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suspiria?!....PGA suspends 17 golfers for playing in Saudi golf event....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 09, 2022 09:20AM
....breaking news....including Phil Mickelson.....some had already resigned prior to playing.....


PGA suspends 17 golfers, including Phil Mickelson, for playing in Saudi-backed LIV event

The PGA Tour has suspended 17 golfers, including major championship winners Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, who are competing in the Saudi-backed LIV golf event near London.
The PGA will also suspend any future tour players who play in LIV events, the memo says.
LIV Golf in a statement called the decision “vindictive” and said it “deepens the divide between the Tour and its members.”

....The PGA Tour has suspended 17 golfers, including major championship winners Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, who are competing Thursday in the Saudi-backed LIV golf event near London.

The suspensions are indefinite.

The players “did not receive the necessary conflicting event and media rights release — or did not apply for releases at all” and are suspended indefinitely, according to an internal PGA memo seen by NBC’s Golf Channel. The PGA will also suspend any future tour players who play in LIV events, says the memo, which is dated Thursday.

“These players have made their choice for their own financial-based reasons,” the memo reads. “But they can’t demand the same PGA TOUR membership benefits, considerations, opportunities and platform as you.”

Mickelson has been a major recruiter for LIV Golf, which is funded mainly by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. He hasn’t participated in a golf tournament since February.

LIV Golf in a statement called the decision “vindictive” and said it “deepens the divide between the Tour and its members.”

“It’s troubling that the Tour, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for golfers to play the game, is the entity blocking golfers from playing. This certainly is not the last word on this topic. The era of free agency is beginning as we are proud to have a full field of players joining us in London, and beyond,” the organization said.

Here is the list of players. The asterisks denote players who have already told the PGA that they’re resigning their memberships.

Sergio Garcia*
Talor Gooch
Branden Grace*
Dustin Johnson*
Matt Jones
Martin Kaymer*
Graeme McDowell*
Phil Mickelson
Kevin Na*
Andy Ogletree
Louis Oosthuizen*
Turk Pettit*
Ian Poulter
Charl Schwartzel*
Hudson Swafford
Peter Uihlein
Lee Westwood*



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Re: suspiria?!....PGA suspends 17 golfers for playing in Saudi golf event....
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: June 09, 2022 09:59AM
The PGA tour has some definite problems on their hands as the LIV tour backers have deep pockets and are operating loss leader style to gain attention. While the LIV tour may have bigger $$$, the PGA has a lot of traditions and prestige. It could get ugly.



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Re: suspiria?!....PGA suspends 17 golfers for playing in Saudi golf event....
Posted by: Lizabeth
Date: June 09, 2022 10:01AM
Reminds me of the two beach volleyball tours running tournaments back in the day - only one of them could qualify you for the Olympics and there's was a big uproar about it.

Isn't this similar to free agency with football and baseball?

Who really cares???



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Re: suspiria?!....PGA suspends 17 golfers for playing in Saudi golf event....
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: June 09, 2022 10:22AM
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Lizabeth
Reminds me of the two beach volleyball tours running tournaments back in the day - only one of them could qualify you for the Olympics and there's was a big uproar about it.

Isn't this similar to free agency with football and baseball?

Who really cares???


MLB and the NFL have collective bargaining agreements and contracts with players. The PGA Tour is a bunch of independent contractors. What’s fascinating to me is the LIV tour isn’t just a competitor league, but one backed by a country’s sovereign wealth fund. It has the potential to outspend the PGA tour and destroy it. I don’t recall any other upstart league with this kind of unbridled spending capability.



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Re: suspiria?!....PGA suspends 17 golfers for playing in Saudi golf event....
Posted by: deckeda
Date: June 09, 2022 11:20AM
It’s no different than any other major league sports organization, if you ignore the obvious blood money. The recipe is simple:

- lure players
- get advertisers for broadcasting, which is itself promotion

That’s it. None of them need fans to show up nor engage except to make TV events look good.

LIV Golf displays particularly bad form whining about this.
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Re: suspiria?!....PGA suspends 17 golfers for playing in Saudi golf event....
Posted by: jonny
Date: June 09, 2022 11:26AM
You wanna play for Mr. Bonesaw? Looks like you’re gonna pay the price.
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Re: suspiria?!....PGA suspends 17 golfers for playing in Saudi golf event....
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: June 09, 2022 12:17PM
Would this be classified as a First World Problem?
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Re: suspiria?!....PGA suspends 17 golfers for playing in Saudi golf event....
Posted by: freeradical
Date: June 09, 2022 02:41PM
I haven't heard of any of those players.
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Re: suspiria?!....PGA suspends 17 golfers for playing in Saudi golf event....
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: June 09, 2022 03:04PM
I don’t like Phil, I can’t stand Norman, I hope the Saudis lose billions of dollars, and I hope nobody gets sawed up.
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Re: suspiria?!....PGA suspends 17 golfers for playing in Saudi golf event....
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 09, 2022 08:18PM
None of them will play on Holey Moley, so we don't care. HOWEVER, Greg Norman was the pro golfer associated with Holey Moley Australia. He had a great attitude too.

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Re: suspiria?!....PGA suspends 17 golfers for playing in Saudi golf event....
Posted by: srf1957
Date: June 09, 2022 09:52PM
a bunch of also rans and over the hill players .
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Re: suspiria?!....PGA suspends 17 golfers for playing in Saudi golf event....
Posted by: Rolando
Date: June 09, 2022 11:19PM
I listened to the sports shows bring the PGA spokesmonkey on to talk about "Sportwashing"

Just thought to myself, as long was we rely on Saudi oil, and spend $BILLIONS$ to defend and prop up the current regim, the blood is on our (including mine) hands!



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Re: suspiria?!....PGA suspends 17 golfers for playing in Saudi golf event....
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: June 10, 2022 08:14AM
Phil Mickelson reportedly list 40 million gambling the last few years. This LIV money will be a lifeline to him since he lost done of his major sponsors. Kind of has a unsettling sell your soul kind of tone to it all.



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Re: suspiria?!....PGA suspends 17 golfers for playing in Saudi golf event....
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: June 10, 2022 12:16PM
“ This LIV money will be a lifeline to him since he lost done of his major sponsors.”

It will be a lifeline until he loses IT.
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