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Report: Joaquin Niemann secures monster payday after agreeing to join LIV Golf



According to The Telegraph, Joaquin Niemann is headed to LIV Golf.

The 23-year-old Chilean is the latest of LIV acquisitions and is an enormous get for the Greg Norman led breakaway league. Niemann is reportedly signing for a whopping $100 million – a fee in the same region that Cam Smith has reportedly agreed.

The signing for LIV is undoubtedly one of the most important to date. With many golf fans questioning LIV’s ability to sign players who are yet to enter their prime, Niemann proves that LIV can attract young international stars.

Golf Channel is also reporting that another Chilean, Mito Pereira, is headed to LIV Golf but is not going to tee it up at this week’s LIV Boston event. Niemann, however, will be playing this weekend.

Niemann was reportedly at the recent PGA Tour players-only meeting led by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

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  4. Dr Dong

    Aug 30, 2022 at 1:23 am

    For $100 million? I’d do the same in a heartbeat.

    • Ron Green

      Aug 30, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      Today they are known as up and coming International stars. Five years from now they will still be known as up and coming International stars. Unfortunately, they will never reach their full potential due to the guaranteed money. Their incentive to improve has been destroyed. Without Majors to compete in, how will they ever be able to measure their careers? I truly believe that when they take their last breath on earth, they will wish they had never heard of LIV golf or Greg Norman.

    • Joe

      Sep 3, 2022 at 2:33 pm

      Obviously. You’re just a schlub off the street. These guys were already millionaires.

      • MICHAEL

        Sep 17, 2022 at 10:35 am

        I think many people don’t understand the difference between a few mil in the bank & 100 million? The latter is generational wealth. Plus, just like on the PGA tour, he can earn more if he plays well.

        Generational wealth…grasp the concept.

  5. Roger Federer

    Aug 29, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Only thing that’s certain is that the fans of the game are the LOSERS. Nieman is a big time name who has game, including multiple PGA tour wins.

    Tour is getting diluted and LIV format is entirely uninteresting and full of players who have no reason to grind.

    Just sad

  6. Dean Chan

    Aug 29, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    It’s all about the money, and that’s OK, but will he win a major or be considered a great player? NOT, but again it’s all about the money! It will be interesting to see if he says I joined for the cash!

    • Mike

      Aug 29, 2022 at 11:39 pm

      $100m for a decent, not great player who was smart enough to realize that his legacy w/b at best a few wins & maybe, maybe a major.

  7. RCBloom

    Aug 29, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Probably 95% of those who left the PGA tour for the minor league LIV tour know they cannot win in a full-field 72 hole event so they are chasing the money. Good riddance.

    • Mike

      Aug 29, 2022 at 11:40 pm

      Ls that money coming out of your pocket? No. Then why would you care what they do with their careers?

  8. derek gzaskow

    Aug 29, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    its like winning a lotto

  9. Happyman

    Aug 29, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    no brainer

  10. Bonesaw Exhibitions Inc

    Aug 29, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    OK. Bye. Life is cheap in Chile so no surprise here.

    So far no headliners have left.

    • Livininparadise

      Aug 29, 2022 at 8:17 pm

      Huh? No headliners? I guess I need your definition of headliner. Phil, dj, koepka, and Bryson are all headliners. Any tournament would be happy to have them. Neimann at 23 is a pretty big name.

      • Drkviol801

        Aug 29, 2022 at 9:33 pm

        He’s so stupid he doesn’t even know what he’s arguing. Bonesaw doesn’t realize every time you fill up your gas tank you support the Saudis. Probably a Biden voter. …

        • Rich

          Aug 31, 2022 at 11:37 am

          Bot programmed by a 3rd grader. LOL!

        • Chuck

          Sep 5, 2022 at 4:51 am

          It’s fascinating, what a political Rorschach test that LIV Golf has become.

          Divisiveness, that LIV seems to have wanted and is happy to take on. LIV — and especially many LIV players and many of their fans and even Greg Norman — see no problem with Trump. They like Trump.

          The great myth of Trumpism is that it is a successful brand. A marketing and electoral winner. That it is representative of a great silent majority. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Trumpists are America’s loudest, angriest, most alienating, most overrated minority group.

