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    LIV has been handing out enormous sums of money to attract top PGA stars to its events. According to the Associated Press, various reports have said Phil Mickelson received a $200 million signing bonus, while Dustin Johnson received $150 million. As LIV’s rivalry with the PGA Tour rages on, Woods has remained an outspoken supporter of the latter. "I’ve been playing out here for a couple of decades, and I think there’s a legacy to it. I still think the PGA Tour has so much to offer, so much opportunity,” Woods said in May. He also stated that players who took money from LIV Golf had “turned their back” on the PGA Tour that made them famous. Woods should be able to survive without the LIV deal. Forbes estimates that he has earned $1.7 billion on and off the course in his illustrious career.
    PAIGE SPIRANAC has had her say on why Tiger Woods rejected an eye-watering '$800m offer' to join LIV Golf. Golf great Woods received an offer in the 'high-nine figures' to jump ship, according to Greg Norman. 4NINTCHDBPICT000751320674Credit: INSTAGRAM 4FILE PHOTO: Golf – The 150th Open Championship – Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland, Britain – July 15, 2022 Tiger Woods of the U.S. acknowledges the fans after holing on the 18th and finishing his second round REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/File PhotoCredit: Reuters Norman is fronting the LIV Golf revolution which is backed by mega sums from Saudi Arabia. They have managed to persuade stars like Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson to join. All players who signed up for LIV Golf have been banned by the PGA Tour. Woods was also a target for LIV, but he spoke out recently criticising those who moved over for 'turning their back'. Read More Sport StoriesWOOD NOT Tiger Woods rejected $800m offer to join Saudi-backed LIV Golf reveals CEO NormanSTAGE NAME Paige Spiranac reveals she was forced to change her name over stalking...
    Bryson DeChambeau claims he 'personally knows' the PGA Tour will reverse its indefinite ban on players joining the controversial Saudi-back LIV Golf series - and believes a resolution will be found 'pretty shortly'. Speaking to Tucker Carlson on Fox News, 'The Scientist' gave a confident response when asked if he was worried about his life ban from the PGA Tour after turning his back to cash in on the Saudi millions - $125m, to be exact.  'It doesn't make sense (the ban). No, I'm not worried about that,' DeChambeau, the 2020 US Open winner, said. 'I think it will get figured out.  'I personally know that it will get figured out, whether it's legally or whether they come to the table and work out terms. I definitely think it will wash itself out in the future, pretty shortly.' Referring to himself as 'a bit of a trendsetter', DeChambeau pedaled the same line to Tucker about 'growing the game' that many of his LIV Golf peers have spoken about. 'First and foremost, it is a lot of opportunity to do something...
    (CNN)Tiger Woods turned down an offer worth approximately $700-$800 million to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series, according to the tour's CEO Greg Norman.During an interview on Fox News that aired on Monday, former world No. 1 Norman was asked by Tucker Carlson if it was true that Woods was offered $700-$800 million to join the LIV Golf series."That number was out there before I became CEO," Norman replied. "So, that number's been out there, yes. Look, Tiger's a needle mover, right?"So, of course, you're going to look at the best of the best. They had originally approached Tiger before I became CEO, so, yes, that number is somewhere in that neighborhood." Norman with Yasir Al-Rumayyan, governor of Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (left) and Majed Al-Sorour, CEO of Golf Saudi (middle). Previously, Norman had told the Washington Post in June that Woods was offered huge money to participate but turned it down. Norman said the Woods proposal was "mind-blowingly enormous; we're talking about high nine digits."Read MoreThe controversial tour has attracted some big names from the golfing world to...
    TIGER WOODS rejected a whopping £655MILLION offer to join the Saudi-funded LIV Golf, CEO Greg Norman revealed. But instead the legend insisted there is no "incentive" to give up the hard work and opportunities at majors. 2Tiger Woods refused to defect to the LIV Golf seriesCredit: Alamy 2Greg Norman, second left, convinced plenty of top players to break away for big cashCredit: Getty The controversial breakaway group, bankrolled by the Saudi government through their Public Investment Fund, has created a major civil war within golf. They have already lurred plenty of money-grabbing stars across, with defectors such as Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Ian Poulter all forgoing their PGA Tour and DP World Tour memberships to receive the obscene amounts of money. It is understood Mickelson took £160m simply to sign up. LIV Golf wanted to snap up Woods - arguably one of the most influential and transcendent sportspeople of all time, let alone golfers. READ MORE GOLF STORIESWELL PAID PAIGE Paige Spiranac earns more than golf stars Woods & McIlroy per Insta...
