Former US Open champion and vocal LIV Golf rebel Graeme McDowell thinks the breakaway series will take off once the "smear campaign" is over.
McDowell gave a strongly-worded response to a damning verdict about the new tour given by a golf fan on Twitter. "Nobody is going to watch a washed-up group of money-hungry old men play an exhibition," the fan said.
"Watch this space. It will be a compelling field in no time. There is room for the sport for this product. Once the smear campaign dies down and the golf takes over, we will see," McDowell responded in support of LIV Golf.
During the series' inaugural event at Centurion Golf Club last week, McDowell fielded difficult questions about the morality of accepting large sums of money to play on a tour bankrolled by the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia.
By labelling the media's quest to get answers as a "smear campaign," McDowell reinforced the justification of his decision to play despite the poor human rights record of Saudi Arabia.
Watch this space. It will be a compelling field in no time. There is room for the sport for this product. Once the smear campaign dies down and the golf takes over, we will see. https://t.co/gpETU0cnLq— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) June 19, 2022
The 42-year-old from Portrush has resigned from the PGA Tour and he has jeopardised his chances of playing on the DP World Tour and playing for/captaining the European Ryder Cup side.