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Chamblee says LIV pair should have Hall of Fame status stripped; PGA Tour pro hits back



Never one to ever mince his words, Brandel Chamblee went in hard on the LIV Golf stars who teed it up at the Centurion Club last week.

The Golf Channel analyst launched a savage attack on the breakaway players while speaking on Sky Sports News, saying “they make me want to puke” while describing the opening day of the LIV Golf Series as “one of the saddest days in the history of golf.”

Just a week on, Chamblee has taken aim again, this time zoning in on two of the LIV Tour’s most prominent names, claiming that CEO Greg Norman and 6-time major champ Phil Mickelson should both lose their Hall of Fame status.

Posting on Twitter, Chamblee revealed his thoughts, saying:

“As far as I know, it’s never happened that an athlete has been kicked out of their Hall Of Fame but both Norman & Mickelson should be removed from the Hall Of Fame. They’ve dishonored the game & they threaten to destroy the game that they have both so enormously profited from.”

Norman was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame back in 2001, while Mickelson took his place in 2012.

PGA Tour Rookie, Dylan Wu responded to Chamblee’s view, saying that maybe someone who is a part of the Hall of Fame should be the one commenting and “not just media and broadcasters”, asking “Shouldn’t the actual golf and accomplishments me the only thing that matters”

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  1. geohogan

    Jul 12, 2022 at 10:12 am

    IMO move the Liv traitors to the PGA to their own section of the Hall of Fame.
    The Benedict Arnold Room…since they too are disheartened at the internal squabbling and thinking they have been overlooked.

    “There have been a number of traitors in American history, but Benedict Arnold was the first. Benedict Arnold began his military career with the Continental Army in 1775, and distinguished himself early on with the capture of Fort Ticonderoga. Benedict Arnold was essential to a number of other Colonial victories, but became disheartened at the internal squabbling of the Continental Congress as well as the continual overlooking of his accomplishments and potential for promotion by his superiors.”

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  4. MrHogan

    Jun 17, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Chamblee has said some really stupid things as a commentator, but this is by far the most stupid comment that has ever come out of his mouth.

    Guarantee if Chamblee or Slow Learner were offered a lucrative contract with LIV, they would be on the first available flight.

  5. AnnoyedWithYourDumbAss

    Jun 16, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Rookies are like children. Be seen but not heard until your name is spoken.

  6. Dave r

    Jun 16, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Branded just a hot air golf reporter nothing more nothing less. Should learn to just go away

  7. Dixon Diaz

    Jun 16, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    The talking head has spoken

  8. Ken Heineken

    Jun 16, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Tell Chamblee to stop being so jealous..he would have taken the money in a New York second..besides that nobody really cares what he saying..hes just a loudmouth that couldn’t play very good golf.

  9. John Carlisle

    Jun 16, 2022 at 10:59 am

    I wonder if Brandel would go announce for LIV for say a contract of $150 million? I bet he has his price?. If these guys want to play for the money let them. And let the market and fans decide if LIV is good for golf.

  10. Thomas

    Jun 16, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Chamblee should keep his pie hole shut! What is disgusting, is the fact that je, has settled into a cush job, that he performs at an OVER PAR level!

  11. Duties

    Jun 16, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Why was my first comment taken down?

    This is all about money. The money the PGA, players and corporate networks and their sponsors are fearful of losing to the upstart tour. At least be honest about it.

  12. Duties

    Jun 16, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Pretty sure most of the outrage by the PGA, players, networks and their talking stooges, is all about . . . money. They are all fearful the upstart tour threatens their stranglehold on the green. And not the one on the course.

  13. Willis

    Jun 16, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Want to be golfer, a failure. Thank God you have a crappy job.

  14. Jim

    Jun 16, 2022 at 12:30 am

    Everybody is sick of Brandel Chamblee… he’s on the Golf Channel 8 hours every day viewing his opinionated biased rhetoric!!
    Shut up already it’s obvious you’re a paid attack dog.

  15. Junebug Slade

    Jun 15, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    Make them go live in the desert with the rest of the hijackers. All of us niwits paying for gas are supporting these terrorists anyway though. Aramco just became the richest company on earth and also gave Jared Kushner 3 billion dollars. Fuck Phil’s broke degenerate gambling ass.

  16. Michael Garrett

    Jun 15, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Who is Chamblee ? Hall of famer? No , a tool of the PGA. Maybe just jealous cuz he can’t get any of that juice.

  17. Pray Jeske

    Jun 15, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    There is room for another tour, even one that pays extraordinarily well. In the end, i.e. the very near future, you will have two tours that pay their players really well. And the players on the second such tour will have the players on the first such tour to thank.

  18. Tom Kay

    Jun 15, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Brandel should find a safe space until all this blows over.

  19. Gregory Galminas

    Jun 15, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Jay Monahan needs to stay informed and stop spreading disinformation about the Saudi’s role in 9/11. The hypocritical and politically biased PGA allows players to be sponsored by companies who do business with the Chinese Communists and actually supports a PGA China league. Everyone has to know by now that 9/11 was a US government operation to create the DHS which allows them to spy on Americans and just as they are doing to the Capitol protesters, throw Americans into jail as domestic terrorists with no legal defense or rights. They’ve actually let the real domestic terrorists in Gitmo out and gave them first class airfare home. Monahan is a stinking Socialist.

  20. Ripper

    Jun 15, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Chamblow should have his anu$ ripped.

  21. Big Guy

    Jun 15, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    “ They’ve dishonored the game & they threaten to destroy the game”

    Surely by “game” you mean PGA Tour. The game is much bigger than the 200 odd players on the PGA Tour.

  22. Dave Runyon

    Jun 15, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Gee, is Gordie Howe in the Hockey hall of fame?

    • drbopperthp

      Jun 16, 2022 at 6:19 am

      Don’t bring Gordie’s name into this nonsense.

  23. Jolter

    Jun 15, 2022 at 11:42 am

    Stripping them of their HOF honors is going a bit too far. They earned that distinction and really this does not even remotely approach any “violation” which would have them removed. Let LIV run its course and see where everything stands in two years time. If the PGA Tour is that strong, this will just be a tempest in a tea pot in the end.

  24. Don

    Jun 15, 2022 at 11:33 am

    Regardless of other considerations, the fact that the Saudi’s are scumbags should be enough for anyone with integrity to say “NO” to LIV.

  25. Imafitter

    Jun 15, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Gary Player supports LIV and by doing that not the PGA Tour. You can’t support both, especially if you are financially supported by the Saudi’s, as is Player.

  26. larrybud

    Jun 15, 2022 at 10:52 am

    Love or hate the idea of LIV, the concept that someone gets kicked out of the HOF because they changed jobs is ludicrious.

    Chamblee’s job depends on the pga tour, he’s far from unbiased in this whole argument.


    Jun 15, 2022 at 8:04 am

    WU HOOO!

    • livSportswashing

      Jun 15, 2022 at 9:52 am

      Wu who? Stay in your own lane nobody.

      • Kelly Gallagher

        Jun 15, 2022 at 12:11 pm

        It’s takes a rookie to speak up because the PGA has most of the players scared to speak their minds. How about we take all the awards or championships a sports figure might have won because they decide to become a free agent and change teams. Why should a golfer be any different than any free agent. If the money is there go for it. Same as every sport.

      • Hulieo Aeglesis

        Jun 19, 2022 at 10:27 am

        Yo Sportsbashing. TAKE A HIKE indoctro-procto……

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19th Hole

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



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



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’



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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