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‘Grow the game? Bullsh*t. They paid me a lot of money’ – Feherty on reasons why he joined LIV

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In the past few months, the golfers who’ve chosen to join LIV Golf have faced extreme criticism by media, fans and fellow players.

The fact that the money is being sourced by the Saudi Government has been one of the main points of contention as well as the fact the events feel like more of an exhibition than a professional golf event.

However, one of the other criticisms that have been echoed quite often is the lack of honesty of those who have joined LIV Golf. Many have claimed their reason for joining was to “grow the game” or for a new and unique experience. Even those who have been supportive of LIV would have a hard time claiming that those were the most influential factors of those who’ve left.

David Feherty, who made his LIV Golf debut at Trump Bedminster two weeks ago isn’t among those who are sugarcoating their reasons for joining the Saudi-backed golf series.

In a recent interview with Gary Koch, the eccentric TV personality admitted money was his primary motivator when asked by the host why he made the move:

“Money. People don’t talk about it. I hear, ‘Well, it’s to grow the game. Bullsh*t. They paid me a lot of money.”

Feherty also expressed that the opportunity to be himself again was another reason he was excited to join LIV.

“It was an opportunity to be myself again,” he said. “It’s become more and more difficult, especially in sports broadcasting, to have any kind of character. Charles Barkley can say pretty much anything he wants, because it’s, ‘Oh, that’s just Charles.’ And it is just Charles. But I have become more and more guarded over the last few years.”

As for critics who Feherty feels are ‘hoping to be offended by something’, Feherty did not mince his words, saying:

“There are people waiting around every corner hoping to be offended by something. F*** those people. Our lives are being shaped by small groups of mean-spirited people who have no sense of humor. We’re in danger of losing our national sense of humor because of this.”

Feherty was also asked about the source of the money and Saudi Arabia’s ties to 9/11.

“The 9 /11 Commission said that the Saudi government wasn’t involved,” the 63-year-old said.

“People that criticize are doing business with China, doing business with Russia. China, in particular, is a country where they’re murdering Uyghurs left, right, and centre, and their human rights record is horrendous.

“You can point to various countries throughout the world. I wouldn’t want to behave like that, but wherever golf is, good happens, and I’m hoping this will do the same thing. [LIV] has said it’s going to donate $100 million to area charities.”

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  1. Don Abrams

    Aug 10, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    The rich businessmen that Feherty says are hypocrites are not the average American golf fan. LIV won’t be around long w/out our support. We don’t blame you for taking the $’s , but don’t think we are going to watch. How long will the Saudis wait before the drop out?

  2. Dick Cheney

    Aug 10, 2022 at 10:41 am

    About Fing time someone said out loud the two most obvious points of all of this. 1. MONEY. 2. Other countries are way worse than Saudi so cut the human rights crap. The US invaded 6+ countries in the past 20 years killing and displacing millions of people. No one cared about taking that money. Also, if you think the Saudis did 911 then you must be a conspiracy theorist because our govt said they didn’t and our govt would never lie ?

    I also like the point of being himself. The LIV sort of feels like the wild wild west. He can make off color comments that the “wokesters” would typically freak out about if said on a Major US broadcast…but he can make whatever jokes he wants on LIV. As long as he isn’t criticizing SA govt 🙂

  3. david

    Aug 10, 2022 at 10:15 am

    David’s comment saying F those who feel offended are right on. I’m an old, ugly bald Jewish gay guy, and nobody on this planet, including god herself could offend me with any comment they could come up with; only I could do that! And my putting sucks by the way.

  4. MoneyMoney man

    Aug 10, 2022 at 9:41 am

    When LIV money reaches out to GolfWRX, will be hilarious to see tone of articles change!

  5. Ned

    Aug 10, 2022 at 5:26 am

    Anyone that thinks PGA tour players aren’t in it for the money have their head up where the sun don’t shine. Find it fun that Jay M came up with all that extra tournament money and schedule changes after the LIV became a reality.

  6. Donn Rutkoff

    Aug 9, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Saudi culture is not going to rub off on Americans, but the reverse will. Our notions of inalienable rights, voting, pursuit of happiness, intellectual property, will rub off on them, even if in small doses. Remember, nobody leaves the USA to illegally enter any other country. As for the PGA TOUR, they needed a kick to keep up with the times. They hide the personal problems golfers have. They don’t disclose fines or off-course issues. DJ could have been suspended or banned for his womanizing and drugs. Players have asked for appearance fees to be allowed, TOUR poured cold water. You notice also that Xi Xinping has no interest in U.S. hospital charities. Or Pursuit of Happiness. He probably wishes golf didn’t exist, because it is the opposite of communism and group – think.

    • C

      Aug 9, 2022 at 3:11 pm

      “inalienable rights, voting”

      Disappearing at a break-neck pace.

      • benseattle

        Aug 10, 2022 at 2:56 pm

        Wow… I haven’t heard about this. Please list the rights that have been snatched away while at the same time listing the number of occasions when “voting” has “disappeared at a break-neck pace.” Thanks for the help.

