Steve Straker has thought a lot about LIV Golf. It is worth listening.

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“The second largest story in golf this week resulted in London,” the reporter mentioned.

“Sure,” mentioned Steve Straker.

That is how most of those exchanges have gone. Questions for gamers in regards to the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational Sequence, who began enjoying This week in England. The gamers’ reluctance to reply. I heard rather a lot on the PGA Tour this week, when a reporter started his questioning very politely: “I am sorry you are the man who’s going to ask this query” — to any Justin Thomas replied: “I knew it was coming.”

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None of this, after all, is obscure. the place the cash comes from and why it’s being spent. You additionally know which resolution gamers have to hitch. Then there are those that follow the established product, solely to see different gamers, and in lots of instances pals, excel. Thomas additionally talked about this when he referred to Dustin JohnsonHe mentioned, “I do not hate DJ now. I do not assume he is a nasty man. I would not deal with him any in another way.”


However Straker’s perspective – after some follow-up questions – is exclusive right here. He is aware of the present technology, or at the least studied it, as a part of final fall’s Ryder Cup captaincy assignments. He is a little bit older—Stryker is 55—than the group of 45 or older who bounced again to Liv on an vital ultimate payday. He noticed some issues, too.

We do not imply to magnify the previous. However for some time within the early 2000s, as Stricker misplaced his tour card and slid deep into the world-ranked triple digits, you thought he may need as soon as questioned the place LIV, along with his trusty cash, was in his day. To be truthful, to enrich this look again, Stryker ultimately discovered his method, successful eight instances from 2007 to 2012 and enjoying on three Ryder Cup groups and 5 Presidents Cup groups.

So, sure, his view is at the least value listening to, maybe greater than some other participant. Oh, and he is additionally sometimes talking, which he was to reporters this week on the American Household Insurance coverage Championship, the occasion he is been internet hosting for 50 years and extra in his dwelling state of Wisconsin.

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Stryker was requested two questions on it, although he spoke for minutes.

“And I am questioning what your normal ideas are on what is going on on. It looks as if there’s some type of improvement each hour with LIV Golf,” the reporter mentioned.

Sure, it’s. Sure, it is a loopy time within the golf world, is not it?

“I actually do not know what to assume. We have talked about it, [wife] Nikki, me and Mario [Tiziani, his brother-in-law] And my household, we have talked about it rather a lot and if I am put on this place what sort of factor do I do.

“Morally talking, I do not assume I can do this, however that is what I am speaking about now after I’m 55, proper? If I used to be at peak efficiency after I was enjoying nicely, I used to be supplied as a lot cash as they did, would it not be any totally different? And it is laborious for me to reply that. Personally, morally, now, I am not an enormous fan. It appears, you recognize, I hate to say it, nevertheless it seems a bit like a visitor member, it truly is. I do not really feel comfy with me. No There may be historical past there, Venice begins.

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“They play for some huge cash and I do not envy the gamers who go there to play this spherical, however for me personally, I discover it laborious to get round it.

I’ve all the time been – not a Corridor of Fame man, not a man who’s received any main or something, however I’ve performed and been in a position to examine myself, my time on the tour with recreation greats and what they did, you recognize? Proper now, there’s none of that on this LIV tour, it is all in regards to the cash. All of us want it, proper, and to some extent others want it greater than others. Everyone seems to be totally different.

“Yeah, it appears to have some momentum. There are extra guys out so I believe we’ll have to attend and see how issues prove. I am comfortable the place I’m, and I am glad I am nonetheless in a position to play right here. Clearly the tour has given rather a lot to me and my household. Over the course of my profession, even this event right here. I owe rather a lot to the Tour and what we have accomplished throughout my profession on the Tour. I simply do not know if I can eliminate all that and go play someplace else.”

“If I may simply ask for a follow-up: Was your resolution going to be more durable in ’03, ’04, ’05 whenever you have been struggling, you misplaced your spot? Would which have made it harder in the event you have been thrown into that place then?” he requested. correspondent.

“Do you imply if I battle with my recreation and get some huge cash?” Stryker mentioned.

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“Sure, like 20 years in the past,” the reporter mentioned.

“Once more, I am nonetheless attempting to place myself on this totally different type of scenario and I do not know what the reply is, I am not likely doing it. We’re all on this to earn cash, it is a enterprise deal, however I additionally take a look at the opposite finish of it because the historic a part of The sport I have been part of one thing for nearly 30 years I have been fortunate and been in a position to play this wonderful tour. I would not change that for something.

“I am glad it did not occur throughout the time I might have had an opportunity to go there. I do not know what I might have accomplished, I do not actually know. Yeah, it is a robust query, is not it? I do not know if there is a proper reply. Or incorrect, however I am with the Tour, I am with the PGA Tour. I am completely in favor of the Tour and what it is about, Charitable {Dollars}. I imply, I do not know if there’s any charitable cash that is going to the primary occasion of a LIV occasion in any respect, however I do know it is actually there right here And I do know there is a weekly run. That is an vital piece of the puzzle, an vital a part of what is going on on, particularly right here. I would not change it.”


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