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Bryson DeChambeau thanks Tiger for creating LIV Golf

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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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  5. Bob

    Sep 16, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    When they say “it’s not about the money,” it’s about the money.

    When they say “it’s not about buyer’s remorse,” it’s about buyer’s remorse.

    Rookie move, Bryson. One and done. Go play with your toys now while you still can. Will be one of the first to volunteer for the transhumanist matrix.

  6. Donn Rutkoff

    Sep 16, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    PGA TOUR = Asleep At The Wheel. Bryson is being honest, Tiger’s Wow factor jumped the $$$ on TOUR up up up. But TOUR was stuck in its’ biz model from the 1960s (1968 TOUR birth) and actually from pre WW2. There are more good golfers around the world than the TOUR has room for at country clubs. TOUR could have expanded more and the formats can be whatever sponsors want. The 4 round, stroke play, field of 150 and a 2 round cut, format is nice but hardly carved in stone.

  7. joe

    Sep 16, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    a flash in the pan says what?

  8. JackReacher

    Sep 16, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    No Bryson, I will not watch any event where there are LIV players.

    By keeping you guys out, they are opening up their event to be watch by those that don’t want to watch a bunch of cry baby multi-millionaires whine over not getting to play in the PGA, when they knew that was the consequences of their actions.

    You took your ball and left, stay gone!

    • Blah blah blah

      Sep 16, 2022 at 3:52 pm

      Do you care what other people don’t watch on TV?

    • dwhuston

      Sep 17, 2022 at 9:37 am

      The crybaby PGA has ruled golf for many years… Just getting a bit of their own medicine..

  9. Mike

    Sep 16, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Bryson having buyers remorse. Now he’s trying to cause fights like a good ziotrash court jester.

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  11. Gordon McIntyre

    Sep 16, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Uuummm very selective memories…tiger and Rory paid huge sums of money at begin of their career…now others get lump sum…why jealous?…how come mysterious ly PGA all of a sudden found money to pay pros on tour…why wait for LUV…CROOKS OF PGA HIDING MONEY…HOW CAN CHINA ETC MAKE SPORTS EQUIPMENT…CHEAP LABOUR…NOTHING SAID ABOUT BUSINESS DEALS WITH MID EAST ETC ETC…HYPROCOSY ???…GO GREG GO GO YOPPHE FOR LUV???

  12. Reality

    Sep 16, 2022 at 11:19 am

    So the US government can buy oil from the Saudis, but athletes can’t take money from them?

    One is funding, the other is defunding.

    Use your brains you sheep.

    • Mike

      Sep 16, 2022 at 3:49 pm

      If you want to know why we buy oil from them, just google why and it will tell ya.

  13. Milo

    Sep 16, 2022 at 11:05 am

    Nothing but blood money taken from people who’ve killed American civilians.

    • Chuck

      Sep 16, 2022 at 12:51 pm

      Are you referring to the FBI?

    • Bon-er

      Sep 16, 2022 at 12:54 pm

      Mossad/CIA did 911, but muh we stand with israel.

      • Liz Cheney

        Sep 16, 2022 at 1:58 pm

        Bandar al Saud / House of Saud and the Neocon WEFers were complicit too.

        Lots of trash to take out.

    • Blah blah blah

      Sep 16, 2022 at 3:59 pm

      3,000 died on 911. The US troops killed/raped 400,000 Middle Eastern civilians as retaliation. US bombed hospitals full of people. It’s a golf tour, move on.

      • Marq

        Sep 16, 2022 at 4:08 pm

        Exactly where did you get the 400,000 amount, Al Jazeera?

  14. david

    Sep 16, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Bryson: you have your 100 mil. That’s all you have.

    • Jimmmmmmy

      Sep 16, 2022 at 1:17 pm

      He’s got a US Open under his belt as well. A lot more than you got.

    • Livininparadise

      Sep 16, 2022 at 7:32 pm

      Lol. That would be enough for me too. Good for bryson and the rest of the liv laugh love tour

    • D

      Sep 17, 2022 at 5:23 pm

      Bryson got 100mil from LIV. PGA then copied LIV format and business model. A winning team and a losing team, which one would you choose?

      Morality? politics? Playing God to judge what is morally righteous and playing politician to judge what is politically righteous? Either one, sure you are qualified?

  15. Dean

    Sep 16, 2022 at 10:19 am

    I was thinking that one of the motivations to defect to the liv tour was the looming shadow of Tiger. No one is going to win the 80+ tournaments he has, earn the money he has, be number one for the length of time he has etc on the pga tour for the foreseeable. In other words, he was too successful, all of them playing second fiddle in terms of modern legacy.

    • GW

      Sep 16, 2022 at 10:26 am

      They said that about Jack before Tiger.

      • Dean

        Sep 16, 2022 at 2:44 pm

        They did, but there was no liv golf then. Is Bryson saying that Tiger simultaneously elevated golf to be so investable and wrung the pga tour and their potential legacy dry.

    • Mike

      Sep 16, 2022 at 4:07 pm

      Great points. I’ve always felt that whoever’s playing now will always be playing “behind Tiger and Jack”. Think about it. The millions of golfers over the past hundred years or so & TWO guys have won double-digit majors. So this legacy that people are referring to, I’m not seeing it. Yes, some of these guys are rich. But there’s a difference between rich and generational wealth.

