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‘They’re treated like human beings’ – Brooks Koepka takes wild swipe at PGA Tour while talking up LIV

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One of the main positives to come from the LIV Golf series is the treatment of the player’s most important club, the bagman.

According to an interview in July, with an anonymous DP World Tour caddie, Golf Monthly reported, “There is something wrong with you if you don’t want to work for LIV,” whilst a couple of weeks ago we detailed the expected earnings of the caddies at any LIV event.

After Louis Oosthuizen finished 10th at the inaugural tournament, at Centurion Club, his caddie Colin Byrne commented, it “has been ‘what can we do for you’ all week. They want to help us and make us happy. It’s been great to be included like this. We’ve been pampered and had nothing but a red-carpet treatment.”

Now, talking to the media after his second round in Chicago, Brooks Koepka continued to eulogize about the Greg Norman-led series, referencing one of its main taglines, “It’s energized. I mean, it’s golf, but louder, right?” before continuing the looper theme.

Asked how the LIV series compares to the PGA Tour, the four-time major champion was at pains to be yet another to support the way the new tour treats their bagmen.

“I think the players, the caddies, just how well the caddies are treated, as well. I think that’s a big difference. They’re treated like human beings. I think everybody, through coaches, staff, everybody, it’s a big difference.”

It’s been just eight months since Joel Dahmen’s caddie, Geno Bonnalie, revealed the less glamorous side of the game, with four caddies sharing an over-expensive room at Pebble Beach.

Times, they might be a’changing.

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  1. geohogan

    Sep 19, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Not since 1936, when the Nazi’s used the olympic games to sportswash extermination of Jews, have we seen anything like LIV golf.

    Greg Norman the modern day, Joseph Goebbels.

    https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/the-nazi-olympics-berlin-1936

  2. JP

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    We know how the Saudis treat human beings….

  3. Tom Morris

    Sep 19, 2022 at 11:14 am

    Loopers are scummy low class individuals, and should be treated as such.

  4. Tom K

    Sep 19, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Bobby Jones on caddies: “the caddie profession is a very noble profession however there are some caddies who give the profession a bad name. They show up late to the golf course, slovenly dressed and the smell of alcohol on their breath.”

  5. Chuck

    Sep 19, 2022 at 9:39 am

    The caddies work for the players on the PGATour. If PGATour caddies are treated as subhuman, I might think about their actual employer(s). PGATour players.

    I presume that we’re not talking about nicer courtesy cars or cooler caddie rooms or tastier snacks. I expect we are talking about cash payments, health care insurance; deferred compensation; things like that. Things that would be good to understand more clearly than Brooks Koepka is capable of describing.

    LIV is throwing lots of money at caddies. Like they throw money at everything. Is is a paycheck? A gift? Are there contracts? Are the caddies now LIV employees? Who will hire and fire them? Who is the defendant if a caddie feels he’s been wrongfully terminated or discriminated against?

    • Bob

      Sep 19, 2022 at 10:12 pm

      Bonesaw Tour caddies better show up or they get the bonesaw. These guys are not important enough to the Saudis or their LIV harem.

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Report: LIV win battle for world ranking points thanks to ‘strategic alliance’ with minor tour

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According to the Telegraph, LIV Golf has found a path to securing OWGR points.

The report indicates that LIV is forming a “strategic alliance” with the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Tour. In theory, this would allow the players to earn world ranking points starting this week at LIV Bangkok.

In turn, the alliance with LIV will give the struggling MENA Tour a path to relevance. The current OWGR rule indicates that a tour must have the majority of it’s events with a cut. It would seem that the LIV events will be the in the minority of events plays, with the regular MENA Tour events starting to ramp back up after LIV Bangkok.

“No Laying Up” holds the opinion that this move by LIV won’t grant them OWGR points right away.

The OWGR has not released a statement as of yet regarding this turn of events.

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Analyst and close friend says Tiger ‘might surprise everybody’ this fall

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There has been plenty of negative speculation regarding Tiger Woods ability to play competitive golf in the future. It was viewed as a troubling sign that Woods wasn’t able to attend to Presidents Cup due to “physical limitations” and instead had to conference with American team captain Davis Love III over the phone.

Then, it was rumored that he “didn’t look right” while caddying for his son Charlie at a tournament.

However, there seems to be a glimmer of hope for Tiger fans as his good friend Notah Begay III just speculated that Woods may “surprise everybody” while on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

When asked the next time we will see the 15-time major champion play. Begay said:

“I’m fairly certain it’s going to be at the PNC [Championship] with Charlie. Charlie’s starting to play a few more events – he played in one of my junior golf tour events last weekend, which was great to see him shoot his career-low round 68 with Tiger on the bag so that was kind of cool to be able to see that.”

More importantly, Begay said that Tiger is still looking for ways to improve the condition of his leg.

“Tiger’s just steadily trying to find ways to get a little bit more stability in his leg,” he said. “It was really presenting some major challenges at St. Andrews. I had a chance to talk with him during the round out there and it’s just constant discomfort so it’s hard to focus on golf, which is hard enough, much less having to deal with the literal pain of your leg aching throughout the day.

“I know that as soon as he feels like he can be competitive because I think he got a good taste of what it’s going to take this past year, we’ll see him. We might see him one time this fall, he might surprise everybody.”

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Golf mad parents name newborn child after a golf club

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Last week we reported on a golf obsessed couple, and their Masters themed wedding. Cute it may have been, but there was something a little over the top about it.

If you think it couldn’t get worse, how about naming your newborn child after a golf club and dressing his hospital bed with golf bedding?

Social media site reddit.com yesterday hosted a photo taken by user ‘jellybloom17’ and caused an obvious reaction.

Welcome to the world, Driver. I know there is a joke here and I know what it is. You make it tho. And go! from golf

Yep, the parents swaddled the baby in a golf-themed blanket and photographed him on a duvet, with the name ‘Driver’ plastered in giant letters.

Reddit users were confused and astounded, with one claiming that:

“I wasn’t sure what the green blob in front of the car was,” before realising, ” it was a golf course.”

“They didn’t name him after a person who operates a motor vehicle. They named him after a golf club!”

Hence the title of the original post – “Welcome to the world, Driver.”

Others questioned the naming, whilst there were doubts if the child grows up not to enjoy the sport:

“What if he grows up and hates golf?” was one comment, whilst another poster concluded, “Probably should not name your kids after sports.”

Either way, it would be good to hear what siblings Nineiron, Wedge and Teepeg say on the matter.

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