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Report: Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed agree multi-year deals with LIV Golf

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American duo Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed have both joined the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series, according to the Telegraph.

Per the Telegraph’s report, DeChambeau and Reed have both agreed multi-year deals with the controversial LIV Golf Series with the signings to be announced imminently.

Earlier this week, Phil Mickelson confirmed that he had joined the breakaway tour, while it’s reported that Rickie Fowler’s signing is close.

Back in late February, Bryson said:

“While there has been a lot of speculation surrounding my support for another tour, I want to make it very clear that as long as the best players in the world are playing the PGA Tour, so will I. As of now, I am focused on getting myself healthy and competing again soon.”

While just last week, DeChambeau told media that he would be staying with the PGA Tour, saying

“I think that’s mostly – a lot of it is private. There’s not really any conversations that need to be made about that, other than the fact that, like, every person out here has their own opinion on it (LIV). Me, there’s obviously a lot of conversation. For me, I personally don’t think that at this point in time I’m in a place in my career where I can risk things like that.”

Yet just a week later, Bryson has reportedly made a stunning u-turn in news that is sure to reverberate through the world of golf.

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  1. Let’s Go Brandon

    Jun 13, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    Yet no comments being made about the European ladies tour playing for a $1,000,000 purse in Saudi Arabia every year. Big wigs jumping ship from the PGA Tour and all hell breaks loose. And their will be more big names to come. Just wait and see. $ TALKS!

  2. Bob G

    Jun 12, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    007 Brandon is meeting with the Saudis about gas prices. That gas crisis sort of follows this golf tour situation. Brandon’s gonna screw it up even more. He’s a loser just like those jumping to the LIV tour. We should make our own everything in the US. World domination again!

  3. MhtLion

    Jun 12, 2022 at 8:56 am

    I watched the first event. It was good, and I. will continue to watch. For PGA,I have a lot of mixed feelings about how it handled the situation. Mostly negative. PGA is acting like grumpy old gang. Now I think of it, PGA always been grumpy old gang. A very few privileged individuals doing everything and anything they see fit. It never represented players, and it’s far from being an association.

  4. Loving golfer

    Jun 12, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Looks like the PGA will have to ban a lot of their sponsors also.
    Below you see some companies doing business with Saudi

    3M First Union Bank Pfizer International
    ABB FLIR Systems, Inc. Philip Morris
    The AES Corporation Fluor Daniel Phillips Petroleum Company
    Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. Ford Motor Company PriceWaterhouse Coopers, L.L.P.
    American International Group General Dynamics
    Corporation Proctor & Gamble
    Amoco General Electric Rand Financial Services
    Arthur Andersen Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc.
    AT&T Guardian Industries Rock Creek Corporation
    Bank of America Halliburton Company The SABRE Group
    The Bank of New York Harris Corporation SAIC
    Bechtel Holiday Inn SBC Communications, Inc.
    Bell Atlantic IBM Samsonite
    Black & Veatch LLP Ingersoll-Rand Company Shell Chemical Company
    The Boeing Company J.F. Jelenko & Co. Sikorsky Aircraft
    Caltex Petroleum
    Corporation J.P. Morgan Teledyne Brown Engineering
    The Carlyle Group Jones Lang LaSalle Templeton International, Inc.
    The Chase Manhattan Bank LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene &MacRae, L.L.P. Texaco Inc.
    Chevron Chemical
    Company Litton Industries Tracor Aerospace Inc.
    Chicago Bridge & Iron Lockheed-Martin Trust Company of the West
    CIGNA Corporation Lucent Technologies Inc. TRW, Inc.
    Citicorp Marathon Oil Company Unocal International Ventures Ltd
    The Coca-Cola Company Marsh & McLennan Union Carbide Corporation
    COLSA International Merck & Co., Inc. VeriFone Inc.
    Conoco Inc. Mobil Corp. Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard,
    McPherson and Hand
    Deloitte & Touche Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Wamar International
    Delphi Energy & Engine Management Systems Motorola Westinghouse
    Duke Engineering &
    Services M.W. Kellogg Company Whittaker
    Eastcom, L.L.C. Navistar International
    Corporation WorldSpace Corporation
    Eastman Chemical E.M.E.A Occidental Petroleum
    Corporation
    Eli Lilly and Company PACCAR International
    Enron Corp. Parsons Corporation
    Exxon Corporation Pepsi Cola International

