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‘You’ll be mad not to consider it’ – Charlie Hull on potential LIV Golf offer

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Whilst Greg Norman is fully “locked and loaded with what we’re doing because we’re launching the [men’s] league in 2023,” it wasn’t long ago that LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan said she was open to engaging in conversation with the LIV league.

Norman has also hinted that a Women’s LIV series is very much on the agenda, saying, “We have discussed it internally, the possibility is there,” whilst two-time major winner Christie Kerr virtually encouraged current players to look at the possibility should the idea become reality:  “Put it this way, I think you would see almost the entire tour do it here. What we play for here compared to the men’s tour, the scale is different.”

Whilst the women’s game has seen vast increases in the prize money offered at many of the tour’s more elite events, it might be tough to keep all the star names at the LPGA against anything like the money offered to the likes of Dustin Johnson, Cam Smith, et al., especially after former amateur star Eugenio Chacarra won his first event, and $4 million, at LIV International Bangkok over the weekend.

Recent LPGA winner Charley Hull has admitted that any formation of a women’s league would need consideration, despite being happy on the LPGA Tour.

As one of the most popular players on social media, the 26-year-old would hold tremendous appeal for the ‘golf, but louder’ brigade, and having won $255,000 for her victory at The Colony, anything approaching even a quarter of the offer to the men’s series’ winners has to hold appeal.

In an interview with Sky Sports, the two-time LPGA and three-time LET winner said that, “I haven’t heard anything yet, but if an offer came, “you would be mad not to consider it” even though she is, “pretty happy with the LPGA Tour.”

Hull next appears in her defense of the Aramco Team Series – New York next week, an event at which she beat Nelly Korda in the individual competition.

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  1. Geoffrey

    Oct 10, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    At some point, if you want the Saudi’s to change, you have to give them the opportunity to change. If the Saudi’s were to fully fund an Ladies LIV Tour, even if at just 25-50% of the current LIV Tour, that would be an incredible boon of funds for the women. In addition, it would be the Saudi’s having to put their money where their mouth is by funding women….for which they have a poor track record in their treatment of women in the past. But again, to get change you have to allow for change.

  2. Jolter

    Oct 10, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Perhaps the new LPGA Commissioner will be more foresighted and not forewarn possible impose draconian measures upon her players which would lead right into the hands of LIV.

  3. Michael

    Oct 10, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    Perhaps she should consider who she would really being working for and who owns the business.
    she would be helping to build. Do any of these people have any morals other than worshiping the almighty dollar?

    Would she play for a tour financed by Kim Il Jong? How about Sadam Hussein or Ayatollah Khameni? Just for the money? Playing for they who would be King who murders women and children is in the realm of okay for her and the rest of them because they pay well?

    Norman being a dirtbag who wants revenge on the PGA and R&A is a separate issue.

    • LB

      Oct 10, 2022 at 4:23 pm

      But you have no problem with the PGA Tour supporting and doing business in China. You have no problem with PGA Tour sponsors doing business with Saudi Arabia either.

      • Joseph Thomas

        Oct 11, 2022 at 10:12 am

        Takes a real genius to compare very limited sponsor dealings with S.A. than a league run by S.A. and that big brain can’t possibly think whatever extremely limited connection the Tour has with China compares to liv being owned by Saudis. And at a time when women are fighting for their lives in sharia law run counties it’s disgusting for these women to consider playing for them.

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‘You’re f***ing hilarious, aren’t you?’ – Shane Lowry snaps at spectator during WGC Match Play

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It’s been a struggle for Shane Lowry throughout his career at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play. Since 2019, the Irishman is now 3-6 at the event prior to the 2023 version of the event.

The struggles continued on Wednesday for Lowry as he found himself two down to Taylor Montgomery on the 17th hole when a fan said something to him after his tee shot.

The frustration finally showed through and Lowry snapped back at the fan.

“You’re f***ing hilarious ,aren’t you?”

Laura Davies on Sky Sports reacted immediately, saying “Apologies for the language.”

Lowry will give it another crack tomorrow as he faces off against Mackenzie Hughes on Thursday at 11:59 A.M. EDT.

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Ex-Golf Channel host Holly Sonders returns to sports in new NSFW venture

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Holly Sanders, who was a host on Golf Channel working on “School of Golf” and “Playing Lesson with the Pros,” before going to Fox Sports until 2019.

According to her post on Twitter, the 34-year-old is about to be back in the world of sports in the form of a topless sports league.

Sonders also made an Instagram post about her new venture, saying she was still looking to “add talent” to the league.

 

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“I will be watching over all operations making sure the content is of the highest quality possible, and that the girls are safe, having fun and enjoying themselves. This league is owned by women and will be run by women. Feminists should praise this as it’s creating opportunities for women.”

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Nelly Korda responds to fans following ‘wardrobe malfunction’ in latest video

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LPGA Tour superstar Nelly Korda recently signed a deal with both TaylorMade and Nike. In a promotional Instagram video for TaylorMade, Korda was hitting the Stealth 2 driver.

The post read: #Fargiveness with a view. ? #TeamTaylorMade is gearing up for a big week in Arizona and striping their #Stealth2Drivers around Superstition Mountain.”

 

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However, the post didn’t go as planned, with some users comparing Korda to Rickie Fowler because of her wardrobe choice, while one user simply said: “Orange pants with red shoes? Bruh for real?”

Korda responded on Instagram shortly after, saying “Don’t hate me for my Orange pants and red shoes,” she wrote. “It was a bit of a wardrobe malfunction.”

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