LIV Golf: What happened in the first round at Portland

by 24USATVJuly 1, 2022, 2:01 a.m. 20
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We just had a brief interlude from the golf, where Patrick Reed (wearing a truly hideous button-down with race cars on it) and his family went to Greenbrier for him to play golf and shoot an infomercial with a family of four riding around on a carriage.

The whole point was that his kids are now older, and he doesn't want to be a dad "through FaceTime," a struggle that any number of parents in this country could relate to. So it's supposed to feel relatable, which is why it's a new LIV talking point this week from Reed and the other newcomers.

But here's the thing ... they don't have to play every week on the PGA Tour. If Patrick Reed wanted to be home, he could just ... be home. Brooks Koepka has done this for years. There's no obligation to play any event, and you set your own schedule. Now with LIV? Those Saudis want their return on investment, so you are for damn sure playing in every one of their events. That could be 14 next season. Add in four majors. What about the Ryder Cup, which they all want to continue to play in? That's 18-19 events or ... a full year on the PGA Tour for most upper-echelon guys.

The talking point is silly, almost as much as Patrick Reed's shirt.

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