September 25, 2022

Bubba ‘praying’ to remain in Masters after leap to LIV Golf

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson says he’s praying to be allowed again at Augusta Nationwide…

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson says he’s praying to be allowed again at Augusta Nationwide after leaping from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf, however is ready for any ban.

Watson, sidelined by a knee harm, was amongst ex-PGA newcomers to the Saudi-backed LIV collection talking Wednesday forward of the occasion beginning Friday at The Worldwide course in Bolton, Massachusetts.

LIV Golf’s report $25 million purses have helped lure 26 of the world’s 100 high gamers to the circuit.

However gamers who go away for LIV Golf have been banned indefinitely by the PGA Tour and whereas LIV gamers had been allowed on this yr’s US and British Opens, there isn’t any assure they are going to be allowed in majors going ahead, even at occasions the place previous champions sometimes get long-term beginning spots.

“It’s a bizarre state of affairs, being a Masters champion,” Watson mentioned. “Augusta, proper now, we are able to play in it, and I’m hoping, and praying, that they make the fitting choices and previous champions (can play).

“In the event that they inform me that I can’t go, being a previous champion, then I don’t need to be there anyway as a result of that’s simply the incorrect manner to take a look at it.”

Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, who shared eleventh eventually week’s PGA Tour Championship, mentioned he had no regrets about his choice, even when it means he wouldn’t play in additional majors.

“I had considered it a number of days and I’m actually proud of my choice and I’m actually excited to be a part of the LIV Tour,” Niemann mentioned.

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“We earn our place within the majors and in the event that they need to see actual competitors they must have the highest gamers. That’s why the majors are there.”

India’s Anirban Lahiri, who like Niemann was amongst six gamers named Tuesday as new LIV members, mentioned he was excited for the possibility to play extra typically in Asia.

“There’s a lot good that’s going to return out of this. It’s positively going to spice up the expansion in that area,” Lahiri mentioned.

He hopes to play in a future LIV occasion in India.

“That’s going to be a risk sooner or later and that’s the place you encourage the following technology,” Lahiri mentioned. “It’s positively going to be impactful.”

Lahiri has lived his dream of taking part in in majors however is comfortable to play much less typically now.

“I additionally attain a time limit of my life now the place I’ve had my second child, and I need to be house extra and I need to give them one of the best surroundings I can,” Lahiri mentioned.

World rating factors will not be awarded for LIV occasions, though with world quantity two Cameron Smith, the British Open champion, making the change this week, Watson argues they need to.

“The quantity two participant on the earth is now right here so if you happen to’re going to attempt to see one of the best gamers on the earth, then it is best to have world rating factors,” Watson mentioned.

‘LIV versus PGA’ occasion?

He would additionally appreciated to see one of the best of LIV Golf and the PGA compete in opposition to one another someday.

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“I’d love if there’s a manner to determine a manner all of us work collectively or at the very least play LIV in opposition to PGA Tour,” Watson mentioned.

Watson traded cordial texts with Rory McIlroy after the European star gained the Tour Championship and mentioned he hopes he nonetheless has PGA buddies.

“I didn’t die,” Watson mentioned. “We will nonetheless be mates.”

American Harold Varner III, mentioned his leap was influenced by the possibility for the “generational” wealth LIV supplied to safe his household for all times. It additionally meant an enormous social media backlash.

“It sucked,” Varner mentioned. “It’s horrible. I’d relatively not even be identified than be hated. I simply hate to be hated since you’re doing what’s greatest for you.”

Varner mentioned he appreciated how PGA Tour modifications to spice up prize cash made it extra like LIV Golf.

“Everybody goes to be higher off now than they had been two years in the past,” Varner mentioned. “Any person is about to receives a commission, that’s for certain.”