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Greg Norman makes bold claim over LIV duo…disrespecting Scottie Scheffler in the process

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After Cameron Smith’s victory at LIV Chicago, Greg Norman made an interesting Instagram post celebrating his fellow Australians triumph.

 

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In the post, the LIV Golf CEO claimed that Cameron Smith and Dustin Johnson were the two best players in the world…something World Number One, current Masters champion and Player of the Year Scottie Scheffler may take umbrage with.

His full post read:

“Who’s questioning the real #1 & #2 in the world? On top of that they are happy. Their families are happy. Their wives are happy. Their caddies are happy. The #LIVGolf team is a family. Everyone is in this together. This has never happened on the PGA Tour. As Cam Smith has said, we have given golf a heartbeat.

The fans hold us all accountable. They are holding the PGA Tour accountable. They are holding the OWGR accountable. How can the OWGR ignore the fact that the two best players in the world – @cameronsmithgolf and @dustinjohnsongolf – play on the @livgolfinv tour? When the fans speak, listen. Golf is a force for good.”

The OWGR debate has been steadily growing over the past month. Many in the game of golf believe LIV needs to adjust their format if they ever want to receive OWGR points. The criteria were set before the league began, and therefore there is no reason for the system to change to help bring LIV into the fold.

Others believe that the landscape of professional golf is changing, and the OWGR system needs to adapt.

Alan Shipnuck is part of that group, and shared his OWGR thoughts in a Q and A on the Firepit Collective last night.

The debate is an important one. It will hold the keys to whether or not the LIV Golfers can play in majors going forward. Some of the past major champions will continue to have exemptions for the next few years but will eventually run out.

For now, neither LIV Golf nor the OWGR seem willing to budge.

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  1. Pingback: LIV golfer wins on DP World Tour at iconic venue – GolfWRX

  2. Check yo self

    Sep 21, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Wow…. I scroll thru all these golfwrx articles now, and just about every single one is relative to LIV somehow. Obviously Norman is right. The product is selling, and getting more media coverage than anything PGA Tour related. It’s time for people to wake up and smell the coffee. Publicity in either aspect is still publicity. LIV is here to stay, and it’s gonna put a dent in the PGA Tour. It just is what it is.

  3. zenyatta

    Sep 21, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    All these guys do is prove they’re nitwits. Grow up boys. No one forced you to go to LIV – perhaps you should have thought things through before making your decision.

  4. Jim Cunningham

    Sep 21, 2022 at 11:15 am

    Norman created a new golf league with deep pockets and enticed a bunch of good players to play in it for guaranteed purses. Good for him and good for them. They play a different game under different rules: no cuts, less physical and mental strenuous event, smaller and limited competition pool. This is all fine and dandy and more power to him and them. But to now seek recognition as if the LIV tour play is equal or better than the PGA is silly. Look at the LIV winners and their most recent PGA ranking: Charles Schwatzel – #120, Branden Grace – #137, Henrik Stenson – #173, Dustin Johnson #18, and finally Cameron Smith – #2. Cameron is a current real deal, but to equate these tourney winners with the current PGA field is false. LIV is an exhibition league with great players, but they are not playing PGA equivalent events and don’t deserve PGA ranking points for their exhibition matches. Meadowlark Lemon was an awesome basketball player who scored more points playing professional basketball than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but they were not equivalent.

  5. Bob Jones

    Sep 21, 2022 at 11:07 am

    The OWGR have been around for years as the standard by which golfing excellence is measured. Now an upstart Tour wants OWGR to change to fit their model. Sorry, LIV needs to change to fit the OWGR model. That’s how life works.

    • L White

      Sep 21, 2022 at 1:15 pm

      The OWGR have been changed before and they can be changed again. They are not set in granite to appease the PGA Tour. I’m sure something can be worked out…OWGR are truly a joke without including clearly some of the best players in the world. The golf world does not need to revolve around the PGA Tour and what they say it should be.

      • Big Baby

        Sep 21, 2022 at 1:38 pm

        Your right the OWGR doesn’t revolve around the PGA Tour. They include the Asian Tour, DP World Tour, Sunshine Tour, Latin America Tour, Canadian Tour etc…

        They have set criteria that need to be met in order for your tour to get ranking points.

        Again, you are correct that things can change, but it isn’t and it shouldn’t happen overnight just to appease a murderous regime that thinks they can bully everyone.

        • LWhite

          Sep 21, 2022 at 3:14 pm

          That’s why I said something can be worked out. But kind of hard when the people on the board are anti-LIV. And yes the PGA Tour pretty much controls the rankings criteria. The Asian tour, etc… is not coming to the PGA and telling them how it will be. Is LIV Golf the murderous regime? You mean SA? The same regime FedEx pumped millions into the SA economy so they could get their international shipping? The same FedEx that sponsors the FedEx cup?

  6. joe

    Sep 21, 2022 at 9:29 am

    “What does Stephan A(rse) Smith have to say about this”? Said no one ever.

    Demand. HA!

  7. freeze

    Sep 21, 2022 at 7:59 am

    There is more interest about LIV on boards than actual events. A small group watches on youtube and they cant give the tickets away to their events

    • L. White

      Sep 21, 2022 at 1:09 pm

      Really? I was at Rich Harvest Farms and it was packed…have you went to a LIV event or just saying what you wish were true? BTW I did not hear one bad thing about LIV the entire time I was there. Everyone was enjoying the golf and having a great time. Sorry to say and you won’t believe this, but I did hear negativity directed at the PGA Tour.

  8. Pingback: Greg Norman says he was asked not to attend PGA Tour event he created…event director refutes claim – GolfWRX

  9. Brandon

    Sep 20, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    I have no problem with LIV but if they want world ranking status they need to play 72 holes. It’s that simple.

  10. geohogan

    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    Liv tour is the greatest sportswashing since 1936 Nazi Olympics.
    Bizarre characters come out of the DNA pool every 50 years.

    “a 2017 study found that the expression of Neanderthal genes tends to be suppressed in the basal ganglia and cerebellum3, suggesting that the human versions of the genes are important to brain function.”

    some would say, Neanderthal are “remotely” intelligent. Get tested

  11. Paul Dunlavey

    Sep 20, 2022 at 10:26 am

    I’m tired of this kind of “National Enquirer” bs. It turns me off of watching any golf weather it’s the PGA or LIV.

  12. Chuck

    Sep 20, 2022 at 9:31 am

    That Greg Norman post on Instagram reads like a Donald Trump post on Truth Social. And why not? It’s the same divisive, toxic play book.

    Trump managed to drag the old USFL into such division and disrepute that it collapsed. Norman May do the same to Tour golf.

    See you in court.

    • Joey B

      Sep 20, 2022 at 9:55 am

      Monahan and the PGA tour are fascists !!

      • Bob

        Sep 20, 2022 at 9:23 pm

        What’s a fascist? A fascist is one who yokes state and corporate powers for personal gain. The PGA tour has no state connections. LIV has KSA backing.

        Care to revise your bull**** statement, loser?

        PS. Greg is a globalist slag who hates Donald Trump. Comparing the 2 is a joke.

    • george hogan maine golfer extraordinaire

      Sep 20, 2022 at 12:37 pm

      divisive hahahahahhahaha i see “sportswashing” buzzword use has tempered…… you leftists really can not think… everything you say and do is exactly what the news said yesterday, last week, last year…. no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be remotely intelligent

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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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