Golf star Graeme McDowell has been ridiculed by fans online for his ’South Park’ accent after he revealed he resigned from the PGA Tour 30 minutes before teeing off at the inaugural LIV Golf event.
The Northern Irishman attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which may help explain his strange accent. It was on full display at the LIV Golf press conferences, and fans did not need a second invitation to dig into McDowell.
Fans went in different avenues for ripping into McDowell. One user (@ricokelly14) suggested he deserved an Academy Award for faking his accent, writing: “Love to get drunk with Gmac and hear is real accent, mans putting this accent on a lifetime he deserves an Oscar.”
After another fan wrote: “That accent, in the name of God someone just say to him, you know that it’s, you know, annoying as, you know f***”, David Archer (@mrtfc) agreed with the sentiment that McDowell’s accent is woeful.
“It’s f****** awful isn’t it?” Archer wrote. “It’s like South Park are doing a Canadian doing an Irish Scotsman.”
Generally, fans were laying into McDowell following his remarkable revelation that he resigned from the PGA Tour in order to ‘keep the moral high ground’ as he opted to join the controversial LIV Golf series. The scrutinised LIV Golf series made its anticipated debut at The Centurion Club in St Albans this week, with the likes of Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson headlining a ragtag field in St Albans.
The World No.374 once again attempted to defend his decision to play in the breakaway Saudi-funded LIV Golf Series. The controversial series has divided golf players and fans alike amid a tsunami of criticism that the entire event is a gross example of sports-washing by Saudi Arabia.
Within 30 minutes of teeing off to kick off the new era of golf on Thursday, the PGA Tour announced all members competing in LIV Golf were to be suspended. McDowell, the 2010 US Open champion, revealed he had in fact resigned just before he teed off.
“It was a tough decision,” McDowell said. “I wanted to keep the moral high ground and remain a member of the tour because I really didn't feel like I needed to resign, or that I should have to resign.
“I resigned out of abundance of caution, honestly. I feel it puts me in a less litigious position with regards getting drawn into anything unnecessary.
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“I didn't want to resign, I love the PGA Tour. It's been great to me. This is about wanting to add on additional opportunities to my golf career.”
All 48 players at the LIV Invitational Series teed off at the same time in a shotgun start with former masters champion Charl Schwartzel leading the way with a score of nine-under. In the team leaderboard, Stinger GC – which consists of the South African and compatriot Hennie du Plessis – lead with 15-under.
The Saudi-backed LIV series is the most lucrative golf tournament in history. Its $25million (£20million) prize dwarfs the £7million on offer at the Canadian Open, which also got underway on Thursday. Heading into Saturday’s play, Wyndham Clark leads with seven-under while defending champion Rory McIlroy is just one shot back.
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