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LIV Golf Pro: I can’t go on social media without someone telling me to go die

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Over the last couple of weeks, things have taken a far nastier turn in relations between the PGA and DP World tours and the LIV Golf Series.

There was always going to be a fightback from the long-established organisations, perhaps wounded by the ease at which the Saudi-backed company has tempted away players such as Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, and the expected fines and sanctions have led to counterclaims and remarkable turnarounds in the fortunes of some players.

Headlines have been easy to write, many caused by the various LIV press conferences, at which players have denied any knowledge of the Saudi reputation on human rights, claiming they have usurped the traditional tours for a less hectic schedule, less formal atmosphere, and to be permitted to spend more time with their families.

Of course, social media being what it is, there have been several less savoury incidents and comments, and some very personal jibes and verbal attacks.

One of the most staunch of LIV players, Graeme McDowell, revealed just how bad the personal attacks on social media have been.

“I never really have made my peace with how vitriolic the attacks would be regarding my reputation, on social media the things that I’d said being absolutely torn to shreds,” he told BBC NI. “And it’s really hard because I’m being asked questions that there are no right answers to.”

“I’m having my moral integrity attacked all the time when, at the end of the day, all I’m trying to do is play golf. I’m trying to make a business decision for me and my family. And, you know, I’ve paid my dues in this game over the last 20 years, I’ve tried to carry myself the right way.”

The 2010 US Open winner continued, “I don’t wake up and feel proud of myself every day. You know, I can’t turn on my Instagram or Twitter without someone telling me to go die. It’s been a really tough couple of months. But again, I expected it. I knew what the consequences were going to be. I just didn’t realise kind of just how heavily this was going to be hammered, trying to answer questions which are unanswerable.”

“That’s probably the only mistake I made in London at the first event when I was in my press conference – I just wish I’d said nothing. I just wish I just sat there and just kind of shook my head and said no comment. But it’s not who I am. I always try and be truthful and try to answer questions. I shouldn’t have bothered.”

Part of the problem seems to be that he is saying things, and someone has again picked him up for his answers to the most obvious of questions.

NCG writer Hannah Holden tweeted a section of an interview that the Northern Irishman had with the Irish Independent:

As McDowell said in the latest report, perhaps he (and many others) should not be piping up with their thoughts.

Like his fellow Ryder Cup star, Sergio Garcia, his reputation seems to be on a downward spiral the more he speaks, summed up by @LostForePod podcast host and Mayo affiliate, Tom Jacobs, in his reply:

“He’s THE worst person they have speaking out for them, and given the candidates that keep getting the air time, that’s a tough heat to lead.”

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  1. Liv It Baby

    Jul 6, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Liv Hater’s will come groveling back.

  2. Oldlefty70

    Jul 6, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    Sorry about the question marks. I was attempting to post a bullseye followed by a thumbs up but apparently I am not able to use emojis here. I am in total agreement with the comments posted by PJ,Tom & Kurt! The hypocrisy and self serving hatred towards those professional golfers who have chosen to play in the LIV is 100% obvious!

  3. PJ

    Jul 6, 2022 at 11:26 am

    It’s clear as day that Golf WRX is in the bag for the PGA. Not a word about HSBC, China, and Nike with their sweat shop money. Pathetic “reporting”. The PGA is scared to death of LIV and if “reporters” hate it so much why do they keep talking about it? Never a word about China from the PGA. Hypocrites

    • Thomas Woodward

      Jul 6, 2022 at 11:44 am

      SO true, AND because of SM platforms we have created an extremely irresponsible society around the globe that’s gutless, clueless, spoiled, and highly indoctrinated and UNEDUCATED….

    • Kurt

      Jul 6, 2022 at 12:04 pm

      100% truth!! The Euro tour has been playing in Saudi for years and is covered by the Golf Channel . Why the uproar now??

    • Oldlefty70

      Jul 6, 2022 at 5:08 pm

      ????

