MacIntyre Rips Howell III Over 'Money Was Not A Factor' Line

The Scottish pro didn’t hold back after hearing the reasons for signing given by one of LIV Golf’s new boys

Robert MacIntyre has urged players to tell the truth if they are going to sign with LIV Golf
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Robert MacIntyre has urged players to “tell the truth” after Charles Howell III’s comment that he didn’t join LIV Golf for the money.

Howell, one of four players set to make their LIV debuts at the third event starting at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster tomorrow, said “money was not a factor” in his decision to join the Saudi-backed series when quizzed at the pre-event press conference. MacIntyre, never one to hide his feelings, took to Twitter to post his reaction, complete with plenty of laughing emojis.

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The 25-year-old Scotsman said he didn’t know a player who “hadn’t joined for the money”, and while he later clarified that he had no problem with “people going and doing there(sic) own thing”, he urged them to “please tell the truth on why they’ve gone”, adding the hashtag #growingthegame.

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This isn’t the first time MacIntyre has taken to social media to give his opinion on the LIV defectors. He was said to have been present when Sergio Garcia reacted to news that he and the rest of the players who took part in LIV’s opening event at the Centurion Club near London would face sanctions.

While MacIntyre didn’t make any official comment, he tweeted: “Amazing how fast you can lose respect for someone that you’ve looked up to all your life.”

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Howell joined LIV Golf last week alongside Henrik Stenson and Jason Kokrak, and has been included in the field for the third event, starting in New Jersey on Friday. Howell will be part of the Crushers team, alongside fellow debutant Paul Casey, Shaun Norris and captain Bryson Dechambeau.

LIV this week unveiled plans for a $405million series of events for 2023, with an expansion in destinations as well as prize money. Reports have suggested that two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson will be on board by then, with rumours that he will be unveiled by LIV during this week’s event.

Jeff Kimber
Jeff Kimber

Jeff graduated from Leeds University in Business Studies and Media in 1996 and did a post grad in journalism at Sheffield College in 1997. His first jobs were on Slam Dunk (basketball) and Football Monthly magazines, and he's worked for the Sunday Times, Press Association and ESPN. He has faced golfing greats Sam Torrance and Sergio Garcia, but on the poker felt rather than the golf course. Jeff's favourite course played is Sandy Lane in Barbados, which went far better than when he played Matfen Hall in Northumberland, where he crashed the buggy on the way to the 1st tee!