    LIV Golf commissioner Greg Norman confirmed that the controversial Saudi-backed breakaway attempted to lure away Tiger Woods with an obscene $700-800million deal as he slammed the PGA Tour for being hypocritical.  The series, which is backed by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, has caused a major civil war in the sport with the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour after it poached some of the sport's stars with lucrative deals - and even tried to snatch up the biggest name in golf, Woods.  Norman, a two-time major champion, appeared on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Show Monday night and hit back at the rival tour as he accused the PGA Tour of continuing to take sponsorship money from Saudi backers.  When Carlson asked if the $700-800million offer to Woods he had seen floated around was correct, Norman confirmed the figure was 'somewhere in that neighborhood'.  'That number was out there before I became CEO,' Norman admitted. 'That number has been out there, yes.  'Tiger is a needle mover. So course you got to look at the best of the best....
    LIV Golf is reportedly set to announce their next big signing at Bedminster this week and it will be two-time major champion Bubba Watson.  LIV Golf is set to host its third event at Trump Bedminster in New Jersey this week with three new additions to the breakaway tour. Jason Kokrak, Charles Howell III and Henrik Stenson all defecting from the PGA Tour to join the Saudi-backed golf league. But apparently, Greg Norman and the rest of the league have another big announcement and newcomer that they are set to announce at the Bedminster event this week. According to Handicap 54 on Twitter (a source who has been all over and stunningly accurate with LIV Golf rumors throughout all of the players jumping to the new tour), two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson will be announced as the newest player joining LIV. @livgolfinv : THE NEXT His name will be announced this week, in Bedminster. SCOOP OF HANDICAP 54. Sources close to the tournament confirmed that ???????? @bubbawatson will be announced as a @livgolfinv player, this week. pic.twitter.com/SMkJalpUXn — HANDICAP 54...
    Charles Barkley believes American people should focus on civil rights in the States rather than concerning themselves with Saudi Arabia's treatment of women and dissidents. The Saudi-backed breakaway LIV Golf series has dominated headlines ever since it materialized, prompting questions about the country's civil rights record.  Saudi's controversial tour, financed by $2billion of cash from the country's Public Investment Fund, has tempted a number of top players to defect from both the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, sparking mass outrage within the sport. But former NBA star and current TNT analyst Barkley, who is admittedly considering a position with the LIV Tour, insists Americans should concern themselves with civil rights in their own country. 'I don't do with this selective prosecution, everybody picks and chooses,' he told The Recount. 'I just think it's funny that they're more worried about civil rights in Saudi Arabia - a place 99.9 percent of people in the United States have never been. 'All of a sudden they're worried about civil rights in Saudi Arabia. That kind of gives me a chuckle. You don't...
    TNT sports analyst Charles Barkley has admitted he might have to resign from his $30 million contract with the network if he joins the LIV tour.  Speaking on Gary McCord's SiriusXM radio show, Barkley, 59, said TNT might not allow him to put his wicked slice on display in the LIV Golf Series. 'I don't know anything. I don't know if TNT would let me do it, to be honest with you,' the former NBA star, who is worth an estimated $50 million, said.  On Tuesday, the New York Post reported Barkley plans to play in LIV's event next week at the Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.  A controversial move as the LIV Tour has become the biggest rival of the PGA Tour, the main organizer of men's golf tours in North America, as prominent players - like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy - have been critical of the Saudi Arabia-funded circuit, calling it a money grab. As for broadcasting, Barkley has a three-year contract worth $30 million with TNT, working multiple events including the Emmy-winning 'Inside the NBA' studio show alongside fellow...
    Charles Barkley may be looking to make a drastic career move in the coming weeks if he accepts a position on the broadcast team for LIV golf. Barkley has previously stated that he was going into talks to LIV but this is the first time he’s discussed walking away from his current tv contract. Speaking with Gary McCord on his SiriusXM radio show, Barkley broke down his thought process behind meeting with the group. “Chuck, let me ask you a question,” McCord said. “You wanted to quit when you were 60. So you could go play golf. Now you got your new swing and you’re gonna go fishing and enjoy retirement. And now you’re gonna talk to a tour about doing their broadcast. Now, do you need the money? Why are you thinking about doing this?” “Hey, I don’t need the money. I need to kinda — I need the kinda money they throwing around though,” Barkley laughed. As the conversation continued he said, “When you look at some of the numbers that these guys are getting and at the...
