Harold Varner III has launched a scathing attack not at the PGA Tour but at his fellow LIV Golfers as he dished out a stinging foul mouthed rant about his compatriots on the Saudi backed tour.
Varner is not afraid to speak his mind and he admitted when joining LIV that his incentive was to reap the financial rewards rather than spin the overused line of ‘having more family time or to grow the game’ that some of the other LIV golfers were brandishing out.
The 2023 Masters has been one of the most highly anticipated major championships ever. 18 LIV golfers are teeing it up this week and tension was expected to bring an atmosphere that could be cut through like a knife to butter. That hasn’t happened yet, with the Scottie Scheffler’s champions dinner going without a hitch and several LIV stars playing with high profile PGA Tour players in practice.
The first sign of mutiny has been sparked by Varner but instead of targeting the PGA Tour, this is an inside job.
“They’re full of shit; they’re growing their pockets,” Varner told the Washington Post in a wide-ranging interview. “I tell them all the time, all of them: You didn’t come here to fucking grow the fucking game.”
This looks set to be Varner’s final Masters appearance and possibly his final year in the major championships while LIV continues on without world ranking points. Six LIV players have earned lifetime exemptions to Augusta National having won a green jacket in the past while several others have exemptions due to major championship wins over the last five years. A few more managed to avoid the slide outside of the top-50 in the world before the cut off point.
The American knows he will continue to domino down the world rankings but he accepts it.
“If you said I can’t play in the majors, I’d be fine. I’ve accepted that. I was cool with it. But some of these motherfuckers, they want their cake and eat it too, I guess. Like, dude, you knew it was going to be bad. Like going against the fucking U.S. government: Good luck, man.”
The 32-year-old is certainly bowing out of Augusta National with a bang and how he is received by his LIV compatriots will be an interesting development, but HV3 has a chip on his shoulder this week and he intends to show everyone he can still play.
“I want to play well. Everyone thinks we suck now, so I want to play great,” said Varner whose best finish at the Masters was 23rd on debut last year.
He added: “You all write it and I just read it. I don’t pay attention. I don’t know who wrote it. They have Twitter and social media. They just write. I want to play well. It’s not like Space Jam where they took our talents away, so I’m super excited. I want to play well. That’s why you play.”
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