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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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PGA Tour reveals full list of winners from 2021-22 season’s Player Impact Program

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The results of the 2021-2022 PGA TOUR season’s Player Impact Program have been revealed.

The total prize pool for the PIP has been increased from $40 million last season to $100 million and is now spread out between 20 players instead of 10. However, the PIP now offers more than just financial incentive. The top 20 players in this year’s PIP standings will be invited to the 12 “elevated events” on the 2023 calendar.

As revealed by the PGA Tour, the PIP winners and their bonuses are as follows:

  • 1. Tiger Woods $15,000,000
  • 2. Rory McIlroy $12,000,000
  • 3. Jordan Spieth $9,000,000
  • 4. Justin Thomas $7,500,000
  • 5. Jon Rahm $6,000,000
  • 6. Scottie Scheffler $5,500,000
  • 7. Xander Schauffele $5,000,000
  • 8. Matt Fitzpatrick $5,000,000
  • 9. Will Zalatoris $5,000,000
  • 10. Tony Finau $5,000,000
  • 11. Collin Morikawa $3,000,000
  • 12. Shane Lowry $3,000,000
  • 13. Kevin Kisner $3,000,000
  • 14. Max Homa $3,000,000
  • 15. Billy Horschel $3,000,000
  • 16. Rickie Fowler $2,000,000
  • 17. Adam Scott $2,000,000
  • 18. Jason Day $2,000,000
  • 19. Patrick Cantlay $2,000,000
  • 20. Viktor Hovland $2,000,000

The fact that Tiger Woods won the PIP despite playing in just nine competitive events proves that his presence in the game of golf will always be what moves the needle as long as he’s involved with the PGA Tour.

Max Homa also sees Tiger winning the PIP on a regular basis going forward barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Collin Morikawa, who finished eleventh for the second consecutive year, took to Twitter to share his thoughts.

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Changes to the famous 13th hole at Augusta National appear to be complete

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Azalea has changed.

The famous par-5 13th hole at The Masters, the scene of many an eagle and considered a gimme birdie for many of today’s big hitters, has been lengthened. And we don’t need to wait for the 2023 media release to find out how.

For the 2022 tournament, Augusta chiefs were hoping to reveal changes to the 11th and 15th holes, but were beaten to it by @EurekaEarthPlus who have now become the go-to for mid-season changes to the course.

Yesterday, the drone revealed for the first time how much work Augusta has carried out on the 13th, and it hopefully stops the drive onto a favouring sloped fairway and short iron into the green.

The tee box appears to have been taken back around 40-50 yards and offers more of a closed chute to the drive. This should create more thought to positional play off the tee, and a longer second shot – another effort to stop the first major of the year becoming a long-hitters paradise.

It was March last year when we saw the initial amendments to the course. It’s November this time.

Is it ever too early for Augusta news?

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Iconic piece of Tiger Woods memorabilia goes up for auction

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Tiger’s coming back, and the golfing world can’t wait.

It may only be the 20-man Hero World Challenge, and then a couple of made for-tv events, but the sight of the 15-time major winner is enough.

The mere name puts a shiver down golf enthusiasts and when Tiger memorabilia is available, expect utter madness.

Earlier this year, GolfWRX reported on the auction of the 46-year-old’s Grand Slam clubs, sticks that eventually sold for over $5 million, and now the same auction house is offering one of the famous red shirts worn by Tiger at Augusta, this one from the final round of 2010.

According to Ryan Carey of auctioneers, Golden Age Auctions, the shirt has a little extra, being the only Masters Sunday shirt available:

“We believe this is the only Sunday red from a Masters Tournament that has been auctioned, and the others might not surface. The shirt is signed by Woods. Normally that would help the price a tiny bit, but I think it helps even more with this one. It has a massive inscription that says ‘2010 Masters Final Round,’ and Tiger doesn’t autograph stuff like that very often. It’s a huge autograph, too. This one is special that he did that.”

The shirt is also the first Sunday red donned by Woods following the infamous sex scandal in 2009 that saw Tiger take an extended break from the sport.

Strangely, Woods-connected items have not always been a big mover.

Various back-up Scotty Cameron putters have sold for between 80k to 100k, but signed scorecards from the US Open failed to make their $100 reserve.

Golf balls, though, now there’s a thing.

The ball sunk for victory at the 2005 Masters sold for over $30k, whilst standard signed Nike balls continue to surpass their first bid by some way.

Tiger may be a huge name in golf, but can he attract the sort of attention of the huge worldwide megastars.

Carey hopes so.

“Game-worn sports memorabilia, especially items photo-matched to a memorable moment or historic event, are setting records all around the world this year,” he explained. “A Michael Jordan jersey recently sold for $10.1 million at Sotheby’s, and a Diego Maradona soccer jersey recently sold for $9.3 million.”

The auction started yesterday with an opening bid expected of $5k, and with no way of knowing how the market will go, this could be the perfect time to ramp up the ‘he’s coming’ news.

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