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    Nick Faldo slams Saudi tour and its gamers; Jim Nantz feels ‘betrayal’

    Nick Faldo and Jim Nantz on Saturday throughout CBS’ broadcast of the Canadian Open.


    Nick Faldo, Jim Nantz and CBS began its intro into its PGA Tour protection with variety phrases about its leaderboard and the golf course they have been on.

    They then talked for 3 minutes, principally in blunt trend, about “a narrative that can be on the market.”

    In CBS’ first televised feedback in regards to the upstart, Saudi-backed LIV Invitational Sequence — which completed its first occasion on Saturday about an hour earlier than the published of the Canadian Open — Nantz famous the world rank (126th) and lack of latest success of Charl Schwartzel (no wins in six years), the occasion’s champion, then Faldo took swings on the format and the gamers, and Nantz mentioned he felt ‘betrayal.” The tone may very well be thought of each shocking, given the community’s earlier silence, and anticipated, contemplating CBS’ lengthy relationship with the Tour, which Nantz did disclose.

    “Charl Schwartzel together with his first win of any variety in six years, ranked 126th on the earth, he was the victor of this 54-hole occasion of the tour that’s Saudi backed.” — Jim Nantz eight minutes in to CBS’ PGA Tour broadcast 👀

    — Nick Piastowski (@nickpia) June 11, 2022

    After noting that the Tour this week had suspended its members who performed within the occasion and exhibiting press convention clips of Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas speaking of the sequence, Nantz requested Faldo for his “ideas.”

    “No. 1, you noticed these faces, you may’t really feel good being a serious champion to be suspended from the Tour,” Faldo mentioned. “We’ve received two completely completely different golf tournaments. One, we play for tournaments and nationwide championships over right here. And the LIV Tour is what, 54 holes and no reduce, shotgun begin, you realize, sounds loopy. 

    “And the opposite factor that may be very noticeable is the gamers which have left. Clearly they’re in mid-40s, they’ve been out right here on Tour, they’ve been battling away and so they most likely know they will’t win out right here towards these kids. So that they’re taking the straightforward choice to go over and try to win a boatload of money.”

    Nantz then famous CBS’ broadcast partnership and that “we’re pleased with it,” earlier than saying that he and others felt misled.  

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    “However I take into consideration — what I maintain listening to from individuals, too, is a way of disappointment, even a little bit betrayal,” Nantz mentioned. “They’ve all the time been informed the story — and I do know it was true — that sooner or later of their careers the dream was to play on the PGA Tour, construct a legacy, construct your future financially. 

    “And the Tour’s been good to them. It’s a Tour that’s come into these communities for many years and made these communities higher than how they have been after they first received there. I’m speaking not hundreds of thousands; I’m speaking billions of {dollars} into these communities.”

    “I believe all the gamers are pleased with that since you all the time get thanked and so they say, oh, nice to see you again once more,” Faldo mentioned. “You realize, I’ve been out on the Tour for many years and now many years with TV as properly, and also you find it irresistible on the market. If you’re a child, this was your dream, to come back out and compete towards the very best and it’s what you do.”

    At this level, Nantz stopped the dialog, there was a three-second pause, and CBS confirmed Shane Lowry hitting a putt.  

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