There are solely 18 LIV Golfers that discover themselves allowed to grace the Augusta Nationwide plush fairways and greens this week for the Masters, and Harold Varner III is one in all them.
The Saudi-backed tour has been fairly the dialog since its arrival triggered a golf civil conflict with the PGA Tour, as their assured cash and smaller work schedule — 14 occasions with solely 54 holes performed in every — enticed a number of stars within the sport to defect.
Varner, talking with the Washington Post, stated cash is the one motive his fellow tour joined up — to not assist develop the sport.
“They’re filled with s—,” Varner stated of LIV Golfers forward of the Masters. “They’re rising their pockets. I inform them on a regular basis, all of them: You didn’t come right here to f—ing develop the f—ing recreation.”
Make no mistake: Cash was the important thing motive for Varner to maneuver on to LIV Golf, however he’ll inform you that himself.
Whereas some gamers by no means confirmed their true intention from they selected LIV over PGA, Varner was clear on social media about why he made the swap.
“The reality is, my life is altering,” he stated on Instagram. “The chance to affix LIV Golf is just too good of a monetary breakthrough for me to move by. I do know what it means to develop up with out a lot. This cash goes to make sure that my child and future Varners may have a stable base to begin on.”
Varner ended that message with, “I’m nonetheless me. I promise you that.” Clearly, Varner’s mindset of constructing his ideas heard actually hasn’t modified after these current feedback.
Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and others that joined LIV Golf talk about its wish to develop the sport and the way they imagine it’s good competitors to have the rivalry. What’s ensued is unhealthy blood with the faces of every tour, however Varner’s ideas on the matter are strictly private.
The Washington Submit added that Varner advised LIV Golf’s public relations staff his actual the explanation why he’s becoming a member of the tour within the first place. He was by no means going to carry again.
“I play golf so I can change the course of my household’s life. And that’s it,” he stated.
Varner additionally believes that PGA Tour gamers are a bit jealous of LIV Golf gamers due to the assured cash, which has compelled the PGA Tour’s hand in rising purses in tournaments in addition to different huge adjustments to maintain gamers from leaping ship.
“They’re simply mad that you simply’re f—ing with their cash. I believe some individuals are jealous, and that’s simply the way in which it’s,” Varner stated.
Varner might be paired with Sepp Straka and Ok.H. Lee for a 12:12 p.m. tee time at August Nationwide on Thursday afternoon to kick off his Masters first spherical.