There continue to be minor rifts left and right in the golf world over Saudi-backed LIV Golf.
The latest episode came in a Twitter exchange between NBC Golf Channel reporter Rex Hoggard and LIV Golf’s Ian Poulter in England. At the heart of the debate was the Poulter suit and the death of Queen Elizabeth.
“European Tour CEO Keith Pelley has asked LIV players in the BMW PGA field this week not to wear their LIV team gear,” Hoggard tweeted. “Most did not. Ian Poulter has the team’s logo on his shirt. ‘This is a business that is part of me and I have the right to wear it,’ he said.
Poulter fired back in a now-deleted tweet, which was secured by the Daily Mail.
“Rex, I’m sorry Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has passed away. And you can’t help yourself and keep throwing a little something at the world.” Paul tweeted. “Show some respect in these sad times. Give yourself a day. #RIP Queen Elizabeth. Just to clarify, this is not my LIV gear.
The “Majesticks GC” patch on Poulter’s left arm is the name of the LIV golf team.
There has been a lot more back and forth shooting than usual this week as golfers from LIV as well as some PGA Tour players will be in the DP World Tour BMW PGA Championship this week.
There was what was described as an “awkward meeting” between LIV golfers such as Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter with Pelley, and we saw the PGA Tour’s Billy Horschel and LIV golfer Talor Gooch questioning Horschel about why LIV. Players were playing BMW PGA.
Outside of the BMW PGA, Cam Smith also got his parking spot and TPC Sawgrass membership canceled by joining LIV.
Finally, Ashley, wife of LIV Golf’s Pat Perez, commented on Instagram (also since deleted) that a wine trip to Napa with Patrick Cantley, Xander Schauffele and their significant others never looked so good.
Battle lines continue to be drawn.