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Talor Gooch vents frustration at not seeing almost half of his LIV Golf Adelaide prize money



Talor Gooch of Range Goats GC is coming off back-to-back victories on the LIV Tour.

The 31-year-old won in front of a packed crowd at LIV Golf Adelaide in Australia and followed it up with a playoff victory over Sergio Garcia at LIV Golf Singapore.

Each victory was worth a whopping $4 million for the Oklahoma State University product, however, his win in Australia will net him significantly less than the $4 million due to the high tax rate.

Gooch appeared on the ‘Fore The People’ Podcast and revealed that $1.9 million of his winnings never even made it to his bank account.

“It was a little bit disheartening seeing 47 and a half percent because Australian taxes [do] not enter the account.”

“It comes, you know, almost it sometimes it’s like 48 hours, but it’s usually 24 hours after it direct deposit hits. It was a big one this last week, but yeah, it sucked that 47 and a half percent was withheld for Australian taxes, unfortunately.”

“I am by no means complaining, but the four [million dollars], once you cut it all up, let’s just say that it’s lot less than four.”

The win the following week at LIV Golf Singapore won Gooch another $4 million and won’t be taxed quite as heavily, not to mention his Range Goats GC won the team event as well.

Gooch will be teeing it up next in two weeks at LIV Golf Tulsa as he seeks a three-peat. The event will be a homecoming for the Oklahoma State product.

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  2. Bob Jones

    May 3, 2023 at 11:12 am

    Gee. He only gets $1.5M for four day’s work. Poor baby.

    • John K.

      May 3, 2023 at 12:21 pm

      3days actually…lol

    • S

      May 3, 2023 at 1:20 pm

      But its just like playing in the Ryder Cup.. Right Talor ? He is a clown

    • Peter

      May 3, 2023 at 7:10 pm

      It’s taken more than that to get where he is.

  3. Sparky

    May 2, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    Imma not gonna complain but … complains.

    Now where’s my tiny violin?

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  7. Bob

    May 2, 2023 at 4:44 am

    I’m sure many violins are playing over the fact a pro athlete has to pay their fair share of taxes….

    • Dev

      May 9, 2023 at 10:01 am

      Almost half your income to a country you don’t even live in is a “fair share” in your book? Dumb take but you do you.

  8. Peter Sallis

    May 2, 2023 at 4:13 am

    Greg also told you there was no way would the PGA Tour ban you.

  9. Tony

    May 2, 2023 at 3:58 am

    Unfortunately not everyone who should pay that tax rate in Australia does. The Atlasian guys pay 7% but shut down industries that force up prices so that their investments grow quicker.

  10. David

    May 2, 2023 at 2:16 am

    Perhaps he’d like some french cries to go with his whaaburger…the ATO is simply collecting the appropriate amount that is due for prize. If he doesn’t like it then he doesn’t have to come to Australia, plain & simple. But the concept of paying your fair share is foreign to him as are all other morals seeing as he plays for LIV.

  11. J

    May 1, 2023 at 11:01 pm

    Are these guys actively trying to make LIV less likable?

  12. Dave Abrahamson

    May 1, 2023 at 10:28 am

    Taylor Gooch is an idiot!!!! He proves it everyt time he speaks.

    • Cgs

      May 1, 2023 at 5:34 pm

      He is just saying it sucks that Australia takes 47% of his $4 million check. Then he has the U.S. taxes to pay that will take another big chunk.

      • Todd

        May 2, 2023 at 10:24 am

        We in the U.S. pay taxes i.e., that “big chunk” to support social security, health services like Medicare/Medicaid/Childrens Health Insurance Program, Defense, veteran’s benefits, infrastructure such as roads/bridges/canals, interest on debt, etc. Time to stop complaining about paying your fair share for services nearly all of us use at one time or another.

        • Ryan

          May 11, 2023 at 12:53 pm

          Okay Commie. We should all be over the moon paying our fair share OF THE INTEREST ON THE NATIONAL DEBT, because of people like you thinking we need more spending programs.

          • Tom

            May 12, 2023 at 5:29 am

            Only half of Americans pay income taxes, the rest mooch of the system. Sad but true

        • Mark Dice

          May 13, 2023 at 6:09 am

          Todd, the government has such a splendid track record of spending other people’s money so correctly. LOL Everything the government gets involved in is an epic failure, the reason is there is no incentive for them to succeed, only to fail. The one thing they have been competent in the past 60 years is getting the country into useless wars overseas so the Cronyists make $$$$$$$.Taxation is legal theft, use your brain and think for once in your life.

      • Bob

        May 3, 2023 at 11:39 am

        US and Australia have a tax treaty. He won’t be taxed twice.

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LPGA star blocks fan account that follows her every shot on the course



Social media in golf has changed the game in many ways.

