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Patrick Reed is ‘sick and tired of hearing about money’ and wants LIV vs PGA Tour matchup



According to Patrick Reed, LIV players are “sick and tired” of hearing about money.

The former Masters champion was talking ahead of his back-to-back appearances on the Asian Tour, in Singapore and Korea, something that could be seen as contrary to one of the reasons given for joining the Saudi-backed series in the first place.

As reported on Thursday, Reed, like many others have, has been at pains to point out the advantages of “having less events” and “being able to spend time with your children,” so his entry into the two events was something of a surprise.

Of course, there is the small matter that LIV events do not carry world ranking points, whilst the Asian Tour still does, despite LIV Golf last year buying a controlling stake in the organization.

OWGR rank each golf event via a series of calculations of the players involved, and this week’s International Series Singapore ranked only fourth of all counting events this week, its field rating of around 43 giving the eventual winner just shy of 7.5 points. Compare that with the FedEx St. Jude at almost 391 and 67, the Korn Ferry Tour’s Pinnacle Bank awarding over 14.5 points to the winner, and the DP World Tour offering around 8.2 points for the winner, Ewen Ferguson, at the ISPS Handa World Invitational.

Reed doesn’t see that as a negative, and he is ready to have LIV players go head-to-head against PGA Tour players, saying, “I’m pretty sure we can hold our own.”

Whilst we wait for the organizers of the four majors to update their entry criteria, it might be awhile before we see the two sets of players on the course judged on last week’s court case, and the tension between the two sides seems to increase by the week.

Speaking at last week’s event, Reed said,

“To be honest with you, I’ve played on every tour — this will be my second Asian Tour event because the last Saudi event was an Asian Tour event, but I’ve played on DP World, I’ve played on PGA Tour, I’ve played one Korn Ferry Tour event, and I’ve played now two LIV golf events, and I can tell you this much: The guys that are out there, doesn’t matter what the dollar amount is — I think, to be honest with you, the players were kind of sick and tired of hearing about that.”

He continued, “At the end of the day, when you go out there, you’re playing more than just for yourself, that you’re part of a team, and we’re all motivated to win trophies. There’s a reason why these top players, all these great golfers, are coming over, because they believe in the product, they know it’s the right thing.”

At the conclusion of the event in Singapore, Reed finished tied-31st, some eight shots behind winner Nitthorn Thippong, his highlight being a hole-in-one at the par-three 14th hole.

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  1. Chuck

    Aug 16, 2022 at 10:24 am

    I don’t think that there has ever been a time in professional golf when three top players — Reed, DeChambeau, and Koepka — had such high negative public appeal. I’d insist that it predated LIV. It’s hard for me to imagine that Greg Norman and LIV didn’t purposely seek out the bad guys; the rebels; the p.r. basket cases.

    I’d be forced to confess that there are a few other variables. The internationals from Australia and South Africa have an understandable interest in reduced travel. They seem to be disproportionately interested in LIV. But even Cam Smith now has a Florida home. He does seem to have a less than comfortable relationship with the press, particularly as it relates to LIV.

  2. John

    Aug 16, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Him being honest is a bit of an overstatement.

  3. Thomas M Arielly

    Aug 15, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Really? Hey Patrick, I’m sick and tired of hearing a cheater who has already lost any reputation he may have had whine. Good riddance I hope you enjoy playing for blood money.

  4. Brian h

    Aug 15, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    I have never watched one hole of Liv golf and never will. It’s nothing more than an exhibition. There’s no feeder tour you have no new young guys coming up… It’s a joke and at some point the Saudis are going to pull out and it’ll be all over.

  5. Fred

    Aug 15, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    I’m sure they will catch him cheating too!

  6. keith krieger

    Aug 15, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Human greed
    Golf will quickly become irrelevant
    Sorry to see it go

    • Garrett

      Aug 18, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      I’m pretty sure the actual sport will be just fine. I’m not going to stop playing regardless of what happens on the tours!

  7. Mike

    Aug 15, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    No thanks we will just keep going on forgetting about you.

  8. RangerCharlie82

    Aug 15, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Patrick Cheat trying to remain relevant. What are the penalties for cheating on the liv/bonesaw tour? Just asking…

  9. Yakety Yak

    Aug 15, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Spit, spat, I smell a rat and his name is Reed.
    Tit, tat, he goes my Pat, but you can call him Greed.

  10. charles wright

    Aug 15, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    patrick reedy is a money “ho”. Now dead to the golf world!

  11. Longhorn

    Aug 15, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    Who cares what Reed thinks.

