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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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  1. You heard it here first

    Aug 8, 2022 at 11:52 am

    Ridley plays with his Didley in Butler cabin.

  2. Ken

    Aug 6, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Would love to see ANGC not welcome the LIV stooges. A rouge government using professional golf as a political weapon isn’t good for the game.

  3. PJ

    Aug 6, 2022 at 7:46 am

    It’s obvious the PGA is desperate and pulling every favor it has to keep more players from leaving. The more players leave means the PGA will have to make a deal. I predict that the PGA will eventually have to come to some agreement with LIV. If you want to scream about Saudi money make sure you tell us about that time you had a problem with China, Nike, and the HSBC. No nation state has done more to harm humanity more than China yet the PGA has zero issues with that, or it seems so.

    • Tom K.

      Aug 6, 2022 at 12:32 pm

      If the LIV wasn’t such a threat to the PGAT then why are the PGAT, GolfWRX and the rest of the Jay Monahan sycophants in panic mode?

  4. geohogan

    Aug 5, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Seems Julie Crenmshaw was just giving Bryson, the inside scoop.

  5. JasonHolmes

    Aug 5, 2022 at 11:40 am

    Augusta is a pure invitational – they can invite whoever they want and not have to give one shred of a reason.

    And if you dont think this doesnt terrify the players – think again.

    • Happitus Gilmoritus

      Aug 5, 2022 at 5:18 pm

      Gold jacket, green jacket, who gives a %$#@.

  6. Condoleeece rice

    Aug 5, 2022 at 10:00 am

    A hypocrisy like no other, presented by Mercedes’ and aTT

    • Michael

      Aug 5, 2022 at 12:01 pm

      How many neocon war profitteers who lied the US into Iraq and Afghanistan are members at Augusta now? Condi Rice for one.

      Rats pointing fingers at rats is priceless.

      • Chuck

        Aug 6, 2022 at 3:53 pm

        Here we go.

        I’ve been saying for months that the LIV controversy was actually in a very mild stage; that the arguments would get much harsher when the tour/stunt reached the Trump venues.

        That is exactly what has happened. And in no way is LIV a victim. The LIV made its deal with Trump at a time when they knew exactly what that meant. The other organizing bodies knew better. They didn’t want the golf to be overwhelmed by crowds chanting “Let’s go Brandon!”, or the spectacle of Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson and Marjorie Taylor Qreene egging them on.

        Like Trump himself, LIV is going to attract a certain kind of an audience. An audience that won’t be a majority and may even be viewed as radioactive by leading corporate sponsors.

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Gary Player accuses son of unauthorized sale of his memorabilia

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This morning, Gary Player issued a statement via his Twitter account. According to the statement, Gary’s son, Marc has been auctioning off trophies and memorabilia without his father’s permission.

This isn’t the first dispute between Player and his son, Marc. Back in 2020, the nine-time major champion won a settlement in court against Marc. Player got $5 million and the rights to his name and likeness back from a company operated by Marc in a Florida lawsuit.

The Player family are no strangers to controversy, with Gary’s other son, Wayne, banned from the Masters for life after pulling a guerrilla marketing stunt during the opening ceremony tee shots back in 2021.

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Collin Morikawa left ‘freaking out’ after clubs land on airport tarmac

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It seems as if there’s been an uptick of cases with professional golfers losing their luggage on airlines this summer.

Last month at the Genesis Scottish Open, Viktor Hovland’s clubs were lost by the airline. He didn’t have his clubs or clothes in preparation for the event until Ping made a custom set for him on site at The Renaissance Club.

Last week, Irishman Shane Lowry’s clubs were lost on his way to the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

This week, there are once again issues with a golfer’s clubs. On his way to begin the 2022 FedEx Cup Playoffs, Collin Morikawa tweeted a picture of his TaylorMade clubs in an ominous position.

Luckily for the two-time major champion, the potential nightmare was solved, and someone got his clubs back to where they needed to be.

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Caddie forced to wade through nettles after bizarre blunder at Women’s Open

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In just her second professional start, 22-year-old Louise Duncan finished inside the top-20 of the AIG Women’s Open, but the Duncan team experienced far more than just her first proper paycheck.

In 2021, the Scot won the Women’s Amateur Championship by a record margin (9&8) before nabbing a top-10 at the Women’s Open at Carnoustie, the low amateur winning the traditional Smyth Salver.

It’s a big leap to the paid ranks, but the £73,000 prize is early justification for the move, an amount that might well have just upgraded her future wedding to fiance Jordan Hughes.

After her second round 73, Duncan admitted it was, “a bit of a grind” but having been assured of making the cut, said that, “If it’s a nice cheque we’ll probably just go abroad and get it over with. That sounds bad – sorry Jordan. What I mean is we’ll be able to go abroad and have a good one.”

The round wasn’t without its humor either, with caddie Dean Robertson playing his part.

As reported in The Telegraph, former European Tour winner Robertson has been a large part of Duncan’s success, his experience as player and coach providing mentor-ship to the darling of the Scottish crowd.

However, during the second round when Sophia Schubert handed him a ball, he thought the American had just found it and wanted him to get rid. So he threw it over his left shoulder.

Schubert was actually wanting her ball cleaned and, because of Robertson’s actions, was now facing a stroke-and-distance penalty. So, despite wearing shorts, he did his valiant duty, scaled the wall and went searching in the scrub and nettles for the ball. To Schubert’s relief, it was a successful forage.

Duncan was pleased to see the closest member of her team having the tables turned on himself.

“I was like, ‘oh, no, Dean, tell me you haven’t just done that?’,” Duncan said “But it was an honest mistake and quite funny. He is always telling me to stop being an idiot and to calm down, so maybe he deserved that one.”

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