LIV Golf experience is weirdly fun, but all about the money

LIV Golf experience is weirdly fun, but all about the money

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Well, what did you think?

For those of you who paid attention to the LIV Golf tournament this week at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster — whether you were on the grounds and saw the circus live or streamed it on the internet — did it feel like a real sporting event or a three-day circus with only the lions, tigers and elephants missing?

There was a winner crowned late Sunday afternoon — 46-year-old Swede Henrik Stenson. What exactly that means in terms of golfing consequence — other than the $4 million winner’s check — is up for debate.

Stenson winning was compelling mostly because just 11 days ago he was stripped of his European Ryder Cup captaincy by the DP World Tour the moment it became official that he’d joined the Saudi-backed tour.

In an ironic twist, had this been a DP World Tour-sanctioned event, Stenson would have gained significant Ryder Cup points and enhanced his chances of being a player on the European team.

But there are no points associated with LIV Golf. No World Ranking points, no Ryder Cup points.

Just money.

A lot of it.

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The 4 Aces Team of Pat Perez, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed and Dustin Johnson spray champagne after winning the team competition.
Rich Graessle

Which, of course, is the primary reason every single one of these players is a part of this tour despite the litany of disingenuous reasons they’ve been trying to sell to you in the various press conferences that have taken place.

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