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Justin Thomas roasts LIV Golf’s Talor Gooch over viral Ryder Cup comment

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Many of the world’s best golfers are in Ireland Monday and Tuesday playing in the JP McManus Pro-Am. The event is being held at the 2027 Ryder Cup venue, Adare Manor.

The course made quite the first impression on Justin Thomas, who spoke about the beauty of the course on the opening day.

He also took a shot at Talor Gooch in the process.

“I’m just blown away by what today is and what this weekend and week has been,” Thomas said during Monday’s first round. “It’s going to be impeccable. The golf course is beautiful, it seems like it’s great for spectators.

“I mean, it feels pretty close to a Ryder Cup today.”

On Saturday, Gooch’s team for LIV Golf, the Four Aces, won the team portion of the LIV Portland event. During the celebration, Gooch claimed that the event felt like a Ryder Cup atmosphere.

“I haven’t played a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, but I can’t imagine there’s a whole hell of a lot of difference,” Gooch said. “This was as cool as it gets. We’ve been saying it all week. The energy is just different, it’s awesome.”

Even though Reed seemed to chuckle at the comment, he backed it up with some thoughts of his own.

“Just seeing how electric and how pumped up all the guys were getting,” Reed said, “it felt like I was playing a team event back in Ryder Cups, Presidents Cups and events like that where everyone is just all in.”

Thomas’ dig at the JP McManus Pro-Am wasn’t his only one on the subject. He also made an Instagram comment:

“I’ve seen some funny stuff online, but this is one of the better ones,” Thomas wrote on Instagram.

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  1. DaveJ

    Jul 6, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    If you actually watch the interview with Justin, it appeared he was completely serious. He didn’t say it with a wry grin or wink or chuckle or anything. Seemed more like he was talking up the venue and the crowd to me.

  2. Aldo

    Jul 6, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Talk about living rent free in someone’s head. LIV has got it’s housing accommodations set in the PGA.

  3. Bigballs

    Jul 6, 2022 at 11:25 am

    I sincerely do not like what is going on with the tour/liv, however if we are going to criticize the liv players, then we must criticize the PGA tour sponsors who do business annually with Saudi’s… over $40 billion a year.

  4. Thiggi22

    Jul 6, 2022 at 7:16 am

    Justin Thomas is getting more unlikeable every time he opens his mouth

  5. Heimlich Maneuver

    Jul 5, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    Justin Thomas needs to figure out why Justin Thomas chokes all the time.

    • JB

      Jul 5, 2022 at 5:40 pm

      You mean the guy with 2 majors and a players championship?

      • Heimlich Maneuver

        Jul 5, 2022 at 6:22 pm

        No, I’m taking about the Justin that farts away tournaments. His last win he fell into. Try to keep up BJ.

      • JB’s Daddy

        Jul 5, 2022 at 7:23 pm

        No, I mean Justin the choke. Try to keep up BJ.

  6. Will smith

    Jul 5, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    I think the PGA and the players need to acknowledge that all those payouts on the PGA tour are just petrodollars that are Saudi-backed and laundered through corporations. These silly comments are simply virtue signaling and reflect the hypocrites that these guys are.

  7. Ray Neese

    Jul 5, 2022 at 9:51 am

    IMO I think Paddy said it best. Time for golfers to play golf and reporters quit trying to instigate negative comments. Damn go enough going on with 5.00 gas and food prices escalating. And before anyone says blood money I just purchased a brand new set of FJ rain pants. MADE IN CHINA.

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‘F*****g hell! That was a low point’ – Rory McIlroy on 2021 matchplay loss to LIV defector

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The 2022 season was an excellent campaign for Rory McIlroy as we saw him rise to once again become the world’s No. 1 player.

The four-time major champion came away with his third Tour Championship victory, a win at the RBC Canadian Open, and another victory at the CJ Cup in October. While he didn’t secure the major championship he’s been coveting since 2014, Rory finished third at The Open, second at the Masters, fifth at the U.S. Open, and eighth at the PGA Championship.

His year full of strong finishes is also backed up by the statistics. McIlroy was the best player for the 2022 season in terms of strokes gained: total.

