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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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‘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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‘You chose the circus, stay in the circus’ – 4-time PGA Tour winner latest to blast LIV rebels

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Reacting to the news that 10 LIV golfers (down to 10 after Carlos Ortiz withdrew his lawsuit on Tuesday) have served a lawsuit on the PGA Tour, veteran player Ryan Palmer had a simple message, “you chose the circus, stay in the circus.”

Speaking with SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, hosts Jason Sobel and The Caddie heard Palmer state that, “There is nowhere to go from there (the LIV series).”

The four-time PGA Tour winner may have been seen as a likely candidate for the rebel tour, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Amongst the 10 players named in the suit, Taylor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford, saw their appeal for a Temporary Restraining Order, in other words the opportunity to come back on the PGA Tour, in order to play at this week’s first FedEx playoff event, the St. Jude at Southwind, thrown out on Tuesday.

Speaking on the drama, Palmer told Sobel and his fellow broadcaster:

“I’m tired of it, tired talking about it. They chose that route, all you heard was ‘play less, be home more’, well now you want to play and come out and play the big events next year and then play over there. I just don’t get it.”

“You know what, you chose the circus, stay in the circus.

“We’re here on the PGA Tour, the greatest stage in golf in my opinion. It’s different. In my opinion there is no incentive to play golf out there. There is nowhere to go from there.”

Referring to the huge money offered by LIV, the experienced 45-year-old commented, “Okay, there is a purse. I call it a $25 million Calcutta.”

Continuing the theme, Palmer explained why he won’t be tempted to jump ship if offered the chance.

“There’s money to play for but there is nowhere to go from there. What’s their upsides besides bank accounts?”

“For me, sitting here in Memphis, I’ve got a place to go and that’s to get back in the top 50 in the world, get back to the majors, get back to the upper echelon of the calibre out here. If I’m out there, I’ve got nowhere to go.”

Currently at 114th in the current world rankings Palmer will look to return to the form that saw him rank 47th at the end of last season.

You can hear the player’s frustration here:

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