Analyst worried about LIV lawsuit

Tiger Woods crosses the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th gap at St. Andrews through the Open Championship.

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Curtis Unusual was talking in regards to the PGA Tour and LIV Golf and LIV Golf’s lawsuit in opposition to the PGA Tour when tiger forest appeared AND a thought in regards to the 15-time Grand Slam champion summed up most of Unusual’s ideas on the present matter fairly effectively.

Bizarre, a two-time main winner and now an analyst, had seen Woods earlier this yr on the Masters. He additionally listened. Unusual mentioned that he heard Woods discuss his legacy. He mentioned he heard Woods say that he was filled with gratitude to have the ability to play in what was his first occasion since his automobile accident.

And the LIV gamers?

“They’ve turned their backs on Tiger Woods when you consider it,” Unusual mentioned Friday in an interview on the Headline with Taylor Zarzour program on SiriusXM radio.

โ€œIt is simply annoying that the sport would not simply respect and love him a lot, it is the gamers that got here earlier than me and paved the way in which. I simply assume we owe them greater than this.โ€

Unusual’s feedback come days later. 11 LIV golfers filed an antitrust lawsuit this week in opposition to the Tour, claiming that it’s appearing illegally within the suspensions it has imposed in opposition to its members who’ve left to play within the upstart league. The group of 11 are searching for to have their suspensions lifted and their enjoying privileges reinstated, whereas a smaller group of three gamers – Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones – have requested the court docket to subject a brief restraining order permitting their participation within the FedEx Cup. Playoffs, which begin subsequent week.

Unsurprisingly, the response to the strikes from those that performed or proceed to play on Tour has been one in all frustration. A day earlier than in Headline with Taylor Zarzour present, very long time skilled Rocco Mediate gave his opinion that it was good with gamers going to LIV, however not with the concept of โ€‹โ€‹them coming again, a thought shared by Joel Dahman, Kevin Kisner, Davis Love III and others. And Unusual mentioned just about the identical factor on the present.


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But in addition notable, and credit score to Zarzour for asking (and you may take heed to the complete program right here with a subscription), have been Unusual’s ideas on what the “finish sport” is likely to be for LIV and its CEO, Greg Norman, and whether or not competing excursions might develop the sport. Each responses associated to his remark about Woods, who, in accordance with normanturned down $700 million to $800 million to hitch LIV.

On the endgame query, Unusual mentioned he wasn’t positive what that might seem like, which is definitely saying rather a lot.

“I assume the top sport could be to create an environment the place they’re good individuals,” Unusual mentioned on the present. โ€œLet’s not neglect the underside line about who the Saudis actually are and what they do and the way they run their nation. However be that as it might, Norman comes from an emotional, vindictive angle and historical past with the Tour. We all know. That is all I actually wish to say about him.

โ€œThe top sport, when you do not want a return in your funding, which goes to be near a billion {dollars} this yr on the Saudi tour, when there isn’t any return in your funding, there’s only a large circus, eight or 10 occasions this yr, i do not know what number of tournaments they really have, let me simply say this: if that they had such an excellent product and tour, with out paying entry charges, would these guys be? Hell no, as a result of they do not have the product. Fifty-four holes, shotgun tee, three days, come on, give me a break. I wish to play the identical video games that Hogan and Sneed and Nicklaus and Palmer performed. I wish to play the identical programs. I wish to play the identical format. I wish to play in the identical tournaments to check myself on the finish of the day.

โ€œSo it is all in regards to the cash and we all know that and that is truthful sufficient. However the finish sport for me is to have the ability to examine my sport on the finish of my life understanding full nicely that I gave my finest. I can not reply your query. I can not reply your query. However I do know the ultimate sport for the PGA Tour is.”


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However might he proceed with excursions that divide the most effective gamers on the planet? Zarzour requested this query: โ€œYou will have a few of the finest gamers enjoying in a league and a few of the finest gamers enjoying within the LIV Golf sequence. Are you apprehensive in regards to the sport shifting ahead with the whole lot that is occurring?”

Unusual it was. For the foreseeable future, the listening to for the short-term restraining order is subsequent Tuesday, and the Tour playoffs begin subsequent Thursday, whereas LIV would not play once more till Labor Day weekend. However after that it’s largely unknown.

“I am apprehensive about all of that, Taylor,” he mentioned on the present. โ€œIf it turns into the Wild West, if it goes to court docket and so they win, then there shall be no guidelines and laws on the place and when you’ll be able to play. After which the Tour will develop into the Wild West. Every little thing shall be in control of the cash, all the looks charges, and who suffers: the followers. The followers will endure and the charities will endure. And if that is what Greg Norman and his entourage need, I hope they’re blissful. I can not think about what would occur then. โ€ฆ

โ€œAnd I hate in my wildest goals to think about what might occur right here within the subsequent yr or so. I simply can’t think about. However all the identical, the Tour may need to make some modifications. We have already made modifications to the swimming pools and a few featured tournaments for prime gamers. It additionally bothers me rather a lot as a result of we’re rising, we’re nonetheless rising, we’re nonetheless rising smaller neighborhoods and extra entry to children to play with and we have the youngest champions of all time, nice children, and there is so many nice issues within the sport. And we simply received out of Covid. And now we’ve to face this.โ€

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Nick Piastowski is a senior editor for Golf.com and Golf Journal. In his function, he’s accountable for enhancing, writing and growing tales all through the golf area. And when he is not writing about methods to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native might be enjoying the sport, hitting the ball left and proper and brief, and consuming a chilly beer to clear the rating. the. You possibly can contact him about any of those subjects (his tales of his, his sport, or his beers) at nick.piastowski@golf.com.

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