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‘It makes me want to puke’ – Chamblee rips LIV Golf stars in scathing attack

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What a week for golf!

The much-discussed LIV Golf series started yesterday amidst huge analysis of the morals and legitimacy, and yet over 100,000 tuned in to the YouTube channel to see what all the fuss was about.

Whilst that has all been going on, the long-standing RBC Canadian Open has started, with defending champ Rory McIlroy giving a clear opinion on the rebel tour, while the DP World Tour kicked off the second Scandinavian Mixed event, a mixed men’s and women’s tournament, to some eyes a better way of ‘growing the game.’

Naturally, and some might say sadly, the LIV event has grabbed all the headlines.

Participating players have been grilled at the press conferences about their thoughts on their resignation from the PGA Tour and human rights issues surrounding the Saudi-backed series, some with pre-prepared and scripted answers, some not quite so erudite.

And then there were the organizing authorities.

The USGA has decided to allow LIV players that are qualified to still take part in next week’s US Open, whilst the PGA Tour have said ‘no thanks, goodbye’, with McIlroy today saying he welcomed that decision.

Golf Twitter has gone crackers during the week with very few staying away from contributing to the hundreds of topics that surround, let’s face it, quite a minor event.

Then there’s the pros.

Golf Channel analyst, Brandel Chamblee, made his feelings clear in a speech broadcast by Sky Sports News, saying the players that have joined the LIV series make him “want to puke”.

He continued, with genuine passion and vitriol.

“When it comes to the richest sports stars in the world, Phil Mickelson is 11th. He’s ahead of Kobe Bryant, he’s ahead of David Beckham, he’s ahead of Kevin Durant, he’s ahead of Lewis Hamilton.”

“You’re talking about him being ahead of icons in sports that are far more popular worldwide than the game of golf. And yet why is it that golf has four of the highest paid athletes of all time? Why is it that Phil Mickelson is 11th, in terms of the stratosphere he does occupy, as an athlete… that athletes who have made less money than him but play a sport that is widely more popular. Why is that? It’s because of the image of the golfer.

Because of their independent contract nature. Because they show up and, generally speaking, play a game that is self governed and self policing. It is a game of integrity. It’s because corporations want to align themselves with these players. It’s because of the philanthropic aspect of the game of golf.”

“So when I hear these players say that they are ‘growing the game’… it makes me want to puke. They’re destroying the game. And they are destroying their reputations.”

With absolutely no regret, the former professional concludes his feelings with a biting thought.

“This is one of the saddest days in the history of golf. Watching these players come together for money and show to the world…they are showing us that they are the greediest, most self serving, self interesting, wilfully blind players in the world of golf today.”

What a week to be alive.

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  1. Robsterrider

    Jun 30, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    The tour brass sounds just like the NBA execs when the ABA started up and we know how that turned out – a merger of the leagues was successful and created new opportunities for players, owners and fans. Jay and Keith need to be fired and then get new execs who want to work cooperatively. I can envision many different scenarios that would get lots of new, younger blood involved in the golf world. Greg has it right and he has the backing to persevere. I like the format, and mixed in with other formats would move the needle for golf.. and I’m in the over 60 demographic!!

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  3. Mo

    Jun 18, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    So we’ve been buying Saudi oils for decades and we stil buy their oil. Big Joe’s going there to ask them to pump more oil so that we don’t have to pay for $6-$7/gallon gas with pretty much the same regime except for a new head honcho at the helm. We all pump saudi gas everyday and if it wern’t for Saudi gas then this country would be in deep do do. So we can give money to the Saudis but the LIV players can’t receive Saudi money? Ok that makes sense. The media portrays the Chinese as an existential threat to the US and enemy #1 and yet the trade between the two countries are so intertwined that we both need each other to sustain both economies. China ia also #1 holder of US debt. Let’s leave politics out of sports and let the politicians fuss over it. I personally hold no grudge towards the guys that went to LIV.

    • Rand

      Jun 27, 2022 at 12:26 pm

      Griner played BBall in Russia and no one says a thing about that. There’s other athletes who play sports in countries and for countries doing awful things to their citizens and political opponents, but nothing is ever said.

