wanted to mention a few interesting LIV related things, starting with the 3 guys who just made the jump (thomas pieters, brendan steele, danny lee) and then some things that came out more recently.
- Pieters, ranked #34 in OGWR, wasn't invited to Riv and has in the past commented about how lonely it can be on tour for a european born guy like himself even if he played collegiately at Illinois. speculation, but seems like he wasn't willing to move stateside full time like other prominent Euros who played collegiately over here and LIV is better for his lifestyle. also since LIV/DP world tour suit is in limbo, he can still play the euro tour though not for Euro RC team at this point in time. the Euro RC team remains big elephant in room as to how they can field a competitive team w/ these defections coupled with how they award points for auto qualifiers.
- Brendan Steele is a longtime friend of Phil's and grew up in inland empire. believe he currently resides in orange county, so paying big state taxes unlike the pros based in florida, nevada , texas etc. at 39 and past his main earning days on pga tour, sensible that he made jump likely after Phil was in his ear.
- Danny Lee - spotted thursday afternoon at rancho range after a 76 at RIV. speculation, but i bet word got out around Riv he was leaving pga tour and the tourney operators and/or other tour pros there made him feel so uncomfortable that he'd go to one of the busiest ranges in the US instead of grinding at RIV. Hilarious.
came out today that adidas & DJ have parted ways. speculation but my guess is adidas didn't feel it was worth sponsoring him to be shown on the CW + the 4 majors. this aligns w/ how taylor made is seemingly no longer using him in any advertising these days. this will prove out to be quite interesting over time because at what point does a 3-4 year deal w/ LIV become untenable if it means you've given up all your endorsement money?
it's known that cobra/puma ended their relationship w/ bryson and now he's in cuater spikes, ping irons and a taylor driver. given his personality and new lack of exposure, i'm curious if he's even getting his gear for free?