LIV gets the richest political golfer in the world, Tony Time again | Monday finished

The LIV Golf event in New Jersey felt particularly political this weekend.

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First off the tee

Golf entered the Great American Culture War.

If there is one still image from this week’s LIV Golf event at Trump Bedminster, it’s a crowd of spectators gathered chanting Let’s go Brandon like before President Trump Indulged in their adulation, surrounded by his son EricCongresswoman of Georgia Marjorie Taylor Green and Fox News political commentator Tucker Carlson.

For starters, the hymn has nothing to do with it Branden Grace (Although he is credited with being the unofficial leader of LIV’s money list, having earned nearly $7 million through three events.) Instead, “Let’s Go Brandon” has become a symbol for “F— Joe BidenWell, you can read more about this backstory here.

This wasn’t the only instance where the weekend’s busiest tournament has turned into what looks like a political rally. Commissioner LIV Greg Norman Inciting chants of “Four more years!” On at least one tee box. Trump has been in frequent contact with LIV players; He hosted 20 or so for dinner on Tuesday night, talked to them at a party on Wednesday, shook hands with them on the drive-in, was a constant presence all weekend and even greeted the winner. Henrik Stenson After the tour.

Presidential Living Suite

When LIV Golf meets Trump, sport and politics are inseparable


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It wasn’t just a pro-Trump rally. It was also, in part, an anti-PGA Tour rally. Trump’s son Donald Jr. Confirm this feeling when chirp Video of Stenson hacking the winning blow.

He wrote: “The greatest F/U in golf history has just happened.” Stinson “loved” the tweet.

What a strange place we find ourselves in! No one would have accused the PGA Tour, nor golf more broadly, of occupying any space on the left wing of the American political spectrum. But Trump’s South Florida tournament was canceled by the PGA Tour in 2016 in the midst of a controversial presidential campaign. And in 2020, the Trump Tournament in New Jersey was canceled by the US PGA as the host of the PGA Championship after the US Capitol was stormed. Trump, who had always enjoyed golf in his life, felt contempt for his institutions. He had this in common with Norman, who had decades-old bone for his pick with the PGA Tour. The two were natural allies. Perhaps their union wasn’t a surprising development after all.

Trump on board brought extra attention to LIV, too. It is popular with many professional golfers and with many LIV defectors, including Bryson DeShampoo And the Dustin Johnson, his associates on Thursday. Trump’s endorsement of the breakaway circle has signaled to his followers that they, too, could run the PGA Tour. Even the way LIV has positioned itself has some similarities to the Trump campaign itself. Traditionalists do not believe its success. It’s been written off multiple times, just to survive. There is no doubt that LIV is still gaining momentum. There is an anti-establishment determination in the whole thing.

There are strange inconsistencies at play of course. Here the “America First” president was hosting an upstart Saudi-backed tour that threatened the future of the US-based PGA Tour, sparking moral outrage for the use of the presidential seal in the process. The first people to protest that they were not politicians were to take part in one of the most visible political sporting events in modern history. And while everyone loves to talk about LIV, and those who attended seem pleased with their experience, it remains uncertain how many people would or would be interested in watching; Average YouTube viewership under 100,000, rejected from Portland to Bedminster, per one study. But the checks definitely keep clearing (more on that later) and the names will keep coming up too (more on that). Many Later).

what is the point? Golf is now a divided sport. Trump joined the LIV tour. The Enterprise is aligned with the PGA Tour. To be clear, you don’t have to sign up for one side of the divide or the other. You can like the PGA Tour And the fiber. You can love President Trump And the PGA Tour. You can hate President Trump And the Hate LIV too! I will leave all the options available to you. But the battle lines appear to be escalating. And this wasn’t a one-time event — Team LIV’s final match will be played at Trump Doral in October, just weeks before the United States votes in the midterm elections.

Fasten seat belts.

The winners

Who won the week?

Tony Fino, once again

Tony Vino She won the Rocket Mortgage Classic, earning her a back-to-back PGA Tour victory after last week’s victory at the 3M Open. Finau’s win almost counted as a double; He validated his display in Minnesota as well as adding another glass to his shelf. I can only imagine how relieved he was when he came home for the festivities in Utah on Sunday night, having doubled his career win total.

