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‘Not sure it’s possible to play any slower’ – Things got awkward between Ian Poulter and Kevin Na at LIV presser

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The LIV Golf series returns this week at Trump National Doral Golf Course for the scene of the finale of the new tour’s inaugural season.

Unlike previous events staged by the Saudi-backed Tour, this week incorporates a mix of both match play and stroke play.

Also in a changeup this week, Ian Poulter has replaced Lee Westwood as team captain of the Majesticks GC.

On Wednesday at the pre-tournament press conference, both the Majesticks and the Iron Heads, led by Captain Kevin Na, conducted their pressers together, and things got a little awkward.

In the clip shown below, Na attempted to make a joke about the age of Lee Westwood, to which Ian Poulter responded that Westy is a former World Number One.

After a couple of other back-and-forths, the topic of Kevin Na walking in putts came to the fore, and it was at this point that Poulter decided to go on the attack regarding Na’s pace of play.

“It could take him a while to walk a few in. It normally does,” said Poulter, which was met with some oohing and awkward reactions from those in attendance.

“We’ll let that one stew a little bit,” said the moderator attempting to move the conversation on, but when Kevin Na kiddingly asked official Slugger White, can he “play slower on purpose?”, Poulter decided to go for the knockout blow, saying “I’m not sure it’s possible to play any slower, Kev.”

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  5. CrashTestDummy

    Oct 27, 2022 at 2:12 am

    Some people cannot pull off smack talk well and should probably stay away from it.

  6. geohogan

    Oct 26, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Ironic, LIV tour and Petro dollars are on the way out.

    • THE GERMAR RUDOLF

      Oct 28, 2022 at 6:42 pm

      Nice try Rory. STFU and go cry in a corner at the betrayal. Ohhhhh the betrayal of it all. Douche

  7. Joey5Picks

    Oct 26, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    These tools deserve each other

  8. Rory

    Oct 26, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    “This tour is dead in the water”

  9. Chuck

    Oct 26, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    This will be earth-shattering news in the golfing world, that Ian Poulter has replaced Lee Wstwood as captain of the Majesticks.

    More seriously (well, slightly more seriously); Slugger White has gone to LIV? Perhaps the most-storied Rules Official in modern PGA Tour history, at the end of his PGA Tour career. A very, very, very sweet retirement deal.

    And, as always, nauseating.

  10. Harry Adam

    Oct 26, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    Does anyone watch it? None of my golfing pals do. It never comes up in conversation. Not the case with DP or USPGA events.

    • Dixon Diaz

      Oct 26, 2022 at 4:00 pm

      Funny, your wife and “DP” come up all the time in conversations….

  11. Arnold Palmer

    Oct 26, 2022 at 11:42 am

    LIV Tour will be dead soon

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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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