A bombshell report claimed that players who joined the LIV series are now actively seeking to “kill” the PGA and DP World Tours.
The main players have been and continue to be tempted by the long-established tours by the ridiculous sums of money on offer, with the breakaway being backed by $2 billion in Saudi Arabian money and total prize money over eight events amounting to approximately £205 million.
Henrik Stenson is the latest golfer to join the Saudi-backed rebel tour, a move that cost him the captaincy of Europe’s Ryder Cup team and seemed to prolong the sport’s civil war.
But I spoke to an anonymous player who now feels uncertain about what the future holds, insisting there has been no respite between the warring sides.
“I don’t know how it ends. It’s all out war right now,” the player said. ‘No one has a problem with them [LIV players] Go. Go play, don’t feel like you have to disband the tour.
Sergio Garcia is one of the players accused of speaking out against the tour, who allegedly played the tour in front of beleaguered Scottish golfer Robert McIntyre at last month’s BMW International Open in Munich.
‘It’s so disappointing. The things he has said in recent weeks are shocking. He walks into the locker room in Germany and starts fuming in front of Bob McIntyre and a few other guys, basically saying “you all f****d, can’t wait to get off this tour”.
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Former Ryder Cup Europe captain Henrik Stenson is the latest golfer to join the Saudi-backed rebel tour
“I don’t understand how you get to this point if you’re a decent person. Why become bitter. Why? You started on this platform. Why are you taking it off? It’s a real problem.
The anonymous player went on to slam Garcia’s compatriot, Adrian Otaegui, another LIV rebel who asked DP World Tour doctors to scan his shoulder injury and then build a rehabilitation plan.
“Now he went to LIV and came back and still wants all those things. I told the physios it was wrong. They said they had no choice. We have to treat it the same way. Doesn’t seem right to me.
The player also revealed that South African Justin Harding was ordered to “f*** off” during the same competition, which the anonymous player said underpinned the players, caddies and staff “wounded” that they currently feel.
The anonymous player told how Sergio Garcia went wild against the tour in Munich last month
“Justin Harding was walking along the beach. Justin is a good guy. A couple of guys yelled, “Do you just want to fuck each other?”. It was a joke, but there was also an underlying meaning. It hurts the players, and not just them, the caddies, the staff. It feels like they’re trying to land the tour. It’s so wrong.
Swedish player Stenson is the latest top player to join the Greg Norman-led series, however, taking a signing fee of £40m.
Ryder Cup Europe released a bombshell statement earlier this week confirming news of Stenson’s dismissal as captain, and the player believes the decision will now result in a divided dressing room for Europe ahead of Italy 2023.
Speaking about a conversation at the Irish Open involving a group of players in the bar, the player said: “The feeling was that Europe would now be divided in the squad room.” “Let’s say Sergio played, for example. It wouldn’t be good.
sports mail revealed on Thursday evening that Europe and the United States were at risk of breaching contracts worth tens of millions with broadcast and commercial partners, which threatens to jeopardize the future of the Ryder Cup if they exclude the Saudi rebels.
The anonymous player then criticized Garcia’s compatriot, Adrian Otaegui, another LIV rebel
European stalwarts Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell are all at risk of being omitted from future events, as are Americans Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson Dechambeau, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.
LIV players all received immediate and indefinite bans from the PGA Tour last month, while the DP World Tour (formerly European Tour) notified its intention to fine the rebels and suspend them from future events, although that they stopped before an outright Ban.
The breakaway series is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) – owners of Premier League side Newcastle United.
It has led to the players being criticized for taking part in the Saudi-backed tour due to the kingdom’s dismal human rights record, while critics have also called the competition “sportwashing”.
The player also revealed that South African Justin Harding was ordered off at the Scottish Open.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in 2018 at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey after criticizing his country’s government, and a UN special rapporteur and the CIA have since claimed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman gave the order of the murder.
US President Joe Biden discussed the murder of Mr Khashoggi during a meeting last week with the Saudi crown prince, who continues to deny the allegations, while Saudi prosecutors have accused “rogue” Saudi agents.
The kingdom has also carried out mass executions this year, with 81 people convicted on broad terrorism charges in March, bringing the total number to 92 in 2022. The current figure is unknown.
Bin Salman has also waged a crackdown on women’s rights activists, with current rights severely curtailed, while homosexuality remains illegal.
A statement from Ryder Cup Europe confirmed that Stenson’s captaincy had ended ‘with immediate effect’