  4. Bob G

    Jun 15, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Makes him want to puke because he’s just jealous and wishes he could join. Chamblee was just an average pro who would have been perfect for LIV. Speaking of being pro, isn’t making money playing golf why these guys turn pro? Money comes from all evil sources, that’s why the love of money is the root of all evil.

    • Kay

      Jun 16, 2022 at 5:13 pm

      I say let him puke, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to come out of his mouth

    • Kay

      Jun 16, 2022 at 8:04 pm

      Let him puke, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to come out of his mouth

  5. GMatt

    Jun 15, 2022 at 8:26 am

    I want to see Brandeis change of tune when NBC takes some LIV money to prop up the golf channel which has been bleeding cash for a lot of years……

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  8. T-Bone

    Jun 14, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    I have two words for critics of those who joined LIV Golf…”Fuck u”. Every player is one injury away from never making another penny playing golf. STFU!

  9. James

    Jun 14, 2022 at 11:19 am

    For sake of argument, let’s assume every single bad thing ever said about the Saudis is true. Question, it’s not ok to TAKE $100’s of millions of dollars from the Saudis to play golf, but it’s perfectly ok to GIVE BILLIONS to the Saudis for oil?

    How is it that our outrage is so selective here?

    The gas for my damn golf trip this year will cost more than my share of the trip its self!!

  10. Paincake

    Jun 14, 2022 at 8:07 am

    Every single person whining about this league just because it’s backed by the Saudis is a bloody hypocrite. Their lives are literally FULL of crap made by and funded by the Chinese Communists who make the Saudis look like Mother Teresa.

    And yes, that even means the people that lost family on 9/11 that signed that letter. Was a connection between the Saudi family and the hijackers ever established? Maybe I missed that headline… /shrug

  11. Tommy wills

    Jun 13, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    Brandel sucks. People suck. Haters suck. Golf is border line. Complain when your live suck. And yea your life sucks if your reading this

  12. Jubby

    Jun 12, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Look at the background of the players going to LIV –

    DJ – Suspended for drug use
    Phil -degenerate gambler
    Reed-Cheater and a thief(kicked of golf team for stealing $400 cash and scotty putter from teammate)
    Bryson – big douche bag
    Matthew Wolffe- headcase with a horrible attitude
    Fowler – game is slumping for years now
    Kevin Na- fights with people on twitter

    • Roy

      Jun 17, 2022 at 2:05 pm

      and 6 months they were all proud members of the PGA Tour – based on your assessment the tour needs to clean itself up if these are the quality of their stars

  13. Big Guy

    Jun 11, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Chamblee suffers from a bad case of over extension in his game and his shots are all over the place. Best he swings within himself so he doesn’t look like a complete idiot out there.

  14. cookie

    Jun 11, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    i mean – there’s no logical argument that the competition is bad for the game. if you think that, you just don’t understand how things work. especially it being in a format that is new, unique and frankly more interesting. PGA is threatened they may not be able to do whatever they want and do it their old-fashioned way.

    Saudi Arabia is problematic – I understand people concerned over that, totally fair, although their comments would hold more weight if they acknowledged the US is going downhill fast on human rights issues too

  15. Bob G

    Jun 11, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Will GolfWRX provide a WITB for the winners of LIV Golf events?

    • Tyson

      Jun 11, 2022 at 5:49 pm

      PGA had given over a billion in Charities as of 2022. The only charitable
      Recipients are the greedy has been

    • Tyson

      Jun 11, 2022 at 5:51 pm

      Golfwex doesn’t provide exhibition winner

      • Bob G

        Jun 11, 2022 at 7:34 pm

        Tyson needs to work on spelling and grammar. Lol!

        • Rich

          Jun 12, 2022 at 4:06 pm

          Drama queens who use Lol are in no position to lecture others on spelling and grammar.

          No WITBs for the Hasbeen Bonesaw Exhibitions, please.

          • Bob G

            Jun 13, 2022 at 11:10 am

            FU Richie Rich.

          • Roy

            Jun 17, 2022 at 2:08 pm

            FYI – LOL is a pretty accepted chat room comment. Far more accepted than hypocrites like yourself…..

            • Bob G

              Jun 21, 2022 at 11:32 pm

              LOL!

