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The ‘mind-blowingly enormous’ offer Tiger Woods reportedly turned down from LIV Golf

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Just days before the inaugural LIV Golf event starts at the Centurion Club in London, England, Greg Norman has revealed that Tiger Woods was offered a ‘mind-blowing’ sum of money to join the series.

In an interview with Kent Baab of the Washington Post, the CEO of the Saudi-funded league divulged the organisers pitched offers to Woods’ representatives that were “mind-blowingly enormous.”

Whilst the new poster boy of the series, Dustin Johnson, has been widely reported to be receiving over $100 million to appear, the amount suggested to Woods was, according to Norman, “high nine digits.”

It isn’t the first time that the 15-time major champion has turned down an offer from Saudi Arabia, refusing a rumored $3 million to play at the Saudi International in 2018 and 2019. It looks as if no amount of money will change his mind.

During the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, the 110-time winner gave his view on the upcoming rebel league and loyalty to the PGA Tour.

“You know, [Phil Mickelson] has his opinion on where he sees the game of golf going. I have my viewpoint on how I see the game of golf, and I’ve supported the tour and my foundation has run events on the tour for a number of years,” Woods said. “I just think that what Jack [Nicklaus] and Arnold [Palmer] have done in starting the tour and breaking away from the PGA of America and creating our tour in ’68 or ’69, somewhere in there, I just think there’s a legacy to that.”

Woods continued. “Ive been playing out here for a couple of years over decades, and I think there’s a legacy to it. I still think that the tour has so much to offer, so much opportunity.… I understand different viewpoints, but I believe in legacies; I believe in major championships; I believe in big events, comparisons to historical figures of the past. There’s plenty of money out here. The tour is growing. But it’s just like any other sport. It’s like tennis. You have to go out there and earn it. You’ve got to go out there and play for it. We have opportunity to go ahead and do it. It’s just not guaranteed up front.”

Whilst the PGA Tour continues to hint at suspension and legal action against those opting for LIV events, confirmed starters include not only Johnson but former world number one Lee Westwood, regular major contenders Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen, Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter, up-and-coming Talor Gooch and current world number 34 and six-time PGA Tour winner Kevin Na, who shocked golf fans last week when he resigned from his home tour.

All those, plus the high expectation that Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler join the LIV at some point, and yet it’s still Tiger Woods, playing or not, that moves the needle more than any other player.

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  3. Book

    Jun 6, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Unlike Phil, Eldrick hasn’t wagered his away.

  4. Bob

    Jun 6, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Take the money T-Gro

  5. Rich

    Jun 6, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    There’s still time to sell your soul to the Bonesaw Tour demons, Tiger. Don’t do it. And don’t listen to SoS Steinberg on this matter.

    • Poor

      Jun 6, 2022 at 7:14 pm

      I feel like Rich is the type of guy that uses emojis to really get his point across.

  6. Just Dave

    Jun 6, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Tiger at the Masters this year is all you need to know about who’s still The Man in Golf, despite him being still firmly entrenched in recovery mode. He will likely play several Regular years into his Championship (Senior) Tour because he’s that determined.

    • cb

      Jun 6, 2022 at 6:30 pm

      Um, youre a moron hes said plenty of times he’s NEVER playing a regular sched. and never playing the Champions tour.

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Phil Mickelson brutally heckled on opening hole of latest LIV event

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It’s been a tumultuous year for Phil Mickelson, with the 6-time major champion facing severe backlash for his admission that he used the Saudi-backed LIV Series as leverage against the PGA Tour before eventually defecting to the breakaway tour.

In between came a self-exile from the game, and since his return, things haven’t gone very smoothly, with the 52-year-old looking wildly out of sorts on the course.

On Friday, one of the most popular golfers of all time (at least until 2022) suffered the ignominy of having to back off on his opening tee shot after being heckled.

Stepping up to his opening shot of the day, a spectator shouted, “Do it for the Saudi Royal family”, which prompted Mickelson to re-do his routine. He would go on to make bogey on the hole.

The heckle is the latest clear dig at Lefty’s willingness to defect to a breakaway tour which is funded by a Saudi regime with a poor record when it comes to human rights.

Mickelson’s day hasn’t improved much at all either, with the Californian currently 3-over through 14 holes, as Lefty continues to search for any semblance of the magical game he possesses.

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‘Your tee times at Augusta are numbered’ – Wife of Masters legend lashes out at Bryson DeChambeau

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As the third LIV event gets underway, one of its biggest stars has unsurprisingly been hitting the headlines.