    HENRIK STENSON slammed Ryder Cup Europe for sacking him as captain after accepting LIV Golf’s £40million offer. But the Swede hopes next year’s tournament can act as a “mechanism” to heal golf’s civil war. 1Henrik Stenson hit out at Team Europe following his Ryder Cup sackingCredit: Reuters Stenson, 46, said: “My decision to play in LIV events has triggered Ryder Cup Europe to communicate it is not possible for me to continue my role as captain. “This is despite me making specific arrangements with LIV Golf, who have been supportive of my role to ensure I could fulfil the obligations of Captaincy. “While I disagree with this decision, for now it is a decision I accept. “I am hugely disappointed to not be allowed to continue in my role but wish you all the best. READ MORE GOLF STORIESDAVE KIDD Poulter's moans about Saudi backlash leave him open to ridicule and more hecklesFree bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners “I sincerely hope a resolution between the tours is reached soon and the...
    HENRIK STENSON has been STRIPPED of the European Ryder Cup captaincy ahead of the announcement of his joining the LIV tour. The Swede is understood to be on the verge of signing up for the Saudi-backed breakaway LIV Golf Series. 1Henrik Stenson has been stripped of Europe's Ryder Cup captaincyCredit: PA And after consulting with Ryder Cup officials, the 46-year-old has been axed from his role as Europe's skipper. A statement read: "Ryder Cup Europe today confirms that Henrik Stenson's tenure as captain of Team Europe for the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy from September 25 to October 1, 2023, has been brought to an end with immediate effect," said a Ryder Cup Europe statement. "In light of decisions made by Henrik in relation to his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfil certain contractual obligations to Ryder Cup Europe that he had committed to prior to his announcement as captain on Tuesday March 15, 2022, and it is therefore not possible for him to...
    28 June 2019, Japan, Then President Donald Trump with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at the June 2019 G20 summit in Osaka Japan. Bernd von Jutrczenka/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.A group of family members of 9/11 victims is asking former President Donald Trump to cancel events being hosted at his golf clubs by a controversial Saudi Arabian-backed golf competition. Trump hasn’t responded directly to the group. Instead, on Monday, he publicly urged more golfers to get involved with the LIV Golf league, which is heavily financed by the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund. 9/11 Justice, an organization of 9/11 survivors and family members, sent a letter to Trump on Sunday, pointing to Trump’s previous comments pinning blame for the terrorist attacks on Saudi Arabia and saying that it causes them anguish to know that Trump will be paid by LIV Golf to host two tournaments, including one later this month at Bedminster, the northern New Jersey club where Trump spends much of his...
    Former President Donald Trump has entered the LIV Golf debate and he’s urging those who have the opportunity to ‘Take the money now’. LIV Golf will head to New Jersey next week for the league’s next stop at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. Former President Donald Trump took to his social media platform, Truth Social, on Monday to share his thoughts on the PGA’s newest competitor. In his post, Trump wrote, “All of those golfers that remain ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its different forms, will pay a big price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes.”Former President Donald Trump urges golfers to join LIV GolfLIV Golf has been a thorn in the side of the PGA Tour since its inception. The upstart tour has grabbed more than just the headlines, it’s grabbed some of golf’s biggest names in the process. Led by its CEO Greg Norman, LIV Golf has secured the services of former major champions Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, and Louis Oosthuizen just to name a few. There are also rumors...
    (CNN)Former US President Donald Trump told golfers that they should join the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series and "take the money now," as the breakaway series prepares for its next event at Trump National Golf Bedminster, New Jersey, from July 29-31. "All of those golfers that remain 'loyal' to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its different forms, will pay a big price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes, and you get nothing but a big 'thank you' from PGA officials who are making Millions of Dollars a year," Trump wrote on Truth Social Monday."If you don't take the money now, you will get nothing after the merger takes place, and only say how smart the original signees were."His comments come as families of 9/11 victims urged him to cancel the tournament, citing LIV Golf's Saudi backing, according to a letter sent to Trump Sunday.The allegations of Saudi government complicity with the attacks on September 11, 2001, have long been the subject of dispute in Washington. Fifteen of the 19 al Qaeda terrorists who hijacked four planes...
    Sweden's Henrik Stenson during day two of The Open at the Old Course, St Andrews on July 15, 2022. Henrik Stenson is expected to be imminently stripped of his Ryder Cup captaincy and join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series.David Davies | Pa Images | Getty Images Henrik Stenson is expected to be imminently stripped of his Ryder Cup captaincy and join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series. The 2016 Champion Golfer of the Year, who is set to lead Team Europe in next September's edition of the biennial contest, has been regularly linked with the Greg Norman-fronted tour. Stenson told reporters that his schedule for the remainder of the year was "undecided" after missing the cut on Friday at The Open in St Andrews, with the 46-year-old now set to commit to the breakaway circuit. New Champion Golfer of the Year Cameron Smith has previously been rumored to be considering the breakaway circuit, with the Australian refusing to deny speculation about his golfing future in the media conference after his one-shot victory at St Andrews. When asked about joining...
