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LIV pros accuse Brandel Chamblee of lying in fiery social media spat



Brandel Chamblee has never shied away from broadcasting his feelings on the LIV Golf Series.

Over the last few months, the former PGA Tour player has ripped into all the players that have signed for vast sums of money, most recently at the conclusion of the US Open when declaring, “The right players spoke this week, and the right players put on a show today. Today wasn’t about money, it was about history and Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson, going forward, will always be on the wrong side of history.”

Probably his biggest rant was at the beginning of June when he told Sky Sports that the reason given by players going to LIV – “growing the game” – made him want to puke.

Yesterday, the DP World Tour tweeted a clip of Haotong Li’s celebration after winning the BMW International in Germany, a memorable mix of relief and joy. It prompted one comment of:

“@chambleebrandel you will never see this kind of emotion on LIV Tour…”.

And the floodgates opened.

That led Chamblee to tweet reasons he believed that Charl Schwartzel, winner of the inaugural LIV event, “didn’t win 4.7 million”, claiming the winnings “went against his guarantee”.

Replies questioned the statement, although respected golf writer Bob Harig responded with: “This has been out there and I’ve checked with multiple people about it. Could they all be lying? Certainly. But none of the people I checked with knew the others. All said the prize money is extra in addition to the contracts.”

Former caddy and now ESPN reporter Michael Collins retweeted the post and added some of his own evidence, along with a screenshot of a chat he had with an unnamed LIV employee, categorically stating that “He (Schwartzel) has the money and it’s been transferred to him.”

Whilst Collins and Chamblee are hardly close, there seems there is more of this to come, the former continuing the chat with the cryptic statement, “There’s more coming… I’ve been to Switzerland… been telling people to stop throwing rocks in a glass house… but now some people need to be shown receipts of their hypocrisy.”

Late last night, the winner of the opening LIV event Charl Schwartzel, appeared to clear up the disagreement, claiming that Chamblee’s take was “untrue” and that he did indeed collect the winner’s check for almost $5 million on top of his guarantee.

After Golf journalist Mark Corrigan also claimed that the information Chamblee had was untrue, Lee Westwood took the chance to take a shot at the analyst, but Brandel hit right back while also saying he was happy to recant his opening take if it’s not the case.

Chamblee has since deleted his original tweet.

The second LIV event is due to start in two days’ time at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, and with continued speculation about who will join Brooks Koepka, Carlos Ortiz and Matt Wolff as newcomers to the tour, this story is a long way from over.

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  1. T-Bone

    Jun 29, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    There is no guarantee. Its a signing bonus. Prize money doesn’t go against a signing bonus, but would against a guarantee. The answer is in the terms.

  2. Craig

    Jun 29, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Brandel is a PGATour lifer, never had a job not connected to the tour. He’s basically protecting his own ass.

  3. Get Real

    Jun 29, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    There sure is a lot of hate and vitriol going on in these comments. Now, I’m no fan of Brandell Chamblee, and he certainly does like to embroil himself in controversy but to call him a liar in this instance is a bit much. Clearly, he’s wrong at worst and misinformed at best and he certainly shouldn’t Tweet something when he’s not fully informed, but this kind of hate is a bit much.

    • Thomas Woodward

      Jun 29, 2022 at 8:11 pm

      ANYONE who sides with the LEFT WIll get HATE and MUCH more. Chamblee is a PGA Tour and Golf Channel ‘puppet’ who LOVES POWER and CONTROL, just like subversive corporate America and criminal politicians. I got NEWS for ALL of them, the day of “reckoning” is very near and America IS going to get the “adjustment that it needs so badly…..

  4. Greg McNeill

    Jun 29, 2022 at 11:40 am

    Of course this can be considered “sports washing.” But so what? How many decades has the American consumer purchased products manufactured by totalitarian regimes? If you’ve ever purchased from Wal-Mart, you’ve likely bought a Chinese product manufactured with slave or child labor. Hell, there have been organs harvested from Uyghur concentration camp victims transplanted into patients in this country. So spare me the whole “blood money” narrative. I don’t like Chamblee or Koepka but for different reasons.

