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Report: Draft copy of LIV contract reveals fascinating key details

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Amongst the many controversies and stories surrounding the LIV Golf Series, the contract details have been a constant subject of scrutiny.

Two months ago, renowned analyst Brandel Chamblee claimed that LIV prize money was counted against the signing bonus. This claim was then refuted by the winner of the opening event of the breakaway tour, Charl Schwartzel.

Fast forward to last week’s trial surrounding three LIV golfers who were attempting to be allowed in the FedEx Cup playoff field, and a LIV attorney appeared to let slip that money won in tournaments was “recouped against the LIV contract.” A comment which prompted the LIV COO to issue a memo to clear up the confusion saying, “Prize money is of course separate from the contractual monies that players earn. As you already know, prize money is not subtracted from a player’s contractual earnings.”

While the talk about what is and what isn’t true when it comes to LIV prize money rumbles on, a draft contract obtained by the Wall Street Journal has shone a light on many different aspects of the restrictions, expectations and bonuses expected and available to new players of the Saudi-backed Tour.

Per the WSJ, “it isn’t clear whether such terms are included in all LIV contracts or can be negotiated by individual players,” but here’s a rundown of the key details on the draft LIV contract, which includes a hefty bonus for any major championship win: 

  • Players are supposed to wear LIV apparel, even when playing in non-LIV events.
  • Players are instructed to refrain from giving interviews without approval.
  • Players agree to assist in recruiting other players to LIV, when requested.
  • Players need approval for most of the logos they wear and branded products, such as coffee mugs that they use at events. 
  • Players are awarded a $1 million bonus for winning any of golf’s four major championships. 

Per the report, a federal court judge is expected to rule on a motion by the Tour to unseal the LIV contracts this week, meaning more should be revealed soon.

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Stacey Abrams Foul Flatulence

    Aug 21, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Stacey Abrams ate my homework.

  2. Rebel

    Aug 19, 2022 at 11:41 am

    I wouldn’t believe anything the Wall Street Journal says.
    Jewish owned media has an agenda.

    • Brian

      Aug 20, 2022 at 9:16 am

      The Wall Street Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch, dummy.

      • Jules

        Aug 20, 2022 at 9:25 am

        What about the other 95 percent, smart guy.

  3. Livininparadise

    Aug 19, 2022 at 9:20 am

    The article is definitely click bait. Most of those requirements are probably in a number of PGAT players contracts with their sponsors. Some of those contract requirements appear to make sure some players do not get cold feet and say anything against the Saudi regime. Nothing new here.

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  5. Big Guy

    Aug 18, 2022 at 6:37 am

    Hmmm.. Interesting article GolfWRX

    You start out referencing the Chambles unfounded comment about players winnings being counted against their signing bonus then went on to quote a draft contract and still didn’t validate the Chambles comment… more click bait and implied truths

    Are we really to believe that all those clauses ended up in a players contract?? (Patrick Reed’s excepted – he must have got a decent fee to wear the gear..)

  6. Ned

    Aug 18, 2022 at 6:17 am

    claims that LIV prize money was counted against the signing bonus what sense does that make. If this is true what would be the incentive to win a tournament? Just show and and play a three rounds of golf.

    • chip75

      Aug 21, 2022 at 7:45 pm

      Isn’t that one of the arguments? after such huge signing deals there isn’t a huge incentive to win (which is arguably an issue with huge sponsorships as well). The Major bonus seems low too, you’d expect that to be a huge deal.

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‘F*****g hell! That was a low point’ – Rory McIlroy on 2021 matchplay loss to LIV defector

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The 2022 season was an excellent campaign for Rory McIlroy as we saw him rise to once again become the world’s No. 1 player.

The four-time major champion came away with his third Tour Championship victory, a win at the RBC Canadian Open, and another victory at the CJ Cup in October. While he didn’t secure the major championship he’s been coveting since 2014, Rory finished third at The Open, second at the Masters, fifth at the U.S. Open, and eighth at the PGA Championship.

His year full of strong finishes is also backed up by the statistics. McIlroy was the best player for the 2022 season in terms of strokes gained: total.

