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Report: LIV Golf pull offer for PGA Tour pro following new TV deal with CW Network

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When LIV Golf announced their ambitious 2023 schedule, they spoke about 14 events, increased prize funds, and a recruitment drove to sign up, “maybe seven players” that wanted to “be liberated” and join the likes of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Cam Smith.

However, with just a month to go until the first event in Mayakoba, the public is yet to hear details of over seven tournaments, although that could quickly change after the recently agreed broadcasting deal with CW Network, or of any new names confirming the move.

It’s extremely likely that current world number forty five, Mito Pereira, will join his compatriot and friend, Joaquin Niemann, but even the heartiest of speculation has gone awry in recent months, and it seems the new tv deal has had further effects.

On Friday, Barstool Sports reporter Dan Rapaport tweeted that all may not be that rosy with the recruitment process, so often seemingly free and easy with the cash supplied by the Saudi Public Investment Fund.

One reply was from writer Amanda-Biers-Melcher, who gave one explanation for a tv deal with a network with a different demographic than usually seen watching golf:

Nexstar (the group that owns CW) chief operating officer Tom Carter, outlined the plan for the network, stating that” its programming is targeted for an 18-to-34 audience demographic, while the average age of the CW broadcast viewer is 58 years,” and, over time, they will be “taking a different approach to our CW programming strategy.”

The report from tvline.com concludes with the revelation that The CW will add “high-quality syndicated programming,” to its lineup, which he indicated is “a departure from the prior predominant focus on expensive, original scripted content, which is uncommon among major broadcast networks.”

It seems likely that any player signing up for 2023 is going to be lagging behind the sort of numbers paid to the class of 2022.

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  1. Jay

    Jan 26, 2023 at 11:29 am

    The one advantage of LIV moving to CW means we can now dvr the golf and watch when it fits our schedule

  2. John

    Jan 25, 2023 at 8:44 am

    The LIV socialist league, guaranteed money, no cut, what a joke. If that’s golf count me out. Never will watch

  3. John Thomas

    Jan 24, 2023 at 9:36 pm

    Scripted? That would explain the praise and excuses the Golf Channel and MBC, CBS, and the others who constantly try to build up and maintain a high profile for the ‘never been great’ Rickie Fowler! He’s never lived up to the hype.

  4. Tobey

    Jan 24, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    The deals have to be less – LIV is paying to be shown on CW. Less cash to blow on world #243.

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  7. Jake Green

    Jan 24, 2023 at 2:17 am

    Mito Pereira is nowhere close to number 5 in the world as this piece indicates.

  8. Ben

    Jan 23, 2023 at 11:31 pm

    “world number five, Mito Perreira” ummm, not quite. More like #45.

  9. Adam

    Jan 23, 2023 at 7:44 pm

    Mito is ranked 44, not 5.

  10. McLovin

    Jan 23, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    “We want to appeal to an older demographic” …..

    Said no media executives ever.

  11. LIV to Regret It

    Jan 23, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Not surprising LIV will be paying less. They go from broadcasting on You Tube which has over 2.5 billion potential viewers to CW which has maybe 80 million viewers. Yeah, no wonder they’re hemorrhaging money.

    • Mike

      Jan 24, 2023 at 11:53 pm

      Yes… potential viewers. But how many actual viewers tuned in to see LIV on YouTube? Bet more will on TV.

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Report: PGA Tour winner latest player to sign with LIV Golf

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Another PGA Tour winner is headed to LIV Golf.

According to The Telegraph, Colombian Sebastian Munoz has agreed to a deal with the rival circuit. Munoz adds to the growing list of Spanish speaking players on LIV including Joaquin Niemann, Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Mito Pereira and Eugenio Chacarra.

Munoz has previously won the Sanderson Farms Championship and has six additional top-5 finishes on the PGA Tour.

At the time of his signing, the 30-year-old was ranked 90th in the Official World Golf Rankings. Munoz is set to make his LIV Golf debut at Mayakoba on February 24-26.

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Bubba Watson says that he will beg Jay Monahan to play in this PGA Tour event

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Bubba Watson, who joined LIV Golf last year, is still hoping he can play in a PGA Tour event.

The two-time major champion plans to “beg” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to allow Watson and his son to play in next year’s PNC Championship, which is an event that consists of a father/son or father/daughter tandem with one professional on each team.

“My son, like I said, he doesn’t play golf, but now his whole goal was – I’ll put this out there, his whole goal was to play in the PNC, which is the parent-junior, and now I’m not allowed to play in it. As soon as I see Jay Monahan – if Jay Monahan is watching this, I’ll see you at Augusta and I’ll try to beg you to let us play the PNC again.”

Watson and the other LIV golfers who were previously exempt or top-50 in the world will still get a chance to compete in this year Masters Tournament, to which Bubba is grateful.

“I was very thankful that we get to go back to the Masters. Then LIV announced their schedule, so I won’t be able to go to the women’s tournament or the Drive, Chip & Putt with the kids because we’ll be in Orlando. But it’s one year, I’m going to definitely be in the ears of people at LIV and try to see if I can get back there because I want to support what the Masters means to the game of golf, what the membership of Augusta means to the game of golf, and I would love to be there for the Women’s Amateur and the kids on Sunday.”

The 44-year-old (along with all LIV players) is currently suspended from the PGA Tour but will make his first start since the PGA Championship in May of 2022 at this week’s Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club after missing time with a torn meniscus.

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Patrick Reed issues statement following rules controversy in Dubai

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On his way to finishing runner-up at last week’s Dubai Desert Classic, Patrick Reed found himself caught up in two incidents of note.

The first, widely nicknamed ‘Tee Gate’ saw a pre-event spat between Reed and the world number one and tournament favourite Rory McIlroy, resulting in the former Masters winner lobbing a LIV-branded tee in his opponent’s direction. Little were they aware that it would take a birdie at each of the final two holes for McIlroy to overcome the most talked-about player in golf.

The second newsworthy episode involved Reed losing his ball up a tree on the 17th fairway, an escapade that resulted in a social media frenzy asking whether the ball found was, in fact, the correct ball and how several marshals identified it.

The DP World Tour’s statement at the time cleared Reed, stating that, “Using binoculars [the DP World Tour Chief Referee] joined the player in the area and asked him to identify his distinctive ball markings,” and “was satisfied that a ball with those markings was lodged in the tree.”

Video footage and players’ comments subsequently pointed to the ball flying into a different tee, but in Reed’s defence, he was likely to have been advised to the exact tree to look into, rather than guess himself.

He signed for a bogey five on the hole, a score that could have been one shot worse if having to reload on the tee box.

Reed himself sees the event much like most did the tee-peg incident – as something and nothing – and posted a statement to that effect on Twitter today:

With that all over, this week Reed returns to the Asian Tour for the Saudi International, where he meets up with much of his LIV counterparts in an event dominated by two-time champion Dustin Johnson.

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