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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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The hilarious reason why Kevin Kisner asked to sit the afternoon at the 2017 Presidents Cup

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Golf is changing, as always.

While the best of the team events – the Ryder and Presidents Cup – give rookies the chance to shine, both events often rely on the experienced players to steady the ship through the early stages.

This week’s Presidents Cup is the 12th run-out of the U.S v International match-up, and the first since 2019.

The 2021 event was, of course, cancelled because of Covid and the teams look very different to how they may have looked a year ago, mainly because of the ineligibility of any players that have chosen the LIV path for their recent careers.

Played at Quail Hollow this season, the teams are a mix of the plainly obvious and those with zero experience, with 14 of the 24 players making their debuts in the event, including world number one Scottie Scheffler and Max Homa, winner of the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s often best to turn to the older members for the stories, and 38-year-old Kevin Kisner has never been short of a tale or two.

With an enviable record at the World Matchplay – one win and two finals appearances in six starts – Kiz appears the type to thrive at all aspects of the team challenge. However, back on his 2017 Presidents Cup debut, he wanted to be left off the roster for day three.

His event started brightly for the rookie, when playing alongside Phil Mickelson, a Thursday half in the foursomes followed by a win in the following day’s fourballs.

Day three again started well for the pairing, beating Jhonattan Vegas and Emiliano Grillo 2&1 and taking their record to 2-1-0, before that strange request.

Golf writer Brentley Romine posted a tweet on Thursday revealing that Kisner approached the then U.S captain Steve Stricker and asked for Saturday afternoon off, because:

“Because Georgia played Tennessee. Strick is like. ‘Seriously?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, man, that’s my squad.'”

This is not the first time that golf took a back-seat to a Bulldog game.

In the same year, while competing at the Tour Championship, Kisner took to social media to arrange a flight to a Georgia-Mississippi game, eventually finishing tied third at the lucrative season finale.

The mid-event break clearly does him good as he also profited at Liberty National, halving his Sunday singles game with Anirban Lahiri and keeping intact an undefeated record as his team thrashed the Internationals 19-11.

Kisner didn’t take part in the opening day of this year’s Presidents Cup and there is no knowing whether he will play when Davis Love requires him to. Better check the football schedule first.

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‘It’s a slap in the face’ – Patrick Reed hits out at DP World Tour over treatment at latest events

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This week, Patrick Reed is playing in the Cazoo Open De France at Le Golf National. The course is where the 2018 Ryder Cup was held. The European Team won the trophy, and Reed was only able to muster one point in three matches.

This week however, Patrick Reed was the betting favorite entering play. Despite being somewhat of a regular on the DP World Tour, Reed feels as though the treatment he’s received this week has been “a slap in the face”.

Reed is by far the biggest name in the field, but wasn’t asked to play in the pro-am or conduct a pre-tournament press conference. Of course, this treatment is a result of the 33 year old’s decision to join LIV Golf.

According to The Telegraph, Reed told Journal du Golf: “It’s a slap in the face not to invite me to do a press conference here, or as happened in Wentworth, not to have me play the pro-am and all those things. At the end of the day, it’s just my golf that I have control over. I’m here to support the Tour, France and all the people who are here.”

“But I don’t see why we can’t move from the LIV to the European Tour like we usually move from the PGA Tour to the European Tour. A lot of players understand and support my choice and have nothing against me. I didn’t feel any animosity against me from them.”

While there have been some players who have publicly stated they have no issues with the players who’ve chosen to go to LIV, there have also been a number of players who have done the opposite.

LIV golfers are currently able to participate on the DP World Tour due to a temporary court order until it is resolved legally. A decision on their eligibility going forward is expected to be given in February.

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Congress members blast ‘pimp’ Greg Norman in meeting at Capitol Hill

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On Wednesday, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman met with members of congress to discuss LIV’s current dispute with the PGA TOUR.

It didn’t go very well.

According to multiple sources, Republican Tim Burchett of Tennessee walked out of the meeting due to an inability to understand Norman due to his accent as well as the “propaganda” he felt Norman was sharing.

Burchett later sent a tweet himself about the meeting with “The Shark”.

Burchett wasn’t the only member of congress to give Norman a hard time.. Chip Roy of Texas said to reporters of the meeting: “Don’t come in here and act like you’re doing some great thing, while you’re pimping a billion dollars of Saudi Arabian money,”

It’s unclear whether or not any of the lawmakers gave Norman the reception he was looking for, but he did later thank them for meeting with him via an Instagram post.

 

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