      • Oldlefty70

        Jul 6, 2022 at 5:15 pm

        Ignore the question marks…I attempted to post a bullseye followed by a thumbs up in total agreement with all three of your comments! The blatant hypocrisy is sickening! Totally self serving, self righteous and arrogant to say the least!

  4. Jordan

    Jul 6, 2022 at 9:42 am

    What a stupid hit piece… have you ever rode Uber? You better quit because the Saudis are the largest shareholder…. Oh, what about the other companies you use every single day that they’ve invested in??? I guess you shouldn’t use anything with gasoline now too…

    Isn’t that the governments job? Oh wait, they love begging the Saudis for gasoline.

    How about all the PGA sponsors that do business in Saudi…? No, they don’t count. Even though it’s in the billions of dollars.

    What a hypocritical, paid hit piece. Stupid.

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‘It’s a slap in the face’ – Patrick Reed hits out at DP World Tour over treatment at latest events

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This week, Patrick Reed is playing in the Cazoo Open De France at Le Golf National. The course is where the 2018 Ryder Cup was held. The European Team won the trophy, and Reed was only able to muster one point in three matches.

This week however, Patrick Reed was the betting favorite entering play. Despite being somewhat of a regular on the DP World Tour, Reed feels as though the treatment he’s received this week has been “a slap in the face”.

Reed is by far the biggest name in the field, but wasn’t asked to play in the pro-am or conduct a pre-tournament press conference. Of course, this treatment is a result of the 33 year old’s decision to join LIV Golf.

According to The Telegraph, Reed told Journal du Golf: “It’s a slap in the face not to invite me to do a press conference here, or as happened in Wentworth, not to have me play the pro-am and all those things. At the end of the day, it’s just my golf that I have control over. I’m here to support the Tour, France and all the people who are here.”

“But I don’t see why we can’t move from the LIV to the European Tour like we usually move from the PGA Tour to the European Tour. A lot of players understand and support my choice and have nothing against me. I didn’t feel any animosity against me from them.”

While there have been some players who have publicly stated they have no issues with the players who’ve chosen to go to LIV, there have also been a number of players who have done the opposite.

LIV golfers are currently able to participate on the DP World Tour due to a temporary court order until it is resolved legally. A decision on their eligibility going forward is expected to be given in February.

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Congress members blast ‘pimp’ Greg Norman in meeting at Capitol Hill

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On Wednesday, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman met with members of congress to discuss LIV’s current dispute with the PGA TOUR.

It didn’t go very well.

According to multiple sources, Republican Tim Burchett of Tennessee walked out of the meeting due to an inability to understand Norman due to his accent as well as the “propaganda” he felt Norman was sharing.

Burchett later sent a tweet himself about the meeting with “The Shark”.

Burchett wasn’t the only member of congress to give Norman a hard time.. Chip Roy of Texas said to reporters of the meeting: “Don’t come in here and act like you’re doing some great thing, while you’re pimping a billion dollars of Saudi Arabian money,”

It’s unclear whether or not any of the lawmakers gave Norman the reception he was looking for, but he did later thank them for meeting with him via an Instagram post.

 

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Golf Channel analyst roasts Patrick Reed during Presidents Cup coverage

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The Presidents Cup gets underway today, with the U.S expected to dominate an International side heavily depleted due to LIV Golf defections.

A mainstay in the U.S. side in both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, Patrick Reed is another who misses out, but it hasn’t stopped Rich Lerner of Golf Channel from taking a swipe at the divisive Texan during coverage this week.

While showing a highlight of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed celebrating after a Ryder Cup match victory, Lerner weighed in cheekily saying:

“Once known as ‘Captain America’, Reed is now paid by the Saudis to play golf.”

One commenter piled on, tweeting that Lerner should be careful of a lawsuit, referring to Reed’s defamation suit against Brandel Chamblee and the Golf Channel.

Reed is currently in action this week at the Open De France at Le Golf National.

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