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Sunday marks the final round of the third LIV Golf Championship, in Bedminster, NJ, and a 12-team international totaling 48 players is vying for a massive $25 million prize pool – much to the chagrin of the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods, and most of the liberal sports media. .
The controversial new round has attracted dozens of famous golfers from Phil Mickelson to Sergio Garcia, Charles Howell III, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, as well as Sterling golf announcer David Ferti. To hear the golf establishment’s enthusiastic cries, these guys are sellouts, profiting at the expense of human rights and all that is decent in the world.
are you kidding me?
The PGA Tour has always been like this High Level American Golf Monopoly That there was no real challenge to its dominance. As a result, golfers who aren’t named Tiger or Lefty drive from one event to the next, hoping to make the cut, and annually earn nearly a decent second stringer in the National Hockey League. Until recently, the PGA Tour, not golfers, held the rights to NFTs and other means by which players could get paid.
Fans lose when there’s a monopoly on golf because most televised events only have a handful of big names, so you rarely have the best in a sport that goes head-to-head. The competition is thin, the courses are mostly boring, the winners are guys you’ve never heard of, and the overall PGA Tour producer feels outdated.
Now LIV Golf comes with its parade of the best golfers making an appearance at every LIV Golf event, thanks to prize money worth competing for, teams organized mostly by nationality to increase interest in rooting, a gun start so there’s plenty of excitement all the time, no cutting , so everyone plays on the weekend, 54 holes (hence the Roman number LIV) and no man hanging around the club waiting to see if he wins. (very boring.)
In short, LIV Golf is a disruptive force. It’s the Uber of the PGA Tour’s fleet of vintage taxis with slick drivers and broken springs.
From the outrage in the media, you’d think LIV Golf had hit the PGA Tour in the face and said her kid was ugly. But that’s the real reason everyone claims to be so upset about LIV Golf – the money is coming from (Shhhh! Not out loud!) the Saudis.
Well, let’s all take a deep breath here. According to a recent ESPN report, NBA and owners Doing more than $10 billion in business with China, itself not a bulwark of civil rights, but nobody boos about it. When Houston Rockets CEO Daryl Morey tweeted about Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong protests, China cut pre-season NBA matches on television and canceled NBA Cares events in Shanghai. Famous civil liberties experts from LeBron James onwards did the same thing – they kept their mouths shut. So, it’s not as if the sports world really cares about human rights.
The PGA Tour is hardly the right organization to complain about obscenity. In living memory, the Blacks have been unable to compete in the PGA Tour events, nor can they belong or compete in the Augusta National, the venerable home of the Masters. The 1990 PGA Championship was scheduled for Shoal Creek, a private golf course in Alabama that had always resolutely and openly resisted black members. And more than a handful of PGA Tour sponsors are dealing with…wait… Saudi Arabia that was A strength in golf for the past five years. So, it’s good to see the PGA Tour finally develop an interest in human rights.
The sports media, deep in the pocket of the PGA Tour, can’t hide their disdain for the golfers who jumped at LIV Golf. At the press conference before the pro’s Wednesday (featuring former President Donald Trump, who owns the course), the questions were mostly on the scruffy side: How do you feel about leaving your Ryder Cup team for a team called The Crushers? Well, you might ask a question about golf, because these are golfers, but that would be very boring.
The liberal media calls this new golf entity “sports brainwashing,” and I call their protests brainwashing. That’s because, from a fan’s point of view, LIV Golf is a much better experience. Gone are the heavy self-importance that characterizes PGA Tour events. LIV Golf is so new that there is a sense of freshness, fun and making things as they are. The vast majority of LIV golfers are decent golfers—there are no shaky Q survivors here—and when you hang around them, as I did on the day of festivities, they exude a sense of freedom.
Yes, they get paid well, and so are all the great athletes. And you can sense that the team concept, despite the stinging questions from the media, is something they enjoy. One player noted approvingly that it was like joining a college golf team again. If golfers are having fun, the product will be much better for them and the fans. It’s a new day in professional golf, and it’s probably the first day of its kind since Tom Morris first played it in St Andrews over 150 years ago.