      • Donn Rutkoff

        Sep 16, 2022 at 5:17 pm

        But for fans, history is only history. Fans in a few years will see JT, Spieth, Cam S. Cam Y. Koepka, and old men Rory and DJ trying to hold off experienced Hovland Niemann Zalatoris and Fitz while a new bunch of 20 and 22 yr olds start sinking 20 foot putts. Byron Nelson did the most amazing season ever but he doesn’t draw crowds today. Fame is TODAY, not yesterday, and people ante up to see today and buy logo stuff with today’s thriller.

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‘He didn’t look right’ – Tiger’s mobility issues reportedly continue as he caddies for son Charlie

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Over the weekend, Charlie Woods played in a junior golf tournament and shot a career low 68 on his way to a second-place finish.

As great as the performance was for Charlie, a big part of the story was who he had on his bag. That’s right, his dad.

Tiger Woods caddied for Charlie during the event, and according to those in attendance, he “didn’t look right”.

According to @TWLegion on Twitter, the man who took a picture of Tiger Woods said he was in a cart all day and didn’t look completely healthy.

This adds further speculation to the health concerns of Tiger Woods. Many speculated that his lack of presence at the President Cup was odd, considering he could have used a cart like the other captains of the American team. He was on the phone with Davis Love III during the match, but it was reported that he wasn’t in attendance due to “physical limitations”.

The last time we saw Tiger on the golf course, he didn’t look like he was ready to compete on the PGA TOUR competitively. Although his caddie Joe LaCava has speculated that we could see Woods tee it up a few times prior to the Masters in 2023, the recent developments don’t seem promising.

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‘I was pretty p****d off’ – Justin Thomas on Si-Woo Kim’s shush celebration during feisty Sunday clash

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With the Internationals down four points heading into Sunday singles in the Presidents Cup, The United States threw out their de-facto leader Justin Thomas in the first match of the day. In a match where it was crucial to set the tone, International Team captain Trevor Immelmann surprisingly chose Si Woo Kim to counter Thomas.

The South Korean did not disappoint, and although the United States went on to win pretty comfortably, Kim did his job in defeating Thomas by 1-up.

Tensions ran high throughout the day, with Thomas seemingly upset over Kim’s unwillingness to concede a few short putts early in the match.

It was a bit surprising to see Thomas take exception with Kim’s insistence that he finish out some short putts, considering that the Internationals needed to make up quite a large deficit. Additionally, Thomas had been a stickler all week about giving his opponents anything that bordered on “a gimme”.

After a big par putt on the 15th, a clearly emotional “JT” gave a big fist pump in celebration. Usually quite reserved, Si Woo Kim took notice and quieted the crowd after a big par save to match Thomas.

Once again, Thomas took exception to Si Woo, admitting after the match that he was “p***** off “at Kim’s theatrics.

“Honestly, at the time, I was pretty p***** off,” said Thomas afterwards. “I think when you’re in the moment, when you’re on the other side of it, it’s something that gets you motivated, gets you pumped up a little bit.”

When asked about his reaction to the made putt, Kim said he saw Patrick Reed do the celebration at the 2014 Ryder Cup and wanted to do something to match Thomas’ energy.

“I saw that Patrick [Reed] did it before, and yeah, JT give me fist pump, and then I had to do it. And I had to make it, and I made it. Then, like, yeah, I had to do something. I think that give me more energy.”

After all was said and done, Thomas admitted that Kim had the right to celebrate his victory.

“He hit the shots and made the putts better than I did the last three holes or, really, the last nine holes when he needed to,” said Thomas. “So, I can say whatever I want about it, but he beat me. So he has the upper hand on me. But we won the Cup so that’s all that matters.”

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‘Intentional grounding?’ – Marshal at the Presidents Cup gets more than a little carried away

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If you’re going to do a job, do it well or not at all.

Becoming a marshal for a professional golf tournament may well just involve holding up the ‘Quiet Please’ paddles on the tee, or you may be called into action, requiring a lot more responsibility.

Get the line right on a wayward approach, hold the crowd back from encroaching on a player in contention, or simply signal where the ball is going – and it was the latter that was called for during the fourball match involving Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas against Taylor Pendrith and Hideki Matsuyama.

As the tweet below suggests, Spieth was chipping out from a poor lie to recover a wayward ball, only to once again find himself in the drink.

If he was in any doubt where the ball had gone, though, the extremely efficient marshal made it abundantly clear!

 

Replies to CBS reporter Kyle Porter were light-hearted, with many full of praise for the volunteer.

A few comments indicated the man may well have been “landing a plane”, but surely the best was tweeter Shane B who commented:

“Intentional grounding on Spieth?”, a pointer to the rule and signal used in the NFL, ironically the reason viewing figures for Sunday golf are much less at this time of year.

The shot made little difference to the result, with the invincible pairing winning 4&3, prompting Justin Ray to reveal, “They [Spieth and Thomas] are the first pairing in Presidents Cup history to go 4-0-0 in a single week without letting a single match get to the 18th hole.”

More significant was that they were the only home pairing to win their afternoon match, giving the U.S team an 11-7 lead going into Sunday’s singles, before the US went on to win their ninth straight Presidents Cup.

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