    • They Live

      Jul 12, 2022 at 11:49 am

      Looks like a who’s who of the Tribe. Guess we know (((who))) actually controls the PGA Tour. Also using their media to badmouth everything Liv.

  5. David

    Jun 10, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    I just watched the last 2 rounds on YouTube and it’s actually pretty cool. Nothing against the PGA but I grabbed tickets for next weeks event in Portland. Excited to see this new event and watch some great golf. With the payouts what they are more and more players will be making the switch and if this keeps up LIV will be the tournament with the majority of the best players. Time will tell but the prize money will attract the best.

    • Brett

      Jun 14, 2022 at 8:09 am

      Nice plug for the Bonesaw Tour. That was charming. Here’s 3.50.

  6. Jesse

    Jun 10, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    PGA tour, the retirement home. Boring broadcast and mossy. Just worth watching some sat sun outside majors.

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  8. Radim

    Jun 9, 2022 at 4:00 am

    I rarely watch anything outside majors. But it sucks if they dont allow Bryson od DJ to play at Augusta.

    • Green jacket

      Jun 10, 2022 at 7:31 pm

      It suck not to be able to buy your way into Augusta tournament with all the Saudi money

      • For clueless green jacket fans

        Jun 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm

        It would suck to make up a dumb nickname so you can simp for the pga tour on an unofficial pga tour promo site. Do you have any thoughts of your own?

  9. Brandon

    Jun 8, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Of course they are all about the money. Golf is their job. The entire point of having a job is to make as much money as possible while you can. Everyone needs to get off their high horse and stop acting like they wouldn’t do the exact same thing given the opportunity.

    • Jon

      Jun 9, 2022 at 3:18 pm

      Bravo! Let’s take a look back in history to refresh everyone’s memory about the professional game and money:
      https://vault.si.com/vault/1968/09/02/the-revolt-of-the-touring-pros

      • Roy

        Jun 15, 2022 at 2:49 pm

        Yeah – Ironic when the Tour talks of loyalty and you see how loyal they were when it came to $$$ historically

    • Donkey

      Jun 10, 2022 at 7:35 pm

      Sir, your high horse is a donkey and so are you. Tiger had turned down close to a billion and so have other big names. Your justification is as shameless as all those greedy donkey

  10. kurt

    Jun 8, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    This is great for golf almost every one of these guys are colossal douchebags. Reed, DEchabeau, Na, Johnson, even Phil. We wont miss them at all

    • geohogan

      Jun 8, 2022 at 9:02 pm

      @kurt, couldnt agree more. When LIV goes tits up, we will see those douchebags outside looking in.

      • Dj

        Jun 10, 2022 at 7:38 pm

        YeH, when the president and the Ryder cup are played, Those liv douchebags will be outside the rope watching

  11. Bob

    Jun 8, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    The US government is dealing freely with Saudi Arabia. Do you expect American golfers to fight the moral battle?

    • MhtLion

      Jun 12, 2022 at 9:00 am

      Every presidents of United States were close friends with Saudi throne. Just what are you talking about? Do you apply more strict moral standards to professional players than the politicians?

      • Jerry's Rice

        Jun 22, 2022 at 11:29 pm

        You’re a dumb horses a$$. You can’t compare politic and nations with sports. Sports is a personal choice that affects you and your fans. Countries have to exist on a world stage. Example: you’re daughter probably strips for a living. That’s fine … but I don’t want mine to.

