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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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Phil Mickelson likes tweet suggesting major LIV critic asked for $55m to join rebel tour

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Phil Mickelson’s recent social media activity may indicate that one of LIV Golf’s biggest critics actually attempted to join the rival league before being denied by LIV.

The speculation began when Tiger Woods’ former swing coach, Hank Haney, said on his podcast that there was a PGA Tour player who’s been adamantly against LIV that initially had attempted to join the breakaway tour for an asking price of $55 million.

Many people on Twitter immediately started speculating (and some were hoping) that the player that Haney was referencing could be Billy Horschel.

Apparently, Phil Mickelson had been monitoring the saga from his Twitter account, because as this was happening, “Lefty” started liking tweets that were accusing Horschel of being the player that asked for the $55 million.

If the player in question turned out to be Horschel, it would be a tough look for the 36-year-old. He’s gone as far as anyone in his criticism of players who’ve opted to join LIV Golf.

“I honestly don’t think that the American guys who haven’t supported the PGA Tour should be here.

“The Abraham Ancers, the Talor Goochs, the Jason Kokraks – you’ve never played this tournament, you’ve never supported the DP World Tour. Why are you here? You are here for one reason only and that’s to try and get world ranking points because you don’t have it.

“It’s hypocritical because of what some of these guys have said they wanted to play less golf. It’s pretty hypocritical to come over here and play outside LIV when your big thing was to spend more time with family and want to play less golf.”

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Tiger Woods reveals the best celebrity foursome he’s ever played with

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With Capital One’s The Match set to take place this weekend, Tiger Woods was asked about the best celebrity foursome that he’s ever played a round with.

Tiger replied:

“[John] Smoltz, [Tom] Glavine and [Greg] Maddux when they were all pitching with the Braves. That was epic. I shot 62, 62 and lost money.”

The three pitchers combined to win seven National League Cy Young Awards in the 1990s and led the Atlanta Braves to a World Series win in 1995.

The 15-time major champion was also asked what his “dream foursome” would be, to which he replied: “It wouldn’t be a foursome. It would be my dad, myself and Charlie.”

Tiger’s father, Earl, passed away in 2006 and his son, Charlie, was born in 2009.

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Former NBA star turned college golfer J.R. Smith taking lessons from Tiger’s ex-coach

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Former NBA player J.R. Smith is now taking golf lessons from Tiger Woods’ former coach, Chris Como.

The lessons can be seen on the new show “Private Lessons” on the premium subscription of GolfPass.

Of his lessons with Como, Smith said, “For me, I think the most appealing part (about taking a lesson from Como) was about like how fast the transition for him to understand. Like, obviously, everybody doesn’t think the same,” he added, “but to make to feel certain sensations in the golf swing.”

The two-time NBA Champion made $90 million as a basketball player but signed an NIL deal as a golfer in early 2022.

In addition to working with Tiger Woods and Smith, Como has also worked with Bryson DeChambeau, who won the 2020 U.S. Open under his guidance.

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