    TNT sports analyst Charles Barkley seems to be keeping all his options open when it comes to the future of his career. Speaking with the guys of The Next Round show, Barkley was asked about a rumor that the LIV golf tour had reached out to potentially poach him for their broadcasts. “You’ve always been super honest with us,” co-host Ryan Brown said. “I’m about to put you on the spot here because you love golf. You know, I love golf and there is this rumor I’ve heard from a couple people in the golf world that the LIV tour is coming after you as like a face of their media, like an analyst or something like that. Is there any truth to that or is this just rumor?” “I’m gonna meet with LIV,” Barkley confirmed. “Oh, so there is some truth to it,” Brown replied in shock. “To be always transparent and honest. Um, they called me and asked me, would I meet with them? And I said, yes. Nothing is imminent,” Barkley said. “I actually don’t know everything they...
    TIGER WOODS has teed off on players who ditched the PGA Tour for the riches of LIV Golf. The fifteen-time Major winner, 46, reportedly turned down a stunning $1BILLION offer from Greg Norman to joined the Saudi-backed project. 4Tiger Woods has hit out at players who ditched the PGA Tour for LIV GolfCredit: EPA 4The fifteen-time Major winner revealed he "doesn't understand" players' motivationsCredit: AFP 4Golf is currently embroiled in an ill-tempered disputeCredit: EPA Woods revealed he is baffled by the decision of many players to cross over to the new Tour. The three-time Open champ - who is targeting a first triumph in the competition since 2006 this week - has claimed he simply "doesn't understand" the logic behind the defection. Tiger said: "I disagree with [the players' decision to join LIV]. "I think that what they've done is they've turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position." Read More On The SunEXPRESS YOURSELF AI wrote about itself - now experts fear they've opened 'Pandora's box' HEADED FOR SPLIT? Kim's friends are concerned about...
    Tiger Woods, who reportedly spurned an offer of nearly $1 billion to join Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf, is no fan of the well-moneyed new tour which has poached many top players. Speaking with reporters ahead of the 150th Open Championship at historic St. Andrews in Scotland, the golf legend — appearing in his first tournament since LIV Golf’s launch — blasted the Saudi-financed tour, arguing that the massive upfront money they have been offering to players completely takes away their urgency to perform well in tournaments. “What these players are doing for guaranteed money … what is the incentive to practice?” Woods said. “What is the incentive to go out there and earn it in the dirt? You’re just getting paid a lot of money upfront and playing a few events and playing 54 holes.” Woods also criticized the “blaring music” heard on the course and overall “atmospheres that are different” at the first two LIV Golf events. And he slammed LIV’s shortened 54-hole tournaments. “Seventy-two hole tests are a part of [top-level golf],” Woods said. “We used to have...
    LIV GOLF hit the United States for the first time with a number of new arrivals signed up. And one of the latest to appear in the series was a deer that had run onto the fairway. 4A deer ran onto the course in Portland, OregonCredit: TWITTER 4The animal was an interested spectator for the first LIV event in the USCredit: TWITTER Oh dear! What do we have here? ????Watch LIVE ➡️ https://t.co/eVkdQYJJPp#LIVGolf pic.twitter.com/Wfu60QTb13— LIV Golf (@LIVGolfInv) June 30, 2022 The animal was seen skipping along the green grass on a clear, sunny day in Portland, Oregon. It didn't affect play for any length of time and was more just an interested spectator. Unlike most fans who hung around, the deer shot off quickly out of sight after a brief appearance on TV. LIV Golf headed to Portland, Oregon for the second event since bursting onto the scene. Read More Sport StoriesWOUNDED WARRIOR Rare photo shows true extent of Tiger Woods' horror leg injurySIM-PLE REPLY Jena Sims hits back at fan who mocked her relationship with Brooks Koepka The 48-player...
    (AP) — The Saudi-funded LIV Golf series added three more players to its roster for the second tournament in Oregon, a group that includes 23-year-old Matthew Wolff and Oklahoma State’s Eugenio Chacarra of Spain. LIV Golf had been expected to announce additional players from its inaugural event outside London three weeks ago. The big surprise was Brooks Koepka, who only a week before he signed on had been in full support of the PGA Tour. READ MORE: Baltimore City Schools Launch Summer Meal ProgramLIV Golf also said Monday that Carlos Ortiz of Mexico is joining, one week after Abraham Ancer of Mexico signed on. The 48-man field at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains, Oregon, starts Thursday for another $20 million purse, with an additional $5 million prize fund for a team competition. Charl Schwartzel won the inaugural event and its $4 million payoff. Wolff, who also played at Oklahoma State, made an instant impact on the PGA Tour when he turned pro at age 20 and won the 3M Open in Minnesota in his third start. A year later, Wolff...
