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‘You chose the circus, stay in the circus’ – 4-time PGA Tour winner latest to blast LIV rebels

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Reacting to the news that 10 LIV golfers (down to 10 after Carlos Ortiz withdrew his lawsuit on Tuesday) have served a lawsuit on the PGA Tour, veteran player Ryan Palmer had a simple message, “you chose the circus, stay in the circus.”

Speaking with SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, hosts Jason Sobel and The Caddie heard Palmer state that, “There is nowhere to go from there (the LIV series).”

The four-time PGA Tour winner may have been seen as a likely candidate for the rebel tour, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Amongst the 10 players named in the suit, Taylor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford, saw their appeal for a Temporary Restraining Order, in other words the opportunity to come back on the PGA Tour, in order to play at this week’s first FedEx playoff event, the St. Jude at Southwind, thrown out on Tuesday.

Speaking on the drama, Palmer told Sobel and his fellow broadcaster:

“I’m tired of it, tired talking about it. They chose that route, all you heard was ‘play less, be home more’, well now you want to play and come out and play the big events next year and then play over there. I just don’t get it.”

“You know what, you chose the circus, stay in the circus.

“We’re here on the PGA Tour, the greatest stage in golf in my opinion. It’s different. In my opinion there is no incentive to play golf out there. There is nowhere to go from there.”

Referring to the huge money offered by LIV, the experienced 45-year-old commented, “Okay, there is a purse. I call it a $25 million Calcutta.”

Continuing the theme, Palmer explained why he won’t be tempted to jump ship if offered the chance.

“There’s money to play for but there is nowhere to go from there. What’s their upsides besides bank accounts?”

“For me, sitting here in Memphis, I’ve got a place to go and that’s to get back in the top 50 in the world, get back to the majors, get back to the upper echelon of the calibre out here. If I’m out there, I’ve got nowhere to go.”

Currently at 114th in the current world rankings Palmer will look to return to the form that saw him rank 47th at the end of last season.

You can hear the player’s frustration here:

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  3. Tom K.

    Aug 10, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Sounds like sour grapes.

  4. Reasonable Ronnie

    Aug 10, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    So what Ryan Palmer is saying since some talent left for LIV he thinks he’s got the chops to actually crack top 50 in the rankings. All of the tour pros who keep saying “there’s nowhere to go from LIV, they’re stuck there” I don’t think are considering maybe guys like DJ, Brooks, Bryson don’t want to be playing professional golf in their late 40s or 50 years old.

    Lots of people seem in this whole situation have a hard time understanding that not everyone wants to be the next tiger or Jack. Some of these guys are content making really good (now great at LIV) money playing a sport for a living and don’t have any interest in 7 green jackets or 85 career wins.

    • B Chamblee

      Aug 10, 2022 at 5:36 pm

      Don’t use common sense around here. That’s not allowed! We must hate LIV and the Saudi’s!!

    • JimK

      Aug 10, 2022 at 11:54 pm

      That’s fine, but just let me hear one of those guys be honest and say he’s leaving the PGA because he doesn’t care about being great. Just one.

  5. Purveyor a truith

    Aug 10, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Easy to say from someone who, for one, wasn’t offered to join LIV, two, has made enough money over his career that he can say he “has somewhere to go” with a laissez-faire mentality, and three, is now set to enjoy the increased purses and plethora of opportunities that the LIV players leaving will afford him. By the LIV guys leaving the PGA Tour was forced to actually increase the purses and pay the players more while providing them more opportunities. Had they done that over the years, then the LIV Tour may have not gotten off the ground. Instead, the Tour was happy to reap the benefits of their cash cows, while barely giving them a piece of the large increases in funds. The PGA Tour and professional golf is the only professional sport that doesn’t pay guys for their work unless they “make the cut”, and even then on all tours but the PGA Tour guys struggle to make ends meet. No contracts, no salaries, no benefits. They are all contractors except when they try to go and play on another tour that the PGA Tour doesn’t like. They don’t say shit if those guys play on any non PGA Tour-affiliated tours. Why care about LIV? Because they are scared. LIV upset the status quo and the good ‘ol boys club that was hell bent on continuing to profit off the backs of their players.

  6. Jason Barbieri

    Aug 10, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    Love it. Guy is a COMPETITOR, and sees more than just dollar signs.

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

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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

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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

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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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