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    ‘Have the b**** to say I’m doing this for cash:’ Justin Thomas opens up on LIV

    Justin Thomas hits a shot late final month on the U.S. Open.

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    Justin Thomas, he would really like you to know, is exhausted. And aggravated. And “over it, for positive.”

    And but …

    “It’s powerful,” the world’s fifth-ranked participant mentioned this week on the No Laying Up podcast. “And I by no means thought I’d be mendacity in mattress so many nights serious about this fricking tour and what’s happening and all these items.”

    For those who’ve been following your golf information, even loosely, you already know to what he speaks of with out us even naming the topic. You could be weary of all of it, too, and that’s comprehensible. However the LIV Golf Sequence presses on — it’s enjoying its second-ever occasion this week in Portland — and the controversy that comes with that makes central figures like Thomas making an attempt to make sense of all of it each to himself and to others, irrespective of how a lot he would reasonably not. 

    No, JT isn’t going to play on the upstart, Saudi-backed sequence anytime quickly; he’s as pro-PGA Tour as they arrive, However that, alongside together with his lofty standing — he’s additionally received his second main this 12 months, the PGA — makes him a go-to supply for his ideas on the golf matter du jour, and No Laying Up podcast host Chris Solomon requested a considerate query to that:     

    How does Thomas view this function? 

    Good level. It’s loads to tackle. He answered, whereas additionally deep-diving into extra LIV ideas. (It’s right here the place we advise you to hearken to all the podcast, which additionally touches on Thomas’ win on the PGA, his relationship together with his caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay, and Will Zalatoris.)

    “I shuttle about how concerned I ought to be, how concerned I shouldn’t be, what I ought to say, what I shouldn’t say, what I wish to say and what I do know I can’t say and backwards and forwards of all these various things,” Thomas mentioned on the podcast. “When it first occurred and when it got here out, guys, they’re going to do what they wish to do, and yeah, do I want they wouldn’t have, however they’re entitled to their very own opinion and determination and so be it sort of factor. And I nonetheless do assume that method, however Jimmy Dunne — did you learn the article? — I assumed he summarized all the things that’s been happening in right here for me in that. 

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    “I perceive that they’re being fed all the things on what to say and all these items, nevertheless it’s simply, for them to say that’s all for the betterment of the sport and for them — I simply, to be completely trustworthy, I simply want certainly one of them would have the balls to say I’m doing this for the cash. Like, I personally would acquire much more respect for that. But it surely’s simply the extra the gamers maintain speaking and saying that that is for the betterment of the sport, the extra agitated and irritated I get about it. As a result of I can’t think about for somebody like me, who’s solely on his seventh or eighth 12 months on Tour and the way vital the Tour is to me, versus have a look at somebody like a Rory McIlroy, who I’m positive had different alternatives to do one thing like this. You have a look at Tiger, who’s had god is aware of what number of alternatives and issues to do one thing like this. However their loyalties and all the things that they’ve stood for and pushed have been with this Tour. 

    “Like I do know I really feel that method so I can’t think about how strongly they really feel. I’m positive they really feel betrayed and harm as a result of once more, I perform a little bit. So the an increasing number of I give it some thought, simply the extra aggravated and agitated I get with the blokes which have carried out it. Once more, so be it; they took their cash and the Saudis reached their quantity, however like I’ve mentioned, I’ve grown up my whole life eager to play the PGA Tour and play on Ryder Cups and Presidents Cup and any sort of considered that not being what it’s, is unhappy, to be completely trustworthy in my eyes. And I simply by no means need it to get to that time, in order that’s why I really feel like I’ve been vocal.”

    There’s loads to unpack there — Thomas listening to and blasting the LIV speaking factors (you’ve little question loads about “rising the sport”); Thomas questioning what different stars are pondering; Thomas questioning a few lesser Tour. And betrayal, one thing you don’t hear a lot about in golf, and Solomon requested the place that might come from.

    “Effectively, as a result of it hurts our Tour,” Thomas mentioned on the podcast. “And it hurts us. So I imply that’s the factor of — I heard somebody that introduced up a very good level is that they’re saying that I’m positive sooner or later, you already know, some type of lawsuits will likely be going and if any of these guys that left to go play the opposite tour sue the Tour, they’re suing me, they’re suing Rory, they’re suing Tiger, they’re suing each single certainly one of us that they’ve regarded within the face, regarded within the eyes and performed rounds of golf with, performed on Cup groups with, shared moments, no matter, with they usually’re suing us. 

    “So like, to me, that’s the place a bit of little bit of the betrayal and the upsetting and unhappy emotions come from. Once more, they’re doing what they clearly really feel is finest for them so that they’re going to proceed to go down that route by way of lawsuits and whatnot, however when somebody mentioned it that method, it sort of hit dwelling of like rattling, they’re doing that to the Tour, however they’re additionally doing that to me as a result of I’m part of that Tour.”

    Say what you’ll on any of this, however Thomas is honest right here. You may even say brually so. 

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    With that being mentioned, Solomon then introduced up one other attention-grabbing query: 

    “Do you assume there may be extra dangerous blood that’s sort of simmering beneath the floor on quite a lot of these items?”

    On the Canadian Open, Thomas was requested one thing related — and he answered, partially, that “I don’t dislike DJ [Dustin Johnson] now — however extra LIV occasions are being performed, extra Tour gamers are leaving and the dialog doesn’t seem like slowing down. 

    “I feel it’s simply a type of issues the place possibly if I walked previous that individual earlier and mentioned, hey, or requested how they have been doing, I possibly simply received’t do it anymore,” Thomas mentioned on the podcast. “It’s not like one thing the place, you already know, I’m flipping them the chook, or I’m making an attempt to make their life depressing by any means.

    “I’m simply, you already know, it’s a type of issues, you simply, some folks may not really feel like they should give the time of day anymore, is can be my solely guess.” 

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