Graeme McDowell was one of the golfers who decided to move to LIV Golf and admitted ahead of the Saudi-backed league’s first tournament that he was proud to join the new tour.
However, McDowell said on Monday that he expressed some regret over the comments. He said that he had received negative comments on social media, saying that some people had asked him to “die”.
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“I can’t turn on my Instagram or Twitter account without someone telling me. I prefer not to say anything. I wish I could just sit there and shake my head and say ‘no comment’ but that’s not me,” he said. told the BBC.
“It was really hard because I was asked questions that didn’t have the right answers. My moral integrity was always being attacked when I was trying to play golf.”
McDowell said he was trying to make a good “business decision” to support his family.
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“I’m trying to make a business decision for myself and my family. I’ve chased that money all over the world throughout my career. Do I research the ethics of every dollar I earn? No I don’t,” he said. “It’s about the money, and I think most guys will happily tell you. They’re there for the financial opportunity, no doubt about it.
“There’s a lot more to what we’re trying to do to create a new product for the fans. The 54-hole shotgun team format is fun, it’s different. But nobody cares about that right now, they just care about that. The downside.”
Big purses and big contracts have drawn many PGA Tour pros to LIV Golf, whether they admit it or not.
US Open champion Curtis Strange told Fox News Digital that he wants those players to be clear about their intentions.
“I understand the players are going. I’m doing it because it’s huge, it’s life-changing,” Strange said. “Now, some people say, ‘Well, they already make a lot of money.’ Yes, they do. But some of these players are at the end of their careers, so they’re not going to make a lot of money in the years to come.
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“It’s not about not liking the tour. It’s not about not touring. It’s not about seeing more of my family in a year. It’s not about giving me more time. These guys don’t play that much anyway. It’s all about this huge show money. That’s it. That’s the bottom line. “
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaz contributed to this report.