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Max Homa hilariously breaks down LIV Golf negotiations

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On the day that Brooks Koepka confirmed golf’s worst-kept secret by joining the LIV Golf Series, and Collin Morikawa told us he pours milk before adding cereal, Twitter guru Max Homa decided to have a bit of fun at the rebel tour’s expense.

The World Number 23 has voiced his support for the PGA Tour over the past months, initially commenting at Riviera:

“What I do know about is the PGA Tour. I’ve played it for a little over a handful of years, and it’s created some really awesome memories for me. So at the moment I would say I’m pretty biased, I very much enjoy playing out here. I think they’ve done a great job of giving us an opportunity to compete for something we love. And if you do love money, too, we play for a lot of that out here, too. It’s not so bad.”

In May, the 32-year-old was asked what he knew of the offers made to then current PGA Tour players, and replied he knew “absolutely nothing about what’s going on”, while also adding that the blow-out and excessive media attention was “exhausting”.

Yesterday, he cranked it up a notch by following the lead from Rory McIlroy and suggesting it was all about money, and money only with a sly, but amusing tweet.

With LIV players Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson accepting huge amounts of money to join the Tour, this was a simple but effective tweet that may suggest the four-time PGA Tour winner has been approached several times. He would, after all, be a huge draw, with a recent win at the Wells Fargo, 11 made cuts in a row and over 400k Twitter followers.

For now, and after the PGA Tour confirmed several no-cut limited-field events, it looks like Max is staying with the crowd.

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  3. Livininparadise

    Jun 22, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    Not sure it is that “hilarious”.

    • Thomas Woodward

      Jun 22, 2022 at 5:24 pm

      AGREE. I find it peculiar the PGA Tour met with their players and decided to FOLLOW two key aspects LIV Golf offers those who come aboard, more money, and the not so great limited events with no cut. Ahahahahahahaaaaaa!! Jay, you boneheaded, indoctro-procto Biden voter.LIV Golf HAS NO CUT, it’s 18 holes and one day less, a shotgun start that makes a round shorter time wise to play. Make no mistake, you couldn’t manage a bowl of oatmeal at the breakfast table, much less professional golf…..

      • Prime21

        Jun 22, 2022 at 9:05 pm

        Such a poor comment. He has handled the PGA Tour with a magnificent touch, steering them through Covid & now LIV, without skipping a beat while continuing to raise purses. Shotgun starts do not make play faster, they simply allow players to finish around the same time. Irrelevant here, as nobody wants to talk to any of these players post round. Maybe I’ll catch the next interview they do with next weeks winner, oh wait……..they don’t have a TV contract. Those whom are playing are simply grabbing money. ALL of them are either washed up, fearful of a looming injury, or simply afraid of competition. GO BIDEN!

      • Idkman

        Jun 24, 2022 at 9:38 am

        Wait, PGA Tour adapts to add a few events with some of the things players/fans noted LIV Golf got right after meeting with the players? Interesting take to say it is a bad thing.

        I don’t think many people have any notable issues with LIV Golf outside the source of funding and how blatant it is that it is a sportwashing effort to make people forget they do things like hack up journalists reporting the truth with a bonesaw.

        A few sponsors of the PGA Tour having some sort of investment from the Saudis is pretty far from taking money directly from them to help them improve their world reputation.

        We all buy oil imported from the Saudis but it isn’t as if we have a choice. I’m sure most people if given the option to choose between bonesaw oil and oil from somewhere less horrible would make the less horrible choice. We don’t get that choice and people need to be able to drive to work, again, hardly comparable to people with 10s of millions already deciding to enter a partnership with such blatant human rights abusers.

        LIV Golf with different funding would be fine in my book. Some competition with the PGA Tour is needed but I don’t think it coming from the Saudis is worth it. Not as if the players who jumped ship haven’t already made millions, we aren’t talking about people struggling improving their life, we are talking about people in mansions.

    • Prime21

      Jun 22, 2022 at 8:58 pm

      I personally found it HILARIOUS! Perhaps a few humor lessons are in order?! Just because you CAN comment, doesn’t mean you should.

  4. Chris

    Jun 22, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    Starting to root against any player that is negative about competition, look like the PGA is stepping up their game with big $, that wouldn’t have happened if Liv wasn’t around. PGA is acting like Trump after the election, not flattering at all, going to split the fan base. Definitely rooting against Rory and Justin Thomas and anybody else who is acting like it’s the end of the world. If the PGA should embrace the challenge!! Just my opinion and everyone has one.

  5. Rebel Wyatt

    Jun 22, 2022 at 11:44 am

    Dude is another Greyson Murray wait for it..

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Will Zalatoris condemns former mentor’s obscene attack on NBC pair

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After Will Zalatoris won his first ever PGA TOUR event in dramatic fashion, his former mentor Scott Fawcett took to Twitter to criticize NBC’s broadcasting team.