    The Saudi-funded LIV Golf series added three more players to its roster for the second tournament in Oregon, a group that includes 23-year-old Matthew Wolff and Oklahoma State’s Eugenio Chacarra of Spain. LIV Golf had been expected to announce additional players from its inaugural event outside London three weeks ago. The big surprise was Brooks Koepka, who only a week before he signed on had been in full support of the PGA Tour. LIV Golf also said Monday that Carlos Ortiz of Mexico is joining, one week after Abraham Ancer of Mexico signed on. The 48-man field at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains, Oregon, starts Thursday for another $20 million purse, with an additional $5 million prize fund for a team competition. Charl Schwartzel won the inaugural event and its $4 million payoff. Wolff, who also played at Oklahoma State, made an instant impact on the PGA Tour when he turned pro at age 20 and won the 3M Open in Minnesota in his third start. A year later, Wolff shot 65 in the final round to tie for fourth...
    As tensions heighten in the world of golf as some PGA golfers jumped ship to the Saudi-backed LIV tour, Charles Barkley said he doesn't blame the athletes for cashing in on higher pay. The former NBA basketball star and TNT analyst appeared on 'The Pat McAfee Show' on Friday where he said that he doesn't fault the golfers joining the start-up league for $200 million. 'Listen, if somebody gave me 200 million, I'd kill a relative,' Barkley joked while referring to Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, and other golfers who recently fueled chaos in the world of golf by signing with LIV. Tensions are rising in golf as some plays move to join LIV, the rebel Saudi backed tour Barkley said he doesn't blame golfers for joining the LIV tour for $200m. The former NBA star joked he would 'kill a relative' if someone gave him the same amount  The former NBA star claimed he is rooting for chaos at the U.S. Open and wants to see the LIV golfers at the top of the leaderboard RELATED ARTICLES ...
    (CNN) — Brooks Koepka, a four-time major champion, is the latest golfer to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series, according to multiple reports. LIV Golf is expected to announce the news of the former world No.1, who is currently ranked 19th, to its series “in the coming days,” ESPN reports. READ MORE: P.G. County Student Taken Into Custody After Allegedly Bringing Gun To Fort Washington Middle SchoolThe LIV Golf series, which began in London this month, is a new tour organized by LIV Golf Investments which consists of eight events across the world. But the event is contentious, and as a result of joining LIV Golf, Koepka is expected to be banned from the PGA Tour. Earlier this month, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced that all golfers playing in the breakaway series will no longer be eligible to participate in PGA Tour tournaments. CNN has reached out to LIV Golf and Koepka’s representatives for comment. Koepka is expected to compete in the next LIV Golf tournament, which is scheduled to take place from June 30 to July 2...
    CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Brooks Koepka, one of the first players to denounce a rival league for only 48 players, is the latest PGA Tour player to sign on with Saudi-funded LIV Golf series, The Associated Press has learned. A person briefed on Koepka’s decision told the AP said he still would be able to compete on the PGA Tour until he hits a shot on the LIV Golf circuit. The person spoke on condition of anonymity without authorization to speak on behalf of the tour. The Daily Telegraph in the UK first reported Koepka’s decision. Koepka remained in the field for the Travelers Championship, though he was not at a player meeting Tuesday morning at the TPC River Highlands. The next LIV Golf event starts June 30 outside Portland, Oregon. Koepka was second player, behind Rory McIlroy, who speak out against a rival league in March 2020 when he told the AP, “I have a hard time believing golf should be about just 48 players.” “Money isn’t going to change my life,” Koepka said at the time. The...
    (CNN)Brooks Koepka, a four-time major champion, is the latest golfer to join the Saudi-back LIV Golf Invitational Series, according to multiple reports.LIV Golf is expected to announce the news of the former world No.1, who is currently ranked 19th, to its series "in the coming days," ESPN reports.The LIV Golf series, which began in London this month, is a new tour organized by LIV Golf Investments which consists of eight events across the world. But the event is contentious, and as a result of joining LIV Golf, Koepka is expected to be banned from the PGA Tour. Rory McIlroy appears to take a dig at Greg Norman as he wins Canadian OpenEarlier this month, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced that all golfers playing in the breakaway series will no longer be eligible to participate in PGA Tour tournaments.CNN has reached out to LIV Golf and Koepka's representatives for comment.Read MoreKoepka is expected to compete in the next LIV Golf tournament, which is scheduled to take place from June 30 to July 2 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club near...