              • Dogtalk

                Jul 31, 2022 at 2:19 am

                Down right traitors. And on top of everything, Modern day Bernadette Arnold (Trump) is involved with the tour shows you how comfortable they are with the biggest con artist, racist, liar, and ignorant American in our history. Also a lot of hypocrisy here. I would almost bet that the most of the folks here making comments probably voted for Trump in the US election. Why be surprise! Or do you continue to be mislead with the Flim Flam Man

  16. Tim

    Jun 11, 2022 at 10:44 am

    The PGA makes $1.5billion a year. 25 tournaments at 10 million a piece equals $250 million maybe $200 million to charity. So where does the othe $1 billion dollars go? The event managers make a lot more than the performers. Elvia and The Colonel!!! I hope LIV takes off like a rocket. I like Chamblee but a lot of times he’s plain wrong, like in this case!!!

    • Tyson

      Jun 11, 2022 at 5:46 pm

      PGA had given over a billion in Charities as of 2022. The only charitable
      Recipients are the greedy has been

      • Evander Hollyfield

        Jun 15, 2022 at 10:33 am

        If you realy believe that non for profit charities do not involve greed or coruption you’re an uninformed fool!

  17. dttruman

    Jun 11, 2022 at 6:31 am

    Wasn’t there a major happening back in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s where there was squabble that turned into something major. The players thought they had the freedom to choose to play in any tournament they wanted. Apparently the PGA had other ideas, and they tried to force the better players (or more famous ones) to play in certain tournaments to oblige the sponsors. A compromised was reached and players had to play in certain tournaments within a certain time frame (or in a number of years). Why can’t there be some kind of compromise here?

  18. Tom Elliott

    Jun 10, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Everybody forgets the name Curt Flood. He’s the guy that got started all the free agency in sports. These guys are just doing what they want to do. They are not turning their backs on the PGA Tour, the tour is turning its back to them. All someone needs to do is take them to court for the right to play wherever they want.That’s what the tour is afraid of, they know they will lose in court. These guys r independent contractors and can play where they choose to! Love this drama finally gets to golf!!!

    • Scott F

      Jun 10, 2022 at 11:22 pm

      PGA Tour has a solid case good luck in court!

    • Yourewrong

      Jun 11, 2022 at 8:41 pm

      Sorry man, as independent contractors they signed a contract that clearly states what other events and Tours they are allowed to play/apply for exemptions to play in in order for them to obtain the privilege of being contracted by the Tour so they can play on it.

      They’ll get dunked in court, they know this, which is why the majority have resigned their membership.

      If I want to go be a contractor for a certain company and they say we will employ you but you can’t do the same work for our direct competitors while contracted to us, and I agree, it is pretty clear what happens if I don’t follow that. These Tour pros are no different.

      The Tour isn’t doing anything wrong. They didn’t try to force people to stay, they said go ahead you can’t play here if you do though, remember you agreed to that. Seems pretty fair and a decent example of a free market.

      No one would have any real issue with this if LIV Golf had a different financial backer without such horrific human rights abuses. I’d be all for the actual golfers making more of the money they are the primary drivers of earning, I just don’t support them blatantly letting Saudi sportswash their reputation as they attempt to make everyone forget they chop up foreign reporters who report only the truth about their abuses with bonesaws.

      If LIV Golf was funded differently it would still be within the Tour’s rights to say them or us, as it is in the contracts as independent contractors.

      • roy

        Jun 17, 2022 at 2:16 pm

        Thats the problem – there is a fine legal line between employees and IC’s and in a lot of ways the Tour has crossed that. They want to control them like employees, but call them IC’s for $$$$ reasons

  19. geohogan

    Jun 10, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    If first Liv event is any indication, it wont last this season.
    Sooo boring.
    Teaming up a ‘has been pga player’ with a no name golfer who can barely
    qualify for the Korn Ferry tour is a recipe for ‘dead on arrival’
    Pun intended.

  20. Burke

    Jun 10, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    A lot of accurate comments on here about the US carrying on relationships with many morally questionable countries. That’s obviously not what the push back from the PGA tour is about.

