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Chronicle: PGA makes a huge mistake, the players owe him nothing

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Let ’em play golf, shit. Let them breathe. Let them LIV.

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On any course. In all countries with a water supply — except Russia. On a plane. In a train. In a car. In the pastures (Farmers Open). On the peaks. In tropical forests. On cycle paths. In Paradise. In hell.

For any sum of money, foreign or domestic.

Golfers are traitors?

There was not a single professional golfer who attacked the Capitol with a 2-iron on January 6.

Benedict Arnold changed teams, but it wasn’t during the Ryder Cup.

Reports are sketchy, but many biblical scholars believe that Judas hung himself from a tree – and not because he couldn’t get out of an impossible lie behind him.

Claus von Stauffenberg didn’t slip his bomb briefcase under Hitler’s table on the 19th hole at Wolf’s Lair CC.

Not since the Scots invented this sporting misery/addiction, in 1764, when they first hit rocks around 18 holes at St. Andrews (the “new course” then, I guess), the Grand Auld Game was not beset by such ignominy.

A few players are beleaguered by the misguided hypocrites, the overly jingoists, who were once truffles, hard to find, but now grow like bamboo.

Big name guys who betray their home organization, the PGA, flip coats and polo shirts, go over to the enemy – the rich new Saudi-backed LIV series – are traitors? Mutineers?

The PGA has banned 17 players from its tour (nine big winners) – including San Diego’s Phil Mickelson, who practically dove on the figurative grenade for it, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler (probably the biggest good will of the Tour Ambassador), Sergio Garcia, Pat Perez of San Diego and with Greg Norman the PT Barnum of LIV – for renouncing his golfing citizenship.

Mickelson reportedly received $200 million, Johnson $125 million, essentially just for his appearance. Tiger Woods, apparently offered a sheik’s ransom, gave LIV the Heisman, as did Jack Nicklaus.

Of course, the sport’s angry villagers not only see the players as traitors to the PGA, but to the United States, citing human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia.

A reporter actually asked Britons Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter if they would play in Vladimir Putin’s tournament. No answer.

It’s not the same thing. We did not cut Saudi Arabia. Not even close.

I’m not a fan of this nation – exactly the opposite – but do the hypocrites realize that they probably have Saudi Arabia in their gas tank? We get more than a barrel of oil from this country. And the Saudis are one of the main importers (untold billions) of American weapons.

The nation’s human rights history is terrible, but China’s is worse, and it’s hard to buy anything here that isn’t made there. Don’t we have athletes making money in China – or in Russia before the war?

Don’t we have our own indelible history of human rights violations, which the ignorant try to erase?

We have needlessly lost over 2,000 troops in our protracted war in Afghanistan, which continues to produce 90% of the world’s heroin supply.

Vietnam is our 10th trading partner.

We did, do and will continue to do business with these people for the same reason as these “traitors”.

Golfers are independent contractors.

Some players are fed up with the PGA Tour, but it’s all about the money. There aren’t many athletes who turn down hundreds of millions to run.

The PGA is making a huge mistake here. Golf is driven by names. The networks – and the Tour – have sponsors. Names sell. How long before they tell the Tour to get over it? Tiger no longer plays 20 times a year.

These players owe nothing to the PGA.

It reminds me of AFL commissioner Al Davis forcing the merger by ripping off NFL quarterbacks. The League blinked – and surrendered.

Although I don’t know much, I do know that the PGA is definitely not the NFL.

LIV can be an expensive but affordable failure. Do you know what these guys are going to do then? Smile at their bank statements and play golf. Somewhere. …

Family Quarrel: Fredo Spanostreated as a misogynist in costume by his sister DEA in an effort to take over the NFL team that was here – and sell it – is perplexing. “Misogynist?” said Fredo. “I was born in this country. …

Family Feud II: Meanwhile, the owner of the Orioles Peter Angelos is chased by his brother Lou for team control. Owners. Survey says? …

Is it a coincidence that Fredo’s younger brother is Michael? …

Jack Del Rio still have a job? Lucky for him that, while saying all this remarkable stupidity, he didn’t kneel down. …

You wonder how the Rams can keep spending so much money? If only LA was easier to move than the NFL salary cap. …

Ryan Fitzpatrick believes Peyton Manning “is the greatest quarterback that ever lived.” He wasn’t the greatest QB the Colts and Broncos ever had. …

Trent Williams on Aaron Donald“I wish he had retired.” …

The odds of Donald retiring were similar to my odds of going through SEAL training without ringing the bell. …

Another College Football Hall of Fame ballot without SDSU Willie Buchanon. Should have been decades ago. Was in The Sporting News’ All-Time Team. There’s never been a better college cornerback. Impossible. Only mike haynes (which is in) compare. …

Robinson Cano, 39, signed a minor league contract with the Padres, who managed to get him out of the Lakers. …

Stink O’ The Week Sezment Revisited: Fake Runner at second base. Just awful. …

Fire Joe Maddon? Of Bobby Knight: “Joe has forgotten more about baseball than Artie Moreno will ever know.” …

Dodgers Promotion: Buy eight gallons of gas on the my76@ app and get two tickets for the price of one. So it only costs you $100. …

When it comes to sculpting with clay, there are Bernini, Rafa Nadaland Chris Evert, who has won 125 consecutive games on the trick (199-2 overall). …

Elvis impersonators are no longer allowed in Vegas wedding chapels. Is it retroactive? Does this mean that I have been living in sin for 50 years? …

Forty-nine years ago last Thursday, I was in a White Front store (yes, White Front) and I looked at the biggest, most dominant, most remarkable thing I’ve seen in sport. : Secretariat at the Belmont. Always chills. …

No athlete from San Francisco (Klay Thompson) has the right to snatch fans from another city (Boston). Pot/kettle. …

Draymond Green is the NBA’s Woody Woodpecker. Instigator. …

If we says he wants to stay in New Orleans. Sure. Is there a more fun place to be when you’re not working? …

Candidate for Congress from New York State Carl Paladin said Hitler “is the kind of leader we need”. Not quite yet, Carl, but be patient. …

If you didn’t vote, don’t complain. But you go. …

Uvalde’s police chief says he didn’t know he was responsible for the school shooting. Does “chief” have another meaning in Texas? …

Admiral Nimitz: “When you order, order!”

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