LIVlier Than Most! Recapping A Wacky Day In Golf
Mickelson, Norman, Johnson, Nicklaus and Tiger make news.
It’s not often that Tiger Woods opts out of a major and the news is relegated somewhere behind DJ saying sayonara to the Ryder Cup and Phil Mickelson resurfacing with a Clouseaustache.
But what a combo platter it was after LIV Golf’s farcical team rollout Tuesday in London. We had Mickelson’s reemerging from “hundreds” of hours of therapy. And reportedly $200 million richer to help pay off Jimmy The Greek’s relatives. Then there was Dustin Johnson announcing his PGA Tour resignation, a bunch of crazy press conference brouhahas, and the USGA finally chiming in on U.S. Open status for members of Teams Crushers and Fireballs. This nonsense pushed a gimpy Tiger to A3. And he’s probably just fine with that. I’m picturing him on the back porch listening to the birds chip, sipping a vodka cranberry and curling up with Dean Koontz’s latest wrapped around Shipnuck’s Phil book.
As I noted in a rare midday Quad, the 2022 Tiger has always been all about the Old Course. Nothing personal, Brookline.
For those Quadrilateralaficionados with lives, here’s a recap of an entertaining day—well unless you’re a PGA Tour executive counting on purse growth to pay for a Pablo Creek membership—where LIV showed what happens when Saudia Arabia’s Public Investment Fund gives way too much cash to people with strange perspectives on…life.
In order and out of respect for the majors…
The USGA made clear that no player who has qualified for the 2022 U.S. Open will be withheld from the championship just for gorging on sleazy money and points beyond: