LIV Golf Invitational Series: It’s all about the money, the money, the money, says Sky Sports Jamie Weir | Golf News – NewsRaiser

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Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen had to answer some tough questions at the LIV Tour opening event press conference.

Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen had to answer some tough questions at the LIV Tour opening event press conference.

The LIV Golf Invitational Series is “a diverse group of struggling players, ex-statesmen, carryovers and a few big names,” according to Sky Sports’ Jimmy Weir.

After months of speculation, bashing, unbridled promises that were superficial in detail and earnest doubts about whether it would ever happen – here we are, on the eve of a ball that finally hit the controversial and controversial player, backed by the Saudi-backed Golf Leaf series.

“This week at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire, 48 players – divided into twelve teams of four – will compete for just 54 holes with a total purse of $25 million. The individual winner will take home $4 million, with the player finishing 48th and the last dead to go home. $120,000 for his three days of work. $5 million of the $25 million bet is allocated to the team component of the tournament.

“Great White Shark” Greg Norman is CEO of LIV Golf

“The field is a diverse group of struggling players from outside the world’s top 1000, young professionals and amateurs making their way into the game, older statesmen of the game whose careers are on a downward trajectory, fellow Asians and the DP World Tour plus a few” Big names” including six-time main champ Phil Mickelson, who is returning to competitive golf after four months in self-imposed exile.

Martin Kaymer admits that the extra money he's going to make starring in LIV helps, but insists it's not the only reason to join the tour.

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Martin Kaymer admits that the extra money he’s going to make starring in LIV helps, but insists it’s not the only reason to join the tour.

Martin Kaymer admits that the extra money he’s going to make starring in LIV helps, but insists it’s not the only reason to join the tour.

Tuesday’s press conferences were great. They started with a trio of great champions – Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen and Graeme McDowell – all justifying their decision to play based on the fact that it’s a new, different, and exciting format that attracts audiences. Different in golf. Many of them also used the now-familiar slogan “Game Development,” three words that draw audible groans from the aggregated media.

Let’s be clear; there is one and only one motive for players who choose to play the LIV series and sever ties with the PGA Tour: money. When I told them it was certainly not about a revolutionary formula, but above all about the tempting amounts of hard cash on offer, they admitted in In the end, that was their motive.

When asked about Saudi Arabia’s brutal human rights record and attitude toward women and gays – a question they certainly expected – there was an initial reluctance to respond, before McDowell stepped in to respond on behalf of the band with the now-familiar ‘we’re not politicians, we’re professional golfers’. Oosthuizen and Johnson nodded wisely.

At a subsequent press conference in which Americans Kevin Na and Taylor Gooch, the only other two players in the top 50 contenders in the world this week, other than Johnson and Oosthuizen, the same question was raised again. Gooch’s response was whether he felt like he was actively participating in a laundry Sports, “I don’t think that’s fair. I am a golfer. I’m not that smart. I’m trying to hit a golf ball into a small hole. Golf is hard enough already. I’m trying to worry about golf, and I’m happy this week.”

“It’s amazing that Gooch had weeks to anticipate this question and prepare an answer, yet it was the best he could come up with.

“Yesterday’s announcement that Jesse J will headline the ‘After Golf’ party on Saturday night. His biggest hit of course was the ‘price tag’, which begins with the lines ‘Everyone seems to have a price, I wonder how they sleep at night'”

Jaime Weir

Six players have now resigned from the PGA Tour to show their loyalty to the LIV Series; Na, Johnson, Oosthuizen, Charles Schwarzl, Branden Grace and Sergio Garcia. Others – including McDowell and Gooch – have yet to take the drastic step of giving up their PGA Tour memberships altogether, opting instead to wait And find out what potential penalties they face for doing so on Thursday.

“Na in particular has ardently championed the Breakaway League, declaring himself a pioneer, there to initiate an exciting innovation that would change the face of golf. When he and Josh were asked about missing out on any chance of representing the United States in the Ryder Cup, they both replied that they didn’t think it would happen. that the US PGA would have to reverse its decision to disqualify those leaving for the LIV.

“European Ryder Cup players such as Garcia, McDowell, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer – all on the field this week – are in a similar position. The DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) has kept its powder pretty dry in terms of fallout for defectors, but presumably the Taking Saudi money and joining a streak that poses an existential threat to the DP World Tour will surely sacrifice the chances of playing in the Ryder Cup or becoming a future captain of the Ryder Cup.

Former professional golfer Wayne Riley believes the LIV round of golf is harmful to the sport, but he doesn't blame players for joining the tour.

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Former professional golfer Wayne Riley believes the LIV round of golf is harmful to the sport, but he doesn’t blame players for joining the tour.

Former professional golfer Wayne Riley believes the LIV round of golf is harmful to the sport, but he doesn’t blame players for joining the tour.

Rich Beam believes that more players are likely to participate in the next six events of the Saudi Golf League due to the money they can earn.

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Rich Beam believes that more players are likely to participate in the next six events of the Saudi Golf League due to the money they can earn.

Rich Beam believes that more players are likely to participate in the next six events of the Saudi Golf League due to the money they can earn.

“There is certainly hope among the players that this will not be the case. They seem determined to have their cake and eat it.

“As a golf journalist, coverage of this story has been incredible, with new twists every week – often daily. From an increasingly bitter public war of words between PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and LIV Golf President Greg Norman., to Rory McIlroy shouting at an elephant Mickelson, calling him “naive, selfish, selfish and ignorant.” From Dustin Johnson pledged allegiance to the PGA Tour a few months ago to his explosive turn last week.

There was a strange moment during the LIV Series press conference on Tuesday when a question for golfer reporter Kevin Na was turned down

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There was a strange moment during the LIV Series press conference on Tuesday when a question for golfer reporter Kevin Na was turned down

There was a strange moment during the LIV Series press conference on Tuesday when a question for golfer reporter Kevin Na was turned down

There were moments beyond almost parody; Norman says ‘everyone makes mistakes’ when asked about the Saudis’ brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi; a frankly embarrassing scenario last weekend when attendees uploaded videos to their social media accounts. Social networking and giving them unlimited free tickets to this week’s event, like the lack of public interest; yesterday’s announcement that Jesse J will headline Saturday night’s ‘After Golf’ party. His biggest hit of course was his ‘price tag’, which begins with the phrase ‘everyone seems to have For the price, I wonder how they sleep at night.”

It seems obvious that it really is about money, money, money. And on Wednesday, we’ll see Mickelson face the media for the first time in months. There are bound to be some interesting questions and more interesting answers. The golf world can’t wait to see what one of the greatest players of all time – and the poster boy for the menacing wedge in the game as we know it – has to say. »

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