Six-time European Tour winner takes aim at LIV Golf players

It’s fair to say that six-time European Tour winner Tony Johnstone has strong opinions about the players at LIV Golf.

Johnstone, 66, wondered where “all the discontent” was among defectors a year ago when the Saudi-backed league was touted.

The Zimbabwean, commentating for Sky Sports Golf at the Gleneagles Senior Open this week, said the status quo in professional golf was still “you win by performance”.

He even went so far as to describe some of LIV players’ reasoning for jumping ship as “a titled, childish pot of dung”.

His criticism comes during a frenetic week in the world of golf in which the Ryder Cup Europe stripped Henrik Stenson of his captaincy.

Stenson, 46, disagreed with the decision and claimed he had a deal with Norman’s LIV so he could carry out his duties as skipper.

Of course, that wasn’t going to steal those from Ryder Cup Europe HQ. Now they have to choose a new captain and even that has caused tension.

Johnstone wrote: “A year ago where was all the displeasure with the two tours now touted by defectors? Most are rich men thanks to the PGAT/DPWT and the status quo has always been that you win based on the performance. Stupidity, laziness, broken bodies and greed have distorted everything.”

He added: “If I hear more about how the guys ‘devoted their lives to touring’ I think I’m going to throw up. They did it because it was a job they loved everything. by earning a lot of money and that they were free to leave for a better paying job whenever they wanted.

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Well, tell us how you really feel!

The third LIV Golf event is scheduled to take place next week at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Stenson’s deal with LIV Golf is reportedly £40million.

LIV has also recruited PGA Tour journeymen Charles Howell III, who has played more than 600 Tour events, and Jason Kokrak.

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