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LPGA major champ hits out at Bubba Watson and his wife over decision to join LIV

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The question is simple.

“What are the reasons you (LIV golfer) jumped ship from the PGA/DP World Tour?”

It’s been a long-held argument from those opposed to the Greg Norman-led tour that players are ignoring the human rights record of the backers — the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund.

And instead, golfers are masking the financial benefits via rhetoric containing reasons such as “more time with family,” “exciting (54-hole shotgun start) golf” and that they should be free to work for whoever they like, rather than be tied down by the leading organizations.

Latest signing, Bubba Watson, has explained his own situation rather differently.

As the series unveiled him at Bedminster, home of last week’s third LIV event, the two-time Masters champion gave his reasons for leaving the PGA Tour behind:

“My wife loved it, we prayed about it, we came to the decision and here we are. Everyone’s a team. It’s not an individual sport any more. It’s another thing we didn’t have and now we’re bringing it to life.”

An interesting explanation, and not bought by many on the circuit.

Indeed, LPGA Tour player Angela Stanford took to Twitter to show her exasperation at the statement.

The 2018 Evian Champion was making a point that many have made — pointing to the human rights record of the Saudi regime — although it wasn’t received well by everyone.

Replies ranged from the supportive, “Thank you for saying this. I don’t believe a word of his statement,” and, “nailed it, ” to ones that questioned the support provided by Arab companies for some top-class women’s events.

One poster asked, “Wait, wasn’t there just a women’s event in Saudi Arabia? Georgia Hall won in March, in SA in a Sanctioned event. Is that not ok? I’ll sit back and wait for this answer.”

As the tour continues, so do the arguments. It seems unlikely we are any nearer to harmony.

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  1. Geohogan

    Aug 3, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    GOLFJRX!!

  2. Moishe

    Aug 3, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Preying or Praying – Geo?

  3. fuckyou all

    Aug 2, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    All you trampers must hate this shit huh. Bunch of fucking cucks

  4. L Johnson

    Aug 2, 2022 at 9:51 am

    If Angela Stanford was offered million dollars contract, she would jump at the chance. And yes – what about China???

  5. Lavada

    Aug 2, 2022 at 9:47 am

    If Angela Stanford was offered a contract by Saudi’s, she’d jump at the chance.

  6. Kelly

    Aug 1, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Just another bug mouth woman that wants the spotlight. So easy to put down the LIV players or where the money comes from for them. Free enterprise is that not their choice. So women are second class to the Saudi. Who cares don’t go there if you don’t like it. Golf is golf and I will watch any tour if they show it. If the PGA says that LIV is only about money. yet all the PGA talked about latly was all their purse increases for next year. Yet the money is not important right!

  7. geohogan

    Aug 1, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    The Taliban, other fundamentalists prey every day, like the American fundamentalist Christians. It makes every thing all right.

    Like magic, “believing what we dont know” works every time.. prevents the possibility of ever knowing.

    • Rich

      Aug 1, 2022 at 6:46 pm

      American fundamentalist Christians are false and PR for the landgrabber moneychangers who shall be named.

      • GolfWRX Staff

        Aug 3, 2022 at 2:12 pm

        Name em then Richie, we’re all waiting………..

    • Steph

      Aug 5, 2022 at 10:03 pm

      Ain’t that the truth. I’ve dealt directly with these ‘pray about it types’ and can report, they are as dishonest as any group that I’ve ever encountered.

      Society needs to wake up to this fact: They should be avoided like the plague

  8. Tom

    Aug 1, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    Not sure who Buuba is preying to but since he just sold his soul to the devil I will take a stab and say maybe Satan will now be carrying his bag.

    • Dr

      Aug 1, 2022 at 9:36 pm

      Let thy without sin cast the 1st stone. The US is full of hypocrite, judgemental idiots. As long as I’ve know, Saudi has been a US ally. Good enough for the country and president, good enough for the citizens who must follows it laws. SMH

      • Jerry

        Aug 2, 2022 at 6:22 am

        What a fool. It’s too bad there wasn’t a civics test that voters had to pass.

  9. Kurt

    Aug 1, 2022 at 11:50 am

    STFU angela what about China suppressing real human slaves??

    • Bob

      Aug 1, 2022 at 2:18 pm

      If China started a sportswashing petrodollar bagholder tour, we would here about their slave labor problem. We do here about China’s human rights record through their sportswashing basketball league and connections to the NBA.

      Both SA and China can GTH.

      • Bob

        Aug 1, 2022 at 2:19 pm

        *hear. GD spellchecker.

      • geohogan

        Aug 1, 2022 at 5:49 pm

        No one does “slavery” better than America… over 400 years
        “No one does it better”.. laundering the proceeds ever since.

        • Bob

          Aug 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm

          Debt-based fiat currency printed from nothing slavery? I agree.

