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‘The sails are going to damage on that send:’ Lee Trevino opens up on LIV

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‘The sails are going to damage on that send:’ Lee Trevino opens up on LIV

Lee Trevino all through remaining week’s Birthday celebration of Champions on the Open Championship.

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Lee Trevino says he’s now not surprised gamers are leaving the PGA Excursion to ply their industry for LIV Golfing. 

And he additionally wouldn’t be stunned if the debatable, Saudi-backed collection fails. 

“To inform you the reality, I haven’t given it a lot concept as a result of I don’t suppose it’ll remaining,” he stated at the New Breed of Golfing with Michael Breed display on SiriusXM. “I actually don’t. I don’t suppose it’ll remaining.”

Stroll the duration of a chip shot, and also you’ll in finding any person with a LIV concept. Or any person who will ask for yours. However few may give it to you straighter than Trevino, who opined on just about the whole lot LIV over simply two questions about Friday. 

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“Lee, you notice what’s going down on this planet of golfing and particularly the PGA Excursion,” started Breed, additionally an established trainer. “You had been, individually, almost definitely one among six to ten people who had been very important for the PGA Excursion and the luck that it loved and what it in the end ended in now. You spot what has taken position during the last little bit with Henrik Stenson strolling clear of a Ryder Cup captaincy in order that he can cross play LIV. You spot different gamers which can be making the leap — Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka. As a person this is, partially, answerable for the luck of the PGA Excursion, I’m curious how this LIV factor lives within you. 

“What’s your response to what’s happening in skilled golfing?”

So as, Trevino’s resolution integrated his spin on why professionals would imagine leaving the Excursion for LIV; the ages of gamers within the collection; whether or not LIV would be triumphant; what the Excursion must do; and the reported signing bonuses being presented.  

“Smartly, it’s now not unexpected, I imply, as a lot cash as they’re paying them,” Trevino started at the display. “Those gamers are having a look after their households. They’re getting an amazing sum of money simply to leap over. 

“None of them are younger. The youngest one, I assume, is Bryson [DeChambeau]. I’m now not certain; in different phrases, a celebrity. 

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“I haven’t paid an excessive amount of consideration to it. I knew that it used to be coming. You’ll be able to’t keep watch over that. There’s no imaginable means you keep watch over it. You recognize what we do? We simply sail our send the best way we’re crusing our send and sooner or later the sails, I feel, are going to damage on that send. …

“I imply, they paid a thousand million greenbacks for ability. I imply, come on. I used to be seeking to determine it out in my head the opposite day. They almost definitely paid a thousand million greenbacks for ability, proper. I imply, that’s what they did. What did they pay Mickelson? I simply heard numbers.” 

“200 is what I heard,” Breed stated. 

“I imply, he’s 52 years outdated. Does he need to play till he’s 90 or what? I don’t know. That’s some huge cash. And you’ll set all your circle of relatives up with that.”

That’s about 200 phrases, and 5 takes. However perhaps maximum notable is that whilst Trevino lined a bit of the topic’s speaking issues, he additionally used to be fairly unmoved at LIV as a risk and that the established order from the PGA Excursion may just win the day. You’re now not listening to that as frequently as you probably did previous this yr — don’t omit Rory McIlroy’s concept in past due February that LIV used to be “lifeless within the water,” which he not too long ago backtracked on — and the Excursion has adjusted during the last half-year, significantly bumping up handbags, adjusting its agenda and strengthening its alliance with the DP International Excursion, the previously named Ecu Excursion. 

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Breed then requested the six-time primary winner about LIV’s layout, which contains 54 holes, a shotgun get started, group play and 8 occasions. (They’ll play 14 subsequent yr.)

“Lee, let me simply ask you actual briefly: While you take a look at an tournament that’s 54 holes, it’s a shotgun get started, it’s assured cash, there’s no lower — I imply, Ernie Els got here out this week and stated this isn’t what I imagine to be championship golfing,” Breed began. “I’m curious, while you see that, do you view that as championship golfing? Do you suppose that this is simply form of a circus revel in?”

Right here, Trevino talked concerning the in-person viewing revel in; repeated his trust that LIV wouldn’t paintings; and presented a priority.   

“Smartly, I don’t find out about a circus revel in, however I feel it’s a special factor totally,” Trevino stated. “I imply, there’s no imaginable means that lets do this merely on account of our galleries, our sponsors. I imply, we’re now not going to visit that over right here. I imply, how do you get the gallery out? I imply, if a man needs to observe anyone, he’s were given to be there at a undeniable time as a result of everyone tees off on the identical time. And he may now not do this. I imply, there’s people who paintings and say I wish to cross out at 2 o’clock and observe my man the remaining 9 holes. I imply, you’ll do this on our excursion. You’ll be able to cross out at 7 o’clock within the morning and watch any person after which cross to paintings at 1 o’clock. Going shotgun with 54 gamers or no matter they have got and the shotgun get started, I don’t know the way it’s going to paintings. I haven’t any clue the way it’s going to paintings. 

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“To inform you the reality, I haven’t given it a lot concept as a result of I don’t suppose it’ll remaining. I actually don’t. I don’t suppose it’ll remaining. I feel that, , sooner or later they’ll see to the place — I imply, it takes a large number of group to run this excursion. I imply, this factor simply didn’t rapidly simply leap, come out. We’ve been doing this for 54 years, , when we were given clear of the PGA. So yeah, it’s now not simple. It’s now not simple. However I don’t suppose it’s going to head any place.  

“I simply hope it doesn’t harm our sponsorships. That’s when it in fact begins getting severe is that if the sponsors get started quitting and doing this and doing that.” 

And that’s about 300 3 phrases and 3 takes. The freshest, in fact, is that LIV received’t remaining, and in case you’re a PGA Excursion fan, you must really feel inspired. Although, if issues get messy Trevino’s sponsorship concept must be worrisome.

We’ll all be told some extra in every week. 

LIV performs its 3rd tournament beginning Friday. 

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Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golfing.com and Golfing Mag. In his position, he’s answerable for modifying, writing and growing tales around the golfing house. And when he’s now not writing about tactics to hit the golfing ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee local is almost definitely taking part in the sport, hitting the ball left, proper and quick, and consuming a chilly beer to scrub away his rating. You’ll be able to achieve out to him about any of those subjects — his tales, his sport or his beers — at [email protected].

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