Should we expect more from Finau in the future? surely. But a four-win career isn’t something that can be taken away. And he doesn’t have to worry about charges he can’t shut down after four birds from behind in 3M and another four in Rocket Mortgage. Plus, there was this winner in a post-round quote:

Ayaka Furio, the world record holder

There is a win and then there is a win in style. Ayaka Forio She did the latter at the Women’s Scottish Open, firing a 10-under-62 record in the final round to pass the leaderboard and win her first LPGA title. Furue is only 22 years old and has already won seven times on the Japanese Tour. It’s now officially announced that its game can travel, too – at least until Dundonald Links.

Sean Crocker

This professional moved to St Andrews’ favorite pub after the biggest win of his career


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Sean Crocker, Corona mustache

Only two hours later Sean Crocker Finished winning the Open Champion in Vermont St Andrews, we ran into our Shaun Zach at Dunvegan, the famous pub down the street away from the old stadium. Crocker missed nine straight cuts earlier this season. Undoubtedly, the taste of Los Cerveza did not improve until Sunday evening.

Almost Winners

Patrick Cantlay That look was about him on Sunday in Detroit, where he made five birdies in his first eight holes and added a 14th-ranked eagle to keep himself at odds should Finau falter. Finau hasn’t faltered, but still – after this final Round 66 and runner-up finish, it looks like we’ll make it to Cantlay Szn.

Lydia ko Co-led headed into Sunday but found no spark at the Women’s Scottish Open. She stopped off with the Final 71 to finish off T5, but is now on her way to the most important things at this week’s AIG Women’s Open.

Eddie Pepperl He appeared on the Drop Zone podcast last week to talk about LIV but also to talk about where he lost track of his golf game. Just the process of talking about it seemed to be all the golf treatment he needed; Pepperell went up to finish T11 after our conversation last week and then almost won this week’s course, finishing single-handedly in second. His key to success? Eliminate training rounds. (Yes, seriously.) We’re happy to take all the credit, and you can listen to the rest of the interview below or on Apple Podcasts:

what we see

Golfers secure the bag.

Forbes has released its list of the 10 highest-earning golfers of the year, measured from July 3, 2021, to July 3, 2022, providing a shocking reminder of how much cash LIV has suddenly fallen into in the professional golf ecosystem.

Phil Mickelson It was a fun year. But according to Forbes estimates, it is progressing, at least in financial terms. His sudden gain of $138 million put him first for any athlete in any sport and also helped him cross $1 billion in life earnings.

While Mickelson was the only golfer to hit nine numbers this season, Dustin Johnson ($97 million) Bryson DeShampoo ($86 million) and Brooks Kopka ($69 million) Each of LIV’s golfers saw cash flow, too. So much so that they actually made even bigger gains tiger woodwhich ranks fifth with earnings of $68 million, of which only $43,500 was earned on the golf course.

There are people other than LIVERS on the list, including number 6 Rory McIlroy ($43 million) and No. 8 Jordan Spieth ($39 million) but it’s annoying to see their names next to the number 7 Sergio Garcia ($42 million) and No. 9 Patrick Reed ($37 million) and something more than just jarring to see number 10 Charles Schwarzl ($34 million) biting off their heels.

You can see the full list here.

What’s Next

Three things to watch this week:

1. Tony Finau’s press conference

You’ve already seen the quote from above. A larger dose of Champion Finau should do you well.

2. Fenu Airport ceremonial salute

Reminding you that no one in the round can move like a champ:

3. AIG Women’s Open in Muirfield

Prepare for what locals call a proper open course on a proper links course: the historic Muirfield, which welcomes women for the first time. For a quick preview, here are some great visuals from Fried eggs:

We’ll see you next week!

Dylan Detier

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Dylan Diether is a senior writer for GOLF Magazine / The Williamstown, Massachusetts native joined GOLF in 2017 after two years of squabbling on the mini-tours. Dethier is a 2014 graduate of Williams College, majoring in English, and is the author 18 in Americawhich separates from the year when he was 18 years old living out of his car and playing a round of golf in every state.

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