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LIV stars give bizarre non-answer to Chamblee’s prize money claim before moderator steps in

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There has been much debate in regard to whether the LIV Golf Series players get to keep their prize money, or if the tournament winnings come out of their signing bonus.

The rumblings began when Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee claimed that Charl Schwartzel “didn’t actually win 4.7 million for his victory at LIV Golf’s inaugural event at the Centurion Club.

 

(Note: This tweet has now been deleted by Chamblee)

Former Tour caddie Michael Collins responded to Chamblee’s claim, stating that he was lying about the subject.

On Tuesday’s pre-tournament press conference for LIV Golf Portland, Brooks Koepka was asked to clarify whether or not the prize money was in addition to the signing bonus, strangely responding “I don’t know — it’s irrelevant”

Q. It’s been reported by people that there is a — your signing bonuses versus the draw, meaning what you win comes out of your signing bonus or vice versa. That’s supposedly in your guys’ contracts. Can you confirm if that’s actually true or not?

Koepka: That’s not — no. No.

Q. Just to confirm, Brooks, you’re saying it’s not the case?

Koepka: No. I don’t know — it’s irrelevant.

Q. Okay. And the rest of you guys?

Perez: (Shook head).

Q. The only reason I ask you is because both Keith Pelley, Jay Monahan and you can name other people keep saying that we’re miss- reporting stuff all the time, and the reason is is because every time we ask a question we can’t get answers or people don’t want to talk about the specific issues. That’s why I’m asking.

Koepka: I heard that rumor on Monday morning at the U.S. Open. I also heard I was in London on Saturday or Sunday before. I mean, that was on Monday. Just saying. You can’t believe everything you hear.

After that the contentious exchange, the moderator entered the conversation to clarify the answer while telling the three LIV players they should know since it’s in their contract.

Moderator: 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. The prize purses are in addition to. There is no draw at LIV Golf on any finances.

Perez: Chamblee was banging that drum the other day.

Moderator: 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.

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  3. Donn Rutkoff

    Jun 29, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    More tours are good. More players get a shot at tour money. PGA is not god. PGA Tour is not a god given monopoly. Saud money is oil money. Clubs are made in China. Get over it. Sports elevates to a higher harmony and civilized behavior. Except Euro futbol. Sauds will become more like 1776ers by more contact with us. Not the reverse.

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New LIV signing claims ‘money was not a factor’ in decision to join breakaway tour

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The third LIV Golf event gets underway this week from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, with three new signings poised to make their debut. 

Last week, Jason Kokrak and Charles Howell III joined Henrik Stenson in signing with LIV Golf, with Howell III’s announcement coming as a bit of a surprise.

The 43-year-old had not previously been linked to the Saudi-backed breakaway Tour and had amassed over $42 million in career earnings with his play on the PGA Tour.

On Wednesday, speaking ahead of his debut with LIV Golf, Howell made the surprising admission that “money was not a factor” in his decision to defect from the PGA Tour.

“For me, I’ve been there for 22 years, and it’s been awesome. I’ve got nothing but great things to say about the PGA Tour, what they’ve given me, the opportunities, et cetera.

“But when this came along, I’m 43 years old, I’ve done a lot of that. I still love the game. I love the game more today than I did five years ago. Now that my son is playing competitive golf, I’m even more incentivized in the game. This is something really new and exciting.”

What may have been a factor in Howell’s decision to join LIV was the spearhead of the group, multiple major champion Greg Norman, who the Augusta native grew up idolizing.

“Greg Norman was my hero as a kid growing up. I mean, every year at the Masters and Augusta, I couldn’t wait to get out there and watch Greg Norman play. 

“Man, he was an idol. I had a life-sized cardboard cutout of Greg in my room way back in his Spalding days. He was just the man.”

Interestingly, Howell also revealed how Bryson DeChambeau headhunted the 43-year-old, with the team aspect an exciting prospect for the three time PGA Tour winner.

“Bryson (DeChambeau) reaches out and says, I’d love for you to be a part of my team. That’s a compliment, but it’s also a responsibility.OK, I’ve got to play well; I’m responsible not only for myself but for Paul (Casey), for Bryson, for others. It’s new and exciting.

“Not that the PGA Tour got boring, but I’m extremely excited to be here for the next few years, and yeah, it’s a new venture, and at this age and this part of my life, it’s perfect.”

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Will Zalatoris wasn’t exactly pleased with his presser intro at the Rocket Mortgage Classic

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When you’re 25 years of age and with everything on your resume bar a victory, it probably stings when someone introduces you as, “making his second start in the event, finishing 77th last year.”

At yesterday’s Rocket Mortgage Classic press conference, Will Zalatoris was introduced as such, and whilst it is a fact that he performed poorly in Detroit last year, there were probably better intros available!

After all, WillyZ has had 57 starts on the main tours since qualifying in late 2020, racking up five runner-up finishes, a third and ten further top-10s.

Not only that but he has six top-10s at the last few majors, including silver medals at The Masters and US Open.

Having looked less than impressed with the ‘welcoming statement’, the reporter then asked Zalatoris for an “opening comment on your return to the Detroit Golf Club.”

The response, along with a wry smile:

“Yeah, thanks for the highlight of the 77th…..it’s a beautiful place and those guys have been super accommodating. So looking forward to coming back this year, and obviously improving on my 77th  last year.”

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

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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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