They managed to get 42 gamers – they’ll reportedly spherical up six extra this week – to decide to LIV Golf Invitation London at Centurion (which is definitely between St Albans and Hemel Hempstead, however that’s clearly not practically glam sufficient).
In any case our justified impatience, they lastly introduced the sector by e-mail, at 1.20 am, London time. It doesn’t recommend that the shambles is being sorted.
This week they’re going to vary golf forever. Or, presumably, it’s going to be an irritating midgie chew we’ll all overlook about somewhat rapidly.
However to offer credit score the place it’s due, Greg Norman and his group managed to get Dustin Johnson to execute a double-reverse and be a part of the social gathering. Simply six weeks after he had pledged his dedication to the PGA Tour.
One wonders what satisfied him. A suitably shiny object? Extra possible simply the inexperienced stuff – the reported $100 million he was initially promised simply went up a suitably few figures.
Good for DJ. He has, as he has mentioned, taken the choice for his household, given they had been actually struggling on the $75m he’s earned from being a PGA Tour participant. To not point out the tens of millions his spouse Paulina stands to inherit from her Dad, NHL legend Wayne Gretzky.
I don’t learn about you, however I discover multi-millionaire golfers pleading potential poverty throughout a rising price of dwelling disaster to be totally offensive.
Messrs Garcia, Westwood, Poulter, McDowell et al included. It’s no higher an excuse to do that than “rising the sport” or “I’m not a politician”, guys.
In DJ’s case, it’s much more offensive given the tens of millions he accepted over years from RBC as one in every of his most loyal sponsors. Solely to totally shaft them the week of their largest profile occasion, the Canadian Open.
When his face was on the publicity materials everywhere in the St George’s membership close to Toronto. Elegant stuff.
Anyway, after “develop the sport” didn’t click on and “feed the household” is proving totally spurious, the following narrative LIV is attempting to hawk is that they’re groundbreakers and “innovators”.
As we’ve famous earlier than in T2G, the LIV Golf/SGL template is definitely another person’s concept. It was Andy Gardiner of the Premier Golf League (keep in mind them) who got here up with the plan for 48-player, no-cut, F1-style group, guaranteed-money golf.
However frankly I’ve by no means discovered any component of this format remotely interesting. In T2G’s previous we’ve agreed that the relentless grind of 72-hole occasions wants a little bit of a shake-up. However I’m fairly certain this isn’t it.