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Report: Bubba Watson agrees mega-deal with LIV Golf



LIV is coming on stronger.

On Wednesday, the Saudi-backed ‘alternative’ tour revealed their plans for the future that include expanding from eight to 14 events and are “expected to expand LIV Golf’s global footprint across North and Latin Americas, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Europe.”

They also declared that players will continue to compete against each other individually, but also that “each season will culminate in a Team World Championship match play grand finale,” and that no event will “compete with the Majors, international team events or heritage events.”

These revised conditions will surely add more fuel to the strong rumor that major winners Hideki Matsuyama and Cameron Smith will join the Greg Norman-led series, especially as LIV are at pains to point out “the best players in the game will always be able to make their own choices about where to play.”

It is therefore no surprise that two-time Augusta champion Bubba Watson is this week expected to be confirmed as the next big signing, and whilst currently injured, should be ready to play at Boston in September, per a report by James Corrigan of The Telegraph.

Per the report, “Watson is believed to be receiving a fee in excess of $50million (£41 million) and should be installed as a captain of one of the 12 four-man teams in the 48-man field.”

The 43-year-old hasn’t won since a trio of victories in 2018 – making it two majors, a pair of WGC’s, two unofficial events and eight further PGA titles – but would surely be one of the most followed players on the tour.

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  1. Mike

    Jul 28, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Take that POS!!! Who cares

  2. Dave

    Jul 28, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    a washed up old dawg..and yes a pyscho…good riddance

    • Thomas Woodward

      Jul 29, 2022 at 4:49 pm

      Dave’s NOT HERE! Just another indoctrinated Libby’Left 3rd grader with his head where the sun don’t shine….

  3. Jp

    Jul 28, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    I guess it was his religious beliefs that made him do it.

  4. Crazee

    Jul 28, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    Team Psycho

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‘Your tee times at Augusta are numbered’ – Wife of Masters legend lashes out at Bryson DeChambeau



As the third LIV event gets underway, one of its biggest stars has unsurprisingly been hitting the headlines.

Speaking after the LIV Pro-Am, where he played alongside former President Donald Trump, Eric Trump and Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau discussed his current relationship, or lack thereof, with Tiger Woods.

Speaking on Thursday, Bryson explained:

“We have been fairly close and unfortunately, we have not spoken, one day we will again, and I am always open for a conversation with anybody. I have no problem with it and I hope we can come see eye to eye on it.’’

The next time the two may see each other at a tournament could be in April at the Masters, but according to the wife of Ben Crenshaw, Julie, that may not even be the case.

Responding to a tweet from TWLegion, which reported Bryson’s comments on Tiger, Julie Crenshaw made her feelings known about the 28-year-old, claiming that he should do more listening after Bryson allegedly told Ben, multiple champ at Augusta, how to putt on the tricky greens.

As well as ripping DeChambeau for the putting advice, Crenshaw’s wife suggested that Bryson’s days at the Masters are numbered.

This all comes in the wake of Greg Norman’s recent interview with the New York Post, where the Aussie stated:

“I spoke to Fred Ridley. They’ve weighed in pretty hard against (LIV). The majors should stay Switzerland, they have a responsibility for one event, not a league. But it also tells you is there a cabal there? This is the slippery slope you go down about what LIV is starting to expose.”

Interesting times ahead.

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Bryson DeChambeau explains why you should start TOPPING the ball on the range



In an 11 minute interview from the range at the third LIV event, Bryson DeChambeau talks about the recovery of his hand injury, his long drive impetus, how he is helping set up a multi-sport complex, and how he tops the ball in practice. On purpose.

LIV reporter Troy Mullins caught up with the 2020 US Open champion for a chat about “anything and everything,” before watching him warm up with a 7-iron – “chipping.”

“What distance is chipping for you?” she asks, and finds the answer is no surprise. “7-iron….205…then I go start hitting it …220…220 yards.”

Bryson freely runs through his routine in a thoroughly engaging piece, even saying that sometimes he enjoys topping the ball, just “clipping it….for radius control,” before saying he is “kidding, by the way.”

Or is he?

The next minute-or-so sees the 28-year-old go through a ‘topping’ routine – he taps the top of the ball to “kind of give my brain an awareness of where that is,” before inviting Troy to hit the perfect top, which she pulls off first try.

She asks, “What does that do for the average player?” and Bryson answers it gives an “awareness of where the bottom of the club is.”

The BDC philosophy is that golfers chunking the ball do not have an awareness of where the bottom of the arc is, and shows us a “low, running top” and a short one. Hey, this is Bryson. He does it his way.

“I know it’s a crazy drill. People think I’m nuts for it, but I’ve done it since I was a kid.” says the seven-time PGA Tour winner. “We [Bryson’s old coach Mike Schy] did it all the time. We did it at the US Junior.”

