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Henrik Stenson launches staunch defense of LIV Golf ahead of Open Championship

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When LIV Golf was formed, a prevailing narrative was that it would be extremely difficult for the players to compete in major championships due to decreased activity. Throughout the first three majors of the year, that narrative has been disproven.

Henrik Stenson didn’t qualify for the first three majors of the year but spoke to The Guardian about how LIV players have done on the biggest stages of 2023.

“I don’t know if there is a small group that still has that thought but I think the players on LIV have proven over and over in the last six months that they are competitive,” Stenson said.

Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed all finished in the top-5 at The Masters, and Brooks Koepka won the PGA Championship. The U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country club saw five LIV players finish in the top-30 including Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Sergio Garcia.

“I’m not saying 48 LIV guys have been at the top in majors but a big part of the PGA Tour has not been at the top in majors, either. LIV players qualifying for majors, making cuts and being at the top of those tournaments … if people want to keep going on another theme, that’s up to them.

“People said: ‘Oh Brooks didn’t win the Masters because it was four rounds.’ Well, Phil Mickelson finished second because of a fourth-round 65. So which way are you going to have it?”

The Ice Man is excited to finally tee it up at a major this year, and thinks his game is in good shape as we approach the 151st Open Championship.

“With the history I have at the Open, it is the one that means the most to me anyway,” he says. “It is a special event. The Open always brings back great memories.

“I want to play well for myself. If I do all my things right, I still compete at a high level. My issue is that I have not been at my level enough times. Then it doesn’t matter what course or what tournament you are at. I’ve been working hard at trying to get my form back but when things are working, I still have the game to compete.

“Is it good enough to win a major? I don’t know. Yes, I look to prove people wrong at times – that can be a motivator. There’s no question no matter whatever tour you are playing is competitive. You always want to beat whoever is in front of you. I am confident that playing well, I can have a good Open Championship.”

The 2016 Champion Golfer of the Year will look to begin proving the doubters wrong this week at Hoylake.

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Justin Timberlake has Sergio Garcia check out his golf swing mid-concert

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Over the weekend, LIV Golf star Sergio Garcia attended a Justin Timberlake concert. The singer is a huge golf fan and took a moment during the concert to have the Spaniard take a look at his golf swing.

 

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Timberlake is a massive golf fan and has played in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am many times.

The Garcias loved the shout-out from Timberlake and enjoyed the moment.

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LIV Golf pros post funny video poking fun at airline after clubs debacle

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Yesterday, LIV golfer Ian Poulter shared on his Instagram story that his clubs were not shipped to LIV Houston event.

Today, Poulter shared that fellow Englishman, Tyrrell Hatton, as well as Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson are being faced with the same issue as they prepare to tee it up at the Golf Club of Houston.

It seems as if the airlines have gotten especially bad with shipping golf clubs lately, as Adam Hadwin was faced with a similar situation at last week’s RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour.

Hopefully the clubs come in soon for the trio of Englishmen and the Swede. On Friday, Poulter, Westwood and Stenson will tee it up for the Majesticks while Hatton will represent Legion XIII at LIV Houston.

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‘Talk about p****d off’ – Ian Poulter fumes at airline after receiving nightmare email mid-flight

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Another week, another professional golfer having issues with an airline.

After last week’s Adam Hadwin debacle, it was LIV Golf’s Ian Poulter this week.

The Englishman took to his Instagram account to share that British Airways failed to send his clubs to Houston as Poulter prepares for the LIV Event at the Golf Club of Houston.

Poulter then commented on the NUCLR GOLF post from his X account.

“It’s big news though.. hahahaha it’s like ordering a Steak and getting a lettuce leaf. Looks like most of the folks on here would just eat the lettuce and say thank you and give them a Tip.”

LIV Houston will kick off on Friday.

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