    Let’s just say the money didn’t come from the Saudis but instead an extremely honourable source from Silicon Valley or a church group or whatever just good honest people… do you really think the PGA would then just roll over and let their top talent come and go without a fight? Absolutely not!! They would find a different narrative but the fight would be the same. They love their current monopoly

  21. Willy mays Hays

    Jun 10, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Reminds me of major league 2.
    The FREE agent big hitter Jack Parkman made all the ladies drool. But when he got traded it he made them want to throw up. Chamblee does not get paid 2 be boring. He is the golf Stephan a smith.

  22. Joejoe

    Jun 10, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    It’s not greedy to take a better offer.
    It’s common sense and every single person does it when they apply for a job.

    • Tyson lamb

      Jun 10, 2022 at 6:31 pm

      They have no loyalty. Where would these guys be without the PGA. Brandle is correct these guys sold their soul for greed

      • Kuch is the MAN

        Jun 13, 2022 at 1:30 pm

        Pretty rich comment coming from a guy whose putters go for what approaches 5 figures. And also makes putter head covers and ball markers for what other name brands sale their putters for. Maybe you shouldn’t be the one talking about selling your soul for greed.

    • Rich

      Jun 10, 2022 at 6:35 pm

      Hitler called with a $1 Billion offer to sweep the floor 4 days a month at the Berghof.

  23. Dan Poehler

    Jun 10, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    Everyone’s criticism of Brandel is missing the point. Stop imagining and understand his words and you’ll understand the essence of what he’s saying. And he is right. A golfer does not need $-millions to grow the game. Bob Jones grew the game more than anyone. His reward: never ending fame and he never accepted a dime for it.

    • Bob Williamson

      Jun 13, 2022 at 3:05 pm

      What business doesn’t operate for their bottom line? Grow a pair you ignorance is lame another Daryl
      .

  24. Bladehunter

    Jun 10, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    Brandel is correct. As usual.

    • BladeHunters132yard7ironwithablade

      Jun 10, 2022 at 2:39 pm

      Brandel is mad. As usual.

  25. Joey5picks

    Jun 10, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    Point of correction:

    “The USPGA has decided to allow LIV players that are qualified to still take part in next week’s US Open”

    No, the PGA (or maybe you meant PGA Tour?) doesn’t run the US Open. It’s the USGA that said players who are qualified will be allowed to play.

  26. gnormanisGARBAGE

    Jun 10, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    Integrity, look it up for all you licking up to the Bonesaw tour.

  27. Stu

    Jun 10, 2022 at 11:51 am

    Love the way both Poulter and Westwood refused to answer reporters questions if they would go play in an event Putin sponsored if he offered them enough money?…

    • Rich

      Jun 10, 2022 at 11:54 am

      Cheap wh*res do that look in the mirror once in a while.

    • Chuck

      Jun 12, 2022 at 1:30 pm

      Why is it a good thing that they refused to answer? If they have an answer, make their case.

      One of many reasons for me to resent LIV Golf right now is stuff like that.

      Kicking the press-credentialed Alan Shipbuck out, while a smirking Greg Norman watched. Attracting some of the most non-credible and press-uncooperative players in the world; Reed, DeChambeau, Johnson.

      There’s really strong whiff of “We’re fighting the fake media” with this enterprise and it is going to get exponentially worse when LIV Golf takes its show to Trump National venues.

      • Kuch is the MAN

        Jun 13, 2022 at 1:38 pm

        The pga and r&a (lowercase letters, intended) WRONGFULLY took tournaments away from incredible venues because of said venue’s owner. Sorry crybaby liberals, PRESIDENT TRUMP owns some of the most incredible golf courses on this earth, headlined by Trump Turnberry.

        • Chuck

          Jun 15, 2022 at 1:54 pm

          Yep, that’s exactly where this fight is heading.

          “Everything Trump touches, dies.”

          Golf is now divided. The USGA, the PGATour, the R&A; none of them will ever again associate with anything “Trump.” And I’ll be cheering their every move.

      • Grim Golfer

        Jun 13, 2022 at 3:56 pm

        What is wrong with playing at Trump’s venues? Also, what is wrong with ignoring the press when so many of them now make their names off of conflict and smearing those they cover? Not all, but I don’t blame anyone who refuses to speak with reporters. That is for any sport.

        • Sniper

          Jun 13, 2022 at 9:41 pm

          One day there will be open season on reporters

          • Chuck

            Jun 15, 2022 at 1:56 pm

            This charming comment has been reported.

