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Patrick Reed hits out at ‘insulting’ Rory McIlroy

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After his impressive showing at the BMW PGA Championship where he finished in a share of fifth place, Patrick Reed added his name to the ever-growing list of players who are involved in the war of words surrounding the PGA Tour vs. LIV Golf saga.

Prior to the event, a handful of golfers including Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, and Billy Horschel had some harsh words for the LIV golfers who were in the field at Wentworth.

McIlroy’s comments referenced the fact that LIV golfers only play 54 holes in their events and claimed that they “shouldn’t be” at Wentworth and said that their inclusion in the event would be “hard to stomach.”

“They shouldn’t be here, but again that’s just my opinion. But we are all going to tee it up on the 1st tee [Thursday] and we are all going to go play 72 holes, which is a novelty for them at this point, and then we’ll go from there,” McIlroy said last week.

Billy Horschel, who’s been perhaps one of the most outspoken PGA Tour players in opposition to LIV Golf, didn’t mince words either.

“My stance on this is that when those guys were trying to figure out whether they were going to go to the LIV Tour or stay with PGA Tour, DP World Tour, they had to factor in that they knew that world ranking points were going to maybe not come right away or not come in at all.”

Reed, who is no stranger to controversy, took exception to the dig made by his former Ryder Cup opponent, in a recent interview with The Times.

“I feel like [Rory] making those types of comments is insulting. Let’s be honest, I’ve [played the DP World Tour] more consistently than some of the Europeans on the PGA Tour, so for them to take shots at other guys, especially Billy and Rory taking shots at the LIV guys saying they shouldn’t be here.”

Reed has certainly made an effort to play fairly consistently on the DP World Tour throughout his career.

“I’ve done more for this Tour than Billy has, and I’ve played almost as much as Rory has for the past five years.”

Reed also said he hopes that both the PGA Tour and DP World Tour do “the right thing” and allow them to play on multiple tours in addition to LIV.

“At the end of the day, I hope all the tours work something out and get together. There’s no point in all this going back and forth and people smearing other people because it does nothing for us, does nothing for the brand and does nothing for golf. We need to allow the guys to play, be competitive and do what we do best. That’s play golf and allow us to take care of ourselves.”

“I’ve played on two tours my whole life, my whole career,” he insisted. “I’ve played on the PGA Tour and European Tour at the same time. I don’t see any difference between me playing the PGA Tour and here and playing on LIV and here. LIV only have 14 events next year, which means I’ll be over here more. Guys are like, oh, you joined LIV to play a lesser schedule. Well, I’m a guy that’s played 31 to 34 events a year. So if I played 14 on LIV and I play six here, that’s 20 and 11 to 14 extra weeks I can spend time with my family. As a player, I hope the tours do the right thing and allow us to play but at the end of the day that’s not our decision.”

As it stands, LIV Golf members are not allowed to play on the PGA Tour but can play on the DP World Tour temporarily due to a court injunction.

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  1. jgpl001

    Sep 19, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Reed is a NOBODY, ignore him

  2. Pingback: Jon Rahm dismisses ‘report’ he has joined LIV – GolfWRX

  3. PR Cheat

    Sep 14, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    Fat Pat the cheat, who cares what you have to say.

  4. Stephen Chalk

    Sep 13, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Growing up and playing golf since I was 7 and I am now 77 I enjoyed it and still do. However, players like Patrick Reed are ruining the game. He has always been a little boy in his actions. And perhaps the game would be a better place without him.in it.

  5. Rogue

    Sep 13, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Poor Patrick, probably has not cheated, Oops, the ball moved … no respect for him, EVER!!

  6. Jimmy

    Sep 13, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    All this over 14 tournaments a year there’s 52 weeks it shows you it’s about maintaining their Old Boys Monopoly Club they don’t care about the golfers come on

  7. Pingback: ‘They don’t return my calls’ – Cam Percy on the fallout from revealing Aussie duo were LIV-bound – GolfWRX

  8. Pingback: Report: Sergio Garcia in hot water unless he can provide valid reason for Wentworth withdrawal – GolfWRX

  9. Pingback: LIV Golf signs Spanish Amateur star David Puig – GolfWRX

  10. Paul Newman

    Sep 13, 2022 at 2:36 am

    Matt Koooooochie is a dong!!

  11. Your daddy

    Sep 12, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    Guys need to slow their roll. They didn’t complain before LIV when guys went overseas for appearance fees…. If a guy is exempt into events he should be able to do what he wants. He earned it… last time I checked they all have to EARN it. Nothing is handed to any of them. You can’t just show up off the couch and play events on any tour.

    • ML Packer

      Sep 13, 2022 at 1:58 am

      Turns out, Reed’s the voice of reason. Stop taking cheap shots at each other and let’s play golf.

      • Ratrick Peed

        Sep 13, 2022 at 2:37 am

        Sure. Agreed. But what happens when they don’t qualify anymore because LIV doesn’t get OWGR points? Or when they do get the points, they’ll be fractional due to the 54 holes, smaller fields, no cuts, etc.

