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‘F*** everybody’ – Varner III reveals the role his wife had on decision to join LIV

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Despite ranking 46th in the Official World Golf Rankings, the loss of Harold Varner III from the PGA Tour was tough to accept for many golf fans. Varner is one of the most well-liked and affable players in today’s game and was seemingly adored by everyone who follows the sport.

When it was announced that the 32-year-old was headed to LIV Golf, there were plenty of people who were both surprised and disappointed. However, most people seemed to respect his reason for making the decision and the honesty in his explanation.

“The opportunity to join LIV Golf is simply too good of a financial breakthrough for me to pass by. I know what it means to grow up without much. This money is going to ensure that my kid and future Varners will have a solid base to start on – and a life I could have only dreamt about growing up,” Varner wrote in a post on his Instagram account. “It’ll also help fund many of the programs I’m building with my Foundation. I’ll continue to forge pathways for kids interested in golf. This note is a receipt of for that.”

Although the reaction to Varner’s departure paled in comparison to some of his fellow LIV players that had left the PGA Tour before him, the former ECU standout felt hurt by some of the negative reaction from fans his decision generated on social media.

“I just hate to be hated because you’re doing what’s best for you, and whenever someone else is doing something that’s best for them, I’m like, ‘How can I help? How can I help you make a better decision? What are you making this decision?'” Varner said. “That should be more of the language instead of, like, ‘Well, you didn’t do what I want you to do, so I hate you. I’m done. I’m unfollowing.’ You can’t win that.”

In Varner’s introductory press conference with LIV Golf, he shed some light onto what played a major role in his decision to leave the PGA TOUR.

His wife.

“I think it’s very easy to get in a situation where you do what everyone else says you should do,” Varner said on Wednesday in Boston. “I don’t know, I just sat there. I think it’s pretty bad when my wife is like, ‘F**k everybody.’ Do what you want to do.”

Considering his wife is typically not one to share her opinions so strongly, Harold knew leaving was the right decision for his family.

“And I was like, that is so cool,” he said. “My wife is the most nicest person. She’s like super, like, ‘Oh, I don’t know about this, I don’t know.’ And for her to say that, meant the world to me.”

Varner will make his LIV Golf debut on September 2nd at The International Club outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

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  1. Steve

    Sep 11, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    And if they said America we can get you all the oil you want for $50 a barrel how many Americans would say no thank You.

  2. Ben

    Sep 5, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Varner made a smart move. He wasn’t ever going to be relevant on the tour. As the 46 ranked player in the world at his age, and with the massive influx of young talent, he was only going in one direction. His best chance to earn was via the PIP.

  3. MICHAEL

    Sep 4, 2022 at 11:08 am

    I totally support his decision for HIS family but wish folks these days could put together a sentence w/o profanity

  4. Chuck

    Sep 3, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    LIV marketing remains totally on-brand.

    “F**k everybody.”

    It was in Greg Norman’s contract that that line had to be part of the LIV Mission Statement, right? Because it’s been a standard clause in every Greg Norman contract for the last 25 years.

  5. Micky

    Sep 3, 2022 at 3:43 am

    Greed!!! Anybody would think they had nothing . Try having a real job on real pay then I could understand there decisions a little more .Wait till joe public has to pay extra tv rites to watch it all on another satellite channel . I for one won’t be paying . These are millionaires grabbing more $$ . Washed up , injured aged players or some player making most of his good luck in July good luck to them BUT DONT COME BACK and don’t moan you can’t come back.

    • MICHAEL

      Sep 4, 2022 at 11:10 am

      Why the hate? If you were afforded the chance for generational wealth for your family, you wouldn’t pursue it? And besides, I don’t think Mr Varner gives a crap about your opinion.

  6. Dixon Diaz

    Sep 2, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    “F**k everybody” This is the way.

  7. David J Hays

    Sep 2, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    I think they should both be handed 1 way tickets to Saudi Arabia, and be required to hand over their American passports on their way out the door. – and go LIV there. Be interesting to see how Vaner III’s wife likes living in a country where she is not even allowed to have a drivers license – or leave home for that matter without a brother or a husband as chaperone.

