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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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Report: LIV win battle for world ranking points thanks to ‘strategic alliance’ with minor tour

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According to the Telegraph, LIV Golf has found a path to securing OWGR points.

The report indicates that LIV is forming a “strategic alliance” with the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Tour. In theory, this would allow the players to earn world ranking points starting this week at LIV Bangkok.

In turn, the alliance with LIV will give the struggling MENA Tour a path to relevance. The current OWGR rule indicates that a tour must have the majority of it’s events with a cut. It would seem that the LIV events will be the in the minority of events plays, with the regular MENA Tour events starting to ramp back up after LIV Bangkok.

“No Laying Up” holds the opinion that this move by LIV won’t grant them OWGR points right away.

The OWGR has not released a statement as of yet regarding this turn of events.

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Analyst and close friend says Tiger ‘might surprise everybody’ this fall

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There has been plenty of negative speculation regarding Tiger Woods ability to play competitive golf in the future. It was viewed as a troubling sign that Woods wasn’t able to attend to Presidents Cup due to “physical limitations” and instead had to conference with American team captain Davis Love III over the phone.

Then, it was rumored that he “didn’t look right” while caddying for his son Charlie at a tournament.

However, there seems to be a glimmer of hope for Tiger fans as his good friend Notah Begay III just speculated that Woods may “surprise everybody” while on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

When asked the next time we will see the 15-time major champion play. Begay said:

“I’m fairly certain it’s going to be at the PNC [Championship] with Charlie. Charlie’s starting to play a few more events – he played in one of my junior golf tour events last weekend, which was great to see him shoot his career-low round 68 with Tiger on the bag so that was kind of cool to be able to see that.”

More importantly, Begay said that Tiger is still looking for ways to improve the condition of his leg.

“Tiger’s just steadily trying to find ways to get a little bit more stability in his leg,” he said. “It was really presenting some major challenges at St. Andrews. I had a chance to talk with him during the round out there and it’s just constant discomfort so it’s hard to focus on golf, which is hard enough, much less having to deal with the literal pain of your leg aching throughout the day.

“I know that as soon as he feels like he can be competitive because I think he got a good taste of what it’s going to take this past year, we’ll see him. We might see him one time this fall, he might surprise everybody.”

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Golf mad parents name newborn child after a golf club

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Last week we reported on a golf obsessed couple, and their Masters themed wedding. Cute it may have been, but there was something a little over the top about it.

If you think it couldn’t get worse, how about naming your newborn child after a golf club and dressing his hospital bed with golf bedding?

Social media site reddit.com yesterday hosted a photo taken by user ‘jellybloom17’ and caused an obvious reaction.

Welcome to the world, Driver. I know there is a joke here and I know what it is. You make it tho. And go! from golf

Yep, the parents swaddled the baby in a golf-themed blanket and photographed him on a duvet, with the name ‘Driver’ plastered in giant letters.

Reddit users were confused and astounded, with one claiming that:

“I wasn’t sure what the green blob in front of the car was,” before realising, ” it was a golf course.”

“They didn’t name him after a person who operates a motor vehicle. They named him after a golf club!”

Hence the title of the original post – “Welcome to the world, Driver.”

Others questioned the naming, whilst there were doubts if the child grows up not to enjoy the sport:

“What if he grows up and hates golf?” was one comment, whilst another poster concluded, “Probably should not name your kids after sports.”

Either way, it would be good to hear what siblings Nineiron, Wedge and Teepeg say on the matter.

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