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I think the Ryder Cup is a good event to kick off the new forum's Golf thread.

 

Anyone besides me thoroughly enjoy watching the Euros pound the Americans this year?

 

Full story in the link:

 

https://www.sportsnet.ca/golf/article/europe-reclaims-ryder-cup-with-dominant-win-over-americans/

 

The only disappointment was that Figjam wasn't there to be part of the losing effort....

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I think this is kind of a cool idea.....teams of 2 (a PGA and an LPGA player) in a Ryder Cup style format. Even better, Corey Connors and Brooke Henderson are one of the 16 teams.

 

However, when you're a sportswriter, you have to be careful about how you word things. Case in point:

 

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The men and women are playing from separate tees this week, but Henderson looks at Conners’ length as an advantage. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, RupertKBD said:

Not sure if anyone cares, but John Rahm is apparently making the jump to the LIV Tour. The number I saw was $800 million.....

 

Not sure what the PGA can do, when the Saudis can throw that kind of money at the players....

What a move...

 

LIV needs to figure out a way to get their guys part of the world rankings. Don't know how that's possible. But at least their top guys will still be playing in the Majors for a while.

 

There should be a Team LIV vs Team PGA event.

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It was a good day for sports. (the Super Bowl result notwithstanding)....

 

The Canucks won, the Canadian Women thumped the Americans to complete the comeback from 3 games down.....

 

....and Nick Taylor came from three shots down in the final four holes of the Phoenix open to beat Charley Hoffman in a playoff:

 

https://www.sportsnet.ca/pga/article/canadas-nick-taylor-wins-phoenix-open-in-dramatic-playoff/

 

 

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19 hours ago, RupertKBD said:

It was a good day for sports. (the Super Bowl result notwithstanding)....

 

The Canucks won, the Canadian Women thumped the Americans to complete the comeback from 3 games down.....

 

....and Nick Taylor came from three shots down in the final four holes of the Phoenix open to beat Charley Hoffman in a playoff:

 

https://www.sportsnet.ca/pga/article/canadas-nick-taylor-wins-phoenix-open-in-dramatic-playoff/

 

 

 

What a tourney to win outside of our Open, the Majors, or the Playoffs.

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1 minute ago, the destroyer of worlds said:

What a tourney to win outside of our Open, the Majors, or the Playoffs.

 

Disappointing for me to miss the end of the tournament....

 

I switched over to watch right after the Canucks game....the leaders hadn't even teed off yet. Then I watched as Taylor bounced around the top three for the next few hours.

 

Just before the Football game started, NT hit poor tee shots on back to back holes (somewhere around the 15th). At that point Hoffman had just drained an Eagle and was 3 shots ahead of him and seemed to be cruising. I figured it was pretty much done and switched over to watch a pretty uneventful first quarter of the Super Bowl.

 

Later, I see on TSN that Taylor had mounted an impressive comeback and won the tournament. Would have loved to watch that last putt live....

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Hear, Hear!

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/golf/bryson-dechambeau-wants-someone-to-clean-up-the-mess-he-helped-create/ar-BB1l5pl5?ocid=hpmsn&cvid=48cfb2e62ed441a2aac53ccadafe1f04&ei=85

 

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Professional golf is a broken product. PGA Tour television ratings are down, and fan interest on a week-to-week basis is rapidly dwindling. LIV Golf is primarily to blame.

The world's best golfers can't compete on the same stage outside of major championships because LIV poached dozens of them away from the PGA Tour with its endless buckets of Saudi cash. LIV has succeeded in its mission, but the rival league refuses to take accountability for creating this mess.

Bryson DeChambeau, who accepted a $125 million contract to join LIV, is now urging someone else to clean it up and reunite pro golf. 

"It needs to happen fast," DeChambeau told reporters this week ahead of LIV Golf Miami, per Sports Illustrated. "It’s not a two-year thing. It needs to happen quicker rather than later just for the good of the sport. Too many people are losing interest.

"We can give input. We can have little moments where we say, 'Hey, we think this would be a good idea, or that would be a good idea,' but ultimately, it's up to the guys up top to figure it out and figure it out quickly because we can't keep going this direction."

If only we knew why those people are losing interest. Maybe, just maybe, DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka and other superstars ditching the PGA Tour strictly for financial reasons to start a rival golf league could explain some of it. LIV players want to have their cake and eat it too, but that's not how professional sports operate.  

 

Bailing on the PGA Tour just to complain that the same tour won't let you come and go as you please is as hypocritical as it gets. There wouldn't be a need to reunite pro golfers if they hadn't left in the first place. 

"The only answer is for us to somehow come together in some sort of terms where it makes sense and for us to be playing all again in somewhat of the same boat," DeChambeau said. "It's great to have the majors where we come together, but we want to be competing, at least I want to be competing every week, with all of the best players in the world."

No, DeChambeau, you don't. If that were your ultimate goal, you wouldn't have taken the money to play on a smaller tour with a significantly lighter schedule. PGA Tour stars such as Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy turned down the generational wealth because they genuinely care about competition and legacy over their bank statements.

Actions speak louder than words in this game, and we're tired of hearing these guys talk about mending the fracture they caused.

 

 

 

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