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‘Bullsh*t of an excuse’ – Tennis legend blasts ‘pathetic’ LIV Golf players

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On the eve of the RBC Canadian Open and the Scandinavian Mixed events on either side of the water, the LIV Golf International Series continues to hog the headlines.

Impossible to ignore, it seems everyone has a view on the moral rights, or wrongs, of taking part in the Saudi-backed series, and current and former sports legends are of no exception.

Martina Navratilova, 18-time Grand Slam champion, was prompted to make her views known after Graeme McDowell’s response to one reporter’s question this week.

Under intense scrutiny at the press conference, G-Mac was asked about the controversial Saudi funding and admitted that the “Khashoggi situation was reprehensible,” before saying that “we are proud to help Saudi if they want to use golf to get to where they want to be.”

The nine-time Wimbledon ladies champion didn’t hide her feelings and called the comments, “pathetic”, adding, in frustration, “How exactly is golf going to help women in Saudi?!”

Explaining further her view on political morals over cash, the nine-time Wimbledon champ made clear her own experiences when invited to play at a controversial event.

“In the 80’s, Chris (Evert) and I were offered a lot of money to play an exhibition in South Africa and we refused. Something called #principle made that an easy decision,” she wrote, before saying “I am so disappointed with my fellow athletes for doing this… seems everybody has a price.”

 

And so it goes on…..

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  1. Purveyor a truith

    Jun 25, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    Lol at all these idiots who have never paid one bit of attention to the fact that the DP World Tour, in conjunction with the PGA Tour, has been playing golf in Dubai, South Africa, and Russia for ages. But NOW it’s reprehensible. Brainwashed dum-dums.

  2. Gianni daddi

    Jun 15, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Hey Gianni wanna post my comments? Or nah?? Too much of a little puss????? Who else? Grwxmod, that jobless childless female dog???

  3. How

    Jun 14, 2022 at 8:47 am

    Are we ok with the PGA sanctioned Saudi Aramco tour funded by the same people though? How does that work?

  4. Michael

    Jun 10, 2022 at 11:00 am

    I don’t think I ever saw a page on this website so filled with ridiculous, irrelevant comments from wannabe tough guys.Have some self-respect boys.

    • Just an Opinion

      Jun 10, 2022 at 2:33 pm

      I have to agree with you. Martina is as qualified as anyone to comment of this “situation” Character and integrity used to stand for something. But to paraphrase Martina, seems almost everyone has a price.

      I don’t believe these guys have thought this through though. Apparently, the LIV Tour has applied for OWRP though the Asian Tour. But LIV is an invitational Tour, with 54 hole events, and a shotgun start it feels more like a member-member than anything else. What points could they possible expect to earn in a format like LIV’s?

      It’ll also be interesting to see if LIV will have any effect on equipment and clothing contracts. I’m sure TaylorMade and Adidas pay DJ an obscene amount of money because he’s going to play 15-20 events on the PGA Tour. 8 events in the LIV Tour hardly gives them the same ROI.

      Then of course, we all know the Saudis are notorious for not paying their bills so what happens when the Saudis have decided they’ve had enough and take their money and go home? The PGA Tour will hardly welcome them with open arms. Nor should they.

      • geohogan

        Jun 10, 2022 at 5:34 pm

        The latest report is over the top.Cant be true?

        Dustin Johnson, changes his name to BJ.

      • Thomas Woodward

        Jun 10, 2022 at 9:09 pm

        CLEARLY, forums have many demented folks posting ignorance because they’re too indoctrinated to see the ENTIRE picture. EVERY pro golfer, male, or female SHOULD be FREE to PLAY on ANY tour in the world with it being men vs. men and women vs. women competition. NO trans allowed since these are BIRTH gender created venues. IMHO, the tryannical PGA Tour boneheaded CEO made a HUGE mistake suspending and banning LIV participants from their STALE and rip-off golf tour and from what I see, only indoctrinated players have an issue with the LIV Tour. It’s so sad the world these days are LOADED with YDFC, uneducated morons who DON’T have a clue…

  5. ForeignAgentsofDictators

    Jun 10, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Saudi agents and NK, Chinese and russian agents posting on here trying to stir up the masses.

