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LIV provides very little incentive to win

One of the big differences in the new LIV Golf Tour is the fact that golfers are required to sign contracts, and in essence become employees of the new league — unlike the PGA Tour, where golfers are members who follow general rules and have few restrictions.

Details in the contracts for the LIV golfers have been tightly guarded secrets, but the Wall Street Journal was able to obtain a draft copy of one of the contracts earlier this week.

While some contracts may vary, the details contained in the one obtained by the WSJ included the specific requirement for golfers to wear LIV-branded apparel at any league activity’ or “covered golf activity.”

Another unusual obligation requires golfers to recruit other players if they are asked.

The contract also limits each player’s media rights in LIV events, which seemingly contradicts one of the main reasons Phil Mickelson decided to defect to this new league.

An additional insight into the new league was disclosed during a court proceeding earlier this month when a lawyer for the LIV Tour admitted that tournament winnings would be deducted from each player’s initial contract payout.

It makes you really wonder what, if any, incentive guys like Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau or Dustin Johnson have to win an LIV event.

Sure, any golfer at that level must have a tremendous competitive spirit, but being paid $100 million whether you win or lose has to affect your incentive to win.

USGA humor

The biggest event in amateur golf, the U.S. Amateur Championship, is being held this week at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.

The eventual champion will be crowned on Sunday, but play got under way earlier this week with 36 holes of stroke play that whittled the field from 312 to 64 players.

This stroke play portion of the tournament is played in threesomes, and the USGA created a humorous stir when the groupings were announced before Monday’s opening round.

Placed together in the 11:12 a.m. tee time was the threesome of Mark Costanza, Hazen Newman and Campbell Kremer.

This collection of names is certainly familiar to anyone over the age of 40 — as George Costanza, Newman (no known last name) and Cosmo Kramer were all characters in the 1990s sitcom, Seinfeld.

Who says the USGA doesn’t have a sense of humor?

Close finish

Down River held its club championship last weekend, and the tournament’s finish was one of the closest in memory.

The top four finishers were separated by just one shot apiece: Shaun Four finished in first place with a two-day score of 141, followed by Denny Pennabaker (142), Tracey Smith (143) and Brad Swindell (144).

40 years ago

During the third week of August in 1982, Squire Shaw captured the Iron Masters club championship. Shaw shot scores of 75 and 69 to edge out Ron White by four shots.

The win was Shaw’s third championship at Iron Masters, having previously won the club’s top prize in 1965 and 1978.

Ken Love covers local golf for the Mirror. He can be reached at GLTR777@atlanticbb.net.

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