Shane Lowry Says ‘Disgusting’ Money in Golf Can Turn Fans Off on LIV Golf | golf news

“I feel like all people talking about is money now,” Shane Lowry says as he attacks “disgusting” sums of money in professional golf. Lowry adds that he never considered joining the LIV Tour of golf – which Greg Norman says the PGA Tour is “trying to destroy”

Last update: 09/15/22 9:41 PM

Shane Lowry believes the “disgusting” sums of money in professional golf risk alienating fans and that he “never considered” joining LIV Golf because he feels bad for the game.

Lowry said he didn’t know until hours later how much prize money he had won for winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, where he beat his Ryder Cup teammates Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm on Sunday.

Although he admits he was “well taken care of” for signing a three-year contract to play with the Saudi international, he insists he was never tempted to join the Saudi-funded breakaway team headed by Greg Norman.

“We are very fortunate that the corporate world loves golf and that is why we have great sponsors and that is why we play for a lot of money, but I feel like this is causing a split in the game and it is going to p*** people off,”
Laurie told the No Laying Up podcast.

“People are going to stop watching it. I think the sums of money that are being thrown out are absolutely disgusting right now. I feel like all the people talking about it is money now.

Shane Lowry says it's hard to tell him what winning the BMW PGA Championship means to him

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Shane Lowry says it’s hard to tell him what winning the BMW PGA Championship means to him

Shane Lowry says it’s hard to tell him what winning the BMW PGA Championship means to him

“We’re playing for points now in the FedEx Cup, but I watched the Tour Championship and all the commentators were talking about how much money they’re going to win and I thought, are you just going to talk about the cup or the title or how many times Tiger (Woods) won.

“On the way, Rory Tiger will pass if he wins this. I think it’s just disgusting amounts of money talking about to be honest.

“General Joe Soap, the guy who makes 50k a year, has to struggle to pay his membership to his golf club and loves the game so much, that’s probably something he’s fond of more than anyone else and I think is the wrong thing to do.”

Lowry admits he regrets saying “I’m a golfer and I’m not a politician” when asked about playing in Saudi Arabia despite the kingdom’s human rights record, adding: “That was the wrong thing to say.

Rory McIlroy congratulated his friend Shane Lowry on his victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth

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Rory McIlroy congratulated his friend Shane Lowry on his victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth

Rory McIlroy congratulated his friend Shane Lowry on his victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth

“I have played the Saudi international for the past three years and it was very hypocritical to say ‘I don’t like where the money comes from.’ I just think so. [LIV Golf] detrimental to the game.

“I’ve always said I play for titles and not for money. That’s why I didn’t enjoy it, to be honest. The reason I never really thought about it was because I didn’t think it was good for the game.”

Norman: The PGA Tour is ‘trying to destroy’ the LIV Tour

Greg Norman says the PGA Tour is “trying to destroy” the controversial LIV Golf Tour.

The 67-year-old, chief executive of the Saudi-backed rebel tour that has attracted Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, claims that attempts to discuss how all of the tours might coexist have been lowered.

Rory McIlroy punched a second eagle on the third hole in the first round of the Italian Open at next year's Ryder Cup Stadium, Marco Simone GC

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Rory McIlroy punched a second eagle on the third hole in the first round of the Italian Open at next year’s Ryder Cup Stadium, Marco Simone GC

Rory McIlroy punched a second eagle on the third hole in the first round of the Italian Open at next year’s Ryder Cup Stadium, Marco Simone GC

He told The Australian: “This idea we’re trying to destroy is not true. The PGA Tour is trying to destroy us, it’s that simple.

“The PGA Tour never sat down and had a conversation with myself or any of my investors.

“We’ve tried awfully, and I know I’ve personally done it for the past year. And when we knew we’d never hear from them, we just decided to go.

“We have no interest in sitting with them, to be honest with you, because our product works.”

The LIV Golf Tour continues with Invitational Chicago starting Friday.

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