            You’re welcome.

  28. Rich

    Jun 10, 2022 at 11:51 am

    Props to the first man who rightfully calls it the Bonesaw Tour on a live broadcast.

    Bonesaw Tour

  29. Chris

    Jun 10, 2022 at 11:24 am

    Brandel works for Golf Channel, a subsidiary of NBC. Why doesn’t he speak out about “sportswashing” of China’s human rights abuses? Maybe it’s because the people who give him a paycheck are profiting off of China. How much wall-to-wall coverage of China’s human rights issues did NBC provide during their multi-billion investment in Olympics coverage? https://www.inquirer.com/business/nbc-olympics-china-human-rights-tibet-hong-kong-20220204.html. Where were Chamblee’s attacks on the Olympians who would dare to show up in China and add legitimacy to that regime? Or, let’s talk about the NBA’s “sportswashing” of China. I’m waiting for Brandel to publicly attack LeBron for his sucking up to China. Where was Brandel’s defense of Daryl Morey who dared to speak out against China? When is Brnadel going to do a piece on the jailed and disappeared journalists in China? https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/journalists-and-activists-jailed-or-missing-for-reporting-on-covid-in-china-1.4768705
    Simple fact: our Infotainment Corporations that run sports coverage and news and entertainment all are reliant on China, but have no similar financial arrangement with Saudi. If Chamblee’s paycheck was coming from Saudi money instead of China money, his coverage would be a little different. Hypocrites, all of them.

  30. Michael

    Jun 10, 2022 at 11:15 am

    Using whataboutism to excuse doing business with criminals and murderers is pretty pathetic, but after what I have seen in the comments on WRX the last few years, it’s not surprising

    • Kate Hikes

      Jun 10, 2022 at 11:17 am

      Who’s you’re so morally superior I should bow down and accept everything you say.

      • Michael

        Jun 10, 2022 at 11:22 am

        You certainly should given your response and what has been said on the page. There is no doubt I am morally superior to those of you doing exactly what I commented on.

        You are acting exactly like people do when they are held accountable for their behavior and comments. It reflects the true nature, character and integrity of those making such comments.

      • Dave

        Jun 10, 2022 at 3:10 pm

        Kate—you are right. Wonder when last time Brandel bought something “made in China”—like maybe yesterday. There is mo difference between China and Saudis Arabi. As well, such hypocrisy never seemed to get in NBAs way with games in China—Glad Brandel and the others are not working for money—at least they would have you tbink—give me a break.

        • Siuya

          Jun 10, 2022 at 4:02 pm

          I hope you didn’t type that on your chinese manufactured iphone.

          This is why politics and sports should be separated- every country has blood on its hands. There is no country that has been bombed more countries than the USA. You can sell that as ‘bringing democracy’ or ‘protect the peace loving nations’ to the dumb brainwashed, sorry, woke people, but it is greed. They happily provide the weapons for Saudia Arabia to bomb Yemen. Good partnership! Let them play there or if you ban it, ban golf in USA as well for starters.

          Better still, ignore it and enjoy the golf. I like DJs game so if it is on tv, i will watch it

          • Not bob

            Jun 10, 2022 at 6:46 pm

            These guys can’t compete on the PGA so they decided to take allowance from big daddy’s Saudi. Now they will be told when and where to play.

            • Kuch is the MAN

              Jun 13, 2022 at 1:34 pm

              Yeah, Dustin Johnson can’t compete…STFU. You win stupidest comment of the day. congrats.

        • Charles Swaab

          Jun 10, 2022 at 10:34 pm

          The Golf Channel is owned by NBC. NBC is owned by Comcast. Comcast owns Universal. Comcast and Universal have many lucrative deals in China. NBC broadcasts NBA games. The NBA is in bed with China. Quite a lot of hypocrisy involved here..

          • Ken

            Jun 15, 2022 at 8:40 am

            China has more NBA fans than the USA. The Saudi citizens could care less about golf.

    • Greg

      Jun 10, 2022 at 12:35 pm

      “Why is Saudi Arabia important to the US?
      The United States is Saudi Arabia’s second largest trading partner, and Saudi Arabia is one of the United States’ largest trading partners in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is the third leading source of imported oil for the United States, providing about half a million barrels per day of oil to the U.S. market.”

