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The 34-year-old American pro posted a picture of a half eaten pizza with the caption, “I tried a new pizza place, should I sue the old one?!” The post comes a few days after DeChambeau appeared on Fox News and came up with a pizza shop analogy to describe the situation between the LIV Golf Series, where the former US Open winner now plies his trade, and the PGA Tour.
I tried a new pizza place, should I sue the old one?! pic.twitter.com/CPyunX949hAugust 7, 2022
DeChambeau joined the Saudi-backed series in June, and an indefinite PGA Tour ban followed, as it has with all players who have made the move. A group of LIV players, including the 28-year-old Californian, last week filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour challenging their suspensions, and when DeChambeau talked to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, he used pizza shops to try and illustrate the position.
He said: “It's so weird, because it's like - let's use this as a reference. I heard this earlier this week. You have a pizza shop that's been in existence for 50 years and all the customers go to it and it's a great product.
“All of a sudden, a new pizza shop opens up, right? And they start paying the customers to come eat at their place, and that pizza is potentially a little bit better of a pizza, right? And then, all of a sudden, that original pizza house goes, if you go over there, we're banning you from ever coming back to our pizza shop. What's wrong with that economic model?”
PGA Tour pro Dahmen, who won the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in March 2021, has now taken to social media to point out a potential flaw in the analogy - that if you decide to start going to a new pizza shop, you wouldn’t sue the old one. Of course, DeChambeau might respond that the old pizza shop wouldn’t give you an indefinite ban from coming back if you tried a new one, so legal action wouldn’t be needed.
One thing is for sure, no matter the result of the lawsuit. It’s unlikely Dahmen and his colleagues who have stayed loyal to the PGA Tour will be sharing a pizza, or anything else, with DeChambeau or any player signed to LIV Golf any time soon.
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!
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