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  6. Big guy

    Jun 29, 2022 at 6:01 am

    Someone should just tell Chamles to shut the F up. He is not doing anyone any favours and the his rambling is just too over the top.

  7. Ron Guiry

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    brandel is a hater, another smug tv announcer. he’s got no game in the tongue game. has the guy every been happy for anyone? seems miserable SMS ……

  8. Golf Fan

    Jun 28, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Ask Brandel what brand of shoe he is wearing and whether it came from China or not.

  9. Kurt

    Jun 28, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Can somebody please smack Chamblee in the face? I’m volunteering for the job myself. What a pompous azz. enough already with the blood money stuff. The Euro tour has been playing in Saudi for years why is this now a total outrage thing??

    • Brandon

      Jun 28, 2022 at 11:39 pm

      Because fake outrage is all the rage these days…

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  11. Jimmy

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Chamblee is the worst analyst on TV and everybody is sick of his mug… just shut up already everybody knows the PGA Tour is paying you to slander the liv tour.
    Your nonsensical lunatic screed cries of blood money and Sport washing hold no water upon any examination

  12. Tom Kay

    Jun 28, 2022 at 11:16 am

    Brandel is the self proclaimed moral compass of golf.

  13. Ned

    Jun 28, 2022 at 6:15 am

    Chamblee is the worse golf analyst on TV. He acts as he is the all seeing all knowing golf analyst when he doesn’t knows jack [email protected]#t. I think his jealous of the players who signed making all this money.

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Charles Barkley names his LIV price and gives breakaway tour timeline ultimatum



A week ago, we reported on David Feherty’s decision to join the LIV team and mentioned the possibility of a few of the other star commentators jumping from their current employers over to the Greg Norman-led organization.

One obvious candidate is Charles Barkley, and the former 11-time NBA All-Star turned television analyst, appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Monday night to update viewers on the current negotiations.

Whilst Norman and Barkley have recently been out for dinner and had “really good conversation,” Barkley made it clear on Monday that a contract had not yet been offered to him and that speed was of the essence.

Set to play at the third LIV event in Bedminster this week, the TNT broadcaster clarified that there is a time limit.

“I’m gonna give them a deadline. The deadline is gonna be Thursday. I’m playing at the Pro-Am Thursday,” Barkley told the presenter.

“I’m not gonna keep TNT in limbo. I don’t think it’s fair to them. They’ve gotten plenty of play out of me coming to play out there Thursday. I’m not just gonna be no show pony. Don’t be wasting my time. I’m not gonna waste y’all time. When I leave New Jersey Thursday night, when I leave the golf course, if I don’t have an offer, it’s over.”

Previous reports suggest Barkley’s’ current contact has three years left at around $10 million per year plus endorsements, so how much would it take to get Barkley over to LIV from his current lucrative agreement?

Patrick guessed current total earnings were circa $20 million, and his guest didn’t seem in pains to deny that figure, though he suggested LIV need to come up with a much-increased offer – treble it!

After a previous comment that, “If somebody gave me $200 million, I’d kill a relative.” Barkley’s next move was of little surprise.

“If they triple it, your first question should be, ‘Charles, where we celebrating at tonight?'”

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Sergio Garcia says he now wants to STAY on DP World Tour…just 3 weeks after scathing X-Rated rant



Just weeks after launching an extraordinary attack on DP World Tour players and resigning from the PGA Tour, Sergio Garcia says that he now wants to stay with the DP World Tour, with his aim to qualify for the 2023 European Ryder Cup team.

The former Masters champion spoke to ESPN just days after finishing 68th at The Open Championship, clearly having had some time between rages.

“When I finished the Open Championship [last] Sunday, I said that I was most likely going to resign my membership from the [DP World] Tour,” Garcia said. “That obviously meant not being eligible for the Ryder Cup because you have to be a member.”

“But thanks to the things that Jon Rahm said, and I had a couple of good conversations with guys on the [DP World] Tour, I’m going to hold off on that. I want to at least see what’s happening when the Ryder Cup qualification starts. See what kind of rules and eligibilities they have in there. If I agree with what they [are], I’ll definitely keep playing whatever I can on the tour and try to qualify for that Ryder Cup team. And if not, then we’ll move on. But it is definitely something that is in my mind.”

