids.

Having dropped to #46 in the world rankings, and with no OWGR points currently awarded to LIV events, Reed is in danger of slipping out of the top-50 and losing the considerable privileges that come with it – that is if the leading organizations do eventually allow all LIV players to compete.

With the backing of LIV Golf, but not an exclusive event, the Asian Tour events do carry OWGR points. However, as the official world ranking site shows, winning here will not make a tremendous deal of difference to the standings, the eventual champion receiving around 7.5 points compared with 69 points for the winner at St. Jude and nearly 15 at the DP World Tour event in Northern Ireland.

Reed doesn’t see that as an issue, saying that, “World ranking points always help, but at the end of the day, for me, coming over here, I’d heard great things about this place.

“And coming in, I knew I wanted to play a little bit after the last event we played in Bedminster, and it fit the schedule.

“For me, it’s more about travelling and playing golf and trying to grow the game around the world–and not just staying at home and playing at home. I have always loved traveling and playing, so to play an event like this is a dream for me.”

Once out in the mainstream, there was, of course, plenty of social media reaction.

Responding to a tweet by @BunkeredOnline, one user commented, “Wow….that seems strange, given his reasons for joining LIV. “He asserted that being on the road and away from his kids, the possibility that he wasn’t being a good dad, was beginning to affect his play.” Hopefully, sometime in Asia will help with those issues!”

Opinions come and go. What the majority are calling for is the honest answer to why the players are making the choices they are.

With the legal moves in process and still to come, this could get even nastier than it has already.

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