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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