  12. Dunce

    Aug 15, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Patrick Reed challenges the entire PGA Tour to a doughnut eating contest

  13. Joe

    Aug 15, 2022 at 9:52 am

    Lol the best thing the tour can do is ignore these fools especially this professional cheat. Treat them like the pariahs they’ve become.

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Cam Smith fumes at ‘pretty s****y’ opening round at Australian Open



After an incredible week at the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship, Cameron Smith is off to a rough start at the Australian Open. The Champion Golfer of the Year struggled to hit fairways all day long and finished his round at +1 which is eight shots back of first-round leader David Micheluzzi (-7).

Smith, who received a massive ovation from the crowd, was extremely displeased, calling his play “pretty shitty” as he went from his post-round press conference to the practice range. The 29-year-old also said it was “as bad as I’ve played in a long time”.

“I don’t think it was a mixed bag, I think it was all rubbish to be honest,”

“Maybe some delayed tiredness, maybe. I did feel a little bit foggy out there at times, but it’s not really an excuse, it’s my job to do all that stuff.”

Despite the uninspiring round, the world number three still feels as if he can get back into the event and contend.

“It’s not like I don’t know how to play golf, it was just a bit of a bad day.”

“I’ve just got a few things to clean up, I think. Like I said last week [at the Australian PGA Championship], I felt as though the golf got better every day.”

The Aussie is incredible at recovery shots and finding his way out of trouble. But if he wants to be the first player to win the Australian PGA and Australian Open in the same season since 2011, he needs to start putting the ball in the fairway.

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‘Take the first shot!’ – Epic outburst captured between golfers at Australian Club Championship



Early this week, a clip of a hilarious outburst on the golf course was circulating the internet.

At the club championships at Cranbourne Golf Club in Australia, a golfer exploded in anger at another player who followed him on to the fairway.

During the two-part video, it looks like the man in red is angry at the older gentleman for hitting into his group.

At one point during the exchange, the man in white and grey says “Wanna smash me up, do ya?! I’m 61 years old!”.

Golf is game that can certainly bring out all of our emotions. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Tiger Woods gives intriguing update on his current level of play despite Hero withdrawal



It was all going so well for fans of Tiger Woods.

Last seen waving ‘goodbye’ to St. Andrews at the 150th Open Championship in July, there were signs that all was coming good once again.

The 46-year-old was a confirmed starter at his own Hero World Challenge this week, before a made-for-tv Match VII would have seen him pair up with current world number one Rory McIlroy against Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.

The three-week run was then to end with the legend pairing up once again with son Charlie at the PNC Championship, another ‘fun’ event at which both excelled when running-up to the Daly’s last year.

Just a week ago, it was suggested that, despite that almost life-threatening car crash, Tiger was on his way to walking the full length of the Albany course this week, with journalist Dan Rapaport quoting Tiger as saying: “Can’t take a cart. This isn’t fantasy golf.”

And then it all went askew.

Tiger announced on Monday that he would have to withdraw from his own tournament, citing plantar fasciitis in his right foot as the reason for his non-attendance.

Although likely to appear in the remaining two events on his 2022 schedule, it’s of massive interest to discover how Tiger was  playing before the breaking news of his latest injury?

In an interview with Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis, the five-time Masters champion revealed the answer to be ‘pretty well, thank you!’

“I was playing at home quite a bit, playing 18 holes shooting 65s and 64s, and walked one nine holes and shot 5-under, I was playing well,”

However, as many have feared, the pressure and toil of a four-day competition might be too much:

“But it’s the added load, the back-to-back days, in a tournament situation of four days in a row. My planner just didn’t like it. The only thing I can do for it is to rest it. Obviously scrape it, ice it, stretch it, it just takes time.”

Golfers often talk of ‘the process’ – the repeated routines, constant practise, increasing the workload to gain full fitness, rhythm or technique – and, even though Tiger might be unlikely to compete at the very highest level again, he is determined to complete the rehabilitation as best as his body will allow.

“Oh yeah. The scores I was shooting were good,” he told Lewis. “I was doing beach walks. I was leg pressing a lot. I was doing a lot of different things that I hadn’t been able to do all year.”

Tiger isn’t naïve, though, and recognises some limitations, particularly the missed-cut at St. Andrews, something that hit him deep.

“I had a couple of setbacks, procedurally. That took time, and getting ready for a major championship that didn’t quite work out the way I wanted it to. It’s part of the process.”

Fans of one of, if not the greatest golfer of all-time should not have to wait long to see him in action on the course, but these constant instances are a concern.

We can only hope at some point he completes the process.

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