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The 4 box office names rumored to be LIV bound

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When Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and others joined the Saudi backed LIV Golf Series, it turned the world of golf upside down. The story has dominated headlines and is unthinkably overshadowing this week’s U.S. Open in Brookline, MA.

It now looks as if things could get a whole lot more interesting.

Reports indicate that Brooks Koepka, Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, and Viktor Hovland are now being rumored to be considering offers to join LIV Golf after the conclusion of the U.S. Open.

A twitter account called “Flushing It” shared the speculation.

Another account called “Secret Tour Pro” is claiming to have similar information.

The drama over the coming weeks is sure to intensify.

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  3. phizzy

    Jun 19, 2022 at 5:13 am

    Brooksie is all about the money so that wouldn’t surprise me. Collin and Viktor are still so young and you would think that they would want to leave their legacy on the PGA Tour so that comes as a bit of a surprise. Xander has always been a bit of an enigma. Pro athletes feel the need to maximize their revenue while they are in their prime so I’m all for their decisions to do so. However, they also need to recognize that accept that their actions have consequences as well.

  4. Joey5Picks

    Jun 17, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Not surprising, given Morikawa’s and Keopka’s non-answers about defecting to the Saudi Golf League. Sad if true.

    Here’s what Jimmy Dunne has to say about it (his friends a colleagues were killed by the Saudi-trained terrorists on 9/11).

    https://www.si.com/golf/news/one-of-golfs-most-connected-amateurs-has-much-to-say-on-liv-and-none-of-it-positive

    • Bob

      Jun 18, 2022 at 10:08 am

      The US and its former first family have close commercial ties to SA, but golfers should not?

    • Mike

      Jun 18, 2022 at 1:45 pm

      I respect everybody’s opinion but one of my closest friends in high school was killed on 9/11. Regardless,I don’t feel any animosity towards LIV or the players joining it.

  5. BJ

    Jun 17, 2022 at 9:14 am

    No body like a bully. PGA tour should embrace and acknowledge the competition. Say that anything that brings more eyes you our sport and makes us and our players better we welcome. If your the best show in town people will still be there.

    I would love to eat at Mastros every night, I also love El Pollo loco too. Both give me what I want.

    Its never another mans place to tell another grown man how to live their life and what to do.

  6. Garrett

    Jun 17, 2022 at 8:44 am

    Those 4 would hurt. A lot.

    On the bright side, maybe I have a chance of getting on the PGA Tour now! They’ll need people to fill in.

  7. silencedogood

    Jun 17, 2022 at 6:49 am

    pga leadership handled this wrong, came off as scared and weak, need to be replaced asap. liv isnt going anywhere just as well embrace it, hell make em partners

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Report: Major sponsor becomes first to urge PGA Tour to hold peace talks with LIV

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According to The Telegraph, a major investor is urging both the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour to have “peace talks” with LIV Golf.

Johann Rupert, who is the chairman of Richemont, a Swiss luxury-goods maker, has invested over $100 million into the sport of golf.

South Africa’s richest man issued a statement to tournament spokespeople at St. Andrews for this weeks Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

“This is the Home of Golf and we are all here to celebrate golf,” the spokesperson said from St. Andrews. “There needs to be a cessation of hostilities which are threatening the future of the game we all love. People need to talk to each other to find a solution.”

There doesn’t seem to be any type of negotiation imminent between the rival tours. According to LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, Jay Monahan hasn’t returned any of his phone calls since the inception of LIV Golf. Commissioner of the DP World Tour Keith Pelley has also expressed he doesn’t have much desire to work with Norman.

Patrick Reed and Peter Uihlein got a sponsors invite from Rupert. Although Reed withdrew with a back injury, many believe that Rupert was sending a message with how he used his sponsors invite.

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Report: LIV Golf closing in on deal to PURCHASE airtime with major network

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According to Golfweek, LIV Golf are closing in on a deal that will see the breakaway tour televised on Fox Sports 1.

The report indicates that LIV Golf will be paying Fox to air their product, which is unusual of television deals. Typically, the media company will pay a rights fee to the sports league to air the tournament.

Golfweek speculates that this move “will be widely interpreted as a failure to attract serious commercial interest in what it is offering.”

LIV Golf CEO had reportedly been shopping his product around to multiple media companies just as recently as a few weeks ago.

“We’re talking to four different networks, and live conversations where offers are being put on the table,” Norman told ESPN. “They can see what we’re delivering.”

LIV was still angling to receive a rights fee in the second year of the deal, but Fox reportedly declined to accept their proposal. Fox will be willing to renegotiate a rights fee at a later date.

The final two LIV events of the season, including a match play event at Trump Doral in Miami, Florida are planned to be shown on Fox once the deal is completed.

The arrangement is not yet finalized.

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Couple pull off insanely cool Masters-themed wedding

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There are golf fans, and then there are golf super-fans.

Matt Ziance, a former marketer for NBC Sports and the Golf Channel, proved that he and his wife Kate were simply obsessed by the sport, by making their nuptials an homage to the greatest of the traditional tournaments – the Masters.

 

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The wedding, on July 3rd this year, involved not just a nod to Augusta, and a Masters-themed cake, but an entire exhibition!

Included in the day were:

  • The couple’s nephews dressed head-to-toe as ‘ring caddies,’ dressed in white Master’s overalls and carrying the rings in golf-ball shaped cases.
  • Kate’s flower girl carrying a bucket of tees, balls and rose petals.
  • Personalized signs at the First Presbyterian Church featuring the Masters logo, with tables carrying the traditional Masters flag.
  • The duo’s entrance involving an attempt at a long-range putt
  • 5000 cookies, baked by Kate’s mom and referencing golf themes
  • Matt wearing an Augusta green jacket for the service, and golf socks, tie and custom Nike clothing for the reception party

The couple started playing golf together since their first date in 2020, and estimate they played over 60 rounds together last year.

No matter how many times they may have played, or the dedication shown to the sport, neither Matt and Kate have ever been to Augusta, though continue their bid at each lottery raffle.

Oh, and Matt also managed to arrange former associate Jim Nantz to present a short introduction and welcome to the guests – using his famous phrase – “Hello friends!”

As Matt says, “It was a wedding unlike any other.”

 

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The challenge is set.

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