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Rory McIlroy references “subpoena on Christmas Eve” in responding to Reed’s reported tee toss

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Yesterday, it was reported by boots on the ground that LIV golfer Patrick Reed threw a tee and PGA Tour superstar Rory McIlroy.

Both Reed and McIlroy are playing on the DP World Tour this week at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club. When Reed tried to say hello to Rory on the driving range, he was purportedly ignored.

According to McIlroy in the Independent, he didn’t see a tee thrown in his direction. While speaking with reporters, the four-time major champion clarified his side of the story.

“I didn’t see it,” he said of the tee. “I was down by my bag, and he came up to me, and I was busy working and sort of doing my practice, and I didn’t really feel like — I didn’t feel the need to acknowledge him.

“So, I didn’t see a tee coming my direction at all, but apparently that’s what happened. And if roles were reversed and I’d have of thrown that tee at him, I’d be expecting him a lawsuit.”

When asked if he “ducked” when the tee was thrown, the 33-year-old said he didnt see it: “I didn’t duck,” he said. “I didn’t see, it, no. My back was turned to him.”

The lawsuit reference made by Rory is referring to the defamation lawsuit that Reed has filed against a number of golf media members and outlets. McIlroy is even named a co-conspirator in one of Reed’s lawsuits. Which according to Rory, is why he didn’t feel the need to say hello to Reed in the first place.

“I mean, exactly, right,” he said. “Like that’s — I mean, I got a subpoena on Christmas Eve. I mean, I don’t see your — like you can’t pretend like nothing’s happening, right.

“I think that’s the thing. Like why — we are living in reality here. He’s — no, so…”

“Yeah, I was subpoenaed by his lawyer on Christmas Eve. So of course, trying to have a nice time with my family and someone shows up on your doorstep and delivers that, you’re not going to take that well.

“So again, I’m living in reality, I don’t know where he’s living. If I were in his shoes, I wouldn’t expect a hello or a handshake.”

As for mending bridges with Sergio Garcia, who is eligible for a Ryder Cup wildcard from Luke Donald as an honorary member of the Dp World Tour, McIlroy was clear.

“No,” he said.

The tournament is set to kick off Thursday, January 26th and there appears to be no end in sight for the animosity between LIV golfers and PGA Tour/DP World Tour players.

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  1. Chuck

    Jan 26, 2023 at 11:26 am

    Patrick Reed has willingly aligned himself with Larry Klayman.

    Reed should have known all about Larry Klayman before getting involved with him as his counsel. I have 100% confidence that Reed did. But even if he didn’t know beforehand, he must know now.

    Zero — less than zero — sympathy for Patrick Reed.

    As I have said before, for the PGA Tour, this is addition by subtraction. Reed, Koepka, DeChambeau; g-o-o-d r-i-d-d-a-n-c-e.

  2. Jolter

    Jan 26, 2023 at 9:07 am

    There was a time when I would give Reed the benefit of the doubt, but anymore with all of this sue me sue you blues, he is the one acting childish and enough is enough with LIV. Just shut up, play golf, and if the courts rule in LIV’s favor, so be it.

  3. Patrick

    Jan 25, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    Patrick Reed lives in this alternative reality where he thinks he’s the man but really he’s not a good person. I’m beginning to wonder if Reed is related to George Santos. Always the victim. Where have I heard that before?

    • Big Guy

      Jan 26, 2023 at 2:44 am

      Agree Patrick, but why is this so personal for Rory? He’s not being sued (he is a witness) and his tournament schedule is not affected.

      Do not like Reed at all but Rory needs a bit of perspective.

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Reed-McIlroy animosity allegedly resulted in this in Dubai…

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According to reports at Emirates Golf Club, Patrick Reed threw a tee at Patrick Reed this morning after McIlroy refused to acknowledge him. Both Reed and McIlroy are playing in this week’s Hero Dubai Desert Classic.

The animosity between Reed and members of the PGA Tour has been building since the former Masters champion joined LIV Golf back in June of 2022. The 32-year-old has sued a handful of golf media members in defamation lawsuits.

According to those at Emirates Golf Club, Reed stood near McIlroy with the intention of saying hello, but Rory never turned to acknowledge him.

The Independent shared that “Reed insisted on saluting McIlroy but after getting no response, he gave up and walked away but not before putting his hand in his pocket and throwing a tee in McIlroy’s direction in disgust.”

This is the second report of tension being witnessed between PGA Tour members and LIV golfers as there were reported instances LIV golfers getting the cold shoulder at last year’s BMW PGA at Wentworth.

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EA Sports set to release new video game featuring Augusta National

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EA Sports is set to release its first golf video game since Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (2015).

On January 19th, EA Sports announced that the game will be launching on March 24, 2023, for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S and PC via the EA App, Steam and the Epic Games Store.

