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Old 12-01-2022, 06:29 PM
 
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Money talks!

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Is the new LIV league a way to reward players, or the vanity project of a despot, or something else?

There are only three types of pro—those who’ve taken Saudi money, those who are thinking about taking Saudi money, and those who aren’t good enough to be offered Saudi money.
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...lf-or-wreck-it
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Old 12-01-2022, 08:00 PM
 
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Oh, are they still doing that? Who's winning?

I'd like to hear some more about some of the Saudi golfers and their families.
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Old 01-15-2023, 12:38 PM
 
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I think it's the work of a murderous POS with too much $$$ trying to look like he's not a murderous POS with too much $$$ and is more a patron of sport.
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Old 01-20-2023, 06:49 AM
 
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Money talks!

A more in-depth look than usual.


Sand Trap
Is the new LIV league a way to reward players, or the vanity project of a despot, or something else?

There are only three types of pro—those who’ve taken Saudi money, those who are thinking about taking Saudi money, and those who aren’t good enough to be offered Saudi money.
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...lf-or-wreck-it
There is also a fourth type of pro golfer. Those who have been offered obscene amounts to play for the Saudis but who refused it because they don't want to work for the Saudis. That covers the majority of the top players. Ironically, many of the ones who took the money have been whining ever since leaving. They want their ranking points, to still be able to play in PGA events and the majors while keeping their bags of Saudi money. Sorry Patrick, Sergio and Ian. You made your choice and we're perfectly fine with you gone.
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Old 05-04-2023, 07:15 PM
 
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There is also a fourth type of pro golfer. Those who have been offered obscene amounts to play for the Saudis but who refused it because they don't want to work for the Saudis. That covers the majority of the top players. Ironically, many of the ones who took the money have been whining ever since leaving. They want their ranking points, to still be able to play in PGA events and the majors while keeping their bags of Saudi money. Sorry Patrick, Sergio and Ian. You made your choice and we're perfectly fine with you gone.
Maybe the "majority of the top players" are better able to say no because they're already doing better financially?
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Old 05-07-2023, 04:06 AM
 
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The top players were all millionaires before they got the offers but the amounts offered were many times their net worth or projected incomes at the time. Rahm was reportedly offered $400 MM and turned it down. He asked his wife what he should do and she said, "Will it change our lives?" He said "No" and the decision was made. Since then the PGAT has stepped up prize money and instituted a number of elevated events with high payouts so those who stood firm are now feeling good about the decision. There were some up and coming, not rich younger guys who turned down big money because they didn't want to change their trajectory towards a possible legacy career on the PGA Tour and the Majors.

It was a no brainer for guys on the tail end of their career or mediocre older players like Pat Perez but some of the other younger players are regretting their money grab now and are whining about OWGR rankings and playing in the majors. Major sponsors have been quietly not renewing LIV players contracts. They should be happy anyway as the prize money in every event is huge and even the last place guy gets $120,000. Top that off with never being cut and only playing against the same 47 other guys every tournament. It's a good retirement for those who are tired of having to make the cut every time competing against the best in the world.
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