        • VC

          Aug 10, 2022 at 3:44 pm

          Voting is expanding, you no longer have to prove you are a citizen or eligible to vote. In some states all you have to do is have a driver’s license and they give illegals drivers licenses. Our 2nd amendment is being taken away by steps. Freedom of speech has been diminished over the years,hate speech, cancel culture.

  7. Ritch

    Aug 9, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Feherty’s comment about China was definitely on point. While the Saudi’s deserve criticism for their human rights record, crickets are all that is heard when it comes to China. I appreciate his honesty.

    • Dan

      Aug 10, 2022 at 10:53 am

      Ritch, Respectfully I have to disagree. DF’s whataboutism on China is not relevant.  Why? It is the Saudi’s behind LIV, not China, not North Korea, not Russia.  I assure you that if any of these countries were using their wealth to sport-wash their image by using a figure-head like Norman with the endgame of harming our beloved sport there would be pushback. Lastly for those who wonder at their perceived silence in opposition to China for it’s behavior one only need to look online to see that there are thousands of organizations worldwide that aim to hold China and other like countries to account for their abysmal human rights records.  I am sure they all would appreciate more support.

  8. Peter Rizzo

    Aug 9, 2022 at 8:14 am

    Great Interview FINALLY someone who left for LIV is Honest keep it up David

  9. Chuck

    Aug 9, 2022 at 6:46 am

    Well this will certainly help develop all of LIV’s corporate and charity partnerships.

    One single, simple Feherty interview undercuts every other LIV marketing effort; every coached LIV player interview; every strained Greg Norman claim.

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Ian Poulter takes swipe at Justin Thomas over short putt complaints at Presidents Cup

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Over the weekend, Justin Thomas was involved in a dramatic Sunday singles battle with Si-Woo Kim, with the Korean eventually prevailing on the final hole of the day.

During that match, Thomas expressed his frustration at Kim not giving him a 3-foot putt on the ninth hole, with Thomas motioning that the putt may have been in ‘gimme’ range

Some found JT’s complaints hypocritical after a video had previously shown the 29-year-old shut down Jordan Spieth, who appeared to suggest giving Adam Scott a short putt earlier in the week.

Ian Poulter, known for his pedigree in match play singles, weighed in with his view on JT’s complaints, and unsurprisingly the Englishman had no sympathy for the two-time major champ, saying:

Poulter’s view appears to be the popular take on the matter, with plenty of golf fans frustrated with Thomas, who also admitted he had been ‘p*****d off’ with Si-Woo Kim for deciding to shush the crowd during their tense encounter on Sunday.

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Hotel issue forces Patrick Reed to withdraw from latest DP World Tour event

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Patrick Reed has dealt with some criticism over the past few months for choosing to play in DP World Tour events after making the controversial move to join LIV Golf.

When the former Masters champion made his decision, he made comments about wanting to spend more time with his kids.

“It wears on you as an athlete, wears on you as a person, as a father, and this is for me, I feel like this is the best decision ever,” Reed said at the time. “Now I can compete at the highest level, but also prepare and get ready for every single event and be able to be home, and even though I’ll be grinding at home getting ready, I’ll be able to spend time with the kids.”

Since the move, Reed has played in four events in September and was scheduled to play his fifth consecutive event this week at the DP World Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links.

However, Reed withdrew from the tournament on Monday due to back pain.

According to the 32-year-old, his mattress at the Versailles hotel during the Open de France was too soft and it caused an injury.

“The mattress was just too soft for me,” Reed said in an interview with Bernie McGuire from the Irish Golfer.

“I played well in the pro-am but the pain in my back was getting worse.

“It’s disappointing as I was looking forward to coming back to France after being there for the Ryder Cup.”

Reed added: “I first played the Dunhill Links back in 2011. It was my first European Tour event, so that’s another event I was looking forward to playing.”

He’s scheduled to tee it up once again at LIV Bangkok beginning on October 7th.

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Hideki Matsuyama’s caddie just cemented his legacy with wild act at the Presidents Cup

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Hideki Matsuyama might be the most recognisable player in Japanese golf. He may have also turned down the biggest offer from LIV to date:

However, in terms of showmanship, the 2021 Masters champion can’t hold a candle to his caddie.

Shota Hayafuji has bits and pieces of form on the China Tour, but since joining Matsuyama on a full-time basis at the Sony Open in 2019, he’s seen that arrangement celebrated at the 2022 running of the Waialae event and, of course, at Augusta.

After the one-shot victory, Shota went viral after bowing his head in respect, commenting that,” I bowed to the course mainly because I was thankful. I wasn’t thinking about doing it and it just happened — like an instinct.”

This time, though, he has stepped things up a level.

Yesterday, Golf Digest reposted a photo from Shoto’s Instagram in which he shows off the autograph of every one of the victorious U.S team members. Written on his body.

Nobody quite knows what is going on, or whether the winning side invited the International team to what looks like a raucous after- tournament celebration drink, but Shoto may well have to explain this as another ‘instinct’.

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