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Bubba Watson claims this is why he hasn’t received his full PGA Tour PIP payment

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Bryson’s back in the news.

Whether it’s joining LIV, being a legitimate challenger at the World Long Drive Championship, or struggling to get under the gallery ropes, the 2020 US Open champion is rarely far from the golfing headlines.

As such, the 29-year-old is one of the most sellable of golf’s assets, a factor that wasn’t lost when the idea of the inaugural Player Impact Program was released.

Under the program, the top players that created the most interest in the PGA Tour, via internet searches, social media and associated exposure tools were rewarded handsomely, with DeChambeau ‘earning’ around $3.5 million for his efforts in finishing fifth in the table.

Speaking at the final LIV event of the year, in Miami, DeChambeau said, “This is this is not about the money. To me, it’s about principle.”

He doesn’t need it, and admits he doesn’t want it in his own hands.

“I’ve gone through that calendar year. I was fifth on the list, I completed everything I could complete, and we scheduled something for November, not knowing that this was going to happen,” DeChambeau said. “It happened, and I can’t receive (the money). I’m OK with that… somehow, I hope that the PGA Tour could take that money and do something well with it. I would do the same thing. I’m pledging to give that to junior golf.”

Now fellow LIV signee Bubba Watson also claims the PGA Tour also owes him money, this time for finishing 10th in the initial standings.

According to a report in SI.com, the PGA Tour cancelled an appearance by the two-time Masters champion, therefore casting doubt on his legitimate claim to the full $1.5 million.

The report suggests that Watson was to appear at a sponsor’s event (an obligation to receive his PiP payment) at TPC Sawgrass but that the PGA Tour, who said they would re-schedule,  canceled the appearance.

“I’ve never cancelled anything,” assures Watson. “I was going to fly somewhere on my own dime. And they canceled on me a couple of times.”

In an interview with The Times, the 43-year-old, yet to play in a LIV event due to injury, also took the moment to describe what he sees as hypocrisy from the PGA Tour.

“Everybody in the world can make money off of Saudi Arabia but, when it comes to individuals, it’s not allowed. Why is it OK for them and not for Bubba Watson?”

He continued,

“The PGA Tour has an almighty dollar and they’re trying to protect it by not letting others play or have an event in the US. It’s a sad and hypocritical place we’re in in our world and our sport.”

As for the controversy over money-before-heritage:

“Well, when I was on the PGA Tour, I was getting paid money behind the scenes to show up at events from sponsors. And if Bubba Watson is getting it, the so-called big-time players — because I’m not as popular as them — they got paid the same amount … or maybe a little less.”

“It makes me laugh when people say those things. It’s so hypocritical. These players have guaranteed money. The real world just doesn’t see it.”

With the PGA Tour offering enhanced payments next season, no doubt spurred on by the huge amounts offered by LIV, players thinking of jumping ship in the near future may well take heed of Watson’s comments, very close to echoing those of DeChambeau.

“They [PGA Tour PiP] still owe me $1.5m. I did everything they asked, but somehow I never got the second half of the money.”

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  1. Russian Chess Master

    Nov 1, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Pay that man his money

  2. Big Guy

    Nov 1, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Did any of the editors proof read this article? It’s a rambling mess

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‘The hypocrisy is astounding’ – Phil Mickelson takes aim at RBC for missing logo at Saudi International

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This morning, Cameron Young played the first round of this week’s Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

As noticed by Twitter user “EPatGolf”, the 25-year-old PGA Tour player was missing the RBC logo that is typically on his sleeve.

Patterson speculated that the reason for the missing logo was RBC’s reluctance to be associated with golf being played in Saudi Arabia.

Never a stranger to controversy, Phil Mickelson weighed in on the topic, accusing RBC of hypocrisy.

Mickelson has been extremely active on Twitter lately and replied to a Danny Woodhead tweet just a short while ago about a potential LIV vs PGA Tour match with Tiger Woods and Phil as captains, even managing a little dig at his long-time foe.

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Bryson says ‘technology is not up to par’ with modern day ball speeds

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In September of 2020, Bryson DeChambeau was fresh off of a dominating U.S. Open victory and went on to win the prestigious Arnold Palmer Invitational later that season. The mercurial budding superstar was seemingly changing the game right in front of our eyes.

Until he wasn’t.

It’s been almost two years since DeChambeau’s win at the API, and the 29-year-old is yet to win an event on any tour since. From a feud with Brooks Koepka, continuous nagging injuries and a borderline obsession with becoming a long drive champion, Bryson has done just about everything besides win golf tournaments.

In an interview with Mike McAllister of LIV Golf, DeChambeau revealed a handful of health issues that have plagued him over the past four years. After undergoing a full body scan conducted by Prenuvo, he found out that he had a retention cyst in his left sinus, among other problems.

“In the first minute of looking at it, he goes, ‘Yeah, you’ve got like four or five problems. You should’ve been in surgery yesterday,’ ” DeChambeau said. “It wasn’t an emergency … but he’s like, that’s a big problem.”

