‘If Not for Those Darn LIVers’: Fans Lambasted the Men’s Golf Chaos for Overshadowing Grant Thornton Invitational’s Debut

Published 12/11/2023, 4:00 AM EST

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In recent times, the golf world has been shaken up by a never-before-seen massive deal. The deal that hit the PGA tour a ton now has become the attention diversion for one of the most historical events that happened between the PGA and LPGA Tour.

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While the Rahm-LIV deal was making the news, another huge partnership between the men’s and women’s leagues was occurring in Naples at the Grant Thornton Invitational. Now, it is being observed that the great event was overshadowed by the “men’s golf” mess and the netizens could not agree more.

Men’s golf mess, agony for the Invitational? 


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The Grant Thornton Invitational was a collaborative tourney between the LPGA and PGA Tour. 16 players from each side were paired together to play in a mixed-team event, making it the first of its kind since JC Penney 1999. Despite the unique format and all that it had to offer, it might not have gotten enough attention.

Coincidentally, the Invitational was being held while the golf world was intimated about Jon Rahm signing to LIV Golf. The breaking news had diverted the attention of the community to it. And the people were more intrigued about the Rahm-LIV deal than the mixed event.


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Danial Rapaport reposted a tweet of winning pair Lydia Ko and Jason Day and stated that “it stinks” as the “cool event” was “totally and completely overshadowed by the mess that is men’s professional golf right now,” and wished for such events in future and hopefully then such groundbreaking events would not get trampled under other controversies and chaos.

The tweet was widely accepted by the golf community as they found it annoying as people were covering the Rahm deal more than the event and how it was buried under the deal’s buzz. Here are a few of those reactions.

Netizens react to the eclipse of the Invitational

Whether it be the Rahm-LIV deal or PGAT-PIF deal, the ongoing drama in the men’s section of the golf class cast an eclipse on the bright Naples event. In light of the recent events many in the golfing community were unimpressed with the matter and did not shy away from letting their thoughts known.

The reporter from CBS weighed in on the matter and expressed how one should not be deterred from covering the Grant Thornton Invitational.

Another individual declared that Greg Norman probably loved the timing of the event, coinciding as it was happening on the golf course he designed and he “buried” the event completely.

This golf enthusiast expressed that despite his eagerness for the event, the drama had made him “apathetic to the sport” for now and the future.

Another chimed in and blamed LIV Golf for stealing away the attention and preventing the watching of the event.

Rapaport summarized the frustration felt by many in a few words, as this man felt his thoughts were resonated in the tweet.


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One user commented that money matters more than any event and maybe it was the reason why people were more interested in the deal than the event.


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What was your choice of preferred entertainment the past week, the Rahm-LIV deal, or the Grant Thornton Invitational? Tell us in the comments below!

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Khambe Huda Imran


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From a very young age, I, Huda Khambe, have been striving for excellence, and as a Golf Writer at EssentiallySports, my endeavor has only amplified. Having grown up watching Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam bag major after major, I couldn?t help but learn more about the intricacies of the sport, and now I combine that knowledge with my inherent storytelling skills and write about the gentleman's sport, bringing news to life for the readers. As a journalist who lives by the motto 'Girls for Girls', I am hellbent on covering the niche aspects of the sport and giving the readers unique insights about the LPGA and women's golf as a whole. Off hours too, my life involves sports of sorts, with me often engrossed in watching livestreams of Valorant and Counterstrike!
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