      Nuff said!

    • KR.I-P

      Jun 10, 2022 at 12:47 pm

      The PGA has been taking Saudi money for years, they are being hypocritical!

      • PJ

        Jun 10, 2022 at 1:35 pm

        The PGA takes that Chinese CCP money and none of the “outraged” reporters or people that comment on here will or have ever said a word about that. Brandel is mad they didn’t offer him any money as he rides the Golf Channel ship to the bottom of the ocean.

        • Thomas Molo

          Jun 12, 2022 at 10:58 am

          Yes it is hilarious. I am no fan of the Saudis but the USA and UK have had a close relationship with them for 60 years. The Chinese communists have more human rights abuses but golf has loads of gear and clothes made in China. Any of it with slave or prison labor? How much do they pay people making PGA brand clothing? 4 cents a shirt?

          I view LIV as a tour in between the PGA and Senior/Champions Tour. A tour for guys between 35 to 50 to sock away some extra money for retirement. The golfers here getting all upset. It opens up more slots for guys to make a living playing golf around the world. The PGA should have spread a bit more money on the feeder tours. Loads of guys folding shirts in some clubhouse like Poulter did, may have a chance to play and make a living.

          What major did Monahan win? Where is the most current financial or tax returns for the PGA? Last one was 2017 where Jay was making $3.9 million. Guys in the bag room are making minimum wage. Jay reminds me of Judge Smails. “Shine those shoes with your finest chamois.” Big phony like Brandel and Shipnuk.

  31. DemocracyEnjoyer

    Jun 10, 2022 at 11:03 am

    This is something that you’re actually able to criticize and that is why Brandel is saying it(and everyone else for that matter) – simply to status signal. Homosexuality is uniquely a “western thing” even though if voted on by the entire country would be outlawed. People that want to be the moral arbiter and promote homosexuality because it’s the high status take disseminated by the highjacked dominance apex.

    Put simply: They’re using the “moral” argument as a proxy to channel frustration from the players that decided to leave.

  32. CJK

    Jun 10, 2022 at 10:59 am

    Brandel is the new Johnny Miller! A wasted talent given a platform, who if his check wasn’t coming from NBC would be a Division 2 golf coach. Brandel won one tournament on I think a weak field, major week event ! But yet he extols the virtue of the golfing world.

  33. Edward Bardoe

    Jun 10, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Brandel is just pro death penalty, the Saudis commuted the death penalties for the 5 agents who killed Khashoggi to 20 years. Didn’t know that? not helpful to the narrative. The pros who took the money have set themselves up for life, and will never need to play anywhere else again. Look up “right to work”, Nascar, USAC and many other organizations have already lost this lawsuit, if the players even care after the checks clear.

    • Michael

      Jun 10, 2022 at 11:13 am

      Are you freaking kidding me?

      Commuted the death penalty for hitmen that the guy who commuted the penalty hired in the first place? You really want to use that as a defense?

      Man is that one of the most pathetic excuses.

      And in case you didn’t notice it no one is stopping them from working. They can play golf anywhere the want if they follow the rules of the sponsoring organization.

      You’re not a labor lawyer so I would stay away from the “right to work” stuff. It is so inapplicable as toby laughable that you played that card.

    • Michael

      Jun 10, 2022 at 11:18 am

      When the guy who hired the hitmen commutes their death penalty sentence that shows compassion, kindness and understanding?

      Wow. Interesting spin on morality.

  34. Steve Maultsby

    Jun 10, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Traitors. Liv players that show for US Open should be greeted by fans turning their backs on them before every shot.

  35. Odnamra

    Jun 10, 2022 at 10:38 am

    The High Horses have left the barn….and you cant put it back in.

    I’ll listen to Brandel the moment he stops putting Saudi Oil or Charges his vehicle without their fuel of any kind …

    We’re all hypocrites.

  36. Todd christensen

    Jun 10, 2022 at 10:26 am

    These guys are in the wrong /. History will show it, the way all you guys talk on here you would have taken money to play golf with hitler.

    • Ping Blueprints

      Jun 10, 2022 at 3:52 pm

      Did Hitler ever drop a nuke on a Country? Get a brain r tard.