    Brooks Koepka is quitting the PGA Tour and is joining the controversial Saudi-breakaway LIV Golf Series, according to reports.  The four-time major winner, 32, is set to become the latest big name to join the money-spinning tour, with the American to be announced in the coming days alongside compatriots Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed. It also comes just a few months after Koepka - whose brother Chase is already signed up to LIV Golf - effectively labelled Phil Mickelson 'greedy' over his potential involvement in the new tour which has stunned the world of golf in recent weeks.  Notably Koepka - who has won the US Open twice and the US PGA twice - removed 'PGA Tour/Nike Athlete' from his bio on Twitter last night. And ahead of last week's US Open at Brookline, former world No 1 Koepka hit back when questioned about the Saudi-backed tour, insisting reporters were casting a 'black cloud' over the tournament.  'I don't understand. I'm trying to focus on the U.S. Open, man. I legitimately don't get it. I'm tired of the conversations. I'm tired...
    Paulina Gretzky has revealed that her father — ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky — was a fan of pro-golfer Dustin Johnson after meeting him for the first time and advised her to marry him.  The 33-year-old opened up about her dad's first impression of her husband while sharing photos and a never-before-seen video from their lavish wedding in April during an 'Ask Me Anything' Instagram session on Sunday. When a fan asked what her father, 61, thought of Johnson, 37, the first time he met him, she replied, 'He told me I should marry him.'  Paulina Gretzky, 33, revealed during an 'Ask Me Anything' session that her father, Wayne Gretzky, advised her to marry pro-golfer Dustin Johnson after meeting him for the first time  Gretzky took her father's words to heart and got engaged to Johnson in 2013, a year after they started dating, but they didn't get married until April of this year  The model shared a never-before-seen video of Johnson kissing her at their wedding on April 23, at Blackberry Farm, a luxury hotel and resort outside of Knoxville, Tennessee...
    (CNN)Bryson DeChambeau is the latest big name player to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series, the breakaway competition announced on Friday."Bryson DeChambeau is an exciting addition to LIV Golf's supercharged style of play," Greg Norman, LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner, said in a statement. "He is passionate about the sport, innovative in his approach and committed to pushing the boundaries in pursuit of excellence. "He's not afraid to think outside the box and supports our mission of doing things differently to grow our game. The power and energy he brings to the course will deliver added electricity to our competition in Portland and beyond." Saudi money, blockbuster names and a unique format: everything you need to know about the LIV Golf seriesDeChambeau is a 10-time winner on the PGA Tour and won his lone golf major at the 2020 US Open. Known for his ability to hit long drives, the 28-year-old joins Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson in a growing list of big name golfers to join the controversial series.On Thursday, the PGA Tour suspended 17 golfers for participating in...
    TIGER WOODS has been priced at a massive 1000/1 with Paddy Power to be the next top golf star to join the LIV series. The golf legend knocked back the chance to bag $1BILLION to ditch the PGA Tour for the Saudi-backed rebel series. 2Tiger Woods knocked back big money for the LIV Series Bet £20, get it back as Cash if it Loses* Greg Norman - tasked with recruiting some of the biggest stars to the new format - revealed the mouthwatering sums offered to Woods to make the switch. The prospect of being banned from the PGA Tour and potentially future Ryder Cups has meant getting some of the world's top players has been challenging. None of the current top 10 have made the move (yet) and Rory McIlroy publicly slammed the series too. Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson were the two big names ahead of the opening tournament, with Bryson DeChambeau saying he will join the tour and Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler set to follow shortly. WHO COULD BE NEXT TO JOIN THE LIV SERIES?Paddy Power...
    RORY McILROY warned his Ryder Cup pals who joined the Saudi-backed breakaway tour for the money: This won’t end well. Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell are all playing in today’s controversial LIV Invitational Series opener in St Albans. 2Rory McIlroy had a stark warning for players joining the rebel LIV Golf seriesCredit: Getty 2Bryson DeChambeau became the latest big-name golfer to join the Saudi-backed seriesCredit: Getty Images - Getty US stars Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed will also join the rebel league. Poulter and Westwood have urged Ryder Cup chiefs not to ban them from the event. But McIlroy declared: “Any decision you make in your life that’s made purely for money usually doesn’t end up going the right way. “Obviously money is a deciding factor on a lot of things in this world, but if it’s purely for money, it never seems to go the way you want it to. Read more Sport newsFree bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners NO MORE GREEN Woods rejects $1BILLION to...
