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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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‘They’re gone’ – Aussie pro says Cam Smith and fellow countryman have joined LIV

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Despite no LIV events being on this week, the breakaway tour continues to make headlines.

According to Australian golfer Cameron Percy, both Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman have now signed contracts to join LIV Golf.

In an interview with RSN radio, which is a station based in Australia, Percy claimed that both of the Australian star’s departure from the PGA TOUR is a done deal.

It’s been rumored since the Open Championship that the winner of the Claret Jug, Cameron Smith would be joining LIV for somewhere around $110-125 million.

Percy also mentioned that Adam Scott could be joining as well. It’s likely that LIV would be looking to make an Australian team built around Smith, Scott and Leishman.

“Unfortunate, yeah, they’re gone (Smith, Leishman)” Percy said.

“I had a long conversation with Adam Scott and he was very interesting talking to about it, just where it is. He said he met with these guys (LIV) in 2017 (and) they were ready (to) do all this. So, the Tour has known for a long time that this stuff’s in the works.

“The more and more you look into it, some people don’t care, some people have got a conscience and do care.

“It really comes down to, you know, they just executed 80 people this week, just chopped their heads off. They’re not the nicest people in the world.

“Do you just look past that and go, ‘Oh well, I’m rich I don’t really care’. It’s a tough one, it really is.”

With all indications appearing as if the Champion Golfer of the Year has left the PGA TOUR for LIV, there is no doubt he is the most consequential addition for Greg Norman thus far.

The 28-year-old is in the prime of his career and is ranked number two in both the Official World Golf Rankings and the FedEx Cup standings.

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PGA Tour accuses LIV rebels filing a lawsuit to play FedEx Cup of ‘fabricating an emergency’

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The ‘LIV 11’ lawsuit was always going to make public the internal rows and wrangling between players, organizers and the various tours.

Amongst the 11, three players – Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford – are seeking a TRO (temporary restraining order) in order to be able to play the FedEx Cup events, starting on Thursday.

As reported last week, the complaint from the LIV players alleges that being denied access to the FedEx Cup Playoffs not only would prevent Gooch, Swafford and Jones from playing in those events but “also cripples their chances of qualifying for both the Majors and the Tour’s premier invitationals in future seasons. The punishment that would accrue to these players from not being able to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs is substantial and irreparable, and a temporary restraining order is needed to prevent the irreparable harm that would ensue were they not to be able to participate.”

The PGA Tour yesterday issued its response to the accusation, the 30-plus page document stating that “the TRO plaintiffs waited nearly two months to seek relief from the court, “fabricating an emergency they now maintain requires immediate action.”

The PGA Tour continues:

“Despite knowing full well that they would breach Tour Regulations and be suspended for doing so, plaintiffs have joined competing golf league LIV Golf, which has paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to procure their breaches. TRO plaintiffs now run into court seeking a mandatory injunction to force their way into the Tour’s season-ending FedExCup Playoffs, an action that would harm all Tour members that follow the rules. The antitrust laws do not allow Plaintiffs to have their cake and eat it too.”

The tour uses several statements from the plaintiffs in its defence.

When asked if he knew the tour would ban him from the tour for playing without a conflicting event-release, Jones said, “you’ve got to expect” it and acknowledged the possibility of never playing on the PGA Tour again after his suspension. “I did come to this [LIV] series and this tournament with the understanding that could be the case.”

The tour also argues against Gooch’s statement at the Open Championship that he only intended to play a single LIV event before getting suspended, the tour believing that he was intending to play more than the inaugural event at the Centurion Club.

Alongside those objections, the PGA Tour object to the accusation of pressuring sponsors to cancel existing deals with LIV players, that it enlisted the more experienced players, such as Tiger Woods, to intimidate players from joining, and that it colluded with the DP World Tour in its reaction to the defections.

The document ends, “For the foregoing reasons, the PGA Tour respectfully requests that the court deny TRO.”

Elliot Peters of Keker, Van Nest & Peters, representing the PGA Tour, confirmed the stance being taken by the leading tour.

“The players’ participation in the LIV league is in violation of the PGA Tour’s Handbook and Tournament Regulations,” he stated.

“For enormous sums of cash supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, Plaintiffs willfully breached their agreements with the PGA Tour. The players’ purported harm is entirely self-induced. We will litigate this case vigorously to preserve the reputation of the PGA Tour and protect the benefits it offers to players.”

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‘Grow the game? Bullsh*t. They paid me a lot of money’ – Feherty on reasons why he joined LIV

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In the past few months, the golfers who’ve chosen to join LIV Golf have faced extreme criticism by media, fans and fellow players.

The fact that the money is being sourced by the Saudi Government has been one of the main points of contention as well as the fact the events feel like more of an exhibition than a professional golf event.

However, one of the other criticisms that have been echoed quite often is the lack of honesty of those who have joined LIV Golf. Many have claimed their reason for joining was to “grow the game” or for a new and unique experience. Even those who have been supportive of LIV would have a hard time claiming that those were the most influential factors of those who’ve left.

David Feherty, who made his LIV Golf debut at Trump Bedminster two weeks ago isn’t among those who are sugarcoating their reasons for joining the Saudi-backed golf series.

In a recent interview with Gary Koch, the eccentric TV personality admitted money was his primary motivator when asked by the host why he made the move:

“Money. People don’t talk about it. I hear, ‘Well, it’s to grow the game. Bullsh*t. They paid me a lot of money.”

Feherty also expressed that the opportunity to be himself again was another reason he was excited to join LIV.

“It was an opportunity to be myself again,” he said. “It’s become more and more difficult, especially in sports broadcasting, to have any kind of character. Charles Barkley can say pretty much anything he wants, because it’s, ‘Oh, that’s just Charles.’ And it is just Charles. But I have become more and more guarded over the last few years.”

As for critics who Feherty feels are ‘hoping to be offended by something’, Feherty did not mince his words, saying:

“There are people waiting around every corner hoping to be offended by something. F*** those people. Our lives are being shaped by small groups of mean-spirited people who have no sense of humor. We’re in danger of losing our national sense of humor because of this.”

Feherty was also asked about the source of the money and Saudi Arabia’s ties to 9/11.

“The 9 /11 Commission said that the Saudi government wasn’t involved,” the 63-year-old said.

“People that criticize are doing business with China, doing business with Russia. China, in particular, is a country where they’re murdering Uyghurs left, right, and centre, and their human rights record is horrendous.

“You can point to various countries throughout the world. I wouldn’t want to behave like that, but wherever golf is, good happens, and I’m hoping this will do the same thing. [LIV] has said it’s going to donate $100 million to area charities.”

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