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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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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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