Fawcett’s tweets (now deleted) were directed at Dan Hicks and Brad Faxon, who made a few comments about Zalatoris’ putting stroke that Fawcett took exception to.

The comments were captured and slammed by Justin Thomas, and reader beware, they feature plenty of expletives.

Fawcett was a coach of Zalatoris’ in his junior playing days and caddied for him when he won the 2014 Junior Amateur Championship.

The next day, Fawcett went on The Loop podcast and defended his comments.

“Find me a single tour player that has met me in person that says I’m not a good guy and does all I can to help them. Go find me one, I’ll give you $1 million.”

Despite Zalatoris’ previous relationship with Fawcett, he made it clear on ‘Golf Today’ on Wednesday, that he does not support the comments made attacking Hicks and Faxon.

“Scott Fawcett is not a paid member of my team. I in no way condone or support anything that was said in those tweets. I personally reached out to Dan Hicks and Brad Faxon and echoed that I don’t condone what he said. Any interviews he’s given have been unauthorized.

He has tried to reach out to me and I have not spoken to him. I’m thankful to him for everything he helped me with in the ups and downs in junior golf but those statements are not a reflection of my values or me.”

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Report: Draft copy of LIV contract reveals fascinating key details

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Amongst the many controversies and stories surrounding the LIV Golf Series, the contract details have been a constant subject of scrutiny.

Two months ago, renowned analyst Brandel Chamblee claimed that LIV prize money was counted against the signing bonus. This claim was then refuted by the winner of the opening event of the breakaway tour, Charl Schwartzel.

Fast forward to last week’s trial surrounding three LIV golfers who were attempting to be allowed in the FedEx Cup playoff field, and a LIV attorney appeared to let slip that money won in tournaments was “recouped against the LIV contract.” A comment which prompted the LIV COO to issue a memo to clear up the confusion saying, “Prize money is of course separate from the contractual monies that players earn. As you already know, prize money is not subtracted from a player’s contractual earnings.”

While the talk about what is and what isn’t true when it comes to LIV prize money rumbles on, a draft contract obtained by the Wall Street Journal has shone a light on many different aspects of the restrictions, expectations and bonuses expected and available to new players of the Saudi-backed Tour.

Per the WSJ, “it isn’t clear whether such terms are included in all LIV contracts or can be negotiated by individual players,” but here’s a rundown of the key details on the draft LIV contract, which includes a hefty bonus for any major championship win: 

  • Players are supposed to wear LIV apparel, even when playing in non-LIV events.
  • Players are instructed to refrain from giving interviews without approval.
  • Players agree to assist in recruiting other players to LIV, when requested.
  • Players need approval for most of the logos they wear and branded products, such as coffee mugs that they use at events. 
  • Players are awarded a $1 million bonus for winning any of golf’s four major championships. 

Per the report, a federal court judge is expected to rule on a motion by the Tour to unseal the LIV contracts this week, meaning more should be revealed soon.

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Kyle Berkshire smashes ball speed world record…again

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Kyle Berkshire, two-time winner of the World Long Drive Championship, has blown away his previous ball speed record, now setting the bar at an eye-popping 236mph.

Put into perspective, Cameron Champ, current leader of the ‘ball speed’ averages on the PGA Tour, can muster an average of 188.94mph through 56 rounds, his fastest figure being 194.64mph. Whilst driving it on the course is completely different to a wild slash, Berkshire remains over 41mph faster.

Filming alongside fellow 2021 Long Drive competitor and host for the day, Bryson DeChambeau, the pair were providing content for pro golf net supplier The Net Return when Berkshire hit the new unofficial record.

Having warmed up with figures in the DeChambeau region of 220, the Foresight GCQuad recorded his first few shots at between 230 and 232mph.

And then the big one.

Broadcast live on his Instagram account, Berkshire was confident he could reach 235mph, itself a record – “100 percent I can do it.”

He then did.

With a 5.5? Cobra LTDx LS driver in hand, Berkshire stopped the speedo at the record 236mph, with his host seemingly more excited than the player himself.

 

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The comments on his social media show that the distance travelled may have been incorrect – ” plenty will point out that “it only carried 291 yards” (this is due to a misread on spin… at these speeds spin is very hard to pick up when the ball only travels a short distance)” – but as the camera pans down to the screen, it clearly indicates the stunning figure.

Addressing those of his 191k followers that may have watched live, or will see the clip, Berkshire commented, “the fact is when you spend your life doing what you’re passionate about, it brings about a special feeling of happiness and satisfaction with life. This is how I feel about the sport of long drive (and breaking speed records/pushing limits) and I hope everybody reading this finds their passion in life and takes it as far as they can ????.”

Having abandoned his idea of getting a PGA Tour card, Berkshire is currently miles clear in the 2022 Professional Long Drivers Association standings, and will start a red-hot favourite for the world championships at the end of September.

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