  12. Bob

    Jun 8, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    If it was on TV I’d watch it. I’m not watching some social media channel to see it.

    • Big Woman Ruthie

      Jun 12, 2022 at 2:15 pm

      We know you did Bob. Its not that big a deal.

  13. Allison S

    Jun 8, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    I am glad to see it, they get paid more and play less

  14. Thunder Bear

    Jun 8, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    Does everyone here work for the PGA Tour? I don’t get why people are so PGA Tour or die. And don’t virtue signal me as you type on your computer with Chinese parts, wear your clothes made in sweatshops, and drive your car with Saudi oil. You are no better than these golfers.

    • Thomas

      Jun 8, 2022 at 3:26 pm

      What the PGA did to Phil plus the BS with the sleazy reporter(s) is unforgiveable. I will never buy any PGA Tour clothes or stuff or shop in their SuperStores. I do not like Greg Norman either but Phil has been a fan favorite for 30 years. My only gripe with Phil is he needs to join gamblers anonymous. Losing money gambling is for losers and scum. Seems like LIV has signed a lot of guys. Losing DJ is a bog loss for the PGA.

    • Jimbo

      Jun 8, 2022 at 3:59 pm

      Agree w/ T-Bear!
      If it is the better league it will survive, if it isn’t it won’t. SOunds like business to me. Lets see how it plays out, I hope more leave and it gets bigger and bigger.

    • Psarro

      Jun 8, 2022 at 7:52 pm

      Don’t have much of a choice with all you are saying, but these guys do have a choice. They are making quite a nice living from p.g.a. Tour they don’t need this

    • PJ

      Jun 8, 2022 at 10:44 pm

      Amen brother you hit the nail on the head. I heard Michael Breed this morning on XM and he was so mad it sounded like he was going to cry. If it doesn’t affect you and your family then who cares? I’m all for these guys making as much money as they want. You are right about China. Rory took $250M from Nike and their sweat shop money. Not one word was said.

  15. golfmajor

    Jun 8, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    I won’t miss any of them as I will continue to watch and support golf no matter what tour, university or high school they compete for…golf is a great game and should be free of politics.

  16. Imafitter

    Jun 8, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    It’s all about the $$$$$$. Glad to see Reed gone.

  17. Mike

    Jun 8, 2022 at 11:49 am

    LIV, short for Loser’s Invitational.
    As a golf fan I have no interest in watching.a group of guys play three rounds of golf with nothing at stake. They should fire their caddies and use an electric golf cart fill it up full of beer and have a blast. Oh wait, then that would be just like the rest of us. Hey Greg, I’ll give you a deal and play your eight tournaments for an even 2 million.

  18. John

    Jun 8, 2022 at 11:29 am

    At least something good is coming of it. Reed and De Chambeau no great loss as far as I’m concerned. Same with Na.

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‘I don’t think that makes any sense’ – Patrick Cantlay calls out golf course architects

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In the past seven years, the BMW Championship has been played at seven different golf courses.

This year’s BMW Championship will be hosted by Wilmington Country Club in Delaware, which is a course that’s never been utilized in a professional event prior to this week.

Despite the novelty of the course, defending champion Patrick Cantlay sees plenty of similarities between Wilmington Country and the host of last year’s event, Caves Valley.

“I don’t think there’s too much strategy to this golf course. I think it’s pretty right in front of you and similar to last year,” Cantlay said ahead of his title defense. “The venues between last year and this year are actually really similar, I think, in style of golf.”

The course is relatively long, measuring in at 7,534 yards as a Par 71. Cantlay was critical of the way golf architects have used adding length as the way to attempt to make courses more difficult.

“I think it’s really long. I think it’s also strange to me that we play so many golf courses that all they do is add length to the golf courses. It’s so surprising to me that the golf courses that none of the guys who hit it far, they don’t go to Hilton Head, they don’t go to Colonial, they don’t go to the short, small, dogleggy tree-lined golf courses,” Cantlay explained.

