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Did The Simpsons predict Matt Fitzpatrick’s major US Open moment?

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US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick has been on something of a high ever since lifting the trophy last Sunday.

With his social media full of photos of him holding the trophy, eating meals with the trophy and probably sleeping with the trophy, he certainly wasn’t fibbing when he said that, “Words really can’t describe the feeling of winning a major, it’s 1000x better than I ever thought it would be.”

Perhaps winning his first major, and subsequently his first PGA Tour event, at The Country Club, some nine years after being crowned US Amateur at the same course, was written in the stars, or maybe a cartoon family had more to do with it.

In a tweet yesterday, the now world number 10, compared his celebration on the 15h hole to that of Marge Simpson, the long-suffering wife of Homer, in the award-winning animated series, commenting, “The Simpsons always knows….”

Of course, many have credited the satirical series with predicting several events over the 33 years of the Simpson’s existence, including the rise of Donald Trump to President and the winner of the Super Bowl in 1992, and for the next two years in succession.

Either way, by defeating world number one Scottie Scheffler, perennial major contender Will Zalatoris and 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, and with his affable demeanour, Fitz launched himself into near-legend status on a day he said, ” is a moment I could only dream of.”

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A LIV attorney just created total confusion over the prize money situation on the breakaway tour

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A highly debated topic among media and fans has been whether or not prize money is counted against the upfront bonus players received when joining LIV Golf.

Originally, Brandel Chamblee of Golf Channel tweeted (now deleted) that prize money was counted against the signing bonus.

His tweet was met with plenty of backlash, and a LIV spokesperson came out and denied those claims during a press conference.

“I just wanted to address Alex’s question earlier when you were asking about the prize purses and if they are in addition to the contracts,” she said. “The prize purses are in addition to. There is no draw at LIV Golf on any finances. We just wanted to, on the record, it’s in addition to. And while you guys have, this is your first event, but you should know that from your contracts. You can attest to it. Thank you guys.”

According to the LIV attorneys during yesterday’s trial surrounding three LIV golfers who were attempting to be allowed in the FedEx Cup playoff field, Chamblee may have been correct in his initial claim.

Chamblee took the opportunity to remind Twitter that he was right all along.

For what it’s worth, LIV still claims that contract money is separate from prize money.

After all is said and done, nothing appears to be any clearer.

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‘No hard feelings or anything like that ‘ – Rickie Fowler explains decision to split with longtime caddie

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Rickie Fowler is getting ready to compete at this week’s Playoff opener after squeezing into the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings.

The 33-year-old is looking to overcome a poor run of form that has seen his star fade, with the former World Number 4 now languishing outside the top 150 in the world.

Ahead of this week’s FedEx Cup opener, Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis first reported that Fowler had split from longtime caddie Joe Skovron who had been on Fowler’s bag since Rickie turned pro in 2009.

Speaking on the split, Fowler told Lewis:

“It happened Friday night when we finished up in Greensboro. Told Joe I wasn’t really gonna go into details on who brought up the decision or who made the decision or anything like that. We’ve always been a team, we always will be a team, he’s like a big brother to me. Friendship and all that comes first.

No hard feelings or anything like that, I just thought it might be the best option for the current time, but by no means does this mean we’re not gonna rekindle the flame in the future or anything like that, but I know it’s been tough on both of us.” 

Ben Schomin, the tour operations manager for Cobra Puma Golf, will caddie for Fowler this week in Memphis. Schomin filled in for Bryson DeChambeau last summer following his own split with his caddie, and per Fowler, nothing is decided yet on a long-term replacement.

“Still don’t know where I’ll end up,” Fowler told Lewis. “I got Ben on the bag for me this week. I thought about who I am gonna bring in for kind of a one-off, or this could kind of be next week as well, just depending on how we play this week.”

Fowler has competed in 17 events this season, missing the cut in eight and failing to register a top-20 finish in any.

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Judge rules against LIV trio’s FedEx Cup suspension appeal in early victory for PGA Tour

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On a dramatic day off the course in the world of golf, a federal judge denied Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones’ application for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the PGA Tour.

The result means that the trio will now miss out on this year’s FedEx Cup Playoffs that get underway this week.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs made the case that the three golfers were being unfairly blocked from competing in the FedEx Cup playoffs. On the other side, attorneys for the PGA Tour argued that all the golfers stood to suffer was solely money related, therefore not meeting the standard for “irreparable harm.”

After almost two and a half hours, Judge Freeman ruled in favour of the PGA Tour and denied the trio a TRO, concluding that the three players had “not established irreparable harm.”

Following the verdict, LIV Golf released a short statement saying they were disappointed that the trio “won’t be allowed to play golf.”

Gooch, Swafford and Jones are due to return to the courtroom along with seven others for the bigger antitrust suit filed against the PGA Tour. The suit alleges that the PGA Tour has been unlawfully sanctioning them for signing on with LIV Golf. 

At the close of Tuesday’s case, Judge Freeman indicated that the larger antitrust lawsuit could be heard in the fall of 2023.

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