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Jordan Spieth reportedly blanks Kevin Na in awkward exchange at US Open

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The players who’ve chosen to defect from the PGA Tour and participate in the LIV Golf Series have gotten plenty of backlash from fans and golf media.

Now it appears as if they’ve started to get the cold shoulder from other professional golfers.

Ryan Leach tweeted about an exchange that was witnessed while the players were preparing for the U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, MA, with Jordan Spieth reportedly leaving Kevin Na hanging…

Jordan Spieth has been adamant about staying loyal to the PGA Tour. It will be interesting to watch how the golfers who’ve received big paydays from the Saudi-backed breakaway league are treated by the rest of the field throughout the week.

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  2. T

    Jun 16, 2022 at 8:51 am

    Jordan, class is better than trash…each man makes decisions based on their needs for their family…you are acting contrary to PGA guidelines to respect your fellow players.

  3. Steve

    Jun 16, 2022 at 8:43 am

    Let’s see the European players can play in both, tiger woods can get 1.6 pounds to play in Dubai. Other players can play celebrity and corporate outings but these guys can’t play in a different league and play in the pga

    • George

      Jun 16, 2022 at 1:09 pm

      When the new leagues goal is to directly compete with the existing league. And take their talent. I’d say the PGA has a valid point to blackball all defectors.

      • Kay

        Jun 16, 2022 at 2:01 pm

        How did Jordan do at the Canadian Open? Oh right, he skipped it because the purse was too small.

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  5. jamho3

    Jun 16, 2022 at 12:37 am

    To paraphrase Ricky Waters.

    “Loyal to whom for what?”

    PGA tour didn’t make any of these players.

  6. Joejoe

    Jun 15, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    It’s none of your damn business what players decide to do and how much they are paid to do it.

  7. Johnee

    Jun 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    These athletes really need to grow up. It’s a sport. LIV is not trying to take over but wanted to work alongside the PGA tour. Contractors are free to choose when and where they play, it doesn’t take away from the game…. What does take away from the game is how all these PGA Tour players are reacting. Golf is a gentlmens game, so be a gentleman about it, don’t be a D*CK!

    • Jim K

      Jun 15, 2022 at 11:23 pm

      Independent contractors are not free to pick and choose where they play.They are free to pick and choose to play any tournament for which they qualify. In this case, the PGA Tour has the right to determine who qualifies to play in its tournaments, just as LIV can decide who can play in its events. The players who have joined LIV seem to want the best of both worlds but they don’t want to accept the obligations that come with being a PGA Tour member. How many sponsors will start dropping tournaments if half the best players are choosing to play elsewhere on the LIV tour whenever they please?

    • Cy

      Jun 16, 2022 at 11:12 am

      People are free to choose who they talk to and who they don’t for whatever the reason just as these contractors are free to play where and when the want. You’re the perfect example of a hypocrite.

  8. Duties

    Jun 15, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    Why is Spieth so upset? Fewer competitors means he may win some tournaments again.

  9. Kelly Gallagher

    Jun 15, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Is this really any different than being a free agent in any sport. Look around there is next to no loyalty for players in any sport they play. The PGA does not own the players yet they talk like they do. For many years the American golfers have gone to play in Saudi funded tournaments. Appearance fee and good purses. Never once did the PGA worry about where the money came from or put down the players who played there. But now that there is competition with LIV the PGA tour cries.

  10. Jeff Kramer

    Jun 15, 2022 at 11:02 am

    Despite the politics of it all, if LIV can survive it’s growing pains, it may well serve the game. The FedEx cup points list, lists 199 players having scored points. There are more qualified players than there are tournaments slots. That said, the real challenge the PGA and LIV may face is amongst the development leagues here and abroad. The prestige is great for those seeking it, but it’s not a one all. There are hundreds of PGA caliber courses not used by the organization. If LIV can survive it can develop it’s own majors and it’s own prestige.

  11. Scott Johnson

    Jun 15, 2022 at 9:33 am

    I get a kick out the “growing the game” reason. They say that’s why they made the decision they did. With that in mind the next question should be, So you’d be doing this even if you weren’t getting paid the insane amount of guaranteed money because you care about the game?

    • Chris

      Jun 15, 2022 at 11:05 pm

      Nail on the head, grow the game for free lol. And some of these commenters here sound like they didn’t read the article and the LIV is basically funded by terrorists.

