In the midst of a tense day for LIV golfers competing in the open championship, the prospect of agreeing to a Golf Civil War seems to have been thwarted on Thursday.
After the game, the rebellious golfers stood on their own two feet at the St. Andrew’s Ancient Show, where there was an outcry from the crowd.
Ian Poulter was the first big LIV golfer to appear in the first round and, despite the dawn, he met Bo in the first TT.
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He immediately hit the T shooter outside the border, but recovered to get a strong three-round card for the eagle with a 160-foot monster.
Pouter was not the only person to betray the PGA and DP World Tours.
Dustin Johnson, Talor Gock and Lee Westwood are all tied for fifth place, while Bryce Dechaembe is tied for third place.
Elsewhere, Phil Mikelsen joined Patrick Reed, who wore an LIV Golf-branded robe during the round and clearly demonstrated his loyalty.
Mikelsen, for his part, did his best to remain positive during the turmoil – but eventually broke down.
A.D. Claret Jug, the 2013 winner of the previous Champions League, was asked not to attend the dinner because he was “unfortunate” because of his relationship with LIV Golf.
Confused, Michaelson said, “No, no. I think I can’t be happier and happier where I am.
“Golf has been fun, exciting and unique in my life and has allowed me to play and compete and still work out the things I still want to do.”
With more pressure, Mikelson retreated: “Stop it, man. let it go. Ask the same question three times. I don’t know what to say, I can’t be happier. ”
Mikelson, who is said to have paid $ 200 million (A $ 277m) for playing LIV Golf for at least three years, has not been criticized by Tiger Woods, a 52-year-old friend. “They turned their backs on the old player.
Westwood, however, responded when asked if he respected Woods’ comments.
“I respect the tiger as a golfer,” he said.
Asked about possible misunderstandings between LIV Golf and LIV Golf during the visit, the Englishman said he was “inspired” by the media.
“I think the media is encouraging and doing everything they can to help,” Westwood said. But I think the general public wants to go out there and see good golf no matter where they are playing or who is playing.
Before adding Westwood, a reporter rejected the claim: “OK. We can stand here and argue all day, but that’s the way it is.
“I spoke to a lot of people there last week – there is no animosity between the players, there are stories to be written so far. They are creating issues in their absence. You want to do that, fine. ”
However, Westwood disagreed with Woods’ skating at LIV Golf.
“He’s interested, isn’t he? LIV players talk about LIV Tour, PGA Tour players who are not on LIV Tour talk about PGA Tour and put on LIV Tour … I don’t pay much attention to people’s opinions. ”
Golf Channel reporter Todd Lewis Westwood said he had spoken to a number of players outside the record, who said the tension was rising.
“You may not be saying this publicly, but I have spoken to many players and they say ‘yes there is tension’. There are disagreements between the two groups and friendships are definitely a challenge, ”Lewis said.
The animosity of veteran golf writer Jamie Diaz is still “under cover” but there are signs that it may spill over soon.
Diaz said on the Golf Channel: “I spoke to a lot of players, agents and officials today – they all downplayed any external conflict but said it was controlled by human nature.
“When this happens in any workplace, things are debated when life or the company’s destiny is in jeopardy and the main thing is to be harmed.”
“Tensions are rising and unrecognized in the first place, but we are seeing evidence of that,” he added.