Connect with us

Sports

Exclusive: Ten Englishmen among 50 pros seeking release to play in first Saudi breakaway event

Published

on

exclusive:-ten-englishmen-among-50-pros-seeking-release-to-play-in-first-saudi-breakaway-event

Lee Westwood playing golf - Exclusive: Ten Englishmen among 50-plus pros wishing to play in the first Saudi breakaway event - GETTY IMAGES

Lee Westwood playing golf – Exclusive: Ten Englishmen among 50-plus pros wishing to play in the first Saudi breakaway event – GETTY IMAGES

Ten Englishmen are among the 50-plus pros who sought releases from the DP World Tour to play in the first $25million Saudi breakaway event taking place in four weeks’ time in Hertfordshire. But still they wait to see if the circuit will grant clearances.

Telegraph Sport reported on Wednesday that the DP World Tour – formerly the European Tour – has decided to follow the lead of the PGA Tour and deny waivers for the tournament at the Centurion Club and insiders confirmed that legal issues mean the verdict from Wentworth HQ will not come until early next week.

The Tour declined to comment but, in truth, the wannabe rebels must be resigned to being turned down and should be focusing on how to react and whether to press ahead and compete for the $4m first prize regardless.

It is understood that those who have made it into 48-man field for the opener of the $255m LIV Golf Invitational Series – in which, even the player finishing last will receive $120,000 – have been informed and also given assurances that they will be backed if they do defy the verdict of Keith Pelley, the DP World Tour chief executive.

Greg Norman, the LIV chief executive, confirmed earlier this week that this would involve either paying their fines or arguing their cases in court, with injunctions immediately launched, if they are hit with bans.

However, despite Norman’s bullishness, there obviously remains doubts if the LIV legal team will be successful and concerns that they may be casting themselves into the wilderness, albeit with lucrative compensation.

It is believed that Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Richard Bland are probably going to go against the wishes of their home tour and play in St Albans, but the others, should they get a place in the 54-holer, remain undecided.

These comprise Laurie Canter (the world No 107), Sam Horsfield (110), Jordan Smith (118), David Horsey (262), Robert Rock (422), Ross McGowan (436) and Oliver Fisher (922).

Canter, who makes his first start in an American major next week at the USPGA, is the only one of this group not to have won a Tour title. They are a disparate bunch, ranging from 25-year-old Horsfield to 49-year-old Westwood. It is understood that no Scottish members of the Tour applied for a release, and neither did any Welshmen or French.

Graeme McDowell did submit his forms and it is believed the Northern Irishman is weighing up his options.

Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, reacts after missing a putt on the 18th green during the second round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament, Friday, April 22, 2022, at TPC Louisiana in Avondale - AP

Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, reacts after missing a putt on the 18th green during the second round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament, Friday, April 22, 2022, at TPC Louisiana in Avondale – AP

Like Westwood and Poulter, the 2010 US Open champion might be giving up his chances of further involvement in the Ryder Cup – either as a player, assistant captain or captain – but as a 42-year-old down in 371st in the rankings, without a top 10 in more than a year, this father-of-two could figure it prudent to accept the riches on offer.

It is thought that he has the opportunity to play in all eight events of this year’s series, meaning that the very least he could collect, if he finished last in each tournament, would be $1.19m.

Yet, LIV could also insist on McDowell making four Asian Tour starts, including the $2m event at Slaley Hall, Northumberland in three weeks’ time. Seven DP World Tour members have apparently sought releases for that tournament.

In his by now infamous press conference at the Centurion earlier this week – in which the Australian replied “we’ve all made mistakes” when quizzed about the State-approved 2018 murder of journalist of Jamal Khashoggi – Norman stated that LIV would start to reveal confirmed starters for Centurion next week.

When pressed if LIV would do this despite it being the second major of the year, he was nonplussed. “It’’s just announcing a few players,” Norman replied. “It’s not going to overshadow the PGA Championship.”

And if one of the players named is at Tulsa field, would he come under the media spotlight when he is trying to win a major? “We’re not worried about that,” he said.

LIV have been putting out Norman-lit fires all week and a little later Atul Khosla, LIV’s chief operating officer, tried to row back on this issue. “We want to be right and do fair for the players, so we might not put the names out next week, but the week after,” he said.

The final field is due to be unveiled on May 27, a week on Friday.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Sports

Miami football first three game times announced including Texas AM primetime

Published

on

miami-football-first-three-game-times-announced-including-texas-am-primetime

Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The first three 2022 Miami football games have been announced. Miami will open the season by hosting Bethune-Cookman at 3:30 p.m on the ACC Network. In week two Miami will host Southern Mississippi at noon on the ACC Network. Miami will play its first road game at Texas A&M in week three at 9 PM on ESPN.