Pre-orders is available now for EA SPORTS PGA TOUR, the exclusive home of all four majors in men’s golf – the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship™, U.S. Open Championship™ and The Open.

Perhaps the most exciting part of all is the fact that Augusta National will be making its triumphant return to the video game world. The course will be in a video game for the first time since 2011 and will be playable in a game mode called “Road to the Masters” which features challenges, tournaments and gear tied to the Masters.

“We’re bringing the premier PGA TOUR experience to players around the world with real-world golf data powering incredibly realistic gameplay with every shot, and some of the most iconic courses in the world rendered in painstaking detail,” said Cam Weber, EVP and GM, EA SPORTS. “From The Old Course at St Andrews Links to Pebble Beach Golf Links and more, we’re giving players the chance to tee off in bucket list golf experiences like never before in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR.”

The game is also debuting a new and realistic way to make golf realistic in a video game called “Pure Strike”. Pure Strike aims to give golf fans all the tools they need to realistically attack every hole on every course the same way the pros do. The game will also feature ShotLink® powered by CDW and TrackMan,

Pure Strike will aim to help ensure that each professional golfer in the game will have a unique swing and attributes that are accurately reflected in the game.

In addition to being the exclusive home of all four men’s majors, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR is filled with experiences and content players have been asking for in a golf game, including:

  • World Famous Courses – The tee is yours at 30 courses, including some of the world’s most  prominent venues such as Augusta National Golf Club, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Southern Hills Country Club, The Old Course at St Andrews Links, The Country Club, Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course, Torrey Pines, Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France, East Lake Golf Club, TPC Southwind, The Los Angeles Country Club, Wilmington Country Club and more. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR will also feature the past major host courses in 2021 and 2022 as well as the new 2023 majors courses releasing post-launch.

  • Your Career, Your Way – EA SPORTS PGA TOUR provides players with an RPG-like progression system on the Road to the Masters. As their golf game improves, the closer they’ll be to becoming a major champion. Players will be able to create and customize a golfer, develop their skills and master each course to attack every hole like a pro. With 20 shot types available as players progress in the game, they can enhance their skill set for driving, approach, short game, or putting, depending on their style. Players will be able to compete to become a major champion, and take on the PGA TOUR’s best events in the season-long chase for the FedExCup, as well as conquer the top Amateur Championships including the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, the U.S. Amateur, and other elite international amateur events.

  • THE PLAYERS Championship and FedExCup Playoffs – The PLAYERS Championship and all three events of the FedExCup Playoffs will be in the game, and players can earn in-game FedExCup points in Career Mode for the opportunity to compete in the FedExCup Playoffs. As part of the Career mode, top golfers at the end of the year will be given the opportunity to win the FedExCup.

  • Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and The Amundi Evian Championship – In partnership with the LPGA, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR allows fans to compete at The Amundi Evian Championship, one of the LPGA Tour’s five major championships, and have the opportunity to play as several female athletes as well as create a female golfer in the overhauled Create-A-Player feature. Players will also be able to participate in a series of LPGA-themed challenges and other events. Iona Stephen will be joining the EA commentary team as the first female on-course commentator in-game, bringing her experienced insights from both playing professionally and working in golf broadcasting.

  • True-to-Life Course Visuals – EA SPORTS PGA TOUR will also present the most realistic visuals in any golf game utilizing EA’s Frostbite™ engine. Using state-of-the-art equipment such as drone technology, custom LiDAR flight helicopters and more to develop terrain maps, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR depicts courses exactly as they appear in real life. The photogrammetry and scanners were also applied to create precise renderings of clubhouses, iconic vegetation, bridges, tee markers, rock formations, and other on-course elements offering players life-like visual experiences of their favorite courses.

  • ShotLink® – Utilizing ShotLink® powered by CDW, the PGA TOUR’s proprietary real-time scoring system since 2001, golfers will authentically be replicated with accurate player ratings, skills and magnified true-to-life in-game events.

  • TrackMan Data – Insights implemented from TrackMan, a world leader in 3D ball flight measurement and swing analysis, is a critical component to authentic gameplay utilizing a myriad of stats including club tuning, flight trajectory, landing position and much more.

Pre-orders for EA SPORTS PGA TOUR are now available, including the Deluxe Edition where players will receive three-day early access to the game and Augusta National, THE PLAYERS Championship Gear, The Grand Slam Gear Bundle, Scotty Cameron Putter in-game, 1,500 Premium PGA TOUR points, a PGA TOUR XP Bundle and The Masters gear*. EA Play** members will also receive early access to the game, starting with a 10-hour early access trial on March 21. EA Play Pro members will enjoy unlimited access to the Deluxe Edition of the game – as well as the exclusive EA Play Staff Bag – starting March 21. Lastly, all EA Play members will unlock additional bonuses for EA SPORTS PGA TOUR, with monthly drops of Pro Shop perks such as exclusive headcovers, shirts, hats and more.

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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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