For instance, “tracker” accounts on twitter typically follow a player and provide real time shot tracking for fans so they can keep an eye on what their favorite players are doing. The biggest example of this is “Tiger Tracker” (@GCTigerTracker) who has about 414,000 followers. Many have tried to duplicate these types of accounts with other players to varying degrees of success.

A recent example of one of these accounts is one dedicated to tracking LPGA star, Leona Maguire. In an odd turn of events, Maguire blocked the “Leona Maguire tracker” account for reasons unknown.

The tracker stated they were “hurt and confused” by the blocking.

It seems as if the block was caused by negative reporting on the shots Leona was hitting on the course. One Twitter user brought that to the attention of the tracker, who vowed to do better in the future.

At the end of the day, these “tracker” accounts are just a player’s fan accounts. Therefore, it can’t be a major shock if the player doesn’t appreciate the negative comments when they don’t have their best stuff.

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College golfer suffers gruesome on-course injury during NCAA Championship



Over the weekend, a scary injury took place at the NCAA National Championship at Greyhawk Country Club.

According to Golfweek, a sophomore from Oregon, Greg Solhaug stepped on a tee during the event. The tee went all the way through his shoe and his foot, forcing him to withdraw.

After Solhaug withdrew, Oregon only had four players remaining to compete. The Ducks head coach, Casey Martin, told he’s never seen that type of injury before.

“I’ve been in golf nearly 50 years and have never seen anything like that. He was in a lot of pain.”

The NCAA’s Associate Director Rick Nixon released a statement on the incident.

“Oregon student-athlete, Gregory Solhaug, suffered a foot injury during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships and was forced to withdraw from competition. Oregon, which completed Saturday’s second round with four players, will have the option to substitute another player into their team lineup for subsequent competition rounds, as they deem appropriate.”

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Phil Mickelson reveals why he won’t accept Brandel Chamblee’s offer to debate with him on Golf Channel



A couple of weeks ago, Phil Mickelson admitted he had been a “bit chippy” on Twitter recently. That hasn’t stopped him though, and last week he escalated the war of words between confirmed anti-LIV analyst Brandel Chamblee and himself, with support led by Brooks Koepka’s coach.

2022 saw much of LIV derided for having players now incapable of competing in major championships. Now, after many placings at Augusta, and Koepka’s win at the PGA Championship, the tide is beginning to turn, summed up by Lefty’s comment on his favourite social media site:

Soon after the victory, Koepka’s coach Claude Harmon gave his view of the ‘pay-to-play’ model, saying, “I want LIV to succeed and I want LIV to work because I am pro-professional athlete,” confirming his belief that the top golfers should be paid whatever the result.

He then took a swipe at Golf Channel’s Chamblee and golf journalist Eamon Lynch for their constant jabbing at the source of income for the rebel tour.

“Brandel is a paid actor by NBC and Golf Channel. All he’s trying to do is get his lines and shows for the Golf Channel. He’s just trying to get lines for Brandel … And I mean, I love him, I think Eamon is a fantastic writer, but for Eamon Lynch and Brandel Chamblee, who worked for NBC Golf Channel to utter the words ‘sports washing’ when the company they work for televised the last two Winter Olympics in Russia and China with the same leaders that they’ve had. It’s not like they were good leaders back then. It’s not like Putin was a good guy, right?”

Where Chamblee was happy to argue on television about the LIV/Ryder Cup debate, he is as happy as Mickelson to state his case on-line, most notably concentrating again in ‘sports-washing, ‘ denying he is a “proxy for the opinion of my employer, ” amidst a 500-plus word post that included a swipe at Harmon.

“Especially, as in the case of the person who called me a paid actor, if they can somehow profit from the evil. This is where the debate crashes headfirst into the nexus of politics, sports and narcissistic greed. Where those who want to escape it most often cloy at whataboutisms, to stop the discussion with a pejorative accusation because they don’t want their motives to be discovered.”

“So while Brooks Koepka’s win at the PGA Championship was impressive, it should not distract us from the simple fact that LIV players are being used for the benefit of some very bad people and to the detriment of a great many more good people. That LIV Golf, with its inability to develop stars and seeking to buy them like high performance cars, is undermining the dignity intrinsic in golf.”

That’s when Mickelson steps in and, after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, starts the fire by posting,

“Poor Brandel. He can rip apart me and countless others, but as soon as someone shows his ignorance, he can’t handle it. He’s softer now than he was as a player.”

That was enough (again) for Chamblee, who got even more personal, highlighting the imminent release of the book by convicted insider trader Billy Walters, and his relationship with the six-time major champion. 


As NUCLR Golf tried to sum up the entire episode, Mickelson then revealed another twist – his fierce rival had blocked him!

On Saturday, midway through LIV Golf DC, Phil was back, seemingly notifying all that he would be even more vocal in future.

Asked if he would go on-screen to debate, Mickelson was clear that he wouldn’t be going to Chamblee’s ‘house’:

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