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‘This is uncomfortable’ – LIV press conference gets heated with reporter ejected

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On Tuesday, at the second press conference of the LIV Golf Invitational Series, a reporter was shut down and stopped while attempting to ask a question.

The session began at 1 pm and apparently was cut short by five minutes.

As golfers Kevin Na, Talor Gooch, James Piot, and Sihwan Kim sat on the stage, the reporter insisted on asking his question and proceeded to the front of the press conference room.

He was once again denied, and this time was led out by security.

While the reporter was being shut down, Kevin Na was heard saying “this is uncomfortable” through his microphone.

 

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The same reporter asked a question earlier in the day regarding the human rights record of Saudi Arabia. In the end, the reporter was reportedly allowed back in.

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  1. jgpl001

    Jun 20, 2022 at 6:04 am

    At least this reporter got back in, Mr Khashoggi didn’t get a second chance to ask an uncomfortable question – democracy Saudi style

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  3. amgpuma

    Jun 9, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    I wopuld hav nothing to say at thsi reporter if he even dare to aks the same questions at: China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, UAE, Qatar, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, or eventually in all the States of the US in which detah peanlty is still in place. Thats part of thge cynical attitude of prostitued media…

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  7. Thomas

    Jun 8, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Kevin Na = good guy and a good golfer. Sick of golf reporters, media and other news media especially the clowns at ESPN. Say what you want about Kevin, Bryson, Phil, Patrick, DJ – they can flat out play golf while reporters need to “learn to code.”

    • Eric

      Jun 9, 2022 at 2:54 pm

      What does this have to do with a reporter being removed for trying to ask a question?

      • Michael

        Jun 10, 2022 at 11:05 am

        Absolutely nothing.

        LIV is already acting like the guy signing the checks. MBS is fond of murdering anyone he does not care for.

        Scared of a reporter? Two thrown out so far. The tough questions are not going away, but you can be sure the corporate sponsors are.

  8. Big Guy

    Jun 8, 2022 at 10:06 am

    So, what was the question??

    • Rick

      Jun 8, 2022 at 4:38 pm

      That was only reason I click on this article. Crickets.

    • amgpuma

      Jun 9, 2022 at 2:40 pm

      The same reporter asked a question earlier in the day regarding the human rights record of Saudi Arabia. In the end, the reporter was reportedly allowed back in.

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A LIV attorney just created total confusion over the prize money situation on the breakaway tour

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A highly debated topic among media and fans has been whether or not prize money is counted against the upfront bonus players received when joining LIV Golf.

Originally, Brandel Chamblee of Golf Channel tweeted (now deleted) that prize money was counted against the signing bonus.

His tweet was met with plenty of backlash, and a LIV spokesperson came out and denied those claims during a press conference.

“I just wanted to address Alex’s question earlier when you were asking about the prize purses and if they are in addition to the contracts,” she said. “The prize purses are in addition to. There is no draw at LIV Golf on any finances. We just wanted to, on the record, it’s in addition to. And while you guys have, this is your first event, but you should know that from your contracts. You can attest to it. Thank you guys.”

According to the LIV attorneys during yesterday’s trial surrounding three LIV golfers who were attempting to be allowed in the FedEx Cup playoff field, Chamblee may have been correct in his initial claim.

Chamblee took the opportunity to remind Twitter that he was right all along.

For what it’s worth, LIV still claims that contract money is separate from prize money.

After all is said and done, nothing appears to be any clearer.

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‘No hard feelings or anything like that ‘ – Rickie Fowler explains decision to split with longtime caddie

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Rickie Fowler is getting ready to compete at this week’s Playoff opener after squeezing into the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings.

The 33-year-old is looking to overcome a poor run of form that has seen his star fade, with the former World Number 4 now languishing outside the top 150 in the world.

Ahead of this week’s FedEx Cup opener, Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis first reported that Fowler had split from longtime caddie Joe Skovron who had been on Fowler’s bag since Rickie turned pro in 2009.

Speaking on the split, Fowler told Lewis:

“It happened Friday night when we finished up in Greensboro. Told Joe I wasn’t really gonna go into details on who brought up the decision or who made the decision or anything like that. We’ve always been a team, we always will be a team, he’s like a big brother to me. Friendship and all that comes first.

No hard feelings or anything like that, I just thought it might be the best option for the current time, but by no means does this mean we’re not gonna rekindle the flame in the future or anything like that, but I know it’s been tough on both of us.” 

Ben Schomin, the tour operations manager for Cobra Puma Golf, will caddie for Fowler this week in Memphis. Schomin filled in for Bryson DeChambeau last summer following his own split with his caddie, and per Fowler, nothing is decided yet on a long-term replacement.

“Still don’t know where I’ll end up,” Fowler told Lewis. “I got Ben on the bag for me this week. I thought about who I am gonna bring in for kind of a one-off, or this could kind of be next week as well, just depending on how we play this week.”

Fowler has competed in 17 events this season, missing the cut in eight and failing to register a top-20 finish in any.

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Judge rules against LIV trio’s FedEx Cup suspension appeal in early victory for PGA Tour

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On a dramatic day off the course in the world of golf, a federal judge denied Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones’ application for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the PGA Tour.

The result means that the trio will now miss out on this year’s FedEx Cup Playoffs that get underway this week.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs made the case that the three golfers were being unfairly blocked from competing in the FedEx Cup playoffs. On the other side, attorneys for the PGA Tour argued that all the golfers stood to suffer was solely money related, therefore not meeting the standard for “irreparable harm.”

After almost two and a half hours, Judge Freeman ruled in favour of the PGA Tour and denied the trio a TRO, concluding that the three players had “not established irreparable harm.”

Following the verdict, LIV Golf released a short statement saying they were disappointed that the trio “won’t be allowed to play golf.”

Gooch, Swafford and Jones are due to return to the courtroom along with seven others for the bigger antitrust suit filed against the PGA Tour. The suit alleges that the PGA Tour has been unlawfully sanctioning them for signing on with LIV Golf. 

At the close of Tuesday’s case, Judge Freeman indicated that the larger antitrust lawsuit could be heard in the fall of 2023.

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