  37. Tom Kay

    Jun 10, 2022 at 10:15 am

    Go away Brandel, far away.

  38. Jon

    Jun 10, 2022 at 9:06 am

    Hey Brandel, since you claim to be a student of the game here is a little history lesson for you: https://vault.si.com/vault/1968/09/02/the-revolt-of-the-touring-pros

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  40. Bobby jones

    Jun 10, 2022 at 7:37 am

    JT = dad pga of America
    Rory= owns % of NBC golf
    Seems like it’s hard 2 be objective for these chatty kattys.
    How much $ did Phil make the pga tour ?

    • Thomas Molo

      Jun 12, 2022 at 11:04 am

      JT is really sounding weasely. Daddy was a golf pro and I had the best access to becoming a golfer. Phil was one of the biggest draws for the past 30 years. Signing autographs for kids for hours after every round. He was one of the best ambassadors for the game. His gambling stuff he should have nipped in the bud years ago but besides that a fan favorite. Geez – even NY golf fans love the guy.

  41. kurt

    Jun 10, 2022 at 7:32 am

    STFU brande the biggest blowhard in our sport.

    • Phil mickelson

      Jun 10, 2022 at 7:00 pm

      Bet you brandlel can beat you with 10 stokes on each side

      • Eff Hugh

        Jun 10, 2022 at 8:59 pm

        Lick my chode you sack sniffer. How’s Brandels jock strap taste?

  42. Muff Diver

    Jun 10, 2022 at 6:46 am

    Chamblee is so upset because he wishes he was in on the take and is extremely bitter about it.

  43. Ned

    Jun 10, 2022 at 6:24 am

    Chamblee needs to shut up here’s a guy that won one tournament in his life and now talks like his the all seeing all knowing about golf. This statement “Watching these players come together for money and show to the world…they are showing us that they are the greediest, most self serving, self interesting, wilfully blind players in the world of golf today.” alone speaks volumes as to his tunnel vision. He should look in the mirror to see the person he is describing. He knows if he spoke positive about LIV he would probably lose his job.

    • Tom Przybylowicz

      Jun 10, 2022 at 7:53 pm

      Exactly. Why does anyone think Chamblee is significant at all? You talk about wanting to puke? Listen to his sniffling drivel during the TPC and his bitching about the 17th hole during less than stellar playing conditions and you can appreciate the wanting to puke comment. Brandel, you no play the game, you no make the comments.

  44. Hooters

    Jun 10, 2022 at 6:13 am

    Shut up Brandi.

    • Twin peaks

      Jun 10, 2022 at 6:53 pm

      Do you have $200 million to shut him up

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Report: Cam Smith set for LIV debut in Boston after accepting mega sign-on fee

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In the moments after Cameron Smith won his first major championship at St. Andrews, he was immediately asked about rumors that he may be interested in joining LIV Golf.

Smith didn’t deny his interest in joining LIV, which caused speculation to run rampant in the days following the Open Championship.

“I just won the British Open and you’re asking about that? I think that’s pretty not that good,” Smith said.

Less than a month after he hoisted the Claret Jug on the sacred ground of the Old Course, the Champion Golfer of the Year is now LIV bound.

According to The Telegraph, the number two ranked player in the world has signed a deal worth north of $100 million.

The Australian will also still have a chance to win the FedEx Cup prior to joining LIV.

“A formal announcement is not expected until the three-week FedEx Cup play-off series has finished,” the report states.

Smith currently ranks second in the FedEx Cup standings; therefore, he has a realistic chance at making a run at the FedEx Cup and the $18 million that comes with it before teeing it up at LIV Boston, where he will reportedly make his LIV debut, after the PGA TOUR season ends.

Asked to comment on the Telegraph’s report at his Tuesday presser at the Northern Trust, Smith stated: “My goal here is to win the FedExCup Playoffs,” before adding that he has “no comment” on the report.

Many of the players who’ve left the PGA TOUR for LIV Golf have been shrugged off due to age or a declining skill set. Smith is an elite talent in the prime of his career and the most recent major champion.

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‘They’re gone’ – Aussie pro says Cam Smith and fellow countryman have joined LIV

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Despite no LIV events being on this week, the breakaway tour continues to make headlines.