  6. Pingback: ‘It makes me want to puke’ – Chamblee rips LIV Golf stars in scathing attack – GolfWRX

  7. KC Scott

    Jun 9, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Look, it’s simple. Money makes the world go round, and pro golfers want as much as they can get for competing. They play one less round and there are no cuts, so it’s guaranteed money in their pockets. And on top of huge payouts, they’re on teams that make extra cash above and beyond the standard purse. The “tour” can say and do what they want to these so-called “rebels” resigning from their tour, but it is golf and people are going to watch these major winning players play golf. Period. ??????

  8. Tom Kay

    Jun 9, 2022 at 10:31 am

    I was waiting in anticipation for Martina’s opinion about the LIV.

  9. PJ

    Jun 9, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Why are we reading about what some has-been thinks? She doesn’t play golf so who gives one F what her opinion is? Same for that Brit Eamon Whatshisnutts. Hey Golf WRX we do not care what these morons think.

  10. PGA is the Cuck Tour

    Jun 9, 2022 at 7:16 am

    So Martina, are you against brining in refugees from the Middle East? They come from a regressive primative culture just like these evil Saudis.

  11. Ned

    Jun 9, 2022 at 6:15 am

    Well Martina unless all your vehicles are electric you support them buying fuel.

    • Mhil Pickelson

      Jun 9, 2022 at 1:00 pm

      That’s the dumbest thing ive ever heard

      Drive a per trip or diesel car?

      That means you support state backed murder

      Some people are sooo stupid

      • Max Turner

        Jun 9, 2022 at 8:44 pm

        If we feel so bad toward Saudi Arabia we should stop buying their oil.
        Let the guys go play, It a free world, or is it ????

        • Michael

          Jun 10, 2022 at 10:58 am

          Obviously, no one is stopping anyone who wants to play LIV golf so your comment is just ignorant.

          In life, there are consequences for your actions. Play LIV golf is fine. No one is stopping anyone, but to expect the PGA Tour to still allow you the benefit of their organization makes it clear you are the fool or you lack any sense of self-respect.

          When you get in bed with foul smelling, poop covered people and expect to wake up smelling like perfume, you are the moron, not the people who said this will cost you. Any of you that think Norman and MBS dont fit that description to a tee must be just like them. Both have long established histories accurately described by my assessment and personal experience.

          Most of the responses on this page amply demonstrate the me first, screw you attitude that pervades America. It’s not surprising at all. You guys will screw anything that breathes, including yourselves.

          I fully expect to be verbally assaulted for my comment soif it makes you feel like big strong powerful men bring it on losers. Feel free to shovel your manure at me. Have a nice day kids!

      • Ned

        Jun 10, 2022 at 6:37 am

        Your absolutely right that’s one stupid name. Your name isn’t Martina Navratilova I’m not address you so butt out.

    • Dundundun

      Jun 10, 2022 at 2:51 am

      Have you ever flown in a plane??? Do you take vacations to far off places in electric planes, do you? What about ships and boats??? You ever got in an electric cruise ship to go down the coast, have you?? LOL

      • Ned

        Jun 10, 2022 at 6:41 am

        I assumed the word vehicles would mean cars guess not. I will spell out out “CARS”.

      • Ned

        Jun 10, 2022 at 6:44 am

        I assumed the word vehicles meant cars just not. So let me spell it out for you “CARS”

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Augusta National chairman personally instructed players not to play LIV events, lawsuit claims

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More interesting information continues to surface from the 105-page lawsuit filed by the “LIV 11” on Wednesday.

According to the court documents, Augusta National Golf Club allegedly attempted to persuade golfers to not join LIV Golf.

“Augusta National, the promoter of The Masters, has taken multiple actions to indicate its alignment with the PGA Tour, thus seeding doubt among top professional golfers whether they would be banned from future Masters Tournaments,” the document states.

