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‘Hard to root for Sergio, the man’ – Pro delivers damning verdict on Garcia and other LIV stars

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Plenty of professionals have given their opinion about the recent LIV Golf breakaway stars, but perhaps none have been as hard hitting up to this point as Eddie Pepperell.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Pepperell spoke freely in regard to his thoughts about those choosing to make the jump to the controversial LIV Golf series.

“I don’t think Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter give a shit and they don’t need to care,” said Pepperell. “They’re going to be done with the game in three or four years. Greg Norman doesn’t give a crap. He can sail off into the sunset on a yacht. There’s no risk for Greg Norman. He’s done.

“The risk is on the shoulders of the younger players. They will be rewarded in the short-term but, ultimately, it’s a big gamble.”

One of the younger players that Pepperell is referring to is his good friend Laurie Canter. He admitted that Canter’s decision has put their friendship to the test.

“Let’s say the worst comes to the worst and in five years the European Tour no longer exists as it is today and LIV Golf has grown into something bigger and there’s 100 players out of work because of that,” added Pepperell. “There will be accusations thrown at these players, Laurie included, that they helped put these guys out of work.

“I don’t think I would feel very good about that. I don’t know if they’ve considered this.”

Eddie also insinuated that Westwood, Poulter and Garcia know exactly what they are doing to the DP World Tour, and don’t seem to care.

“We’ve heard rumors that Westwood thinks our tour is finished. If this happens and we look back and conclude that LIV Golf put the knife into the back of the European Tour, how are Westwood and Poulter and Sergio [Garcia] and these guys going to feel about themselves knowing they have been complicit?

“I rooted for Sergio, the player. It’s hard to root for Sergio, the man. The way these guys speak, quite gleefully, about what they’ve done, well, it’s just disappointing.”

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  1. MICHAEL

    Jun 26, 2022 at 9:54 am

    Sounds as if Eddie didn’t get an offer.

  2. Daniu

    Jun 22, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    The tears tgat some are shedding shows their true wokeness. Because the pga refuses to let players compete on LIV, the pga has to spend resources on attorney fees that should be going to players pensions. Typical big business under woke control. Punish the players for the stupidness if corporate pga.

  3. Jim A

    Jun 22, 2022 at 9:19 am

    If the LIV puts 100 guys out of work, it’ll be 100 guys who shouldn’t be touring pros in the first place, at least not at that level.

  4. Gordy3279

    Jun 21, 2022 at 10:50 am

    Honestly, it makes me want to barf with all the hate on the LIV. The only thing it is bad for is the established tours and their corresponding TV networks. Lets stop pretending like this is morally wrong and that any of these players owe anything to any other players than themselves. If the DP World Tour and PGA Tour were smart they would just figure out a way to coexist because it will be a losing battle I promise you that. As a fan I could care less what tour I watch as long as the golf is good. In all honesty the DP World Tour isn’t that entertaining anyways so if it disappeared nobody would care.

  5. Gary Ahlert

    Jun 21, 2022 at 10:17 am

    Pepperell who?

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  7. Hopp

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    No one and I mean not one single person will miss Sergio, he is really no big loss. Hopefully they will keep him out of Ryder cup as well, he just a money grubbing POS.

    • Clayton Bigsby

      Jun 21, 2022 at 12:16 am

      If you got hate in your heart, by all means, LET IT OUT.

  8. Imafitter

    Jun 20, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    A world golf league doesn’t work-logistically. Euro and Asian players have moved to the US because they can’t continue to fly back and forth across the oceans to continually play on the PGA Tour. It’s not the Tour’s fault that other countries tours don’t stack up, but if they were run similar to the PGA Tour it may be different. I’ve read Australian’s blaming the Tour for destroying the Australian Tour! I don’t follow them, but anything can be fixed. Why does everyone want to play on the US PGA Tour and not their countries tour, you have to ask them. So many Euros have moved here but the European (DP TOUR) seems to be doing fine. It’s a shame the younger players are going for the quick money. The old guys, well, their not revetment anymore.

    • Just a Thought…

      Jun 21, 2022 at 10:00 am

      I’m not so sure about that. Tennis is the obvious comparison to golf with a similar number of pros, a world ranking system, and feeder Tours and college. They have a true World Tour. And has been pretty gender and pay equal for about 20 years. Four majors and then tournaments are categorized 250, 500, 1000 series events. The pros get into these events based on their world ranking, the 1000 series being reserved for the highest ranked players. There are a lot of 250 series tournaments played around the world on different surfaces, fewer 500 series events, and even fewer 1000 series events. Golf could totally use that as a template and develop their own World Tour. This would truly go a long way towards growing the game. I’d also like to see the PGA move around the world even it was only ever 3-5 years. But that’s a different discussion. I guess the biggest obstacle would be sponsors. Currently, it seems the PGA Tour Sponsors are primarily North American corporations. Of course, the auto industry (BMW, Porsche, Genesis, Honda, Kia, and Cadillac) play a big role and are truly global. All of that to say, it could work. The status quo isn’t working.

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  10. Chris

    Jun 20, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    So Pepperell’s hot take is that the LIV tour might kill the European Tour, and so the players who go to the LIV Tour are responsible for that? If the European Tour can’t withstand a little competition, then maybe it’s a shit tour.

  11. Rich

    Jun 20, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Pride cometh before the fall.

    • Richer

      Jun 21, 2022 at 10:01 am

      and the love of money is the root of all evil.

  12. Eddie Peckerell

    Jun 20, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Oh boo hoo Eddie.

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Freak incident leads LPGA pro to finish round putting with her wedge

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Golf viewers have seen plenty of tantrums on the golf course.