    Loved this morning’s commercial on Golf Channel – “How much money did it take for you to turn your back on your country?”

  8. Leo

    Sep 2, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Well said people are free to criticize when they are paying your bills I have found those who say @you should do the right thing” it almost always means the right thing for THEM not for you.F*** all the jealous
    A**holes is right

  9. BobbyteeitUp

    Sep 2, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Good on you HV3….you married a smart lady. Best to you and your family.

    • Joe

      Sep 2, 2022 at 3:17 pm

      Smart? She’s just thinking of all the shopping she’ll be able to do now.

  10. geohogan

    Sep 1, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Varner III, sets an example for young people…F..k everyone, take the money and run
    and MAGA at the same time.

    • Kurtis

      Sep 3, 2022 at 8:53 am

      Only a dopey dem would bring politics into this. Happy now that your boy ruined the whole country? Yeah I’m sure you wont admit that you voted for that old senile fool.

      • Chuck

        Sep 4, 2022 at 10:41 pm

        Memo: The LIV “Tour” willingly and purposely engaged with Donald Trump venues. Not just one; and not due to an old pre-Presidential contract deal.

        Contrast the USGA, the R&A and the PGA Tour, all of which went out of their way to say, “We don’t want our events to become political carnival shows.” They were so determined to NOT let Trump clutter their branding and their events, that they undertook litigation exposure to make sure that they got away from Trump.

        They chose “No Trump.

        LIV chose “Trump now, and later some more Trump.”

        It’s a free country. I will choose accordingly. So will dozens of corporate partners and advertisers.

        In the end, “Trump” won’t help LIV win supporters any more than “Trump” will help Republicans win the Senate in 2022.

    • MICHAEL

      Sep 4, 2022 at 11:06 am

      Wow, can’t you leftist assholes post a simple comment w/o getting political? I’m NOT a Trump fan but I’m ecstatic he’s so in your head you can’t even comment on a GOLF website w/o referencing him????

      • geohogan

        Sep 20, 2022 at 5:49 pm

        Trump has become an icon for all narcissistic a^^holes who think
        life is defined by money and how much they have.
        He stopped being political and became criminal, January 6, 2021

  11. No Thanks

    Sep 1, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    That headline makes it sound like his wife had to shag everyone. Good clickbait.

  12. Bob

    Sep 1, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    East Carolina University accepting anybody now.

  13. Pingback: Here’s how much the caddies will earn at this week’s LIV Golf event – GolfWRX

  14. Todd

    Sep 1, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Careful Mike, your racism is starting to show.

  15. skrsi

    Sep 1, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    What happened to MJ?

  16. Kirk

    Sep 1, 2022 at 11:13 am

    Honest question — does anyone know how long these guys contracts are for? Do they get the huge guaranteed money as soon as they start? How many years ? The reason that I ask is that it seems like they all talk about the money, so my thought would be as soon as they get the money, they just retire

    • Brandon

      Sep 1, 2022 at 10:41 pm

      I’ve been wondering the same thing about the length of the contracts.

    • James C

      Sep 3, 2022 at 2:15 pm

      I read that they’re mostly four-year deals. That’s why some of the guys just resigned from the PGA Tour. They haven’t violated any contracts and could back later if they’re willing to go through Q-School.

      For a guy like Varner, between the signing bonus & purse $, he’ll make more in the first year of LIV than he’d make his entire career on the PGA Tour. It’s a no-brainer. The top guys running their yaps like Rory & JT are sitting on huge endorsement deals that are equivalent to LIV signing bonuses. It’s completely dishonest for them to virtue signal about money. In other sports, this is completely taboo (you never mess with another player’s money). Saudi money is no dirtier than TaylorMade money – TM produces nearly all of their products in China.

  17. Jeff

    Sep 1, 2022 at 11:09 am

    Varner: “My wife is the most nicest person”.

    teachers everywhere cringing

  18. Normal american

    Sep 1, 2022 at 10:44 am

    I fully support your making a sound financial decision. Good luck in all future endeavors!

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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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