If Patrick Reed yells, “Let’s go!!!” After hitting him but no one to hear, did he really shout, “Let’s go!!”? He said another way: Do you think LIV players care about a few people watching them personally? Tweet embed
This is the saving grace of the team concept: it forces players to care because their performance affects others. This is a silly comparison but recently My Uncle Tony Invitational I ditched my ass for one reason: I didn’t want to let down my partner, Michael Bamberger. It is human nature and competitiveness. At LIV, they have a lot to play for. Obviously money, but also their professional reputation. You can see how proud and so relaxed Pat Perez has been with his Doral teammates after being converted to a punch team for most of this season. So I think all the feelings and gestures at the end of the season event were real, even in the absence of the big crowds.
Rome is still a long time away. For Europe, there are five no-brainers: McIlroy, Ram, Fitzpatrick, Laurie, and Hovland. Based on their experience and talent in the Cup, Hutton and Fleetwood should be on the team except for serious downturns. This leaves five points, and the power (less) is the highest-grossing among these contenders, a list that includes Danny Willett, Alex Noren, Thomas Peters, Adrian Otegi, Bob McIntyre, Thomas Detry, Jordan Smith and Justin Rose (!). In general, this is a solid and pessimistic crew. The United States did not win in Europe this century. This trophy will be largely determined by the bottom half of the Euro roster – can they provide enough depth and firepower to compete against a stacked US team? we will see.
Which rivalry is better, the PGA Tour vs. LIV Golf or West Coast vs. East Coast ’90s rap? # Escalan Hahahaha
Ooooh, now it makes me think of all the similarities. In this scenario, the PGA Tour has to be the East Coast — more grounded, a little bloated, and ready to be rocked by a bustling new perspective funded by scary mothers.
Jay Monahan is puffed up: a highly paid celebrity who doesn’t realize he has no street cred.
Greg Norman is Suge Knight: vengeful, shady, prone to irresponsible exaggeration.
Rory Ho Peggy: Tons of game and widely loved but unfinished body of work.
Phil Ho Tupac: A troubled genius whose insane skills are overshadowed by his fickleness.
Jon Rahm is Craig Mack: an eye-catching staple.
Tiger is Dre: presses all the buttons behind the scenes but is also able to drop a classic.
JT is Mase: A couple of big hits but riding each other’s coats.
DJ is Snoop: a gigantic, low-level talent that’s changing the game.
And Ashley Perez is Faith Evans: always in the middle of it all.
if X [Xander Schauffele] And the [Patrick] Cantlay go [to LIV]Are they really going to make waves? Tweet embed
Yes, because they were part of Delaware Two Dozen, so not only would it damage the Tour’s grip on the young talent, but their defection would be a rebuke to the Tiger and Rory leadership. The Olympic gold medalist’s signature is valuable to international markets, and losing both Schauffele and Cantlay would be a blow to the Ryder and Presidents Cup teams, which appears to be the focus of LIV. So while neither player is a cross star, changing teams will be a big deal in this ongoing personnel battle.
Do you anticipate the decline of the PGA Tour on the horizon? Declining ratings, declining sponsor money, etc? # Escalan Tweet embed
On this issue, I keep coming back to my hometown event, Crosby Clambake. Each year he will receive three stars: Phil, DJ and Jordan. Now the two of them have withdrawn to LIV. This is a concern for fans and title sponsor AT&T, so they won’t say anything about me. I’ve heard a lot of rejection from sponsors, who are told to spend more on a product that has clearly been slashed. But the PGA Tour will see more action next year when all its top players come together, and another group when the top players are almost completely absent. We’ll see how that affects fan interest. This has been a shaky season for LIV, with players coming on board at various times without TV. I don’t think we’ll be able to really assess the new landscape until the end of 2023, but I do expect the PGA Tour ratings to go down compared to 2021, and that will definitely have an impact on what sponsors are willing to spend.
The The Fire Pit is offered a media coverage contract that will be exclusive to one round. LIV offers $5 million, the PGA Tour offers you $2 million; Which one do you take? Tweet embed
No, because the whole reason to found this company is to be an independent, beholden to anyone. You cannot put a price on credibility. Or can we take money from both? This would keep us neutral but allow for more luxurious boondoggles.
Would the prospects for a LIV TV deal be better with Phil in the booth instead of the track? # Escalan Tweet embed
Wow, that’s the best idea I’ve heard in a while! I thought for a long time that Mickelson would be a strength as a broadcaster – I think Johnny Miller has a higher Q rating and sharper needle. It’s certainly an underutilized asset at the moment, hardly a part of LIV’s social media offerings and keeping a low profile with reporters. Putting him alongside Verti in the booth would be incredible and Mickelson could certainly provide more value that way than his 30th place in each championship.
With major companies looking like they will let LIV players, a few high-profile signings around the corner, and a media deal imminent next season (whether paid for or not), what’s next for Monahan? # Escalan Tweet embed
Needs talent pipeline support. With LIV’s massive investment in the Asian Tour/International Series, that portfolio will be double and triple what is offered in the Korn Ferry Tour. For young players fighting for a chance, Asia/Lev will be increasingly attractive. Monahan needs to inject money into KFT in order for it to remain viable. Pulling this dough out of the Champions Tour would be the easiest way to do that. Along with Fred Coples, Mickelson was the biggest star on the Champions Tour but is now a runaway. And Freddy is 63 years old and has a bad back, so who knows how long he can keep producing. The tiger is increasingly suspicious of the elderly. Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter would have added big names and personalities in the coming years but they gave up on that opportunity. The tour should be much more important to nurture the next generation of superstars rather than support the elderly.
I Still Think About Lack of Emotion by James Hahn (above) when it appeared in your podcast. Is this how most players feel? Maybe that’s how veteran players on the PGA Tour think? # Escalan Tweet embed
Professional golfers, by definition, play golf for money. Maybe a dozen or two people are really interested in history/legacy. Other than the Grand Slam, most weeks for most players are the same: a chance to win money. There isn’t much difference between them between the LIV event in Boston or the Hartford Grand Open, except that the LIV event has a much smaller field and a much larger portfolio.
Have you installed the one-hole ball and where is it displayed? Tweet embed
I’m working on it! I have a shelf in my living room with memorabilia, trophies, old press passes, and some favorite photos from golf trips, and this is where you’re going. Although I tend to erase all the family photos on the mantle over the fireplace and put them there. I’m sure my kids will understand that.