Augusta, Talor Gooch jokes about Rory McIlroy

The pill is clearly hard to swallow for Talor Gooch.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Augusta, Talor Gooch jokes about Rory McIlroy
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Winner of the 2023 season in the individual standings of the LIV Golf, American Talor Gooch, certainly disappointed not to have been invited to the upcoming Masters, unlike his colleague, Chilean Joaquín Niemann, stated that a victory by Rory McIlroy at Augusta next April would have no credibility given the absence of the best players from the Tour supported by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia.

The pill is clearly hard to swallow for Talor Gooch. Having seen his LIV Golf colleague, Chilean Joaquín Niemann, receive an invitation to the 88th edition of the Masters (April 11-14), the American allowed himself an analysis that will certainly not please Rory McIlroy, the current world No.

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He told the Australian Golf Digest that if the Northern Irishman were to succeed at Augusta, his victory - and therefore the accomplishment of his personal Grand Slam - would not be significant due to the absence of many members of the LIV Golf, unable to participate in the first Major of the season due to their world ranking.

The circuit created in 2022 by Greg Norman and financially supported by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia is still not recognized by the OWGR (Official World Golf Ranking). "I think the current world ranking doesn't mean anything anymore.

It has reached a point where it has become obsolete," said Gooch, now ranked 427th in the world. "If Rory McIlroy completes his personal Grand Slam at Augusta without the presence of the best players in the world, it should be noted with an asterisk," Gooch continued.

"In my opinion, Major tournaments should attract the best golfers in the world. And at the moment, that's not the case. I hope that will change soon. Being able to play in the Majors is the pinnacle of golf. If I don't have that chance, it will be disappointing!" This analysis is shared by most of the LIV Golf players who have seen their world rankings drop, preventing them - for those who have not recently won a Major tournament - from participating in the four most important tournaments of the golf season.

"I think the current world ranking doesn't mean anything anymore," says Englishman Lee Westwood, the former world No. 1. "It has reached a point where it has become obsolete. It no longer fairly ranks the best golfers in the world.

Normally, it was created to rank the best among us. And that's no longer the case." Talor Gooch's stance was not well-received by Internet users, most of whom distanced themselves from the American, not hesitating to ridicule him in various explicit messages. See below for some examples...

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