After getting the issues fixed, Bryson says he feels back to how he felt when he was playing his best.

“To get that fixed, it’s been the greatest decision of my life,” DeChambeau said. “My energy level is so much better. My clarity of thought is way better. I don’t know if you can tell, but my speech is a lot more fluent and I’m not stopping as much or pitching as much like I used to last year and before.

“I feel like I’m back to 2018 me.”

Bryson also took some time away from golf, which is something he feels he needed to do with how hard he’d been training over the last few years.

“It’s been six years of nonstop, go-go-go, all golf,” DeChambeau said. “I just needed a bit of a break …

“Last year, I feel like was a reset year. This year is a building year. I feel like it’s an opportunity to show off what I know how to do best, which is play golf at the highest level. I know some people will not believe that playing golf at the highest level is with LIV, but for me it is.

“I still have a passion to be the best player in the world. And however, that ranking metric goes is how it goes. That’s for another discussion. But this offseason has been great preparation mentally for me.”

Another interesting take from Bryson was regarding club technology. According to the 29-year-old, technology is not currently up to scratch when it comes to modern day ball speeds, and the Californian believes that when that ever happens, it’s going to “change the game forever.”

“Technology is not up to par with the way golfers can perform at high speeds. Anything over 185 mph – good luck trying to control it right now.

We’re still on a pursuit to who can make a driver that can work it at 200 anywhere and everywhere on the face and still goes in the fairway. When that day comes, that’s going to be eye-opening for a lot of individuals because they will be optimizing ball speeds at 195, which can fly 360 yards. And that’s going to change the game forever. But we’re not there yet.”

DeChambeau will look to start 2023 off on the right foot as he’s set to tee it up at this week’s Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

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Epson pro reveals the brutal financial cost of chasing your dreams on the developmental tour

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Kenzie Wright, a professional golfer on the Epson Tour, has revealed the startling costs that are borne by those trying to make their way up the ranks.

In a tweet posted yesterday, the 25-year-old revealed that the costs of entry fees and yardage books total over $16,000 for the year.

Whilst the LPGA has seen an enormous increase in prize-funds over the last two seasons, with the 2023 schedule worth $101.4 million, the Epson (ex-Symetra) Tour was worth approximately $210k per event over a 21-tournament season.

Nobody is suggesting that the development tour should be ‘worth’ anything close to the star-laden LPGA, but it’s the tour that brings on the next Brooke Henderson, recent winner of the Tournament of Champions, et al.

With Wright making just six cuts from 15 events in 2022, her $8000 prize money goes nowhere to covering a figure that doesn’t include any equipment, travel or lodgings.

Even at the highest level, the role of players’ sponsors is crucial.

Last April, 2017 Women’s PGA Championship champion Danielle Kang, revealed the financial realities on tour, commneting:

 “How about the average tour players? I made $6,000 last week, made the cut; I didn’t break even last week. That’s me budgeting. I have to drive, rent a car, get a hotel room.

“Luckily enough for me I’m sponsored by BMW that provides for me the car. That saves like $500, $1,000 etc.”

In May 2021, Wright, then a promising graduate from the University of Alabama, took to fundraising her way onto the professional ranks via her gofundme page, on which she states that, “Your donation will go towards entry fees, on the road expenses (i.e. gas, hotels) and other tournament related costs throughout the beginning of my career. With your donation, it will allow me to put all of my time and energy into getting myself prepared for the next level.”

Seven months later, Golf Channel revealed the hardship behind the financial reality of moving into the pro leagues.

In the article, Brentley Romine reveals, “When Alabama alum Kenzie Wright turned pro in early June, she didn’t have the ability to slot into an LPGA or Symetra schedule, so she entered the Texas Women’s State Open in Garland, Texas, and won by four shots, turning her $300 entry fee into $17,500. That funded her six-event schedule on the Women’s All Pro Tour, where she made $9,076.25. She advanced out of Stage I of LPGA Q-School and now has some Symetra status for next year.”

The 25-year-old has since been a victim of the Big Money Classic scam in which organizers left both the men and women players out of pocket after being unable to pay out the prize fund. Those players included Nicolas Echavarria, who was owed $20,000 dollars for finishing third, paid nothing, who left believing that his backer had stolen his entry fee.

Ryan French also revealed the struggle at the lower level of ‘the grind’ writing:

“I received a call from one of the women in the [Big Money Classic] field. As I walked her through how to dispute her charges on her credit card, she broke down in tears. In the worst-case scenario, careers could be shortened because of this. I talked to one player who couldn’t sign up for Canadian Q-school because he hadn’t been paid by the BMC.”

Wright saw it necessary to return to the gofundme site, launching a 2022 appeal, at which she received nearly $4,000. However, if the math is correct, this amount leaves her nowhere near the amount it costs to run a one-woman campaign.

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