Fred Couples has the right to his point of view, Sergio Garcia claims, however he ought to maintain it to himself.
Garcia’s remark, made to Sports Illustrated on Friday, followed Couples called Garcia a clown, among a number of stabs he threw at LIV Golf gamers previously today. In a speech in advance of a PGA Tour Champions occasion, Couples additionally baked Phil Mickelson, Cam Smith as well as LIV Golf programs.
“It’s what it is,” Garcia informed Sports Illustrated at today’s LIV occasion in Tucson,Arizona “It’s frustrating due to the fact that I do not recognize where he’s opting for this. But it’s Freddy so he can claim whatever he desires and after that we can claim whatever we desire.
“I think at the end of the day, his life is his life, and my life, in this case, is my life. So, I don’t think he should comment on what me or any of these other guys should have done because we didn’t tell him what he had to do.”
Mickelson, on the other hand, when asked by Sports Illustrated regarding Couples’ remarks, claimed just: “We’ve been friends for a lot of years.”
Garcia’s as well as Mickelson’s reactions followed Couples unloaded on a couple of LIV gamers, according to the Orange County Register:
— He called Mickelson a “nutbag,” however included that he is “probably one of the 10 best players that ever played” which he still likes him. Couples additionally selected his other World Golf Hall of Famer in referencing the truth that LIV has paid its gamers big, surefire agreements.
“If you’re giving Phil Mickelson $200 million at age 52 to shoot 74 and 75, God bless you,” Couples claimed, according to the Orange County Register.
— He claimed he was frustrated by “all these other clowns, like Sergio.”
— He was crucial of Smith, though called him just “the guy who won the Players Championship and British Open last year.” In describing his dive to LIV in 2014, Smith had actually informed Golf Digest: “I’ve lived over here seven years now, and I love living in the U.S., but just little things like missing friends’ weddings, birthday parties, and seeing your mates having a great time at rugby league games has been tough.”
To which Couples claimed, according to the Orange County Register: “I find that comical, because my favorite to ever play has five kids, 40 grandkids, and he has never missed anything — and that was Jack Nicklaus,” Couples claimed.
— He additionally blew up LIV’s programs. The collection is currently being relayed on the CW Network, after being revealed in 2014 in the united state just on You Tube as well as LIV’s web site.
“It was on the CW a couple weeks ago, or whatever that channel everybody is laughing about,” he claimed, according to theOrange County Register “I turned it on three times. It was so bad. I couldn’t even watch anyone that I liked. They don’t show ’em. … Who won the last one? I don’t even know.”
(Charles Howell III won.)
Notably, Couples, Garcia as well as Mickelson are all anticipated to be at the Masters in 3 weeks, as well as all 3 are anticipated to be at the Masters Champions Dinner on the Tuesday in advance of the event. On Saturday at the LIV occasion, Garcia was inquired about the last, together with additionally being inquired about Couples as well as Rory McIlroy, as well as current PGA Tour adjustments.
The concerns were prejudiced, so for clearness, right here are the total exchanges.
Question: “First off, I want to say great round today. We’ve heard recent comments from Fred Couples, and guys like him and Rory McIlroy have been very vocal about this tour. They’ve called it dead in the water. Do you think the sold-out crowds and the pattern we’re seeing, not only for here, but already for Orlando and Adelaide, but do you think they wouldn’t be talking about it if it was dead in the water? Are they just bitter? What are your thoughts on their comments?”
Garcia: “I do not recognize. You ‘d most likely need to ask. I believe, at the end of the day, we are where we wish to be. We more than happy to be right here, which’s one of the most crucial point for us.
Everyone, what do they claim? Everybody has a point of view, the like the various other point. Obviously everybody is mosting likely to chat. At completion of the day, we’re extremely delighted where we are. We like the item. You simply need to see what’s taking place out right here. So simply go as well as ask.”
Question: “And also with the recent changes that the PGA has made — the only way they wouldn’t be able to see is if they were blind. They’re obviously copying most of the stuff they’re doing here at LIV Golf. Do you think a bunch of the younger guys on tour that don’t make the elevated events will be trying to flock over here every chance that they get here in the near future?”
Garcia: “I do not recognize. It’s an excellent concern. I think we’ll wait as well as see, however not any person can enter right here. You need to be a wonderful gamer as well as a large advocate as well as rely on what’s taking place right here.
I’m not mosting likely to exist. I more than happy regarding what’s taking place on the PGA Tour due to the fact that I have a great deal of close friends there as well as they are worthy of to obtain every little thing that they’re obtaining, as well as I more than happy for them. The exact same manner in which they more than happy that I’m right here as well as doing what we’re doing. So I think we’ll see what takes place in the future.”
Question: “You talked about the guys on the PGA Tour. In a few more weeks, there will be a dinner. What kind of do you expect? Do you think it might be — I know guys are still friends, but could there be some awkwardness?”
Garcia: “I don’t know. You’ll have to ask whoever is going to feel awkward. I’m going to feel fine. I don’t have any problems with anyone, and I try not to make a big deal out of it. I’m going to be there because I earned it, because I deserve it, and I’m going to enjoy it. I hope the rest of the guys do the same.”
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