Throughout the growth of the Greg Norman-led LIV Golf Tour, many of the top golfers that have defected from the PGA Tour have been quiet and frank about their rationale behind the move.
However, American star Bryson DeChambeau has arguably been one of the most open and honest amongst those who have joined the new series. That didn’t stop this past week following their event at Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey.
In a recent interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, DeChambeau further explained his reason for the switch and talked about how this new rivalry between Tours is great for the sport.
As one of the fresh new stars in the sport, the American sees this as an opportunity to pave the way for the next generation.
“The reason I say that is, I’ve always thought that golf has to tailor itself to the younger generation, if we want to continue to grow the game. I’m all about growth in the game of golf.”
But then, this is where the interview got weird. When asked about how the two Tours are currently co-existing, DeChambeau went on to compare the situation to one of rival pizza restaurants saying:
“You have a pizza shop that’s been in existence for 50 years. And all the customers go to it and it’s a great product. All of a sudden, a new pizza shop opens up, right? And they start paying the customers to come eat at their place, and that pizza is potentially a little bit better of a pizza, right? And then, all of a sudden, that original pizza house goes, if you go over there, we’re banning you from ever coming back to our pizza shop. What’s wrong with that economic model?”
Strange comments from Bryson DeChambeau
Excuse me? We have heard some pretty unusual comments from new LIV Golf members, but this one from Bryson DeChambeau may be the strangest of them all.
This is just one of many interviews that Carlson has done with LIV Golf to promote the Tour, which as a consequence is now attracting hate for Tucker’s own show.
In another interview with Norman, they speak about the negative press and how, according to Norman, it doesn’t affect him at all.
“I really don’t care,” he added. “I just love the game so much and I want to grow the game of golf and we at LIV see that opportunity not just for the men but for the women”
While the appeal of the new Tour may be growing for some, we know one golfer who certainly won’t be going.
The rumors continue to circulate about Tiger Woods reportedly turning down between $700-$800 million from LIV Golf to join their Tour.
An unimaginable number to turn down. This shows the commitment that many still have to Jay Monahan and the PGA Tour.
The last LIV Golf event took place at former President Donald Trump’s own course, and as a result, this led to many politicians and personalities having elected to attend. All of that led to bizarre press and interviews like the one between Tucker Carlson and Bryson DeChambeau.
What’s clear is that these golfers that have committed to LIV Golf seem all in, one way or another.