    (AP) — Major champions Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed plan to sign up with the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational series in time for the rival circuit to start playing in U.S. cities, a British newspaper reported Wednesday. The Daily Telegraph says Greg Norman and his staff that runs LIV Golf Investments plan to announce the latest two defections from the PGA Tour on Friday. READ MORE: Bell Times Changed For 93 Baltimore City Schools In Response To Bus Driver ShortageThe inaugural LIV Golf Invitational at Centurion Golf Club, which features Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia, is set to begin Thursday. DeChambeau was among the early recruits to the Saudi league in January. That changed when Mickelson brought unwanted attention on the nascent league with interviews that disparaged the PGA Tour and the Saudis who are funding the LIV Golf Investments. Johnson was the biggest name to announce his support for the PGA Tour in February, and DeChambeau followed suit. “While there has been a lot of speculation surrounding my support for another tour, I want to make it...
    Major champions Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed plan to sign up with the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational series in time for the rival circuit to start playing in U.S. cities, a British newspaper reported Wednesday. The Daily Telegraph says Greg Norman and his staff that runs LIV Golf Investments plan to announce the latest two defections from the PGA Tour on Friday. The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational at Centurion Golf Club, which features Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia, is set to begin Thursday. DeChambeau was among the early recruits to the Saudi league in January. That changed when Mickelson brought unwanted attention on the nascent league with interviews that disparaged the PGA Tour and the Saudis who are funding the LIV Golf Investments. Johnson was the biggest name to announce his support for the PGA Tour in February, and DeChambeau followed suit. “While there has been a lot of speculation surrounding my support for another tour, I want to make it very clear that as long as the best players in the world are playing the PGA Tour,...
    The golf media held Phil Mickelson’s feet to the fire Wednesday, in his first news conference since signing with the Saudi Arabian-backed LIV Golf tour for a reported $200 million. In a tense session on the eve of the inaugural LIV Golf event in London, Mickelson was grilled about his participation despite having previously called the Saudis “scary motherfuckers to get involved with.” “Isn’t there a danger that you’re going to be seen as a tool of sportswashing, an attempt to try and improve an image of a human rights abusing regime through sport?” A reporter asked Mickelson. And that ultimately, you could be seen as a Saudi stooge, and that could tarnish your legacy. Are you comfortable with that? “I don’t condone human rights violations,” Mickelson replied. “I don’t know how I can be any more clear. I understand your question, but again, I love this game of golf, I’ve seen the good it has done, and I see an opportunity for LIV Golf to do a lot of good for the game across the world, and I’m...
    Christian Petersen/Getty Images Golf icon Tiger Woods turned down nearly $1 billion to join the Saudi-backed LIV Tour. “Woods turned down a deal that was mind-blowingly enormous; we’re talking about high nine digits,” LIV Golf Investments commissioner and chief executive Greg Norman told The Washington Post. LIV hosts its first tour this week in St. Albans in England. Despite not attracting Woods, LIV has signed on talent including Phil Mickelson, with a reported $200 million; Dustin Johnson, with a reported $125 million; major champions Charl Schwartzel and Sergio Garcia, as well as other notable players including Louis Oosthuizen, Kevin Na and Ian Poulter. LIV Golf has come under fire for being backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund given the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was critical of the Saudi regime. U.S. intelligence has deemed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman as having backed the move to take out Khashoggi in at the Saudi embassy in Turkey. Mickelson once blasted the Saudis as “scary motherfuckers to get involved with” – only to apologize. “We know they...
    Andrew Redington/Getty Images Dustin Johnson has resigned from the PGA Tour after taking a reported nine-figure mega-deal to play in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf. The deal is worth $125 million, multiple outlets have reported. “Obviously at this time it’s hard to speak on what the consequences will be, but for right now I resigned my membership from the Tour,” said Johnson on Tuesday. “I’m going to play here, for now. That’s the plan. But what the consequences are going to be, obviously I can’t comment on how the [PGA] Tour is going to handle it.” LIV hosts its first tour this week in St. Albans in England. Phil Mickelson has reportedly been paid $200 million to participate in LIV Golf, and is by far its most high-profile signee, with Johnson second. Among those joining Johnson and Mickelson to play on the LIV are major champions Charl Schwartzel and Sergio Garcia, as well as notable players including Louis Oosthuizen, Kevin Na and Ian Poulter. LIV Golf has come under fire for being backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund given the 2018...
