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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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Phil Mickelson likes tweet suggesting major LIV critic asked for $55m to join rebel tour

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Phil Mickelson’s recent social media activity may indicate that one of LIV Golf’s biggest critics actually attempted to join the rival league before being denied by LIV.

The speculation began when Tiger Woods’ former swing coach, Hank Haney, said on his podcast that there was a PGA Tour player who’s been adamantly against LIV that initially had attempted to join the breakaway tour for an asking price of $55 million.

Many people on Twitter immediately started speculating (and some were hoping) that the player that Haney was referencing could be Billy Horschel.

Apparently, Phil Mickelson had been monitoring the saga from his Twitter account, because as this was happening, “Lefty” started liking tweets that were accusing Horschel of being the player that asked for the $55 million.

If the player in question turned out to be Horschel, it would be a tough look for the 36-year-old. He’s gone as far as anyone in his criticism of players who’ve opted to join LIV Golf.

“I honestly don’t think that the American guys who haven’t supported the PGA Tour should be here.

“The Abraham Ancers, the Talor Goochs, the Jason Kokraks – you’ve never played this tournament, you’ve never supported the DP World Tour. Why are you here? You are here for one reason only and that’s to try and get world ranking points because you don’t have it.

“It’s hypocritical because of what some of these guys have said they wanted to play less golf. It’s pretty hypocritical to come over here and play outside LIV when your big thing was to spend more time with family and want to play less golf.”

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Tiger Woods reveals the best celebrity foursome he’s ever played with

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With Capital One’s The Match set to take place this weekend, Tiger Woods was asked about the best celebrity foursome that he’s ever played a round with.

Tiger replied:

“[John] Smoltz, [Tom] Glavine and [Greg] Maddux when they were all pitching with the Braves. That was epic. I shot 62, 62 and lost money.”

The three pitchers combined to win seven National League Cy Young Awards in the 1990s and led the Atlanta Braves to a World Series win in 1995.

The 15-time major champion was also asked what his “dream foursome” would be, to which he replied: “It wouldn’t be a foursome. It would be my dad, myself and Charlie.”

Tiger’s father, Earl, passed away in 2006 and his son, Charlie, was born in 2009.

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Former NBA star turned college golfer J.R. Smith taking lessons from Tiger’s ex-coach

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Former NBA player J.R. Smith is now taking golf lessons from Tiger Woods’ former coach, Chris Como.

The lessons can be seen on the new show “Private Lessons” on the premium subscription of GolfPass.

Of his lessons with Como, Smith said, “For me, I think the most appealing part (about taking a lesson from Como) was about like how fast the transition for him to understand. Like, obviously, everybody doesn’t think the same,” he added, “but to make to feel certain sensations in the golf swing.”

The two-time NBA Champion made $90 million as a basketball player but signed an NIL deal as a golfer in early 2022.

In addition to working with Tiger Woods and Smith, Como has also worked with Bryson DeChambeau, who won the 2020 U.S. Open under his guidance.

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