'Full Of S***' - Harold Varner Calls Out Fellow LIV Players

In an interview with the Washington Post, Varner didn't hold back about the money aspect being the biggest influence on the LIV Golf circuit

Varner III watches his tee shot as he strikes his driver
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Harold Varner III is a player who isn't afraid to speak his mind, with the American one of the only LIV players to openly admit that the financial incentive was too good to turn down when he moved to the Saudi-backed circuit in 2022.

Now, in an interview with the Washington Post, Varner has reiterated that point, with the 32-year-old going on a foul-mouthed rant about players on the LIV circuit. “They’re full of s***; they’re growing their pockets." he stated, "I tell them all the time, all of them: You didn’t come here to f****** grow the f****** game.”

Varner, Mickelson, Johnson and Gooch walk during a practice round at The Masters

LIV golfers - Talor Gooch, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Varner III walk together during a practice round during The 2023 Masters

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In the interview, it had been reported by sources that Varner had a $15 million signing-on bonus. However, according to the man himself, it was in fact more than the reported figure.

One thing that we do know is that the American joined LIV Golf for the financial gain, with Varner stating: “I play golf so I can change the direction of my family’s life and that’s it. No other reason.”

The likes of Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson joined the league back in June 2022, with reported nine figure signing-on bonuses being the sum of money thrown about. Since players have joined LIV though, they have seen the lack of World Ranking Points affect their position severely, with the disappearance of Major appearances also causing some LIV players to gripe.

'Growing the game' has also been one of the reasons as to why players have jumped ship to LIV Golf but, in the eye of Varner, "You only make it worse if you keep talking.” He went on to add: "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 motherf******, they want their cake and eat it too, I guess. Like, dude, you knew it was going to be bad. Like going against the f****** U.S. government: Good luck, man.”

Varner iii and his wife on the green at the ninth hole

Varner III and his family during the Par 3 competition at Augusta National

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Featuring in what could be his final Masters appearance, Varner launched a scathing attack on the media ahead of the tournament at Augusta National. In his rant, he was asked about whether there was pressure on him ahead of the Green Jacket showdown: "I want to play well. Everyone thinks we suck now, so I want to play great." 

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."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x