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Sergio Garcia and Greg Norman’s WhatsApp messages reveal talk over ‘shallow threat’ from PGA Tour



There would never be much pleasantry surrounding the lawsuit filed by 11 players suspended by the PGA Tour for jumping ship to the LIV series.

Evidence given by both sides is going to be under intense scrutiny by lawyers and the media alike, and it started last Friday when Golf Magazine’s Dylan Dethier tweeted a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation between Sergio Garcia and LIV CEO Greg Norman.

The exchange, ‘Exhibit 6’, is part of the upcoming lawsuit, and dates from 11th and 12th of February 2022, some four months prior to the inaugural LIV event at the Centurion Club, England.

The conversation starts with Garcia, seemingly nervous about the upcoming series, asking, “how things are going with the League cause it seams (sic) like a lot of those guys that were loving it and excited about it last week, now are shiting in their pants.”

Norman doesn’t seem bothered by the “white noise” and assures the Spaniard that he will “reach out” if Garcia has names.

He then comments that, “if the Tour was going to ban players they would have already,” before telling Garcia that it would be “fantastic,” if he can “get them or any player threatened to get it in writing.”

When Garcia goes back to Norman, he tells him, “it’s official,” and that the Tour are banning players for life. Again Norman is unfussed, replying that it is a “shallow threat.”

Sadly, this looks like being a very long-running saga, with much dirty laundry, and the domination of headlines where others would surely be preferred.

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  1. Don

    Aug 8, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    Sergio the Underachiever…he finds something to whine about incessantly.

    • Jimmy

      Aug 8, 2022 at 5:36 pm

      He is a major championship winner you dripping sack of rancid excrement

    • Jimmy

      Aug 8, 2022 at 5:38 pm

      Youre a loser yourself.
      So i guess you’d know

  2. snowman

    Aug 8, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    I cannot understand how the PGA tour can be forced to allow LIV players to continue to play in PGA Tour events…. These LIV players have violated the terms of their PGATour membership, so good bye and good luck.

    • Jimmy

      Aug 8, 2022 at 5:39 pm

      But the court can force women to compete with men and men can use womens restrooms….you got no issue with that lunacy do ya?
      Of course you can sue the PGA tour …duh

  3. joe

    Aug 8, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    I had no interest in this league. None of my friends did either. I have even less interest knowing where a couple of the events are being held.

    • Jimmy

      Aug 8, 2022 at 5:36 pm

      Youre an idiot.
      Zero critical thinking ability.
      Total sheep

    • freeze

      Aug 11, 2022 at 8:27 am

      Why? you’re feelings were hurt? Grow a set….we are is such a great place now

  4. Greg McNeill

    Aug 8, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Would have expected that Norman would know better. The commissioner of the PGA Tour, like those of the NFL, MLB, NBA, etc, have vast powers of discretion when it comes to their respective views as to what is in the best interest of their sports. Unless Congress decides to quash the anti-trust exemption these leagues enjoy, good luck convincing a court to take action.

    • dr. bloor

      Aug 8, 2022 at 12:11 pm

      Norman does know better, it’s just not in his personal interest to give players a balanced view of the risks their taking or their chances in court. This is all about him sticking it to the Tour.

      • Jim

        Aug 8, 2022 at 5:43 pm

        Whats wrong with sti king it to the monopolistic PGA tour that unpays its players.
        Uses and abuses their image rights.
        You know Tiger can’t show anything from his career with paying millions?
        Nike paid 20 million for 15 seconds of tiger holing out ar the masters.
        No money went to tiger.
        PGA hold 100% of image rights.
        Duh duh duh.
        Not fair.
        They deserve their boat turned over.

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Report: Major sponsor becomes first to urge PGA Tour to hold peace talks with LIV



According to The Telegraph, a major investor is urging both the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour to have “peace talks” with LIV Golf.

Johann Rupert, who is the chairman of Richemont, a Swiss luxury-goods maker, has invested over $100 million into the sport of golf.

South Africa’s richest man issued a statement to tournament spokespeople at St. Andrews for this weeks Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

“This is the Home of Golf and we are all here to celebrate golf,” the spokesperson said from St. Andrews. “There needs to be a cessation of hostilities which are threatening the future of the game we all love. People need to talk to each other to find a solution.”

There doesn’t seem to be any type of negotiation imminent between the rival tours. According to LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, Jay Monahan hasn’t returned any of his phone calls since the inception of LIV Golf. Commissioner of the DP World Tour Keith Pelley has also expressed he doesn’t have much desire to work with Norman.

Patrick Reed and Peter Uihlein got a sponsors invite from Rupert. Although Reed withdrew with a back injury, many believe that Rupert was sending a message with how he used his sponsors invite.

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Report: LIV Golf closing in on deal to PURCHASE airtime with major network



According to Golfweek, LIV Golf are closing in on a deal that will see the breakaway tour televised on Fox Sports 1.

The report indicates that LIV Golf will be paying Fox to air their product, which is unusual of television deals. Typically, the media company will pay a rights fee to the sports league to air the tournament.

Golfweek speculates that this move “will be widely interpreted as a failure to attract serious commercial interest in what it is offering.”

LIV Golf CEO had reportedly been shopping his product around to multiple media companies just as recently as a few weeks ago.

“We’re talking to four different networks, and live conversations where offers are being put on the table,” Norman told ESPN. “They can see what we’re delivering.”

LIV was still angling to receive a rights fee in the second year of the deal, but Fox reportedly declined to accept their proposal. Fox will be willing to renegotiate a rights fee at a later date.

The final two LIV events of the season, including a match play event at Trump Doral in Miami, Florida are planned to be shown on Fox once the deal is completed.

The arrangement is not yet finalized.

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Couple pull off insanely cool Masters-themed wedding



There are golf fans, and then there are golf super-fans.

Matt Ziance, a former marketer for NBC Sports and the Golf Channel, proved that he and his wife Kate were simply obsessed by the sport, by making their nuptials an homage to the greatest of the traditional tournaments – the Masters.


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The wedding, on July 3rd this year, involved not just a nod to Augusta, and a Masters-themed cake, but an entire exhibition!

Included in the day were:

  • The couple’s nephews dressed head-to-toe as ‘ring caddies,’ dressed in white Master’s overalls and carrying the rings in golf-ball shaped cases.
  • Kate’s flower girl carrying a bucket of tees, balls and rose petals.
  • Personalized signs at the First Presbyterian Church featuring the Masters logo, with tables carrying the traditional Masters flag.
  • The duo’s entrance involving an attempt at a long-range putt
  • 5000 cookies, baked by Kate’s mom and referencing golf themes
  • Matt wearing an Augusta green jacket for the service, and golf socks, tie and custom Nike clothing for the reception party

The couple started playing golf together since their first date in 2020, and estimate they played over 60 rounds together last year.

No matter how many times they may have played, or the dedication shown to the sport, neither Matt and Kate have ever been to Augusta, though continue their bid at each lottery raffle.

Oh, and Matt also managed to arrange former associate Jim Nantz to present a short introduction and welcome to the guests – using his famous phrase – “Hello friends!”

As Matt says, “It was a wedding unlike any other.”


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The challenge is set.

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