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(USA Today)   There may soon come a time when even the Saudis realize that pouring billions of dollars into the Bonesaw Tour so that Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson, and other washed up golfers play exhibition golf isn't worth it   (golfweek.usatoday.com) divider line
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2022-07-01 1:21:25 AM  
Could be interesting if they're doing Calcutta wagering behind the scenes.
 
2022-07-01 1:35:39 AM  
LOL, they won't care. It's couch cushion money. This is the pet project of some prince or another and once they get bored of it they will never think of it again.
 
2022-07-01 2:51:05 AM  
I'm sure when it goes tits up they'll be sure to pay up what they owe the players.
 
2022-07-01 7:16:57 AM  
I'll never watch a LIV event, but damned if they didn't get rid of a bunch of dudes who needed to go away. Boy, I'm sure gonna miss everything about... Patrick Reed.
 
2022-07-01 7:32:05 AM  
Everyone in the online biatch brigade hypocrites if given the chance would take the guaranteed millions up front as well.  They are more worked up that someone else got the money and not them.
 
2022-07-01 8:01:32 AM  
i like how people are giving that guy crap for taking 200 million.  it's a deal 99.9% of the human population would take.  hypocrites, the lot of them
 
2022-07-01 8:20:49 AM  
If your want to watch the Saudi golf, watch the Saudi golf. But stop with the moral revisionism, which is what TFA is.

First it was, all involved are bad. Now, the players are some sort of Robin Hoods because they're taking money away from the bad guys. And they're has-beens and never-was anyway.

Next will be the articles on how throwing $billions at an activity that is a waste of land and resources on a criminal level is somehow atonement for past bad acts. And actually by not watching, you're the one turning a blind eye.
 
2022-07-01 8:54:50 AM  
not merely as an abstract philosophical question but as a matter of basic fiscal responsibility.

LOL, this is pocket change.  SA lost billions on WeWork and didn't even care.  The House of Saud is worth at least $100B and that's not counting the oil they've got in the ground.  They can burn money for years on this thing.  It's a great FU to the rest of the world that says "Money can buy privilege that you can't imagine, you peon."  They will throw money at this forever.
 
2022-07-01 9:48:51 AM  
Just a personal theory, but, they know they are going to piss away $ for the 1st couple years. Year 1 was going to be whatever it was. Year 2, slightly better players will come in because they will see their ability to make more $ and win more/place better than they are in the PGA. Rinse/repeat. Players may not chase the $, but in the modern sports era, I find that highly unlikely.
 
2022-07-01 10:11:24 AM  

Peter von Nostrand: I'm sure when it goes tits up they'll be sure to pay up what they owe the players.


The players can simply come pick up their checks at the local embassy.  Come alone and don't tell anyone where you're going beforehand.
 
2022-07-01 11:13:42 AM  

iron_city_ap: Just a personal theory, but, they know they are going to piss away $ for the 1st couple years. Year 1 was going to be whatever it was. Year 2, slightly better players will come in because they will see their ability to make more $ and win more/place better than they are in the PGA. Rinse/repeat. Players may not chase the $, but in the modern sports era, I find that highly unlikely.


That's not a personal theory, it's the way most business works. "You have to spend money to make money."

Politics, murders, and human rights abuses aside, what Saudi Arabia is doing for golf is not far off from what Fox did for NFL football broadcasting. Or maybe the old 20th century USFL is a better parallel. Big money to lure talent to an upstart league.

/if you really want to stop the Saudi league, I know just the Guy to do it
 
2022-07-01 12:16:11 PM  
Sort of a meh to even the majors but ...the thought of one day watching LIV players go to the majors and thoroughly get their asses kicked by the courses themselves warms the cockles of my black heart.
 
2022-07-01 1:02:00 PM  
They bought Newcastle farking United.  They don't care about getting value for money
 
2022-07-01 6:02:43 PM  

Rwa2play: Sort of a meh to even the majors but ...the thought of one day watching LIV players go to the majors and thoroughly get their asses kicked by the courses themselves warms the cockles of my black heart.


Only 4 of the 14 LIV players made the cut at the US Open, and only 1 finished in the top 25 (Dustin Johnson T-24).

With LIV events only being 54 holes, I would expect this trend to continue.
 
2022-07-01 6:34:57 PM  

Spego: Rwa2play: Sort of a meh to even the majors but ...the thought of one day watching LIV players go to the majors and thoroughly get their asses kicked by the courses themselves warms the cockles of my black heart.

Only 4 of the 14 LIV players made the cut at the US Open, and only 1 finished in the top 25 (Dustin Johnson T-24).

With LIV events only being 54 holes, I would expect this trend to continue.


Yeah, what these guys have chosen to do is get paid to not compete. None on the Saudi blood money league's events are going to be competitions and if those guys aren't competing like they were on the PGA Tour or the European tour on a regular basis, it's going to be that much harder to perform when the majors come along. Ultimately, I think they'll lose financially in the long run from the lack of tournament performance; which will lead to a lack of endorsements and a further lack of income.

For some guys like FIGJAM and others of similar age, I can understand them chasing the money because competing for wins isn't likely for them in the short term (Phil's PGA Championship last year kind of being the exception that proves that point). But someone like a Dustin Johnson, a Douchambeau, or a Koepka doesn't make sense and it should come back to bite them hard in the long run.
 
2022-07-01 10:24:42 PM  

desertgeek: But someone like a Dustin Johnson, a Doucheambeau, or a Koepka doesn't make sense and it should come back to bite them hard in the long run.


I'm not typically someone who roots for failure.

But yeah, this crop of shiatbags cant lose or suck enough.
 
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