The furore attributable to the LIV Golf Sequence exhibits no signal of letting up, with Eddie Pepperell the newest to criticise the brand new Saudi-funded start-up and people who have defected to it.
In a candid interview with the Sunday Occasions, two-time DP World Tour Pepperell laid into the brand new circuit’s ‘insurgent alliance’, specifically Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia.
The Englishman blasted his compatriots for making the leap to the brand new Greg Norman-fronted enterprise, and for turning a blind eye to what the implications is likely to be for the DP World Tour and people who at present ply their commerce on it.
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“I don’t suppose Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter give a shit and so they don’t must care,” stated Pepperell. “They’re going to be executed with the sport in three or 4 years. Greg Norman doesn’t give a crap. He can sail off into the sundown on a yacht. There’s no threat for Greg Norman. He’s executed.
“The chance is on the shoulders of the youthful gamers. They are going to be rewarded within the short-term however, in the end, it’s an enormous gamble.”
A kind of youthful gamers is Pepperell’s shut good friend Laurie Canter. He admits that their relationship has been examined by Canter’s resolution.
“Let’s say the worst involves the worst and in fives years the European Tour not exists as it’s right this moment and LIV Golf has grown into one thing larger and there’s 100 gamers out of labor due to that,” added Pepperell. “There will probably be accusations thrown at these gamers, Laurie included, that they helped put these guys out of labor.
“I don’t suppose I might really feel excellent about that. I don’t know in the event that they’ve thought-about this.
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“We’ve heard rumours that Westwood thinks our tour is completed. If this occurs and we glance again and conclude that LIV Golf put the knife into the again of the European Tour, how are Westwood and Poulter and Sergio [Garcia] and these guys going to really feel about themselves figuring out they’ve been complicit?
“I rooted for Sergio, the participant. It’s onerous to root for Sergio, the person. The way in which these guys communicate, fairly gleefully, about what they’ve executed, nicely, it’s simply disappointing.”
• Learn the total interview with Eddie Pepperell within the Sunday Occasions right here.