          • Steph

            Aug 5, 2022 at 10:28 pm

            Name another country who does it the way you think it should be done, Alex Jones

        • Marilyn

          Aug 1, 2022 at 7:22 pm

          China, India, Africa – all still doing it today. America learned. Check your history.

    • benseattle

      Aug 1, 2022 at 7:25 pm

      So let’s presume your assertion is correct, that China engages in slavery. So your point, apparently, is that “since China gets away with human rights abuses, then we should simply IGNORE those perpetrated by the Saudis?” Here’s the real point: by accepting massive paychecks from the Middle East, these golfers immediately become “Ambassadors” for a brutal regime; helping MBS and his henchman create a blissful image that “really…. all is well here in Riyadh, look at the golf, NOT the suppression of women, gays and murder to go.”

  10. JB

    Aug 1, 2022 at 11:39 am

    Oh, the irony. I think Angela means oppress and not suppress.

  11. Logan White

    Aug 1, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Who is Angela Stanford and why does anyone care what she says about other people’s decisions?

    • JimK

      Aug 1, 2022 at 11:52 am

      So who are you and why should anyone care about what you say about other people’s opinions?

      • VC

        Aug 1, 2022 at 2:10 pm

        He’s probably not quite idiot like you?

      • Liddieya Buckethead

        Aug 1, 2022 at 5:27 pm

        What does your wife do with the dogs while your at work JimK???? Hint—Its disgusting.

      • Logan

        Aug 2, 2022 at 12:41 am

        I commented on a story you dunce…my opinion or thoughts are not mainstream. How about we talk about Saudi money and the PGA Tour? In Oct 2021 Fed Ex poured $400M into the Saudi economy to assist in their shipping issues, yet the tour goes all out with the Fed Ex Cup. The LIV backlash is tiresome and led by sheep who would never consider thinking on their own with their own research.

  12. Don't CA My TX

    Aug 1, 2022 at 11:07 am

    Never heard of her

  13. Geoffrey

    Aug 1, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Japan did terrible things during World War II. Their POW camps and marches are notorious. And of course, they attacked Pearl Harbor as we all well know. However, at some point, you have to pull them forward. Otherwise, Japan would still be in a state of being ostracized.

    Now apply this to Saudi Arabia. Like Japan, they have done terrible things. LIV golf is potentially that channel to bring them out of the dark ages and on to the world stage. But if you don’t allow them to try to change, they never will.

    • Joseph

      Aug 1, 2022 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks for describing sports washing genius. And Japan’s atrocities were 3/4 of a century ago.

    • JimK

      Aug 1, 2022 at 6:43 pm

      If I believed for one minute that SA has any interest in changing it’s society and how it works I’d agree with you. But the sad truth is that they’re perfectly happy with the status quo and living in the dark ages.

  14. Daddy Tom

    Aug 1, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Who? Don’t bark too loud might not get the results you like

  15. Ned

    Aug 1, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Do you buy anything from China? Yun have too so no one’s worse on human rights than China. IMHO those that criticize people who join the LIV are jealous because they weren’t offered the big bucks to join.
    Plus “LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan is open to having a conversation with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman”.

  16. Your daddy

    Aug 1, 2022 at 10:52 am

    Maybe they should stop sponsoring womens golf. Low ratings anyways. Does she want to live in reality? Your really not that popular.

  17. Louie

    Aug 1, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Everyone is upset with LIV partly backed by Saudi money, but Deshaun Watson settled over 60 counts of sexual abuse, keeps all his money, and gets a 6 game slap on the wrist. And these crybabies say nothing. Hypocrites!

    • rabbi

      Aug 1, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      That’s because blacks are chosen ones proxy warriors.

      • AngelathenobodyGoAway

        Aug 1, 2022 at 2:46 pm

        These two comments couldn’t hit the nail on the head any more. Angela is a nobody. I don’t see in her bio where she is working to actively right the wrongs done to women. I would think that should be a noteworthy item to add to your bio. Pathetic excuse for a Christian and a feminist woke-speak regurgitator it seems.

  18. Tom K.

    Aug 1, 2022 at 10:44 am

    Angela, now do US women athletes who are suppressed because they are forced to compete against men in your Wacky Woke World.

    • everyone

      Aug 1, 2022 at 10:45 am

      please try harder because this makes zero sense

      – real americans

      • Joop

        Aug 1, 2022 at 2:03 pm

        “Women” with dangly bits poking out of their swimsuits competing against real women makes zero sense.

        -Normal Americans

  19. Matt

    Aug 1, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Angela Stanford is missing the news as much as she’s missing cuts.

    “LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan is open to having a conversation with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman”.

    https://www.golfwrx.com/688422/lpga-commissioner-says-she-is-open-to-talk-with-liv-golf/

    • VC

      Aug 1, 2022 at 2:13 pm

      She’ll just move to the China tour if that happens.

