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Rory McIlroy delivers brutal Greg Norman verdict as he calls for him to leave LIV role



While speaking at his pre-tournament press conference for this week’s DP World Tour event, Rory McIlroy took yet another shot at LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman.

The current world number one has been outspoken in his criticism of Norman, but his latest suggestion that he steps down as CEO and saying LIV needs “an adult in the room” certainly takes matters to the next level.

McIlroy told media on Tuesday morning:

“I think Greg [Norman] needs to go, he needs to exit stage left. Look, he’s made his mark but now is the right time to say ‘look, you’ve got this thing [LIV Golf] off the ground but nobody is going to talk unless there is an adult in the room who can actually try to mend fences.”

Recently, McIlroy has said that he believes the PGA Tour and LIV Golf need to find a way to co-exist in the game.

“I believe there is no more time to waste… PGA Tour and LIV will have to find a compromise and speak for the sake of our sport. I don’t know when this can happen, certainly not tomorrow, but of course we will have to find an agreement.”

Norman has agreed with this sentiment, but views it as now being the PGA Tour’s responsibility to start dialogue with LIV considering that LIV has tried multiple times to reach out and has been unsuccessful, according to Norman.

“That is what has disappointed me the most. There was always room — always, always, always room — and there still is room for them [the PGA Tour] to sit down and understand what we have and what this is all about,” Norman said after the end of LIV Golf’s inaugural season.

“I quite honestly think the ball is in their court. It’s not in ours. We’ve tried. We’ve tried on numerous occasions, not just me personally but before I even came on board.”

There were reports last week that Norman may be replaced as CEO, but LIV released a statement strongly refuting that notion, claiming that Norman “is our CEO and Commissioner. Any suggestion that changes are being made to Greg’s title or role is patently false.”

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  1. PJ

    Nov 16, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Hey Rory STFU already. You and the other PGA crybabies constantly complain about LIV yet those guys never say a word unless they defend themselves from the slanderous PGA plebians like you. Just go play golf.

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  4. Reality_Check

    Nov 16, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Rory is proving himself to be an impetuous child every time he opens his mouth. He is incapable of working for the greater good and thinking beyond his own biases… end of story.

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  6. Tom K

    Nov 15, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Rory, show us on the doll where the mean man touched you.

  7. dixie

    Nov 15, 2022 at 8:58 am

    Rors needs to STFU Greg Norman is a HOF golfer you on the other hand are not.

    • Makex

      Nov 15, 2022 at 9:40 am

      Ehh, someone should shut up, because somene else is a HOFer?

      • Frank the tank

        Nov 15, 2022 at 7:24 pm

        Yes he needs to shut his little pie hole and so do you

        • Makex

          Nov 16, 2022 at 2:37 am

          I see, brilliant thinking. Rory is thinking like Zelenskyi, not negotiating with Putin. You guys talk like Putin.

          • Drkviol801

            Nov 16, 2022 at 9:32 am

            If you’re using Zelenskyy as a positive example you’re truly oblivious. Educate yourself Makex.

            • Makex

              Nov 16, 2022 at 10:54 am

              Yes, 100% more positive than Putin. Maybe your educated mind has it the other way around.

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‘It was devastating’ – Keegan Bradley reveals the call he got that made him believe he was on Ryder Cup team



This week, Keegan Bradley was a guest on the Foreplay Podcast. The 37-year-old was one of the players who seemingly narrowly missed a spot on the Ryder Cup team, and shared a heart wrenching story of how it all went down.

Apparently, Zach Johnson texted all of the players in consideration for a Captain’s pick that they’d be getting a call the following day about whether or not they’ve made the team.

When the next day arrived, Keegan got a call from Netflix, who said “Keegan, we got a camera crew five minutes from your house.”

At that moment, Bradley let himself believe that meant he was going to be heading to Rome for the Ryder Cup.

“Why would they be sending a camera crew if I’m not to get picked? For the first time, I let my brain think I did it.”

He then said he knew immediately by the tone of Zach’s voice that he wasn’t going to be picked.

“It was devastating.”

You can catch the full episode here.

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Brooks Koepka explains why he understood the case for and against picking Dustin Johnson for the Ryder Cup



Brooks Koepka is the lone LIV golfer in next week’s Ryder Cup. This will be the 33-year-old’s fourth Ryder Cup, and second in Europe. In his three prior Ryder Cups, Koepka is 6-5-1 overall, including 2-0-1 in singles matches.

Koepka was extremely close to being an automatic qualifier but slipped out of the final spot during the FedEx Cup playoffs.

The five-time major champion spoke about his Ryder Cup preparation prior to this week’s LIV Chicago event, in which he will be taking a flight to Rome directly after.

“My whole mindset has been to practice for (the Ryder Cup) the last few weeks. I mean, look, I think it’s one of the top six, seven biggest sporting events you can have. It’s a little bit more eyeballs, a little bit more pressure.”

When asked if he “plays for legacy” now after all he’s accomplished, Koepka said “I think everybody remembers their record”.

“I think everybody remembers their record, or that’s kind of what you’re known by, wins, losses. Poulter has pretty much made a career on that. Yeah, I think you can.”

While speaking with Sports Illustrated this week, Brooks was asked about the fact that Dustin Johnson, who went 5-0 at Whistling Straits in 2021, was not chosen as a captains pick this time around.

“I get the case for DJ. He played great the last time, played great last year. Hasn’t really played that great this year … or hasn’t played to DJ’s standard. That’s a better way to put that. And he didn’t play well in the majors. So I can see why he didn’t get a pick. But if they had picked him, it’s DJ and I could see that one as well.”

Although there will be no other LIV players in Rome, Koepka said he’s not worried about who he plays with and can “play with anybody”.

“I can play with anybody, and I will play with anybody.”

It will be interesting to see who Koepka is paired with next week at Marco Simone.

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Free agent Matt Fitzpatrick explains why he can’t play golf clubs made by these two manufacturers



The 2022 U.S. Open Champion, Matt Fitzpatrick, is currently an equipment free agent. He recently sat down with GolfMagic to discuss why he isn’t tied down with a manufacturer and what his outlook is going forward.

“I struggle with TaylorMade and Callaway clubs because of the way their woods and hybrids are designed. The soles aren’t very good for me so my interaction with the turf is terrible with those. Until that changes, I’d never be able to get on with them. PING and Titleist have always been a little bit better for me.”

With TaylorMade and Callaway off the table, Fitzpatrick is currently using Titleist TSi3 and is also experimenting with a Titleist TSR3.

According to the photos captured by GolfMagic, Fitz is still using his Bettinardi BB1 Fitz, but also has a different Bettinardi prototype he’s experimenting with in Rome.

With tight fairways at Marco Simone, the Englishman will be hoping that whichever driver he chooses keeps him in the fairway at next week’s Ryder Cup.

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