Westwood in spat with ex-footballer as LIV golf switch compared to match-fixing

Lee Westwood and former footballer Gordon Armstrong have got into it on social media after the golfer's controversial switch from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf was compared to match-fixing.

The 49-year-old was the subject of criticism from ex- Sunderland star Armstrong, as Westwood tweeted: “You’ve likened playing for another league to someone who commits a criminal offence of throwing football matches?”

“What an amazing grasp of reality! I’m sure your employers will be thrilled to hear this logic.”

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Armstrong replied, after deleting his initial tweet: “You took loads more money when you really don’t need it, which I never said was criminal, like Jon Rahm said you guys could never spend all your money, what I said was it has completely spoilt your reputation as a legend of European Golf."

The newly-formed LIV Golf has ruptured the golfing world with many happy to switch over for the buckets of wealth on offer while others have condemned the greed.

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The organisation is funded by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth, who have links to human rights abuses, and has driven a dagger through the PGA Tour.

At Wentworth, Westwood took part in the BMW PGA Championship – along with several over LIV Golf players.

The PGA Tour has banned numerous players from their organisation while joining LIV Golf assures those that they will earn a tonne of cash before even hitting a ball. Westwood had a tough time prior to jumping ships, being cut from four of the last eight PGA Tour events.

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