“The way we combat the distance, the way these architects seem to think they want to combat distance is by taking all the trees out and playing it 7,600 yards and put the tees way back and all the par-5s are at 600 yards. I don’t think that makes any sense.

“I’m surprised every time I come to a golf course where they say it’s recently been redone and then there’s no real shaping of golf shots. It’s just how far can you hit it and grab your driver on every hole and hit it as high and hit it as far as you possibly can. If you can hit it 315 yards, you’ve taken out all the bunkers, and you’re maybe in the rough, but it’s way better in the rough with a 9- or 8-iron than it is maybe in the fairway with a 5-iron if you were to lay up to the fat part of the fairway before the bunkers.”

“I’m so surprised that they haven’t figured it out, and it just seems like we’re getting more and more of the same bomb-it-as-far-as-you-can golf courses week after week.”

Last year’s BMW Championship played extremely easy, with Cantlay winning at -27 in a playoff with Bryson DeChambeau. Considering his opinion that Wilmington will play similarly to Caves Valley, we are likely in store for another shootout this week.

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2022 BMW Championship Betting Tips: Back Rory for glory in Delaware

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The PGA TOUR has reached the penultimate event of the 2022 season as we head to Wilmington, Delaware to play the BMW Championship.

The top 70 players left standing in the race for the FedEx Cup will tee it up this week looking to punch their ticket to East Lake.

This is the first time the BMW Championship will be played at Wilmington Country Club and the event has had a different host in each of the past six years.

Wilmington Country Club is a par 71 measuring 7,534 yards and features Bentgrass greens. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and renovated by Keith Foster in 2008.

The BMW Championship will be a no-cut event with the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings moving on to next week.

BMW Championship Outright Bets

Rory McIlroy (+1000)

I am all in on Rory McIlroy this week. It’s rare for me to ignore most of the board and put all of my chips on the favorite, but I believe the BMW Championship is one of the few events on TOUR where it’s the most logical strategy.

The FedEx Cup playoffs typically yield elite winners, and I don’t anticipate that this week will be any different. Specifically, the last three winners of the BMW Championship have been Patrick Cantlay who defeated Bryson DeChambeau in a playoff, Jon Rahm who defeated Dustin Johnson in a playoff, and Justin Thomas. All five of the players who’ve either won or had a chance to win in the last three editions of the event have been big name stars. There are plenty of weeks during the course of the season to chase value, but this isn’t one of those weeks.

Rory McIlroy missed the cut at last week’s FedEx Cup St. Jude Championship. For many players on TOUR, that could be a concern. Not for Rory. Three of McIroy’s past eight victories on TOUR have come after a missed cut in his previous start. He won the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitation after missing the cut at the Valspar Championship, the 2019 Canadian Open after missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament, and the 2021 Wells Fargo after missing the cut at The Masters. In addition to his wins after missed cuts, the 21-time TOUR winner has three top-six finishes after a missed cut as well. It may not seem like that many, but for a player who’s only missed ten cuts since the start of the 2018 season it’s significant sample size.

While this is a new course on TOUR, the first glance course fit for McIlroy at Wilmington Country Club seems ideal. Rory has been excellent on Robert Trent Jones designs and typically plays well on tree-lined classical layouts. He’s also been one of the best putters on Bentgrass this season and ranks 3rd in the field in his past 24 rounds putting on the surface.

In addition to the incredible putting of late, McIlroy also ranks 5th in the field in his past 24 rounds in Strokes Gained: Approach. He’s gained strokes on the field in nine consecutive events and that should prove to be a major advantage this week with the greens at Wilmington Country Club being absolutely massive.

With six of the past seven BMW Championships having a winning score of -20 or better, I believe this week will be another low scoring affair. The 33-year-old ranks first in the field in Birdie or Better and should be able to keep up with the scoring pace if the event turns into a shootout.

