One of the main reasons given by players moving from the PGA Tour to the LIV Series was to allow more time between events, to be home more often and to have the freedom to choose which events to play throughout. throughout the season.
Over the past week, we’ve seen 11 LIV golfers file a lawsuit on the PGA Tour and subsequently receive a thorough response and denial of charges. Three of the 11 – Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford – have since had their applications for temporary restraining orders thrown out by the courts, so they can’t play in the first (or subsequent) FedEx play-offs, starting Thursday . .
2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed has had his many controversies over the years and after agreeing to sign for the LIV series explained how it gave him more free time.
“On top of that, just the quality of life for us as players now, having fewer events, being able to spend more time at home with family,” was an admirable take by Reed.
“If you have kids, you can hang out with your kids, and you’re not sitting there and you have to play three or four weeks in a row, then take a week off, and during that week off, you’re getting ready, try to get ready for next week.
Great, hard to argue with that notion.
Yet here he is, a few months later, playing the LIV-supported International Series Singapore before attending a similar event in Korea, a few days later, surely not giving much time to get home and spend more time with Justine and the children.
Having dropped to 46th in the world rankings and without OWGR points currently awarded at LIV events, Reed risks dropping out of the top 50 and losing the considerable privileges that come with it – if the major organizations do. eventually allow all LIV players to compete.
Supported by LIV Golf, but not an exclusive event, Asian Tour events carry OWGR points. However, as the the official website of the world ranking showswinning here won’t make a huge difference to the standings, with the eventual champion receiving around 7.5 points compared to the winner’s 69 points at St. Jude and almost 15 at the DP World Tour event in Northern Ireland.
Reed doesn’t see that as a problem, saying “world ranking points always help, but at the end of the day, for me, coming here, I had heard good things about this place.
“And coming in, I knew I wanted to play a bit after the last event we played at Bedminster, and it fit the schedule.
“For me, it’s more about travelling, playing golf and trying to develop the game around the world, not just staying home and playing at home. I’ve always loved traveling and playing, so playing an event like this is a dream come true for me.
Once in the general public, there were of course a lot of reactions on social networks.
Responding to a tweet from @BunkeredOnline, one user commented, “Wow…that seems weird considering why he joined LIV. “He said being on the road and away from his kids, the possibility that he wasn’t a good father, was starting to affect his game.” Hopefully one day in Asia will help solve these problems! »
Opinions come and go. What the majority is asking for is an honest answer to why players make the choices they do.
With ongoing and upcoming legal measures, this could get even nastier than it already has been.
Over the 19th hole