    • Irwin R. Schyster

      Jun 17, 2022 at 4:41 pm

      “Grow the game”, i.e. launder more money.

  12. Don

    Jun 15, 2022 at 9:22 am

    I think many, like me, are getting tired of this tabloid/soap opera reporting on who ignored who, petty responses from players etc. This type of reporting is so immature and sensationalized. Please go back to GolfWRX and stop being TMZ for golf

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  14. PJ

    Jun 15, 2022 at 6:12 am

    The hype comes from the media. Rory has been very vocal, which he is entitled to, but he took $200M from Nike. Nike produces their goods in Chinese sweat shops. He didn’t have a problem taking their money. He didn’t swap to Nike golf clubs because they were the best out there, he did it for the MONEY. I’m waiting for you hypocrites to slam the PGA and anyone that has ever played in the HSBC or in China. As bad as Saudi is concerning human rights, China makes them look like a JV team. With that said smash your China made Iphone and anything else made in China. If you are opposed to LIV on the grounds of human rights then you must be just as appalled by China…..or are you?

  15. Peter Sallis

    Jun 15, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Good, the PGA Tour players should make it as hostile as possible for the LIV traitors.

    • Joe

      Jun 15, 2022 at 1:51 am

      It really sounds like you’re just jealous of the money they are getting. Why the need to be hostile? They didn’t betray anybody. LIV Tour was meant as a complementary tour, not a competing one. It’s the PGA who’s scared at the possible rival tour backed by money they can’t provide, given their non-profit structure and possibly, greed.

      One thing you need to wrap around your head is that NONE of these players are given a pass to join the PGA. They worked their butts off to reach where they reached. It is the PGA that’s riding on their hard work and talent, and receiving a cut for organizing events and sponsors – a job that LIV Tour could potentially do, given their solid financial backing.

      So you need to open your eyes and see the big picture. Don’t be one of those people easily swayed by the media. Just look at the one-sided journalists covering the story, totally biased, so contrary to what journalism is all about.

    • Robert

      Jun 21, 2022 at 10:34 am

      Are you being paid by the PGA?

      What else could cause someone to make such a stupid post?

  16. Ed Blue

    Jun 14, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Whatever respect I held for the players who chose Saudi over the PGA is gone, these yahoo’s are solely about the money an have zero loyalty to our nation. Personally, I am disappointed that they get to play in the US Open. Dustin, DeChambeau, and Mickelson are all about the money and nothing else.

    • R.L.

      Jun 15, 2022 at 6:34 am

      Be careful of what you don’t like. Most Americans are ignorant to the fact that China has an appalling record of abuse, torture and genocide against its own peoples. Yet most Americans have countless products from China. Is there really a difference between LIV golfers and the rest of us who whore off the backs of the enslaved Chinese people. F… the PGA’s monopoly.

  17. Play around

    Jun 14, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    I get the prestige of the PGA for guys like Spieth, Rory, and JT. For the guys not chasing history it’s about the money and this LIV thing is a $$$ grab. Kevin Na was T33 and won 150K in the first LIV event. In Spieth’s last start he was T18 and won 142K.

  18. Curtis

    Jun 14, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Why is it so shameful for these pros to take money from the Saudis, but it’s okay to take money from companies like Nike who basically employ slave labor to make their gear. The PGA is in bed with China the most egregious perpetrator of human rights violations in the world. The PGA has no problem with their pros going to Dubai and playing, home of one of the largest human sex trafficking organizations in the world. The hypocrisy of the PGA is quite evident, they just think they have the moral high ground.

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  20. Peter beames

    Jun 14, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    We are all are own judge and jury deciding our own fates.whether to deal in drugs and take the cartels millions or serve on the law enforcement side implementing societies law and order.It is very simple you are either walking into darkness or light and the great thing about life on this little planet it’s your choice completely no one else’s.

    • Bill

      Jun 14, 2022 at 4:25 pm

      What happens when law enforcement becomes a mafia of pension-focused parasites who selectively enforece laws based on the importance of the lawbreaker?

  21. Rich

    Jun 14, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    Without the PGA Tour, these LIV guys would be nothing. They deserve every ounce of mockery and ridicule that’s coming to them.

