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Jordan Spieth disqualified at JP McManus Pro-Am

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Two days ago, recordings showed Jordan Spieth practising at Lahinch Golf Club at the start of his Scottish Open/Open Championship stint, this time with the closest spectator being a goat!

Monday saw the start of the JP McManus Pro-Am, a star-studded event held at the Adare Manor, host of the 2027 Ryder Cup and containing 10 of the world’s top 11 players.

The 50-player event features the likes of world number one, Scottie Scheffler, and legend Tiger Woods amongst an array of PGA and DP World Tour winners including home favourites Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and Leona Maguire, last year’s Solheim Cup heroine and the first female Irish player to win an LPGA tournament.

While Xander Schauffele made hay with a first round 8-under to lead by three, world number 12 Spieth was ousted from the tournament in bizarre circumstances.

The Pro-Am is a mixed team and solo event, and on the 14th hole, the Texan picked up his ball on the green, fully believing that his score wouldn’t count for the team, forgetting the professionals are also playing the individual stroke-play competition – sadly that meant a DQ for the three-time major winner.

He carried on to assist ‘South Lib’ in finishing 28th of the 50 teams after day one, some 11 shots shy of ‘G McManus’, featuring Rory McIlroy, hardly the best preparation for his debut at the Renaissance Club later this week.

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‘We just won’t play’ – Major champ says PGA Tour pros could strike if LIV ban is overturned

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There’s a potential legal battle looming with players who’ve been suspended by the PGA Tour expected to challenge their suspension in court.

On Wednesday, former major champ and current Presidents Cup captain David Love III was asked by Sky Sports what he and his fellow PGA Tour players would do if they were asked to play alongside LIV players if they get their suspensions overturned.

The former Ryder Cup captain said that there’s the nuclear option that they “just won’t play.”

“We understand that we make the rules on the PGA Tour, and the commissioner is enforcing our rules and we don’t want those guys playing, coming and cherry-picking our tournaments. We hold all the cards. Not Jay [Monahan], Seth Waugh or Mike Whan. We say to the FTC and to Washington, “no, we support the rules. We don’t want those guys playing. We don’t care what the courts say’.

“The nuclear option is to say ‘fine, if they have to play in our events we just won’t play.’”

While Love’s comments are genuine and stem from a passionate anti-LIV stance, his suggestion seems extremely unlikely to come to fruition. A handful of stars may have the luxury of boycotting the PGA Tour, but plenty of players who play on Tour depend on playing golf as their livelihood.

Considering the suspension being lifted may end up being court mandated if it happens, it also doesn’t make much sense to punish the PGA Tour over what the court decides.

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Bryson on PGA Tour ban: ‘I personally know it’ll get figured out’

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Last night, Bryson DeChambeau made an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

There were plenty of interesting comments made in the interview, but one of them in particular would permanently change the landscape of golf even further if it were to come to fruition.

When Carlson asked DeChambeau “The PGA Tour has said anyone who joins [LIV] will be banned from the PGA Tour. You’re 28 [years old], are you worried about that?”

“No, I think it’ll get figured out in the end. I personally know that it’ll get figured out whether it’s legally or whether they come to the table and work out terms. I definitely think it will all wash itself out in the future, pretty shortly,” the former U.S. Open Champion said.

It’s unclear whether DeChambeau has been told by Greg Norman that he’s spoken with the PGA Tour or what knowledge he has regarding any legal proceedings, but he seems very confident that conversations will be taking place in the immediate future.

Many players and fans have been pleading for the two sides to work something out over the past few months. With more superstars such as Cameron Smith and Hideki Matsuyama having been rumored to join LIV after the PGA Tour season ends.

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Bryson provides entirely confused pizza analogy to describe current situation between PGA Tour and LIV

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Bryson DeChambeau has been one of the poster boys for LIV Golf after signing for the breakaway tour earlier this year for a reported sign-on fee of over $100 million.

The 28-year-old has underwhelmed on his opening two starts with LIV, mainly thanks to a hand injury that has yet to heal fully with Bryson finishing 10th and T31 in his first events.

According to John Daly, who was interviewed recently by Piers Morgan, Bryson told the 2-time major champ in regards to LIV:

“It’s the greatest thing on earth. We still play a pro-am with two pros and two amateurs, which is what it should be. You’re done in four hours. And we play for a lot of money which we deserve to play for.”

After a busy week that saw Bryson also play alongside former President Donald Trump in a Pro-Am at Bedminster, DeChambeau followed in the footsteps of LIV CEO Greg Norman with an appearance on FOX News for an interview with Tucker Carlson.

Unsurprisingly, he had plenty to say on the new league, and also unsurprisingly, the Californian provided a moment that could only be attributed to Bryson.

Speaking on the LIV series, Bryson broke down the situation and conflict between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, and he used a rather unusual, flawed, and confusing pizza shop analogy to do so.

“You have a pizza shop that’s been in existence for 50 years, and all the customers go to it, and it’s a great product. All of a sudden, a new pizza shop opens up, and they start paying the customers to come eat at their place, and that pizza is potentially a little bit better of a pizza.

“And then, all of a sudden, that original pizza house goes, ‘If you go over there, we’re banning you from ever coming back to our pizza shop.’ What’s wrong with that economic model?”

Obviously, the analogy didn’t fly with many golf fans, with popular Twitter personality TweeterAlliss saying: 

“Dear Bryson’s pizza shop analogy is rather flawed, one would rather be an employee of said shops rather than a customer to have a like for like situation.”

While Twitter User Accts_Cowboy pointed out how the analogy doesn’t make any sense as to why LIV Golfers would want to then return to the PGA Tour:

“Also if the new shop is ‘better’ why would you want to come back to the old one anyway? What a load of tripe as usual from Bryson.”

Just another day in the life of Bryson DeChambeau.

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