The reference to Rahm points to an interview with Spanish reporters in which the 2021 US Open winner claims that, “Because of this nonsense [the feud between the tours and LIV] there are players like (Garcia) who can’t play the Ryder Cup. That already makes me a little more angry.”

Garcia himself suggests that, despite the fines and suspensions, he is still keen on aiming for the showdown in Rome, an event that will hold a particular fascination given the potential clash of world stars that have chosen to LIV or not to LIV.

Whilst US captain Zach Johnson has been firm in his stance that LIV players will form no part of his side in 2023,  Europe has yet to announce a replacement for Henrik Stenson, ironically stripped of his captaincy for joining the Saudi-backed rebel league.

Garcia feels that the punishment of players that have jumped ship has made the episode “a little bit sadder with fines and bans,” whilst of Stenson, he commented, “What they did to Henrik. It’s a little bit sad.”

Both players will tee it up at Bedminster this week for the third LIV event of the series, but Garcia still believes there is hope for his desire to play the Rome event, telling ESPN:

“I told Keith Pelley [CEO of the DP World Tour], ‘I want to keep being a member of the DP World Tour. I want to play my minimum, still support the tour, still have my eligibilities to make Ryder Cup teams.” He said, ‘That’s great, but we got to do what’s best for us. We’ll see what that is.'”

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What happened to the players who played LIV’s opener that are now surplus to requirements



LIV Golf has slowly but surely been adding notable talent to their player field as the weeks and months have gone on. While recent additions such as Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson, Jason Kokrak and Charles Howell III likely have already played their best golf, there’s no denying they are notable names in the world of golf.

In Roman Numerals, LIV means 54 and the format for the series features 48 player fields battling it out over 54 holes. Considering the 48-man fields are unlikely to change (this year at least), the more notable golfers that get added to the series, the more golfers that need to be cast aside.

Which begs the question: What happens to the LIV defectors who’ve been replaced in the field by bigger names?

A handful of the players who’ve been replaced after the first event at Centurion Club are still members of the DP World Tour. Unlike the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour hasn’t suspended those who’ve chosen to play in LIV events indefinitely. Instead, they were assessed hefty fines and are still eligible to participate.

Among those who played at Centurion Club and returned to the DP World Tour after they weren’t invited to the LIV Portland event are Oliver Bekker, Oliver Fisher and Pablo Larrazabal.

Other golfers who appeared at LIV London but not LIV Portland include Kevin Yuan and Viraj Madappa who both returned to the Asian Tour, and 15-year-old phenom Ratchanon Chantananuwat who needs much more seasoning on the amateur circuit before he becomes a professional.

Andy Ogletree, who finished last at 24 over par, collected a cool £100,000 for his troubles and doesn’t currently play on any known professional golf tours.

In addition to the golfers left behind after LIV London, there are another handful who played LIV Portland but are not in the field at LIV Bedminster. Those golfers include Itthipat Buranatanyarat (Thailand), Sihwan Kim (USA), Adrian Otaegui (Spain), Ian Snyman (South Africa) and Blake Windred (Australia).

Itthipat Buranatanyarat has three wins on the Asian Development Tour and will likely be returning there.

Sihwan Kim has two wins on the Asian Tour this year, which were the first two victories of his professional career. He will continue to play on both the Asian Tour and DP World Tour in the future.

Adrian Otaegui will return to the DP World Tour and he recently played at the star-studded Genesis Scottish Open after his LIV Portland appearance.

Ian Snyman will continue to play on the Challenge Tour and the developmental tour in South Africa.

Blake Windred won his first professional event in his home of Australia this year and will be playing on the Challenge Tour going forward.

There will undoubtedly be plenty other players ousted from LIV Golf in the coming months as it’s been reported that there will be some more announcements coming after the FedEx Cup playoffs have concluded. Stars such as Cameron Smith and Hideki Matsuyama are among the big names rumored to be in talks with LIV.

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