Harold Varner III was one of the newest players LIV Golf signed on Tuesday morning.
He wrote on Instagram. Let me say it to you straight since I’ve always been truthful, he wrote. He essentially argued that the money was too good to pass up. “The opportunity to join LIV Golf is simply too good of a financial breakthrough for me to pass by.” He listed the recipients of his choice as being his family and his charity. Varner, a PGA Tour veteran with a devoted following, earned more than $2 million this year and more than $10 million overall; it is logical to anticipate that he will earn more playing for LIV.
He also admitted that he was aware that there would be conflicting responses. He said, “This announcement may have changed your opinion of me.” “No lie, that’ll be a tough thing to deal with.”
At LIV Golf’s Massachusetts event in Bolton, roughly an hour north of Boston, on Wednesday morning, Varner spoke to the media while seated next to friend, mentor, and fellow LIV signee Bubba Watson. How were the preceding 24 hours, a reporter inquired? He gave an open response.
“It sucked,” he said. “Who likes to be hated? It’s terrible. I hate being hated. I’d rather not even be known than be hated. So yes, that was terrible.”
Varner received advice not to monitor social media. He did so anyhow. He did not like what he discovered.
“I purposely read them all,” he said. “Everyone says, don’t get on social media. That’s stupid. I’m not ashamed of being Harold. I’m ashamed that we don’t spread love. We don’t spread, ‘hey, man, I get it. It’s not what I want you to do, I might be disappointed for you but I love you, and you go do your thing.’ I thought there would be more of that.”
“Sometimes I just laugh and some of them I kept receipts,” he stated with a laugh. “I want to know.”
The reaction to Varner’s departure demonstrates the intricate calculations a golfer makes when debating a move to LIV. The Public Investment Fund of the Saudi Arabian government, whose record on human rights has turned off both players and spectators, is the organization that is supporting the breakaway tour and is the most overtly contentious factor in the debate. But there are many more disadvantages to joining than that: Players like Varner risk lengthy bans from the PGA Tour, hazy prospects for major championships, and doubts about the viability of the new league. They could lose their sponsors. also fans They are taking a chance that some of those items may eventually be replaced.
That’s probably what the money is for.
It’s important to note that Varner also received encouraging remarks. Readers admired his candor in admitting he left for the money and that he had lofty ambitions to do good with that money, according to a quick check of the comments on his Instagram post. Athletes from other sports, such as NFL stars Larry Fitzgerald, Pierre Garcon, and Jonathan Stewart, also made comments, in addition to PGA Tour professionals Max Homa, Shane Lowry, and Sahith Theegala.
“More money to spend at Steak 48 in Charlotte. Lol. Love ya, bro,” Fitzgerald wrote.
Varner reiterated on Wednesday that he was okay with everything else that comes with LIV. He claimed that he has less sentimental attachment to golf’s past and traditions than some of his contemporaries because he has always viewed the sport in a more pragmatic light.
“So, like, golf’s never been a way for me to get my name on a trophy. It was a way for me to get out,” he said. “I played golf so I could go to college. I would not have been able to go to college without playing golf. And then I turned pro because my brain wasn’t smart enough to work nine-to-five and still make the same amount of money.
“The only thing that sucks about golf sometimes is most of the people that are in golf will never understand [that]. My kid will never understand it; I’m going to make sure of that.”
The first time in his career, Varner said, he liked competing in all four majors this year, but he acknowledged that it may not happen again. He did, however, seem a little surprised when Watson revealed that even top players like Cameron Smith, who joined LIV with Varner, would soon see their position in the global rankings decline. There is much ambiguity.
“But is he really going to fall off the map? He just won a major,” stated Varner.
“He will at some point,” Watson replied.
Varner said, “Damn, If I win a major I’ll just be like…”
Watson chimed in, “Well, you aren’t going to be playing any majors if they keep dropping you.”
“I know. But it will be all right,” Varner concluded. “We’ll live. A lot of kids’ lives will change.”
Original article posted on Golf.com
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