REVEALED: Couples confirms PGA Tour pro who snubbed LIV Golf's $130m (!) offer

Fred Couples has described Sergio Garcia as 'a clown', Phil Mickelson 'a nutbag' and revealed which PGA Tour pro rejected $130m to join the LIV Golf League.

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Thu, 16 Mar 2023
REVEALED: Couples confirms PGA Tour pro who snubbed LIV Golf's $130m (!) offer

Fred Couples has claimed PGA Tour player Will Zalatoris rejected two offers from the LIV Golf League

The first offer? A cool $35m. The second? Apparently the Saudi-backed league upped their offer to a mind-boggling $130m. Zalatoris said no. 

Couples made the revelation about the former rookie of the year in an interview with The Orange County Register

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The hall of famer was speaking to reporters ahead of the Hoag Classic on the PGA Tour Champions. 

Of Zalatoris, he told the publication: 

"I don't know anything about the LIV Tour, except they overpay all of them."

Couples and Zalatoris share the same agent. Couples, who won the 1992 Masters, revealed Zalatoris was offered $35m initially. 

They came back with another offer of $130m and Zalatoris still wouldn't budge. 

Couples said:

"Money is zero object [for LIV]. I give Will a lot of credit; he wants [to stay with] the PGA Tour."

The 63-year-old said he has no problem with LIV. 

What he does have an issue is, however, is some of the comments made by some of those who have bolted from the PGA Tour

He added: 

"I don't have a problem with LIV. What my problem has been when I tweet every now and then, is what these guys say when they go to the LIV Tour."

Couples took aim at Cameron Smith in this regard. It's not the first time Couples has gone after Smith

The Aussie was quoted as saying he could spend more time with his friends and family in Australia after his move to LIV Golf. 

Couples said he found Smith's comment as 'comical'. 

He also went as far as labelling Sergio Garcia 'a clown' for his outbursts and Phil Mickelson 'a nutbag'. 

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Couples said he's still fond of Mickelson and regards him as one of the top-10 players to have ever played the game. 

But he added: 

"Just go to the LIV Tour, but stop blasting something I've been a part of for 42 years. That's my problem. They're all bashing the PGA Tour, and that affects me a little bit." 

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