“As an initial matter, the links between the PGA Tour and Augusta National run deep. The actions by Augusta National indicate that the PGA Tour has used these channels to pressure Augusta National to do its bidding. For example, in February, 2022 Augusta National representatives threatened to disinvite players from The Masters if they joined LIV Golf.”

Greg Norman has consistently claimed that he’s attempted to reach out to Jay Monahan and ANGC Chairman Fred Ridley, but to no avail.

The lawsuit claims that the major championships has been a strong deterrent preventing players from joining LIV Golf.

“The threat of exlcusion from the Masters (and other majors) is a powerful weapon in the Tour’s arsenal to deter players from joining LIV Golf”.

While none of the majors have yet banned LIV players from playing in their events, they’ve spoken out in opposition to the breakaway golf league.

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Adam Hadwin made the wrong comment over his wife’s outfit…and he’s now paying the price

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World ranked number 84, Adam Hadwin, is well known in golf circles for having a lighter approach to the game.

The Canadian has a Twitter bio that reads, “living the dream a day at a time!” and often posts about his family life and honest views on his current game.

However, despite having 30,000 fewer followers on the social media site, his wife Jessica is the one making more noise with some of her posts over the last few months.

We’ve had a clip of daughter Maddox’s reaction to her father’s hole-in-one at the Memorial, and the hilarious tweet regarding flat packed furniture, just two days after his best-ever finish in a major — tied-seventh at the U.S. Open.

However, she may well have trumped the lot with the revelation of her husband’s reaction to her new outfit:

Jessica is also unimpressed with the reaction of Team Adam, tweeting, “The best part (or worst?) was he said it in front of two male employees who proceeded to absolutely trip over themselves trying to run to his defense. Telling me “oh I don’t think he meant it like that…see what he meant was…he just wants to make sure you’re comfortable.”

It wasn’t long ago that fellow PGA Tour player Adam Schenk found that roasting your wife in public does not pay dividends, and you may think lessons were learned from that. It appears not.

Hadwin’s current status:

Good luck, Ad.

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Jessica Korda in contention at Women’s Open despite having to wear borrowed clothes!

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Month after month, we read of golfers turning up at courses without their clubs. Almost every time it is down to their chosen airline ‘misplacing’ them, and leading to the players having to beg or borrow a set, or have their sponsor or manufacturer get them a spare set with urgency.

It isn’t often we read of players losing their clothes!

After yesterday’s first round 5-under 66, Jessica Korda revealed she had been wearing borrowed clothes all week whilst waiting for the return of her suitcase, stuck in transit, in Zurich. Whilst she travelled via Switzerland to Muirfield, some of her clothes did not.

On 31st July, Korda tweeted her plea to Swiss International Air Lines:

 

After the four-birdie, one-eagle round, the six-time LPGA Tour winner pleaded she was still seeking a reunion with her luggage.

“If anyone knows anyone at the Zurich airport that would like to put my suitcase on the one flight a day that they have coming into Edinburgh, I’d deeply appreciate it,” she said.

“I know where it is. I have an air tag on it. I can’t get anyone to actually go get it,” she explained.

The current Rolex #14 then credited her benefactors. “Monday I wore Megan Khang’s pants. Tuesday, I wore my sister’s pants and Wednesday I wore Alison Lee’s pants. And today I’m wearing FootJoy pants.”

Anything else missing besides the pants?

“Sponsor’s hats,” she said. “Wearing a Muirfield hat right now. A lot of my warm stuff. My hand warmers. My hands get really cold, so I wear gloves all the time. I’ve got a lot of heat patches for my lower back and my vitamins. Don’t have that.”

The episode may well have given her some impetus for the tournament.

“I gave up on it (the case) by Wednesday,” she said. “If it comes here, great, but if not, it is what it is. At this point,I’m playing a golf tournament.”

Despite all that, Korda is well positioned to have her best finish in 11 tries at the Women’s British Open, the best so far being a tied-fifth at Birkdale in 2014.

“You have to stay on it here at all times,” said Korda of the tough course.

“It’s links golf. I swear, every time we come to Scotland, it’s just like the same stuff. You’ve just got to be really prepared and take it for what it is.”
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