      • Rich

        Aug 31, 2022 at 11:34 am

        LOL! Hasbeens and neverwillbes are not headliners. Joaquin Niemann would never win a major anyway.

    • MJC

      Aug 30, 2022 at 4:43 am

      Again who? More mediocrity to add. As you can see there is a chasm devoping between the top names and the rest of the field that LIV has lured in

  11. DJ Khaled

    Aug 29, 2022 at 11:55 am

    Secure the bag

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Cam Smith enjoys meme poking fun at Rory McIlroy at latest LIV event



The LIV Golf Series continues this week in Chicago, where the Champion Golfer of the Year Cam Smith will make his second start.

The Australian’s move to LIV has been one of the biggest stories of 2022, with Smith reportedly signing a deal worth north of $100 million with the breakaway tour.

Ahead of this week’s event in Chicago, Smith was shown a meme by the DrunkByTheTurn team, with the Aussie seemingly entertained, laughing at its content alongside fellow pro Pat Perez.

As revealed by the DrunkByTheTurn Twitter account, the meme in question was poking fun at LIV’s biggest critic Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy has continuously criticized both the LIV Golf Series and its defectors, just this week saying that he believes no LIV player should be a part of the 2023 Ryder Cup.

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Report: Major TV network the leading contender to strike deal for LIV Golf media rights



The latest LIV Golf event gets underway in Chicago this week, with those looking to tune in once again having to fire up YouTube to watch the 48 professionals do battle.

LIV has yet to strike a media deal that would allow a network or streaming service to broadcast their events, and while rumors surrounding a deal with Apple were circulating, Barstool’s Dan Rapaport reported this week that they deemed LIV to be “too toxic.”

According to a report from Front Office Sports, Fox Sports is now the leading contender to acquire LIV’s U.S. media rights.

While not going into specifics on whether a deal was close to being struck with Fox, Will Staeger, LIV’s chief media officer, told FOS that they are currently in discussions with “virtually every major media company.”

“We want exposure. We want broad viewership. We want to be on a platform where viewers are accustomed to watching sports.” he added. “Golf needs it, actually. Quite honestly, listening to golf on TV gets rather boring. Because everybody says the same thing every time about everybody.”

Interestingly, Fox Sports fired Greg Norman from his announcing role back in 2016, just a year after being in the job, with the Aussie telling FOS last year that he felt that he got “rolled under the bus.”

Earlier this week, Norman revealed to Kap & J. Hood on ESPN 1000 that they were in discussion with four different networks, and it appears that Fox lead the race to land a deal that should be a game-changer for LIV.

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Bryson DeChambeau thanks Tiger for creating LIV Golf



Bryson DeChambeau was one of the biggest names to jump ship in golf’s civil war, with the 29-year-old reportedly earning over $100 million to sign with LIV Golf.

The Golf Scientist will tee it up in Chicago this week for the latest LIV Golf Series event, and ahead of the 54-hole tournament, Bryson opened up on his decision to leave the PGA Tour.

“This is the biggest decision besides choosing my agent that I’ve ever made in my entire life, and I couldn’t be happier to be over here.

“I have no buyer’s remorse. I have ultimate respect for the PGA Tour and what they’ve done for my career, as I’ve said from day one, and they’ve allowed me this opportunity.”

Then, Bryson revealed that he must thank Tiger for creating the opportunity.

“I have to look back and thank Tiger for this opportunity because he’s the one that’s ultimately created this.”

Bryson didn’t go into specifics on the latter comment, however, it echoes the sentiment he shared two months ago when the Californian told media: “I have high regard for Tiger; look, this wouldn’t be existing if it weren’t for Tiger. So I have the utmost respect for what he did for the game of golf, what he did for the PGA Tour that allowed us to have this opportunity.’’

Back in July, DeChambeau also revealed that a once close relationship with Tiger had now gone cold since the PGA Tour/LIV Golf divide.

“We have been fairly close and unfortunately, we have not spoken, one day we will again, and I am always open for a conversation with anybody. I have no problem with it and I hope we can come see eye to eye on it.’’

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