According to Australian golfer Cameron Percy, both Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman have now signed contracts to join LIV Golf.

In an interview with RSN radio, which is a station based in Australia, Percy claimed that both of the Australian star’s departure from the PGA TOUR is a done deal.

It’s been rumored since the Open Championship that the winner of the Claret Jug, Cameron Smith would be joining LIV for somewhere around $110-125 million.

Percy also mentioned that Adam Scott could be joining as well. It’s likely that LIV would be looking to make an Australian team built around Smith, Scott and Leishman.

“Unfortunate, yeah, they’re gone (Smith, Leishman)” Percy said.

“I had a long conversation with Adam Scott and he was very interesting talking to about it, just where it is. He said he met with these guys (LIV) in 2017 (and) they were ready (to) do all this. So, the Tour has known for a long time that this stuff’s in the works.

“The more and more you look into it, some people don’t care, some people have got a conscience and do care.

“It really comes down to, you know, they just executed 80 people this week, just chopped their heads off. They’re not the nicest people in the world.

“Do you just look past that and go, ‘Oh well, I’m rich I don’t really care’. It’s a tough one, it really is.”

With all indications appearing as if the Champion Golfer of the Year has left the PGA TOUR for LIV, there is no doubt he is the most consequential addition for Greg Norman thus far.

The 28-year-old is in the prime of his career and is ranked number two in both the Official World Golf Rankings and the FedEx Cup standings.

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PGA Tour accuses LIV rebels filing a lawsuit to play FedEx Cup of ‘fabricating an emergency’

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The ‘LIV 11’ lawsuit was always going to make public the internal rows and wrangling between players, organizers and the various tours.

Amongst the 11, three players – Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford – are seeking a TRO (temporary restraining order) in order to be able to play the FedEx Cup events, starting on Thursday.

As reported last week, the complaint from the LIV players alleges that being denied access to the FedEx Cup Playoffs not only would prevent Gooch, Swafford and Jones from playing in those events but “also cripples their chances of qualifying for both the Majors and the Tour’s premier invitationals in future seasons. The punishment that would accrue to these players from not being able to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs is substantial and irreparable, and a temporary restraining order is needed to prevent the irreparable harm that would ensue were they not to be able to participate.”

The PGA Tour yesterday issued its response to the accusation, the 30-plus page document stating that “the TRO plaintiffs waited nearly two months to seek relief from the court, “fabricating an emergency they now maintain requires immediate action.”

The PGA Tour continues:

“Despite knowing full well that they would breach Tour Regulations and be suspended for doing so, plaintiffs have joined competing golf league LIV Golf, which has paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to procure their breaches. TRO plaintiffs now run into court seeking a mandatory injunction to force their way into the Tour’s season-ending FedExCup Playoffs, an action that would harm all Tour members that follow the rules. The antitrust laws do not allow Plaintiffs to have their cake and eat it too.”

The tour uses several statements from the plaintiffs in its defence.

When asked if he knew the tour would ban him from the tour for playing without a conflicting event-release, Jones said, “you’ve got to expect” it and acknowledged the possibility of never playing on the PGA Tour again after his suspension. “I did come to this [LIV] series and this tournament with the understanding that could be the case.”

The tour also argues against Gooch’s statement at the Open Championship that he only intended to play a single LIV event before getting suspended, the tour believing that he was intending to play more than the inaugural event at the Centurion Club.

Alongside those objections, the PGA Tour object to the accusation of pressuring sponsors to cancel existing deals with LIV players, that it enlisted the more experienced players, such as Tiger Woods, to intimidate players from joining, and that it colluded with the DP World Tour in its reaction to the defections.

The document ends, “For the foregoing reasons, the PGA Tour respectfully requests that the court deny TRO.”

Elliot Peters of Keker, Van Nest & Peters, representing the PGA Tour, confirmed the stance being taken by the leading tour.

“The players’ participation in the LIV league is in violation of the PGA Tour’s Handbook and Tournament Regulations,” he stated.

“For enormous sums of cash supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, Plaintiffs willfully breached their agreements with the PGA Tour. The players’ purported harm is entirely self-induced. We will litigate this case vigorously to preserve the reputation of the PGA Tour and protect the benefits it offers to players.”

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