US analysts tear LIV Golf players to shreds
Two of America’s most prominent golf analysts have launched some truly scathing attacks on players who have jumped ship for LIV Golf.
Today’s LIV Golf Invitational in London kicked off amid unprecedented scrutiny, with the PGA Tour announcing almost immediately that all players involved this week – and in the future – would be suspended from the PGA Tour.
Later, speaking to Golf Channel and broadcast on Sky Sports News, Brandel Chamblee launched a scathing attack on players who had joined the Saudi-backed golf circuit, saying it made him want to ‘throw up’ .
“When it comes to the richest sports stars in the world, Phil Mickelson is 11th. He’s ahead of Kobe Bryant, he’s ahead of David Beckham, he’s ahead of Kevin Durant, he’s ahead of Lewis Hamilton,” Chamblee explained in a post. passionate rant.
“You talk about him in front of icons in sports that are far more popular around the world than the game of golf. And yet why is it that golf has four of the highest paid athletes of all time? Phil Mickelson is 11th in the stratosphere he occupies as an athlete… than athletes who have earned less money than him but who play a vastly more popular sport. Why? It’s because of the image of the golfer. Because of their independent contractual nature. Because they show up and generally play a game that’s self-directed and self-controlled. It’s a game of integrity. It’s because companies want to align themselves with these players. It’s because of the philanthropic aspect of the game of golf.”
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“So when I hear these players say they’re ‘developing the game’…it makes me want to vomit. They’re destroying the game. And they’re destroying their reputation.
“It’s one of the saddest days in golf history. Watching these players come together for money and show the world…they show us that they are the greediest, most selfish players , the most self-interested and willfully blind in the world of golf today.”
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Equally furious was Jaime Diaz, one of Golf Digest’s senior editors and a highly respected analyst for the Golf Channel, who said the players were “attacking” the PGA Tour.
“This is an existential moment for the PGA Tour,” Diaz said. “The PGA Tour is a huge sporting institution. It’s basically the center of the game and these guys are attacking the center of the game, which of course has tentacles throughout the game.
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“It’s not something that’s ‘Hey, I made a business decision.’ the sentiment that’s in the air I think Jay Monahan did what he had to do – protect his turf, protect the good name of the PGA Tour and make it very clear that this is going to be a very strong deterrent to any other player who is considering make this decision.
“The tour did it and now it feels like those guys are done. It’s amazing to say that Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed…those guys are loyal and they can be erased from the tour. ‘history. I’m not saying Phil’s accomplishments will be erased, but the way he looked will be erased.”