Tour Pro Compares LIV Golf To Ryder Cup

Speaking after his 4 Aces quartet secured the $3 million team prize, Talor Gooch came out with a rather bold claim

Gooch fist bumps some fans at the LIV Golf Series event
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On Saturday, Branden Grace secured victory at the second LIV Golf event, with the South African pocketing $4,375 million in the process. However, it was a quote from Team 4 Aces GC player, Talor Gooch, that caught headlines as the 30-year-old compared the LIV Golf event to a Ryder Cup!

You read that correctly, a Ryder Cup... as, speaking after his team's victory, Gooch explained: "I haven't played a Ryder Cup or a Presidents Cup, but can't imagine there's a whole hell of a lot of difference."

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The statement obviously sent golf Twitter into a slight meltdown, with many questioning whether what they had just heard was in fact true. Such was the statement, one individual actually changed Gooch's Wikipedia page to read: "He (Gooch) hasn’t actually played in a Ryder Cup, but came close as a member of the 4 Aces in Portland."

It isn't the first time that Gooch has spoken up about LIV Golf. Just under a fortnight ago, the 30-year-old posted a cheeky response to news that purses on the PGA Tour will be raised in response to the threat from LIV Golf.

Gooch, who left the PGA Tour to join the new Saudi-backed series, quoted the news alongside a GIF of wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson that said ‘You’re Welcome’, insinuating that had he and a number of his colleagues not jumped ship, then the prize pools on the PGA Tour would have remained as they were.

Gooch, Perez, Reed and Johnson celebrate their win

Pat Perez, Gooch, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed celebrate their team win, with the four men securing $750,000 each 

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At the start of the week, the American also explained his decision to play at the first LIV Golf event at Centurion back in June, with the American stating: “I want to continue playing the PGA Tour, and I don’t see why they can’t coexist,” before adding that he had never intended to leave altogether; he signed up for the London event as a one-off.

“It worked out best for my schedule to do that and obviously I had the chance to make a bunch of money, so it was a no-brainer. I didn’t think they were going to truly suspend us.”

Either way, some of his statements have raised eyebrows amongst the golfing community, with the LIV Golf Series now heading to Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on the 29th - 31st July.

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