The Hurricanes game at the Aggies kickoff time could be pushed back that night. Mississippi State plays at LSU at a 6 PM on ESPN prior to Miami and Texas A&M. Miami returns home to conclude non-conference play against Middle Tennessee State on September 24. The MTSU kickoff will be announced later.

Miami leads the all-time series with Texas A&M 2-1. The Hurricanes won the most recent games in 2007 and 2008. Miami will be playing Middle Tennessee State and Southern Mississippi for the first time. The last time Bethune-Cookman and Miami played was in 2019 in a game that was the first win for Manny Diaz.

The entire 2022 Miami football schedule will be played on Saturdays. Miami is at Clemson on November 19. That is the game most likely on the remainder of the Miami football schedule to be played in primetime. Miami opens ACC play against North Carolina on October 8 following a bye week.

The remainder of the 2022 Miami football schedule is October 15 at Virginia Tech, October 22 versus Duke, October 29 at Virginia, November 5 against Florida State November 12 at Georgia Tech and November 26 against Pittsburgh. Miami has an entirely new non-conference schedule in 2022 from their 2021 opponents.

This could be the last season the ACC plays with divisions. The NCAA ruled earlier this month that divisions are not required to play conference championship games. Miami was second in the ACC Coastal Division in 2021 with a 7-5 record overall and 5-3 in the ACC. Miami gave ACC Champion Pittsburgh its only 2021 loss.

The Hurricanes will be seeking to avenge losses to Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia. With all three games at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami should be favored versus FSU, UNC and UVA in 2022. In the inaugural season with Mario Cristobal as the head coach, Miami should receive a lot of attention nationally.

Continue Reading

Sports

WWE’s Gable Steveson reportedly wants to return to Minnesota Gophers amateur wrestling

Published

on

wwe’s-gable-steveson-reportedly-wants-to-return-to-minnesota-gophers-amateur-wrestling

Gable Steveson might not be done with amateur wrestling.

According to TwinCities Pioneer Press, although Steveson said that last season would be the end of his amateur wrestling days, he has one year of NCAA eligibility remaining and he is looking into possibly coming back for the Gophers’ 2022-23 season.

Gophers wrestling coach Brandon Eggum said, “I know he would like to wrestle, and he loves competing.” He added, “It would have to be something he works out with the WWE and Vince McMahon.”

Eggum said that the details have to be ironed out. No word yet on how this will play out with WWE. Steveson is under a multi-year WWE contract and the company has high hopes for him to become a star somewhere on the level of Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar.

He got a big introduction last year at SummerSlam and was introduced by Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania in Dallas. There was talk that he would start on the Raw roster after Mania but he has yet to get into the mix.

Continue Reading

Sports

CM Punk mocks WWE’s decision to move Money In The Bank PPV to a smaller building

Published

on

cm-punk-mocks-wwe’s-decision-to-move-money-in-the-bank-ppv-to-a-smaller-building

As was noted earlier, WWE has moved the Money In The Bank show from Allegiant Stadium to the much smaller MGM Grand Arena, thus canceling out hopes to turn Money In The Bank into one of the “big 5” shows as far as ticket sales.

CM Punk took to Twitter to mock WWE’s decision by including a photo of Sgt. Slaughter and Hulk Hogan from WrestleMania VII advertising. Punk is referring to WWE moving Mania VII from the LA Coliseum to the smaller Los Angeles Sports Arena. Ticket sales were nowhere near close to selling out and it was reported at the time in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE was claiming that they moved to a different building because of bomb threats due to the heated angle between Slaughter and Hogan. The Observer noted that the ticket sales were actually to blame. Low ticket sales are likely to blame in this case as well.

The latest update on Money In The Bank ticket sales (via WrestleTix’s Patreon) is that WWE had Allegiant Stadium set up for 27,114 tickets. As of May 20, they had sold just 19,594 tickets. Allegiant Stadium can hold around 65,000 fans for NFL games and likely more than that for a wrestling event.

CM Punk making fun of WWE moving out of the stadium and into a smaller venue for MITB. When this happened in 1991 for WrestleMania VII, WWE said the move to the smaller building was because of bomb threats. pic.twitter.com/48mdO7Ra85

— Wrestling News (@WrestlingNewsCo) May 27, 2022

CM Punk making fun of WWE moving out of the stadium and into a smaller venue for MITB. When this happened in 1991 for WrestleMania VII, WWE said the move to the smaller building was because of bomb threats. pic.twitter.com/48mdO7Ra85

— Wrestling News (@WrestlingNewsCo) May 27, 2022

Continue Reading

Trending

  • Sign up to be notified of our latest news!