Prior to his impressive 2022 calendar year, McIlroy struggled in 2021 golf season. Rory recently sat down with Paul Kimmage of the Irish Independent to discuss some of the low points he’s had prior to his reclaiming of the top spot on the OWGR. As we’ve grown accustomed to with McIlroy, he was candid and thoughtful in the interview.

After a U.S. Open victory by Bryson DeChambeau in 2020, McIlroy decided it was time to chase more distance. This led to swing changes and difficulties to what eventually led him to his “rock bottom” which he identifies as the 2021 Ryder Cup. He was also beaten 6&5 by Ian Poulter at the 2021 Dell WGC Match Play.

“Yeah, I was beaten by Poulter. F*****g hell! That was a low point.”

Then there was the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, where Rory had won by eight shots back in 2012.

“Kiawah was the perfect example of where my game was; I’d won the PGA there in 2012 by eight shots, but we got there, and I said to Harry: “I don’t remember this course being so difficult.”

The swing changes turned out to be completely unnecessary but having witnessed other players go through them throughout their career, McIlroy was simply doing what he thought was best at the time.

“I’d seen other people do it and thought, at that stage of my career, it was what I needed. It was a difficult summer, but I was having what most people would call a decent year and was starting to think of it that way instead of, ‘It’s decent for most but it’s not good enough for me.’ And I almost needed to hit rock bottom at the Ryder Cup to snap out of it.”

McIlroy enters 2023 as arguably the best player in the world once again and seems primed to make a run at another major championship that he desperately needs. At 33 years old, there’s still plenty of time for the former prodigy to live up to the lofty expectations the golf world once had of him in regard to major championship victories, but it’s time to get going.

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Justin Thomas makes surprising Thanksgiving U-Turn

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Justin Thomas, set to tee it up as part of the select 20 at the Hero World Challenge, has admitted he might have been wrong about Thanksgiving dinner.

The former world No. 1 and winner of the 2022 PGA Championship will look to finish higher than his best-of-event fifth place and secure some momentum towards the 2023 season. With that, the 29-year-old can reach some of the ambitious targets he sets himself each year — falling short of just a few in 2022.

Perhaps more suited to the relaxed, light-hearted nature of Tigers’s invitational, plus the upcoming Match VII and PNC Championship, JT called himself out on a three-year-old tweet about the traditional meal.

Replies were massively in favor of rejecting the turkey, with one response being:

“JT, we do steaks in our house with all the traditional Thanksgiving sides and pies…you can do it…you just gotta make the choice to go for it…don’t lay-up from 200 yds on the par 5,” whilst renown golf story-teller, Ryan French, also agreed with the two-time major winner:

I’m not sure what the poor turkey has done. If done well, it rivals chicken, but JT isn’t having it, politely calling it:

If anything, at least we know what will never be on his Masters champions dinner menu.

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2 Phil Mickelson putters go up for auction…and Phil authenticates them on video

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Last week, we reported on the start of an auction on for one of Tiger Woods’ famous Sunday red shirts.

By Sunday evening, November 27th, there had been 19 bids on the shirt worn during the final round of The Masters 2010, with the current leading offer being $44,771.00. With 13 days left, auction house, Golden Age, will expect bids to reach well in advance of $50k, by some way the biggest price for any of the current ‘Tiger’ memorabilia on the site.

It might have been a good few years since the famed years of the Woods/Phil Mickelson rivalry, but Lefty can’t keep out of the news that his great rival makes, and he too has authenticated some iconic golfing gear – a pair of Scotty Cameron putters.

The first is a handmade Cameron putter that Golden Age can authenticate with photographic evidence.

“We have located loads of photos of Phil Mickelson using this exact putter during that 2002 GHO victory, as well as in the Open Championship, PGA Championship, and Ryder Cup,” the auction house confirms.

“This custom putter is a left handed red dot Circle T Scotty Cameron,” they state, before describing the flat-stick in full. “It has a teryllium face that Scotty Cameron himself personally inserted into this putter. The toe is hand-stamped PHIL.”

Photo-matching is great, but in an era when many are cynical about the provenance of auction items, it is hard to beat video evidence from the player himself.

 

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In the video, Lefty states that, “They were both handmade by Scotty and I used them in the early 2000s. I definitely won with one for sure,” before confirming, “They were handmade by Scotty and myself around 2001.”

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