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NBA legend says he would ‘kill a relative’ for LIV Golf money

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Not that long ago that NBA legend Charles Barkley was being lampooned for his golf swing.

Teaming up with Phil Mickelson at The Match III in November 2020, his ‘disturbed’ golf action was no barrier to celebrity success as he and the 2021 PGA Champion beat Stephen Curry and Peyton Manning 4 and 3.

Fast-forward to February this year and the outspoken basketball Hall of Fame inductee was challenging any tour player for any amount of money, for just a shot a hole.

And here is again, with further forthright chat.

On Friday, during an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, the 59-year-old TNT analyst was quite clear in his support for the players that have been accused of joining the LIV Golf series purely for the financial incentives.

As Barkley’s sparring partner, Mickelson, was in the midst of shooting 78-83 to miss the cut at the US Open at Brookline, he claimed he would do almost anything for the reported level of reward, whilst not holding back on his thoughts about the PGA Tour.

“I want all the LIV guys on top of the leaderboard,” Barkley said of what he wants to see at this week’s U.S. Open. “I want to see the PGA Tour shaking in their damn boots. Listen, I’m not a religious dude but I want chaos this weekend at the U.S. Open.”

“I don’t judge other people. Listen, if somebody gave me $200 million I’d kill a relative,” Barkley joked before doubling down. “I’m serious. They’re saying Phil Mickelson got $200 million, Dustin Johnson got $150 million, for $150 million I’d kill a relative, even one I like.”

At the US Open, only Johnson, of all the current LIV stars, were anywhere near the top-20 at The Country Club.

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  1. Painter33

    Jul 2, 2022 at 7:44 am

    Barkley was never a subtle thinker. Wait, amend that: Barkley was never a thinker of any kind. His use of a murder analogy to describe the Murder Tour proves what a dope he really is. And, a stroke a hole wouldn’t be nearly enough…

  2. Moe Greene

    Jun 23, 2022 at 11:17 am

    Charles is still not a role model.

  3. youwish

    Jun 21, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    Let’s be honest, many nba players were well on their way to committing murder before joining that league.

  4. Jerry

    Jun 21, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    Who gives a crap what a moron with zero golf skills has to say.

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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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