    • geohogan's absent father

      Sep 13, 2022 at 1:16 pm

      dont tell that to the people hating on sergio right now… poor jon rahms friend,,, being an alternate at a professional golf event in a field that is already thinned according to the people complaining.. well if youre an alternate in a thinned field then you need to work harder instead of complaining about how bad sergio and LIV are, and i am no fan of sergio, i am equally not a fan of these uneducated freaks spewing their awful opinions on the internet nowadays

  12. Bobs daddy

    Sep 12, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    What about bob

  13. Bob

    Sep 12, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Bonesaw Tour loser vs. Media Darling loser. Yawn.

    • Makex

      Sep 12, 2022 at 3:06 pm

      Losers? Reed netted some 100m+ entry fee and Rory 30m + sponsor fees for a year. How about U, Bob?

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Asian Tour introduces STEEP fines for not raking bunkers at Q-School

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One of the most important aspects of the game of golf, whether you’re a professional or an amateur, is golf course etiquette.

One expectation on a golf course is that players rake the bunker after going into the sand to take a shot. Now, the Asian Tour Q-school has decided to raise the stakes on the important rule in proper golfing manners.

The statement says that failing to rake a bunker properly will result in an automatic fine of $300.00.

The stakes have certainly been raised on the Asian Tour this season, with top players being able to qualify for LIV Golf events. It would be shame to lose that opportunity based off of hitting a shot into another player’s sloppy rake job.

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Rory McIlroy delivers brutal Greg Norman verdict as he calls for him to leave LIV role

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While speaking at his pre-tournament press conference for this week’s DP World Tour event, Rory McIlroy took yet another shot at LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman.

The current world number one has been outspoken in his criticism of Norman, but his latest suggestion that he steps down as CEO and saying LIV needs “an adult in the room” certainly takes matters to the next level.

McIlroy told media on Tuesday morning:

“I think Greg [Norman] needs to go, he needs to exit stage left. Look, he’s made his mark but now is the right time to say ‘look, you’ve got this thing [LIV Golf] off the ground but nobody is going to talk unless there is an adult in the room who can actually try to mend fences.”

Recently, McIlroy has said that he believes the PGA Tour and LIV Golf need to find a way to co-exist in the game.

“I believe there is no more time to waste… PGA Tour and LIV will have to find a compromise and speak for the sake of our sport. I don’t know when this can happen, certainly not tomorrow, but of course we will have to find an agreement.”

Norman has agreed with this sentiment, but views it as now being the PGA Tour’s responsibility to start dialogue with LIV considering that LIV has tried multiple times to reach out and has been unsuccessful, according to Norman.

“That is what has disappointed me the most. There was always room — always, always, always room — and there still is room for them [the PGA Tour] to sit down and understand what we have and what this is all about,” Norman said after the end of LIV Golf’s inaugural season.

“I quite honestly think the ball is in their court. It’s not in ours. We’ve tried. We’ve tried on numerous occasions, not just me personally but before I even came on board.”

There were reports last week that Norman may be replaced as CEO, but LIV released a statement strongly refuting that notion, claiming that Norman “is our CEO and Commissioner. Any suggestion that changes are being made to Greg’s title or role is patently false.”

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Recent tour winner reveals why he ‘got the boot’ from LIV Golf after one event

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Over the weekend, Andy Ogletree came through with his first ever professional victory after winning the Asian Tour’s International Series Egypt.

The 2019 U.S. Amateur champion was pegged as having superstar potential but has struggled throughout the early part of his career. 

However, he quickly learned how hard it is to make it on the PGA Tour. He soon ran out of exemptions and experienced the hardship that many face when trying to fund their own careers to make it to the highest level.

The 24-year old was given a lifeline in the form of Greg Norman and LIV Golf. Ogletree was invited into the field for the inaugural LIV London event at Centurion Club. Despite finishing in last place and shooting +24, he received a check for $270,000, which funded his efforts to continue his career in professional golf.

It wasn’t an easy decision for Ogletree, but he outlined his reasoning for the decision to join LIV Golf in an interview with the Firepit Collective.

“I needed somewhere to play golf, that’s the bottom line. I know everyone has said it’s not about the money, but the money is great for me. I needed somewhere to play, and it provided a great financial situation for me to be able to fund my golf for the next couple of years.

“For me it was a no-brainer. I had nowhere else to play. That week of London there was no Pro Tour event, no Korn Ferry Tour event, no Monday qualifier. There was nowhere else for me to play.

“I had an opportunity to play in a golf tournament and I took it.”

After struggling in the LIV London event, Ogletree wasn’t granted an opportunity to continue playing on the LIV Tour, which he spoke to Bob Harig of Sports Illustrated about in detail.

“I kind of got the boot because I played bad,” said Ogletree, who nonetheless parlayed that one appearance into exemptions into International Series events, where he won in Egypt on Sunday for his first professional win.

“I wanted to play all of them,” he said in a phone interview from Cairo, where he shot a final-round 62 and won by four shots over another LIV Golf participant, Bernd Wiesberger. “I was understanding that I was to play more than once. But after the great turnout they had, everyone seemed to want to play (LIV Golf). I just didn’t take advantage of that opportunity.”

The Asian Tour victory was monumental for Ogletree’s career, and he will look to build off the win and continue playing on the Asian Tour going forward.

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