Rocco Mediate had a one-foot throw in the PGA Tour Champions event.
While the Saudi-backed league has done many different things during its first six events, its players still have to stay off the field. Although in what was highly likely to be a trick-or-treat moment on Saturday during Golf Channel’s broadcast of the second round of the SAS Champions Tour, Jacobsen wasn’t sure.
While Mediate stood on the tail of 1 in 5 par-5 12 at Prestonwood Country Club, Jacobsen and fellow analyst Karen Staples and broadcaster George Savarikas made this exchange:
“If we were playing a match, that match would be good, right?” Staples asked.
“Yes, I think they would say well and pick this up,” Jacobsen said. “But for some reason, they don’t give pro golf. At least not on the PGA Tour or the LPGA Tour.”
No, Staples said.
“Rocco and Wei Yang with three birds last four holes,” Safarikas said. “Co-leaders at the age of eight”.
“Do they deliver hits there on the LIV Tour?” Jacobsen said.
The broadcast then switched to Thongchai Jaidee mode.
The comment may raise eyebrows, though, interestingly enough, that LIV could have made concessions during the match-up portion of the season-ending event at the end of the month. LIV, apart from commenting on the news, is rarely mentioned by Golf or other PGA Tour broadcast partners. In fact, LIV is airing this week in Saudi Arabia, although its event is not mentioned on the Golf Central show on Golf Central on Saturday night.
Notably, Jacobsen has previously been a critic of LIV Golf.
In mid-May, before the first event of the series, the longtime professional Tell Bald Faced Truth That he doesn’t think LIV will play any events and that “it’s all about money, it’s all about short-term cash.”
In the interview, Jacobsen also criticized the CEO of LIV Greg Norman For appearing to downplay the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. At a LIV press conference in mid-May, As reported by ESPNNorman said, “From what I’ve heard and what you guys have been told, just own what it is. Get ownership whatever it is. Look, we’ve all made mistakes, and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can correct them in the future.”
A US intelligence report has described Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, as responsible for approving the operation that led to Khashoggi’s murder in 2018 – something bin Salman denies. LIV Golf later issued an apology for Norman’s comments, saying, “The murder of Jamal Khashoggi is reprehensible. Everyone agrees on that, including Greg, as he has said previously on numerous occasions. Greg also knows that golf is a force for good throughout world and can help make progress toward positive change. That’s why he’s so excited about LIV and that’s the point he was making.”
In response to Norman’s comments, Jacobsen said in the interview:
“Are you kidding me? These are some flamboyant statements that no one can and no one should make.”