Prior to his impressive 2022 calendar year, McIlroy struggled in 2021 golf season. Rory recently sat down with Paul Kimmage of the Irish Independent to discuss some of the low points he’s had prior to his reclaiming of the top spot on the OWGR. As we’ve grown accustomed to with McIlroy, he was candid and thoughtful in the interview.

After a U.S. Open victory by Bryson DeChambeau in 2020, McIlroy decided it was time to chase more distance. This led to swing changes and difficulties to what eventually led him to his “rock bottom” which he identifies as the 2021 Ryder Cup. He was also beaten 6&5 by Ian Poulter at the 2021 Dell WGC Match Play.

“Yeah, I was beaten by Poulter. F*****g hell! That was a low point.”

Then there was the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, where Rory had won by eight shots back in 2012.

“Kiawah was the perfect example of where my game was; I’d won the PGA there in 2012 by eight shots, but we got there, and I said to Harry: “I don’t remember this course being so difficult.”

The swing changes turned out to be completely unnecessary but having witnessed other players go through them throughout their career, McIlroy was simply doing what he thought was best at the time.

“I’d seen other people do it and thought, at that stage of my career, it was what I needed. It was a difficult summer, but I was having what most people would call a decent year and was starting to think of it that way instead of, ‘It’s decent for most but it’s not good enough for me.’ And I almost needed to hit rock bottom at the Ryder Cup to snap out of it.”

McIlroy enters 2023 as arguably the best player in the world once again and seems primed to make a run at another major championship that he desperately needs. At 33 years old, there’s still plenty of time for the former prodigy to live up to the lofty expectations the golf world once had of him in regard to major championship victories, but it’s time to get going.

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Justin Thomas makes surprising Thanksgiving U-Turn

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Justin Thomas, set to tee it up as part of the select 20 at the Hero World Challenge, has admitted he might have been wrong about Thanksgiving dinner.

The former world No. 1 and winner of the 2022 PGA Championship will look to finish higher than his best-of-event fifth place and secure some momentum towards the 2023 season. With that, the 29-year-old can reach some of the ambitious targets he sets himself each year — falling short of just a few in 2022.

Perhaps more suited to the relaxed, light-hearted nature of Tigers’s invitational, plus the upcoming Match VII and PNC Championship, JT called himself out on a three-year-old tweet about the traditional meal.

Replies were massively in favor of rejecting the turkey, with one response being:

“JT, we do steaks in our house with all the traditional Thanksgiving sides and pies…you can do it…you just gotta make the choice to go for it…don’t lay-up from 200 yds on the par 5,” whilst renown golf story-teller, Ryan French, also agreed with the two-time major winner:

I’m not sure what the poor turkey has done. If done well, it rivals chicken, but JT isn’t having it, politely calling it:

If anything, at least we know what will never be on his Masters champions dinner menu.

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2 Phil Mickelson putters go up for auction…and Phil authenticates them on video

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Last week, we reported on the start of an auction on for one of Tiger Woods’ famous Sunday red shirts.

By Sunday evening, November 27th, there had been 19 bids on the shirt worn during the final round of The Masters 2010, with the current leading offer being $44,771.00. With 13 days left, auction house, Golden Age, will expect bids to reach well in advance of $50k, by some way the biggest price for any of the current ‘Tiger’ memorabilia on the site.

It might have been a good few years since the famed years of the Woods/Phil Mickelson rivalry, but Lefty can’t keep out of the news that his great rival makes, and he too has authenticated some iconic golfing gear – a pair of Scotty Cameron putters.

The first is a handmade Cameron putter that Golden Age can authenticate with photographic evidence.

“We have located loads of photos of Phil Mickelson using this exact putter during that 2002 GHO victory, as well as in the Open Championship, PGA Championship, and Ryder Cup,” the auction house confirms.

“This custom putter is a left handed red dot Circle T Scotty Cameron,” they state, before describing the flat-stick in full. “It has a teryllium face that Scotty Cameron himself personally inserted into this putter. The toe is hand-stamped PHIL.”

Photo-matching is great, but in an era when many are cynical about the provenance of auction items, it is hard to beat video evidence from the player himself.

 

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In the video, Lefty states that, “They were both handmade by Scotty and I used them in the early 2000s. I definitely won with one for sure,” before confirming, “They were handmade by Scotty and myself around 2001.”

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