LIV Golf held some press conferences this morning as the new golf league made its presence known to the world and continued as you would expect.
Ari Fleischer was the event’s director, former Fox News reporter and press secretary to George W. Bush.
Players walked on eggshells as they discussed the human rights record in Saudi Arabia.
Things soured at one point when the Associated Press’s Rob Harris was cut down by a LIV spokesperson and escorted by security after an altercation. Harris was allowed to return a few minutes later, which coincided with a tweet saying: “Golfers have been allowed to ask questions about Saudi Arabia and human rights issues. No media has been prevented from doing so.”
While LIV Golf boasts some big names like Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia, things are falling so fast that Australian Wade Ormsby has also been named one of the eight team captains. Ormsby, 42, is currently ranked 125 on the DP World Tour and has won the Hong Kong Open twice, including as recently as January 2020. His best performance was a tie for 40th at the 2021 US Open.
The names of the first eight teams were announced and their corresponding slogans were presented. They’re as creative as any local golf league that’s fancy enough to flaunt their matching shirts.
The only thing unknown is the consequences players will face for leaving the PGA Tour. Will they be welcomed in future majors? Ryder Cup?
Damn consequences. You only live once.