Go back to the likes of John Daly and Jon Rahm for not exactly hiding their frustrations with a bad shot, whilst the list of players throwing or damaging clubs is manifold. Indeed, just five days ago, recordings showed Grayson Murray snapping a club over his knee after a wayward approach at the US Open in Brookline.

It’s a bit more unusual on the womens’ tours, although Brooke Henderson put up a show at the 2018 KPMG PGA Championship when throwing her club on to her bag and snapping it, rendering it impossible to play with.

LPGA player Emma Talley isn’t in that league and usually takes it out on her putter by rapping it against her left foot. On Thursday, however, she damaged her flat stick on the 6th green at Congressional, scene of this season’s KPMG event, some four years after Henderson’s misdemeanour.

The former US Women’s Amateur champion admitted it surprised her, as she hadn’t rapped the club with that much force:

“I hit my putter on my toe, but it wasn’t even that hard. That’s why I’m so upset because I wish I would have broken it out of madness, but it wasn’t even that hard. That’s what sucked.”

TV coverage showed viewers the 28-year-old putting with a wedge from that moment on whilst Todd Garry of the PGA of America explained:

“So, Emma, on the 6th green, missed a short putt and kind of hit her foot with her putter, and she loosened the clubhead. She could continue to use it throughout her round but she decided to use her wedge, so she must replace….she has to get that fixed before starting her round tomorrow, but she could have kept using her putter.”

Coverage then showed Talley in tears after missing a gettable putt on the 8th, her 17th of the day, and finished 6-over, some four shots off the cut line.

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DP World Tour announces sanctions for LIV golfers…including heavy fines

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In a dramatic move by the DP World Tour, all players involved with the LIV Golf Series will be fined and banned from entering the Scottish Open in July.

With the highly-regarded tournament set to take place at the Renaissance Club for the fourth year in succession, many of the top players will have planned to use the event to prepare for The Open Championship, set to have its 150th running at St. Andrews, just a week later.

Whilst the R&A, the organisation with control of the final major, is allowing LIV players into the event, this seems to be a European version of the twists and turns in the United States, where LIV players were welcomed into the PGA Championship but shunned by the PGA Tour.

The DP World Tour will fine members that played at the opening LIV event at the Centurion Club to the tune of £100,000 and suspend all from both the Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championship, held from July 7th-10th, and from the Barracuda Championship, taking place as an ‘opposite’ event to what should be a classic final major.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the DP World Tour, has not ruled out further action, his statement confirming that participation in further conflicting tournaments without the required release “may incur further sanctions.”

The Scottish Open is an event that has often enticed many of the live candidates for The Open, and can list both Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell as previous winners, the pair now banned from the event because of their participation in the inaugural LIV event.

The 2021 running saw Collin Morikawa finish down the field before coming on from the experience to win the Claret Jug, whilst joint runner-up Matt Fitzpatrick subsequently won the Andalucia Masters and, of course, the recent US Open at Brookline.

Whilst the amount of the fine is peanuts in comparison to the millions that has been offered to the likes of Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, this will go down well with players with the same mindset as Morikawa, Max Homa and Rory McIlroy, all of whom talk of history and tradition.

Indeed, the last-named and recent Canadian Open winner has labelled some of the breakaway players as “duplicitous”, a reference to the talk of ‘loyalty’ to the PGA Tour and a quick backtrack to signing for the Saudi-backed series.

Pelley was clear in his statement made earlier today:

“Every action anyone takes in life comes with a consequence and it is no different in professional sport, especially if a person chooses to break the rules. That is what has occurred here with several of our members.”

“Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks expressed the viewpoint that those who have chosen this route have not only disrespected them and our Tour but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf that has been the bedrock of our game for the past half a century and which will also be the foundation upon which we build the next 50 years.”

Pelley concludes, “Their actions are not fair to the majority of our membership and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we have announced today.”

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Xander Schauffele reveals why he turned down ‘obnoxious’ LIV money

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Xander Schauffele has been one of stars on the PGA Tour who’s been rumored to be a target of the LIV Golf series.

According to his interview with The Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio, he’s been steadfast in turning down the proposals of the Saudi-backed golf league.

“Yeah I’m here,” he said. “I met with Jay, we had a player meeting today. I met with Jay myself yesterday and I see myself right now trying to find a way to keep guys on the Tour versus being one to bail.”

“I’m very happy with what’s going on the Tour for the most part and I feel like there’s enough here. I know we’re competing against a big pot of money that’s sort of never ending, you can strike out a million times but there’s still gonna be on that plate swinging so it’s a hard competitor to go up against but I feel like there’s enough on this Tour and enough talent to make it the best in the world and keep it the best.”

“I’m not the first one to sit here and lie to somebody, the numbers being thrown around are very obnoxious. There are certain numbers that even fans of mine, if they looked at it and sit it they’d tell me I’m an idiot for not going, but right now, I’m 28-years-old, I want to win Major championships, I want to win PGA Tour events, and I really think we can make this product on the PGA Tour, it’s been the best and now there is competition, and we can keep it the best with the talent we have, we just kind of need to unify and keep it together.

“So to any one of my fans, words are words, and actions speak louder than words, and right now my actions are to stay on the tour and you’ll see me out here competing on the PGA Tour circuit.”

Of course, Brooks Koepka and others have said they were staying on the PGA Tour and ended up going to LIV anyway. Some users on Twitter pointed out Schauffele’s careful wording when answering the question.

@ToeTagginTambo pointed out that he used the words “right now” when describing his intentions to stay on the PGA Tour, but Xander has, at the very least, committed his immediate future to the PGA Tour.

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