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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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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. BR

    Aug 4, 2022 at 8:11 am

    Why do they all want back on the PGA tour so bad if they wanted to play less golf? Is their new pizza that bad?

  2. Dav

    Aug 3, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    I’m actually dumber for having watched that clip. And it’s an incredibly awful analogy to boot.

  3. Jed

    Aug 3, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    If only their pizzas are better which they ain’t. I’ll stay with the PGA special. Liv can stick their Pepperoni where it belongs.

  4. Edward

    Aug 3, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    It’s all about the sauce.

  5. Steve Buchanan

    Aug 3, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Disturbing commentary by writer. The analogy made perfect sense. Writer bias.

    • Ned

      Aug 4, 2022 at 5:22 am

      Agree you think maybe because the writer is working for a golf mag that their scared to say anything negative about the PGA for fear of them being banned from the tournaments.

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Greg Norman creates storm by falsely claiming LPGA Tour is sponsored by Saudi Oil Company Aramco

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From the initial Mickelson-gate to an interview that hasn’t happened yet, the golf world continues to analyze every press conference, email and statement released by the LIV organization and its so-called rivals, the PGA and DP World tours.

Much of the controversy surrounds the answers given to the question, “Why?”

At the start of the controversial LIV series, much of the furore surrounded players that jumped from the ‘Mother Ship’ (PGA/DP) to a tour run and funded via a company closely related to the Saudi Kingdom, one that has received worldwide condemnation for its human rights issues.

Earlier press interviews were awkward, and at least one competitor, Graeme McDowell, has spoken about the way he has been treated by the wider golf public.

Reasons given for the departure to the rebel tour have been as ‘leverage’ against current playing/media conditions issued by the main tours, that there would be ‘more time to be spent with family’, even that the 54-hole shotgun start is a far more attractive proposition than the traditional 72-hole split tee-time.

LIV CEO Greg Norman has also often come to the microphone to say he doesn’t quite understand the mass anger at LIV and its paymasters, given that Saudi Arabia is very much involved with some of the biggest companies in the world and many other sporting competitions.

However, his recent comment in an interview with Fox News reporter Tucker Carlson has set the golf world alight, in particular those involved with the LPGA.

During the report, Norman again says he cannot understand the attitude of many against LIV itself, stating that:

“The @LPGA Tour is sponsored by Aramco.”

Carlson raises his eyebrows and asks, “Literally?” before Norman again confirms his belief saying “the largest sponsor of women’s golf in the world is Aramco.”

As can be seen by the reaction from LPGA player Brittany Lincicome, this has not gone down well.

A host of names have taken to social media to refute Norman’s statement, with Lincicome, Lisa Cornwell, ex-Golf Channel broadcaster, and Beth Ann Nichols, Golfweek senior writer, amongst those that were at pains to point out that Aramco are associated with the Ladies European Tour rather than the US version and only as sponsors.

In a similar way to the feeder link between the PGA and DP World tours, the LPGA has an association with the LET, supporting the tour in both a financial and stabilizing role. However, with the Aramco series a sponsored event, it is a far cry from being a direct employer, as with LIV.

Cornwell, who resigned from the Golf Channel amidst ‘mistreatment’ at the end of 2020, was at pains to ask:

“How can the CEO of  LIV Golf get this wrong? Good Lord…”

Much of Twitter golf were posting their views, with one user asking professional golfer Sarah Kemp, “Does Aramco sponsor the LPGA Tour? Yes or No?” and received the simple answer, “No.”

He then asks, “So your position is No, but how about the LPGA Tour players that play in their sponsored tournaments? It appears that they do sponsor golf and until LIV was involved, those players had no problems taking the money. Please explain.”

In a separate thread but counteracting that stance, golf podcast host John Ziegler pointed out:

“It’s sad that Tucker Carlson, who I really like & once worked for, apparently fell for this BS analogy. Having a sponsor who does business with, or is even part owned by the Saudis, is NOT the same thing as the Saudis themselves creating a fake golf tour as a political PR effort!”

In another tweet, Kemp explains her stance against the comment that any Saudi company is the largest sponsor in the ladies’ game:

“Aramco is also NOT the largest sponsor in women’s golf. The @CMEGroupLPGA, a solo-sponsored event, has a higher purse than all 6 Aramco events combined.”

Hugely respected journalist who covers women’s golf extensively, Beth Ann Nichols then weighed in saying:

“The six Aramco events are on the LET schedule, not the LPGA! And yes, the LPGA and LET united several years ago in a joint venture. They have a partnership. But those are not LPGA events.”

In the week of the Women’s British Open, somehow, the LIV organization has come to the fore of the golfing world again.

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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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