  22. Bob

    Jun 14, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    The LIV Bonesaw fornicators should just quit. They threw away their souls and their reputations.

  23. Jon

    Jun 14, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    Next they will be branded with a scarlet LIV.

  24. Laughing at you

    Jun 14, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    All these dudes have to get to the TOUR however it happened qualifying etc. nothing is given, never has been you have to perform to stay out there. What I don’t get it is all the take about “taking the easy way out” or they are owned by the tour. They have to perform to stay out there, the tour doesn’t give them anything. Why players are being petty like jr high is lame. Look when it comes down to it most these guys are acting like school girls on the playground. Move on show some character. It doesn’t work one way it’s always a two way street

    • MTK

      Jun 15, 2022 at 9:08 am

      Can you clarify your comments? Rory said guys are taking the easy way out by taking the guaranteed money…is your point that the LIV guys aren’t taking the easy way out and they have to perform to stay there? Because if that’s your argument, you’re wrong…the big names have guaranteed contracts and are locked in for years.
      The bigger issue is that these guys took filthy money under the guise of growing the game when this literally does nothing to grow anything other than their bank accounts.

      • Scott

        Jun 21, 2022 at 9:37 am

        It’s naive and almost inflammatory to suggest the decision is binary. While the overwhelming weight of these guys deciding to jump is based on a big payday, it’s not a simple matter of defectors electing to be villains. All of professional sports, including the PGA Tour, are awash in money from dubious sources. Media and fan outrage is almost entirely focused on LIV money being directly tied to MBS, but the most vocal of the PGA loyalists are solely upset about their tour being fractured – not the source of the defectors income.

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Photos suggest big changes could be coming to Augusta’s iconic 13th hole

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New images of the famous 13th hole at Augusta National have been released from Eureka Earth, and it appears that the par-5 may finally be lengthened.

The iconic hole is a dogleg left that marks the end of Amen Corner at Augusta National. The bigger hitters in golf like Bryson DeChambeau have started to cut the corner on the left and leave themselves with a short iron into the green.

 

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This past season, the par-4 11th was lengthened to 520 yards, making it longer than the par-5 13th. It seems reasonable that distance would be added to the 13th as well.

“The fact that players are hitting middle to short irons into that hole is not really how it was designed,” Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said at this year’s tournament.

 

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The 13th, named ‘Azalea’ measures 510 yards and the new ‘tee’ looks like it could be some 30 yards back. If the works are indeed a new teeing area, it would mean the hole measures somewhere between 530-550 yards. Crucially, it would ensure that players can’t cut the corner of the hole and therefore would see it go back to being played as it was designed to be played.

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Report: Brooks Koepka agrees to deal to join LIV Golf

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After plenty of speculation, Brooks Koepka has decided to jump ship and join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series, according to a report from The Telegraph.

Per the report, Koepka is expected to make his debut with the breakaway Tour at its second event in Portland next week.

A similar fee in the region to Dustin Johnson’s $150 million is reported to be what Koepka will be paid by LIV, who, according the Telegraph, has been in conversations with the group for months.

On Monday night, Koepka stripped his Twitter bio, removing ‘PGA Tour’ from his bio, all but confirming his move to LIV Golf.

The PGA Tour has banned any LIV competitor from entering any more events, and Koepka will also sacrifice his place in future Ryder Cup events.

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Nick Faldo announces retirement from full-time broadcasting

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Nick Faldo has today announced that he will retire from full-time broadcasting duties, having been on CBS’s golf telecasts for the last 16 years.

The 6-time major champion announced the news in a lengthy statement on social media, saying in part:

“After much consideration and discussions late last year with my business manager and more privately with my wife, Lindsay, we together concluded, and I decided that I will step down from Tower 18. It was ‘a great run’ since October 2006, when I was privilged to become the Lead Golf Analyst for CBS and to have the second best and highly coveted seat in golf, sitting next to Jim Nantz.”

Faldo, who turns 65 in July, added that he plans to focus on other opportunities and partnerships now, including his Faldo Design business, the Faldo Series amateur golf tour and his new whisky label.

The Englishman will retire after the Wyndham Championship in August, which was the same tournament where he made his debut in the studio.

Per Sports Business Journal, Faldo was in the final year of his contract with CBS, and he will now be replaced full-time by Trevor Immelman.

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