It’s been a month since Rory’s heartbreak at St. Andrews, and I believe this is the week he bounces back and adds to his all-time lead in FedEx Cup career earnings.

 

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Controversial ESPN host says he’s ‘disgusted’ by Tiger Woods in unpopular rant

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On Tuesday, a closed meeting amongst several of the golf hierarchy, all assembled for a PGA Tour player meeting including none other than Tiger Woods.

ESPN’s divisive host Stephen A. Smith isn’t happy about it, though.

On Tuesday’s edition of First Take, the outspoken presenter made it clear that, in his opinion, it is disgusting that Tiger Woods is putting his considerable might behind the PGA Tour in the ‘battle’ against LIV.

Smith ranted:

“I’m disgusted by it. Let me explain why. The United States government, their number two trade partner, from what I’ve read, is Saudi Arabia. a host of U.S. corporations, and I apologize, I just googled it, I just looked it up just now. If I’m wrong about anybody, please forgive me, General Electric, AT&T, Bank of America, Halliburton Company, Pfizer International. A whole bunch of people. If I’m wrong, I apologize, it was online. Talk about these major corporations doing business. I don’t know. I just said it was online, so I don’t know. But I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say U.S. corporations doing big business with Saudi Arabia and suddenly individuals are looking to get paid and everybody is in an uproar?”

Hinting at anti-competition regulations, the presenter continued:

“I thought this was America. I thought we were a capitalistic society. I thought competition breeds our greatness. That’s what I thought. Tiger Woods is sitting there acting like the PGA should be the only game in town. When do we say that? Now granted, if you’re the only game in town, you’re the only game in town. We see it in USFL and we see Arena Football but we know it’s the NFL and then everybody else. You can have the G League and college basketball, but we know it’s the NBA and everybody else.

“You got Major League Baseball, we understand that you can have those things, but the chances of you usurping them and eclipsing them are slim to none. They are established brands in the United States of America that garner the support of millions and as a result that’s what we gonna flow with. I’m good with that. That’s America. You establish your level of dominance to the point that it don’t matter what some competition is going to do, cool. This is different.”

Smith then puts the 15-time major winner in the spotlight:

“You got Tiger Woods supporting, feeling like players betrayed the PGA. What do you owe the PGA? Show the PGA, you work, you produce, you go out there and you earn your money,” he said. “They don’t pay everybody. Winners get paid. Losers don’t necessarily get paid. I don’t know all the particulars … and I’m not pretending to. I’m addressing principle, meaning American principle.”

“Now I’m a Black man first forever and always and very, very proud of it,” continued Smith. “But I am a proud American citizen and I do believe in the American system when it talks about capitalism, when it talks about meritocracy and handling your business and handling your own and may the best man and woman win. So if you better than LIV, be better!”

Referring to the feelings presented by the families of the victims of the 9/11 tragedy, Smith said:

“…the intensity you exercise toward golfers who want to compete under the LIV umbrella, we do the same thing to the government and the corporations. If you ain’t doing it for them, don’t do it to the individual players.”

Reaction to the speech, transcribed on mediaite.com has been, naturally, very mixed.

Support for the controversial presenter was limited with many taking an opposite stance.

Indeed, the general feeling was summed up by one respondent on the mediaite.com site:

“There is no explanation that will rationalize away the Saudi’s human rights violations. I don’t measure good and bad based on what American corporations do. They would sell their mother to the taliban if it meant bigger profits. I am happy that Tiger Woods is calling out the LIV golfers and trying to get more backing for the PGA. The LIV golfers have dug their grave and they can lie in it now. The Saudi’s believe in women as 2nd class citizens, and LGBTQ are even lower. They believe in corporal punishment which is vile. I DO have a problem with the idiot Smith fella criticizing anyone for finding fault with Saudi Arabia. I am sick of money talking, corporations deciding what is ethical and NOT prosecuting law breakers because they are politicians or rich.”

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