Troy then asks how Bryson is “doing with your hand?” before he removes his glove to show the scar.

“It’s definitely better. It’s not 100 percent, but it’s getting there.”

Given he finished eighth in the final major of the year – the 150th Open Championship – he sure looks to be coming back to top form.

With the first half of 2022 being basically a washout, he returned to form at St. Andrews when ranking top-10 in strokes-gained off-the-tee, approaches and tee-to-green, his best figures on the main tours for nearly a year.

Bryson says his hand is at around “80 percent strength compared to his right hand, but a couple of weeks ago it was 60 percent.” It’s slow, but it’s getting there.

When Bryson originally signed for LIV, he mentioned it was a “business decision” and, in the interview, he confirms his intention to open a multi-sport complex.

“It started with a vision of the long drive, in the beginning, and from that I said, ‘Why not do it for every sport?’ Create a high-performance centre for every sport, but also allow the public to come and utilize the facilities.”

The plan is to have a membership type of programme but also allow the public access to a facility that will have long-drive grids, driving ranges, baseball fields, soccer courts, and to start to grow and develop the area of Dallas in that regard.”

Implementing the idea is not far off.

“We are acquiring the land here, hopefully by the end of this year, and then will be going forward after that.”

Bryson agrees with Troy, herself a long-drive competitor, that training as a youngster should involve more than, “golf, golf, golf, golf, golf,” clearly wishing to see his vision allow multi-sports to be a key in the building of all-round strength and power, rather than just golf-specific training.

Bryson has his detractors, and not everyone will agree with him, but this is an interview that shows a very human side to a player formally seen as very robotic.

Yes, we have the ubiquitous few minutes of Bryson getting to 205/206mph ball speed, but the interview doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it’s certainly far more engaging that many of the pressers wrapped in controversy from the last two months!

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‘Is there a cabal there?’ – Greg Norman fires ominous shot at Fred Ridley and The Masters



Since its inception, there has been endless controversy surrounding LIV Golf.

Perhaps the most common criticism of the Greg Norman led Golf league is the origins of the money being used to lure players away from the PGA Tour.

There is no denying that the Saudi regime funding LIV Golf has a poor record when it comes to human rights, which has led many to accuse the regime of “sportwashing”, which is defined as “the practice of an individual, group, corporation, or government using sport to improve their tarnished reputation, through hosting a sporting event, the purchase or sponsorship of sporting teams, or by participation in the sport itself.”

Greg Norman, who is the CEO and face of LIV Golf, has recently adressed the “blood money” claims he and his organization have been accused of to the New York Post.

Speaking to the NY Post, Norman stated, “We are not a political organization. We are here to play golf, serve fans, grow the game, and give additional opportunities to players. I also have seen first-hand the good that golf can do around the world, and Saudi Arabia is no different.”

Norman was then asked for his thoughts on Saudi Arabia’s connection to the 9/11 attacks and what he would say to the families who oppose LIV Golf.

“I offer my deepest sympathy to the families of 9/11. My heart goes out to anyone affected by that tragedy. While some may not agree, I continue to believe that golf is a force for good around the world, and that includes Saudi Arabia.”

Another interesting portion of the interview was when Norman was asked about LIV Golf potentially accruing OWGR points. If they fail to do so, many of the golfers who’ve defected from the PGA Tour will be ineligible to play in major championships going forward.

To which Norman had some interesting comments.

“That’s a good question. The person who’s at the helm is extremely intelligent and understanding about growing the game of golf — Peter Dawson (the former head of the R&A). He gets it. Peter and I have had open discussions about this. I flew to Scotland to sit down and have dinner with him. He has our application, so he’ll go through the right process to get it there.

We brought up recusing Monahan and (Keith) Pelley (the DP World Tour commissioner) and (Martin) Slumbers (who heads the R&A) and everybody who’s had a negative comment about LIV, and they cannot vote. They can’t. From an OWGR (Official World Golf Rankings) standpoint, if I’m in (Dawson’s) shoes, I’m getting independent legal advice.”

Norman also touched on what he’s heard from Fred Ridley, who’s the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, and the Aussie did not hold back.

“I spoke to Fred Ridley. They’ve weighed in pretty hard against (LIV). The majors should stay Switzerland, they have a responsibility for one event, not a league. But it also tells you is there a cabal there? This is the slippery slope you go down about what LIV is starting to expose.”

Per New York Post reporter Mark Cannizzaro, during their discussion Greg Norman told him that Ridley and Augusta National Golf Club are very much against LIV and aligned with the PGA Tour.

The PGA Tour season may be beginning to wind down, but it seems the biggest stories in the world of golf are just beginning.

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