    DUSTIN JOHNSON announced he has QUIT the PGA tour to go all-in with the Saudi-backed rebel LIV Series. Johnson and six-time Major winner phil Mickelson are the two star overseas names taking part in the inaugural event at the Centurion Club near St Albans this week. 2Former World No1 Dustin Johnson has quit the PGA TourCredit: PA 2Johnson has bagged more than $100m for his participationCredit: PA And the former US Open and Masters champion was unapologetic about his decision to turn his back on the PGA and the Ryder Cup. Johnson, who has banked $125m for signing up, said: “I’ve resigned my membership of the PGA. I will play here for now. “That’s the plan and what the consequences will be, I can’t comment on. “It was a big decision and something I had to think long and hard about. Read More On The SunBYE BIRDIE Elon Musk tries to back out of Twitter deal – tech giant reveals it's holding onWEST CAN’T WIN Kanye West still can't sell $11M Wyoming ranch amid bitter divorce from Kim “Ultimately we...
    TIGER WOODS has rejected a $1billion offer to join the Saudi-run LIV Golf series, according to Greg Norman. Former golfer Norman, 67, is the face of Saudi golf and it is his role to recruit some of the best known players to the new series. 2Tiger Woods turned down $1billion to join the Saudi-led LIV Golf tourCredit: Getty 2Greg Norman has had some difficulty luring players over to LIV GolfCredit: AP But persuading players to take part is proving tricky with the risk they could be banned from playing on the PGA tour if they participate in the LIV Golf series. Some high profile figures are set to make the move however including Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson - both will receive signing on fees worth £100million. But landing Woods, 46, is proving impossible with the golf icon not tempted by big-money offers. Norman revealed: "Woods turned down a deal that was mind-blowingly enormous; we're talking about high nine digits." Read More in SportPHIL THE HEAT Mickelson WILL play £25m LIV Golf event in first appearance since Saudi storm Woods...
    Superstar golfer Tiger Woods reportedly turned down a major offer to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf. Speaking to the Washington Post, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman said Tiger Woods turned down a “mind-blowingly enormous” deal to associate with the tournament that aims to upend the PGA monopoly. “We’re talking about high nine digits,” Norman said. As noted by Golf Digest, news of the Tiger Woods offer comes after all-time great Jack Nicklaus acknowledged he “turned down a $100 million offer to be associated with LIV Golf” on top of reports that “Dustin Johnson received a nine-figure deal to play in the LIV Golf Invitational series.”Tiger Woods previously expressed his support and loyalty to the PGA Championship in May.   Tiger Woods plays a shot at the 2022 Masters (Andrew Redington/Getty Images) “You know, [Phil Mickelson] has his opinion on where he sees the game of golf going. I have my viewpoint on how I see the game of golf, and I’ve supported the tour and my foundation has run events on the tour for a number of years,” Woods said.“I just...
    Greg Norman has revealed that Tiger Woods has turned down a figure approaching $1billion to join the Saudi golf revolution. The news came on a day when it was announced Phil Mickelson will end his four-month exile from golf at the inaugural Saudi-backed LIV series event at St Albans on Thursday. Six-time major champion Mickelson hasn't been seen since creating havoc with two damaging interviews in January but has been reportedly lured back by a signing-on fee for the series of more than £100million. Underlining the seemingly limitless wealth the Saudis are prepared to pour into golf, Norman revealed negotiations with Tiger's representatives.  'Woods turned down a deal that was mind-blowingly enormous; we're talking about high nine digits,' he claimed. In an eye-opening interview with the Washington Post, the Australian who is the face of Saudi golf also accused long-standing opponent Rory McIlroy and others of being 'brainwashed' against the rebel circuit and Jack Nicklaus of being a 'hypocrite' for siding with the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods has turned down a figure approaching $1billion to join the Saudi golf revolution...
    DUSTIN JOHNSON caved into a dramatic late £100million offer to shock golf and become the biggest star to sign up to the Saudi-backed rebel golf league. Former world number one Johnson had initially rebuffed approaches to play in next week’s LIV Golf Invitational — the first event of the competition funded by Saudi sovereign wealth. 3Dustin Johnson is set to be paid around £100million after joining the Saudi golf leagueCredit: PA 3Johnson won the Masters in 2020 and was presented with his Green Jacket by Tiger WoodsCredit: Getty But the 37-year-old performed a U-turn at the start of this week after LIV tour’s head Greg Norman made a huge financial offer in order to sign up one of the sport’s stellar names. Two-time major winner Johnson joins Brits Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell in the field of committed entrants due to tee off at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire next Thursday. His agent said: “Dustin has been contemplating this opportunity off-and-on for the last couple of years. “Ultimately he decided it was in his and his family’s best...
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