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LIV Golf’s Talor Gooch hits back at Billy Horschel after being name-dropped during ‘hypocrites’ rant



Billy Horschel didn’t hold back in his criticism of LIV golfers who he feels don’t belong at this week’s BMW PGA Championship.

The defending champion even called out some players by name, referring to them as hypocrites because they’ve never showed interest in the DP World Tour prior to this event.

“I don’t think those guys really should be here. The Abraham Ancer, the Talor Gooch, the Jason Kokrak’s. You’ve never played this tournament, you’ve never supported the DP World Tour. Why are you here?”

In response, Talor Gooch shot back at Horschel via Twitter.

While the LIV golfers should not be exempt from their fair share of criticism, Gooch does have a bit of a point.

For starters, Jason Kokrak isn’t even in the field.

Additionally, Horschel has only played six DP World Tour events (excluding majors, WGCs and co-sanctioned events). Therefore, it’s not as if he’s been playing abundantly on the DP World Tour during his career.

Talor Gooch has never played at Wentworth for the BMW PGA Championship. However, it must be noted that this is the first time he’s ever qualified for the event (via top 50 OWGR).

We seem to be in store for a contentious week at the DP World Tour’s flagship event.

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  1. Dptoursucks

    Sep 10, 2022 at 7:16 am

    I don’t play in Europe, but when I do, I play the DP world tour

  2. BD57

    Sep 8, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Too much “crips vs. bloods” crappola going on.

  3. PJ

    Sep 8, 2022 at 6:34 am

    WTF is the DP World Tour? Oh yeah it’s the JV Euro tour. Billy Ho needs to STFU. Last time I checked if you are eligible to play you can play. Sounds like he is pissed Norman didn’t call and offer him that big $$. LIV and let LIV. Who cares what someone else does. Handle your own business.

    • Ned

      Sep 8, 2022 at 7:23 am

      Totally agree LIV and let LIV. This past tournament was really fun to watch. Large crowds, a lot of players in shorts lot more relaxed.

  4. Bob

    Sep 7, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    All the LIV paper chasers are going to fall off the OWGR planet in a year. Just relax and wait. This is so unnecessary.

    • Ned

      Sep 8, 2022 at 7:18 am

      maybe so but they will have mega bucks in their pocket when they do.

  5. goochduche

    Sep 7, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    Gooch is a no ody on yhe PGA tour, now a nobody on LIV,

  6. Tom K.

    Sep 7, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Jay Monahan should tell BillyHo to shut up.

  7. Joe

    Sep 7, 2022 at 11:08 am


  8. Daddy Dave

    Sep 7, 2022 at 10:44 am

    They qualified so why wouldn’t they play if they want. Guys worthless.

  9. Mike

    Sep 7, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Sorry, trying to understand what the DP tour is? Is it another European tour? If so, how does it mesh with European tour?

    Still think they should change the name.

    • Brandon

      Sep 7, 2022 at 8:32 pm

      It is the European tour. They just changed the name because some company from Dubai called DP World is the primary sponsor.

  10. Jon

    Sep 7, 2022 at 9:36 am

    “For starters, Kokrak isn’t even in the field”. For clarity, Kokrak withdrew hence why he is not in the field. But, whatever fits your narrative.

    • JonisDumb

      Sep 8, 2022 at 11:58 pm

      Did he tee off today? Then he isn’t in the field. The field prior to teeing off is not the official field, but whatever fits your narrative Jon.

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



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



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



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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