Speaking after the LIV Pro-Am, where he played alongside former President Donald Trump, Eric Trump and Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau discussed his current relationship, or lack thereof, with Tiger Woods.

Speaking on Thursday, Bryson explained:

“We have been fairly close and unfortunately, we have not spoken, one day we will again, and I am always open for a conversation with anybody. I have no problem with it and I hope we can come see eye to eye on it.’’

The next time the two may see each other at a tournament could be in April at the Masters, but according to the wife of Ben Crenshaw, Julie, that may not even be the case.

Responding to a tweet from TWLegion, which reported Bryson’s comments on Tiger, Julie Crenshaw made her feelings known about the 28-year-old, claiming that he should do more listening after Bryson allegedly told Ben, multiple champ at Augusta, how to putt on the tricky greens.

As well as ripping DeChambeau for the putting advice, Crenshaw’s wife suggested that Bryson’s days at the Masters are numbered.

This all comes in the wake of Greg Norman’s recent interview with the New York Post, where the Aussie stated:

“I spoke to Fred Ridley. They’ve weighed in pretty hard against (LIV). The majors should stay Switzerland, they have a responsibility for one event, not a league. But it also tells you is there a cabal there? This is the slippery slope you go down about what LIV is starting to expose.”

Interesting times ahead.

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Bryson DeChambeau explains why you should start TOPPING the ball on the range

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In an 11 minute interview from the range at the third LIV event, Bryson DeChambeau talks about the recovery of his hand injury, his long drive impetus, how he is helping set up a multi-sport complex, and how he tops the ball in practice. On purpose.

LIV reporter Troy Mullins caught up with the 2020 US Open champion for a chat about “anything and everything,” before watching him warm up with a 7-iron – “chipping.”

“What distance is chipping for you?” she asks, and finds the answer is no surprise. “7-iron….205…then I go start hitting it …220…220 yards.”

Bryson freely runs through his routine in a thoroughly engaging piece, even saying that sometimes he enjoys topping the ball, just “clipping it….for radius control,” before saying he is “kidding, by the way.”

Or is he?

The next minute-or-so sees the 28-year-old go through a ‘topping’ routine – he taps the top of the ball to “kind of give my brain an awareness of where that is,” before inviting Troy to hit the perfect top, which she pulls off first try.

She asks, “What does that do for the average player?” and Bryson answers it gives an “awareness of where the bottom of the club is.”

The BDC philosophy is that golfers chunking the ball do not have an awareness of where the bottom of the arc is, and shows us a “low, running top” and a short one. Hey, this is Bryson. He does it his way.

“I know it’s a crazy drill. People think I’m nuts for it, but I’ve done it since I was a kid.” says the seven-time PGA Tour winner. “We [Bryson’s old coach Mike Schy] did it all the time. We did it at the US Junior.”

Troy then asks how Bryson is “doing with your hand?” before he removes his glove to show the scar.

“It’s definitely better. It’s not 100 percent, but it’s getting there.”

Given he finished eighth in the final major of the year – the 150th Open Championship – he sure looks to be coming back to top form.

With the first half of 2022 being basically a washout, he returned to form at St. Andrews when ranking top-10 in strokes-gained off-the-tee, approaches and tee-to-green, his best figures on the main tours for nearly a year.

Bryson says his hand is at around “80 percent strength compared to his right hand, but a couple of weeks ago it was 60 percent.” It’s slow, but it’s getting there.

When Bryson originally signed for LIV, he mentioned it was a “business decision” and, in the interview, he confirms his intention to open a multi-sport complex.

“It started with a vision of the long drive, in the beginning, and from that I said, ‘Why not do it for every sport?’ Create a high-performance centre for every sport, but also allow the public to come and utilize the facilities.”

The plan is to have a membership type of programme but also allow the public access to a facility that will have long-drive grids, driving ranges, baseball fields, soccer fields..basketball courts, and to start to grow and develop the area of Dallas in that regard.”

Implementing the idea is not far off.

“We are acquiring the land here, hopefully by the end of this year, and then will be going forward after that.”

Bryson agrees with Troy, herself a long-drive competitor, that training as a youngster should involve more than, “golf, golf, golf, golf, golf,” clearly wishing to see his vision allow multi-sports to be a key in the building of all-round strength and power, rather than just golf-specific training.

Bryson has his detractors, and not everyone will agree with him, but this is an interview that shows a very human side to a player formally seen as very robotic.

Yes, we have the ubiquitous few minutes of Bryson getting to 205/206mph ball speed, but the interview doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it’s certainly far more engaging that many of the pressers wrapped in controversy from the last two months!

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