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Charl Schwartzel won first LIV Golf Invitational Series event in Hertfordshire; 17 PGA Tour members are suspended for playing at the Centurion Club, while Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Pat Perez have since moved to the Saudi-backed tour

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Nine-time Grand Champion Gary Player gives his take on the ongoing dispute over the LIV series.

Nine-time Grand Champion Gary Player gives his take on the ongoing dispute over the LIV series.

Golfing legend Gary Player has slammed the animosity between rival golf tours over the handling of the LIV Golf Invitational series launch.

The Saudi-backed circuit kicked off at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire this week, where former world No 1 Dustin Johnson and six-time major champion Phil Mickelson were among the big names competing in the event of 54 holes offering a total of $25 million purse prize money.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced Thursday that all 17 members competing this week will be suspended from the Tour, a decision described by LIV Golf and its CEO Greg Norman as “vindictive” and something that “deepens the rift between the Tower and its members. “.

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Phil Mickelson biographer Alan Shipnuck says LIV Golf is a great time for golf and he thinks players will eventually get what they want.

Phil Mickelson biographer Alan Shipnuck says LIV Golf is a great time for golf and he thinks players will eventually get what they want.

“Golf is a wonderful game and we must never forget that the heart of the game is the amateur and not the professional,” Player said. Sky Sports News. “What saddens me is to see the fighting happening and it’s not necessary.

“Remember this, the players playing there now, they need the money, they have families and I don’t blame them for playing there. There aren’t many of them anymore. who can win on the regular Tour, so they take the money wisely.

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Sky Sports’ Andrew Coltart thinks it won’t be long before the top players’ heads are turned as they watch lower-tier players earn big bucks on the LIV Golf Tour.

Sky Sports’ Andrew Coltart thinks it won’t be long before the top players’ heads are turned as they watch lower-tier players earn big bucks on the LIV Golf Tour.

“But remember the PGA Tour is the strongest tour so there is a place in the sun for both tours and I just hope they settle everything amicably and we get better and better. .”

Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed have since signed up for the second LIV Golf event in Portland later this month, with PGA Tour veteran Pat Perez, Player wanting players to be more open about the financial incentives behind their decision to change Tours.

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Patrick Reed has become the latest top player to join the Saudi-backed LIV golf series.

Patrick Reed has become the latest top player to join the Saudi-backed LIV golf series.

“You can’t have your cake and eat it, you have to choose from tour to tour,” Player added. “If they want to play the LIV tour, that’s their choice and their freedom, but you can’t have both tours, it won’t be allowed.

“I wish people playing the tour would just be open and say ‘I’m playing this tour because I want to make money, I have a family’. There’s no shame in that.

“Every businessman has the choice to say, when he is transferred from one company to another, ‘I am leaving because I am making more money’. The best players will always come from the American tour because it is where all the best national players play.

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Dustin Johnson has admitted he only plans to play golf at majors and the LIV Tour following his decision to join the Saudi-backed tour.

Dustin Johnson has admitted he only plans to play golf at majors and the LIV Tour following his decision to join the Saudi-backed tour.

“The LIV tour does not have a point system that will allow you to continue playing the tours. If you are not playing in the majors or if you are not playing in the regular tour, where are you going to get your points for you to qualify for the majors? It’s a lot more complicated than people make it out to be.”

Norman: The evolution of golf has arrived

Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel raked in $4 million for his one-hit victory in the series opener, nearly three times the amount he took home for his big hit in 2011, with his compatriot Henni du Plessis in second place.

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Inaugural LIV Golf Series winner Charl Schwartzel said he had ‘never looked’ where the prize money for the events came from, after the South African took home $4million for having won the Saudi-backed event.

Inaugural LIV Golf Series winner Charl Schwartzel said he had ‘never looked’ where the prize money for the events came from, after the South African took home $4million for having won the Saudi-backed event.

The South Africans were part of the Stinger Golf Club in the four-man team event, meaning they – along with Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen – split an additional $3 million equally.

Tournament CEO Norman, who tried to set up a world tour in 1994, said: “All I can say is that the evolution of the game of golf has arrived and LIV is alive. . For 27 years, many obstacles have been put in our way. , a lot of dreams tried to be crushed, but they couldn’t crush us and golf was always going to be the force for good in all of this.

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Greg Norman announced the success of the inaugural LIV Golf Series event

“The fans wanted that and we wanted it for you, we wanted it for the players, the players’ families and the caddies. We’ve been through a lot on the Tour and the fact is, across the world, we’ve heard from the fans and fans wanted team golf.

“Seeing how the players have reacted over the past three days, seeing the performances on the golf course and all the excitement, it’s a new energy for the game of golf.

“We have a great future ahead of us and this is just the beginning, believe me. We are going to energize the game of golf as we head to Portland, as we travel the world to show that golf can be a strength for good.”




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