    • Msa

      Aug 1, 2022 at 6:31 pm

      What is ironic is how many Asian(Chinese) and middle east events the LPGA has. Sponsored by some baaaaad people.

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Augusta National chairman personally instructed players not to play LIV events, lawsuit claims

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More interesting information continues to surface from the 105-page lawsuit filed by the “LIV 11” on Wednesday.

According to the court documents, Augusta National Golf Club allegedly attempted to persuade golfers to not join LIV Golf.

“Augusta National, the promoter of The Masters, has taken multiple actions to indicate its alignment with the PGA Tour, thus seeding doubt among top professional golfers whether they would be banned from future Masters Tournaments,” the document states.

“As an initial matter, the links between the PGA Tour and Augusta National run deep. The actions by Augusta National indicate that the PGA Tour has used these channels to pressure Augusta National to do its bidding. For example, in February, 2022 Augusta National representatives threatened to disinvite players from The Masters if they joined LIV Golf.”

Greg Norman has consistently claimed that he’s attempted to reach out to Jay Monahan and ANGC Chairman Fred Ridley, but to no avail.

The lawsuit claims that the major championships has been a strong deterrent preventing players from joining LIV Golf.

“The threat of exlcusion from the Masters (and other majors) is a powerful weapon in the Tour’s arsenal to deter players from joining LIV Golf”.

While none of the majors have yet banned LIV players from playing in their events, they’ve spoken out in opposition to the breakaway golf league.

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Adam Hadwin made the wrong comment over his wife’s outfit…and he’s now paying the price

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World ranked number 84, Adam Hadwin, is well known in golf circles for having a lighter approach to the game.

The Canadian has a Twitter bio that reads, “living the dream a day at a time!” and often posts about his family life and honest views on his current game.

However, despite having 30,000 fewer followers on the social media site, his wife Jessica is the one making more noise with some of her posts over the last few months.

We’ve had a clip of daughter Maddox’s reaction to her father’s hole-in-one at the Memorial, and the hilarious tweet regarding flat packed furniture, just two days after his best-ever finish in a major — tied-seventh at the U.S. Open.

However, she may well have trumped the lot with the revelation of her husband’s reaction to her new outfit:

Jessica is also unimpressed with the reaction of Team Adam, tweeting, “The best part (or worst?) was he said it in front of two male employees who proceeded to absolutely trip over themselves trying to run to his defense. Telling me “oh I don’t think he meant it like that…see what he meant was…he just wants to make sure you’re comfortable.”

It wasn’t long ago that fellow PGA Tour player Adam Schenk found that roasting your wife in public does not pay dividends, and you may think lessons were learned from that. It appears not.

Hadwin’s current status:

Good luck, Ad.

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Jessica Korda in contention at Women’s Open despite having to wear borrowed clothes!

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Month after month, we read of golfers turning up at courses without their clubs. Almost every time it is down to their chosen airline ‘misplacing’ them, and leading to the players having to beg or borrow a set, or have their sponsor or manufacturer get them a spare set with urgency.

It isn’t often we read of players losing their clothes!

After yesterday’s first round 5-under 66, Jessica Korda revealed she had been wearing borrowed clothes all week whilst waiting for the return of her suitcase, stuck in transit, in Zurich. Whilst she travelled via Switzerland to Muirfield, some of her clothes did not.

On 31st July, Korda tweeted her plea to Swiss International Air Lines:

 

After the four-birdie, one-eagle round, the six-time LPGA Tour winner pleaded she was still seeking a reunion with her luggage.

“If anyone knows anyone at the Zurich airport that would like to put my suitcase on the one flight a day that they have coming into Edinburgh, I’d deeply appreciate it,” she said.

“I know where it is. I have an air tag on it. I can’t get anyone to actually go get it,” she explained.

The current Rolex #14 then credited her benefactors. “Monday I wore Megan Khang’s pants. Tuesday, I wore my sister’s pants and Wednesday I wore Alison Lee’s pants. And today I’m wearing FootJoy pants.”

Anything else missing besides the pants?

“Sponsor’s hats,” she said. “Wearing a Muirfield hat right now. A lot of my warm stuff. My hand warmers. My hands get really cold, so I wear gloves all the time. I’ve got a lot of heat patches for my lower back and my vitamins. Don’t have that.”

The episode may well have given her some impetus for the tournament.

“I gave up on it (the case) by Wednesday,” she said. “If it comes here, great, but if not, it is what it is. At this point,I’m playing a golf tournament.”

Despite all that, Korda is well positioned to have her best finish in 11 tries at the Women’s British Open, the best so far being a tied-fifth at Birkdale in 2014.

“You have to stay on it here at all times,” said Korda of the tough course.

“It’s links golf. I swear, every time we come to Scotland, it’s just like the same stuff. You’ve just got to be really prepared and take it for what it is.”
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