Charles Barkley Defends LIV Golf Players

The LIV Golf Invitational series is nothing if not divisive, with moral concerns over the Saudi-backed start-up outweighed by others who see it as an opportunity to grow the game. high profile have been as candid as basketball legend-turned-sports-analyst Charles Barkley in his support of the series.

Speaking on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday, the 59-year-old TNT analyst fully supported the players who signed up for the lucrative series and explained he wants them to dominate the third Major in the league. year at the Country Club. He said, “I want all the LIV guys to be top of the charts. I want to see the PGA Tour shaking in its fucking boots. Listen, I’m not a religious guy, but I want chaos this weekend at the US Open.

Barkley is unlikely to get his wish, with many LIV Golf players struggling to make a mid-term impact and one of his most high-profile players, Phil Mickelson, admitting he wasn’t as prepared as needed. missed the cut. Still, any other LIV players who disappoint at the US Open will have substantial – and in some cases – eye-popping money from the Greg Norman-led series to cushion the blow. It’s something Barkley joked he would do everything he could to make sure if given the chance. He said, “I don’t judge others. Look, if someone gave me $200 million, I’d kill a relative. I’m serious. They say Phil Mickelson got $200 million, Dustin Johnson got $150 million, for $150 million I’d kill a relative, even the one I love.

Mickelson and Johnson were the most prominent players in the series opening event at the Centurion Club in London, but they will be joined by other big names including Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed in the second tournament at Portland, Oregon in less than two weeks. Meanwhile, even the relatively obscure Pat Perez has signed on for $10 million.

Any PGA Tour player who joins the series is at risk of suspension, but judging by his comments, as far as Barkley is concerned, it’s a sacrifice he’d be more than willing to make.

Michael C. Ford