Paige Spiranac trolls LIV Golf players over PGA Tour lawsuit
Paige Spiranac weighs in on the new antitrust lawsuit filed by 11 LIV Golf players against the PGA Tour amid the ongoing battle between the leagues.
On Wednesday, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and nine of their LIV peers sued the PGA Tour for suspending them from the Tour while they were in the controversial Saudi-backed league. As news of the lawsuit began to spread across the internet, Spiranac addressed the public on Twitter with a dig at LIV players.
“LIV Players – We want to play less golf,” the 29-year-old golfer-turned-influencer tweeted on Wednesday. “Also LIV players – We’re suing so we can play more golf.”
Ahead of LIV Golf’s inaugural event in June, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan threatened to suspend players if they headed to the rival circuit, which has just eight tournaments this year and 14 next. Several of the sport’s biggest stars have since been suspended as a result, including Dustin Johnson, who was reportedly paid more than $100 million for joining LIV earlier this summer.
Elsewhere in the lawsuit, Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford of LIV Golf requested a temporary restraining order that would allow them to play in the PGA Tour’s upcoming FedEx Cup playoffs, The Wall Street Journal first reported Wednesday.
Spiranac, who previously called out LIV golfers for their lack of transparency regarding their league membership, later clarified his position on Wednesday in a separate message.
“I don’t have a dog in the fight. I’m a golf pro and I just want the best for the game,” Spiranac began, when asked by a fan, “Are you a golf pro or anti LIV or just on the fence having fun throwing the shit.
“I will say I don’t like how some guys aren’t transparent about why they changed and still want to play on the PGA. You took the money now stay here if you’re so happy.
In June, Spiranac expressed how much she wanted athletes to say how financial aspects may have played into their decision-making.
“These elaborate statements are boring. No one who goes to the LIV tour actually cares about game progress. I wish they would just say “because it’s a ton of money” the “Playing A Round” podcast host tweeted at the time.
This isn’t the first time Spiranac has tackled LIV Golf’s huge paydays. Earlier this week, she took to Twitter after it was reported that Tiger Woods turned down the league’s $700-800 million offer.
“It’s ‘eff you’ money, it’s ‘buy an island’ money, and Tiger, he was like, ‘You know what, no thanks.’ Maybe it’s because he already has so much money that he doesn’t know what to do, he wants to protect his legacy, with a limited schedule, even his body can’t play so much, maybe that he wants to be Ryder Cup captain. But Tiger, he said no,” Spiranac said on Tuesday.
Ahead of last month’s British Open, Woods made his stance on LIV Golf clear.
“Players who chose to go to LIV and play there, I disagree,” Woods said. “I think what they’ve done is they’ve turned their backs on what got them into this position.”