LIV Golf experience is weirdly fun, but all about the money

LIV Golf experience is weirdly fun, but all about the money

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Nicely, what did you suppose?

For these of you who paid consideration to the LIV Golf match this week at Trump Nationwide Golf Membership Bedminster — whether or not you had been on the grounds and noticed the circus reside or streamed it on the web — did it really feel like an actual sporting occasion or a three-day circus with solely the lions, tigers and elephants lacking?

There was a winner topped late Sunday afternoon — 46-year-old Swede Henrik Stenson. What precisely meaning when it comes to {golfing} consequence — apart from the $4 million winner’s verify — is up for debate.

Stenson successful was compelling largely as a result of simply 11 days in the past he was stripped of his European Ryder Cup captaincy by the DP World Tour the second it grew to become official that he’d joined the Saudi-backed tour.

In an ironic twist, had this been a DP World Tour-sanctioned occasion, Stenson would have gained important Ryder Cup factors and enhanced his probabilities of being a participant on the European workforce.

However there aren’t any factors related to LIV Golf. No World Rating factors, no Ryder Cup factors.

Simply cash.

Plenty of it.

The 4 Aces Crew of Pat Perez, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed and Dustin Johnson spray champagne after successful the workforce competitors.Wealthy Graessle

Which, after all, is the first motive each single considered one of these gamers is part of this tour regardless of the litany of disingenuous causes they’ve been making an attempt to promote to you within the numerous press conferences which have taken place.

“Rising the sport.’’

“Softer, extra manageable schedule.’’

“New and thrilling workforce facet.’’

“Serving to present the efforts the Saudis are making to normalize itself as a nation recognized extra for its horrible human rights document.’’

We’ve heard all the explanations from the gamers about why they’ve joined LIV Golf. All of them besides this one: “I DID IT FOR THE MONEY.’’

It’s OK that the gamers have taken the cash. They’re impartial contractors. Extra energy to them. Strike whereas the iron’s sizzling. Simply don’t attempt to snow the general public over with nonsense that insults everybody’s intelligence — most notably the gamers’ intelligence.

The fact about LIV Golf for many who’ve witnessed it reside is that they placed on an excellent present, a enjoyable present. Was the Frog X Navy SEAL Parachute Crew fluttering down onto the golf course from the sky earlier than the primary balls are struck within the shotgun begin excessive?

A lady fingers out beer to followers standing on the sixteenth tee.AP

Possibly. However entertaining.

Do golf followers want jugglers?

Maybe not, however good for the children.

Music blaring all through the golf course?

I’m cool with that.

This week’s LIV occasion featured the added sideshow of former President Donald Trump, who occurs to personal the golf course on which the match was performed.

The presence of Trump — and it was a really public presence as he stood like a statue in his luxurious suite overlooking the signature par-3 sixteenth gap.

That’s the place many of the crowd spent its time, gawking at Trump and breaking out into chants of, “4 extra years,’’ and “47’’ and “You’re nonetheless our president.’’

These chants had been booming on Sunday afternoon about 75 yards away from the place Matthew Wolff was lined up over a birdie putt that would have reduce Stenson’s result in one shot with solely three holes to play.

“Golf? Who cares concerning the golf? Did you see Trump over there?’’

Your complete scene gave the week the distinct really feel of a political rally.

Former President Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson and Marjorie Taylor Greene, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. throughout the third spherical of the LIV Golf Invitational Sequence Bedminster.Wealthy Graessle

The one individual whose ego was higher boosted than Stenson was Trump, who positively basked within the adoration in his yard.

LIV Golf has its flaws, for certain. The shotgun begin creates some confusion whenever you’re making an attempt to comply with the leaders. The workforce component will also be complicated, notably because the teammates aren’t paired collectively.

I discover probably the most humorous parts to the workforce competitors the truth that a participant can play like a 15-handicapper and nonetheless money a hefty verify if his workforce does nicely. In Portland, Ore., for instance, Pat Perez shot 80 within the closing spherical however his workforce, 4 Aces, gained the workforce competitors, which pays $3 million. Lower up 4 methods, Perez walked away with $750,000.

The 4 Aces once more gained the workforce competitors Sunday in Bedminster, N.J., which means one other three-quarters-of-a-mil for Perez, who completed the week 5-over and miles from competition. So, for these of you scoring at residence, Perez cashed a cumulative $1.5 million within the workforce competitors prior to now two occasions whereas taking part in like, nicely, you already know.

You’d determine that form of free money cash would make a man fairly completely satisfied. But after his spherical on Saturday, when a younger boy approached Perez for an autograph, Perez by no means broke stride in his stroll, grabbed the boy’s pen and paper, signed it and handed it again to him with out ever even wanting the child within the eye.

Bizarre.

However bizarre describes the whole expertise.

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