LIV Golf star told he's talking 'nonsense' with 'disgusting' Olympics rant

LIV Golf League player Branden Grace says the Olympic qualification system is 'flawed' after two PGA Tour stars were selected ahead of his teammates.

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LIV Golf

LIV Golf League player Branden Grace isn't happy. 

The teams for the men's Olympic golf competition were confirmed earlier in the week and some huge names missed out

For example, 2024 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau won't be teeing it up at Le Golf National, Paris, later this summer. 

DeChambeau said he was angry and disappointed but stressed what transpired was a result of his own choices. 

The aforementioned Grace, though, thinks the system is flawed. 

Grace thought it was wrong his LIV teammates Louis Oosthuizen and Dean Burmester won't be involved in August. 

Both players have been in superb form this year, it has to be said. 

Burmester won LIV Golf Miami and also triumphed at the Joburg Open and South African Open Championship. 

Oosthuizen picked up back-to-back victories at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the Mauritius Open. 

But it will be PGA Tour members Erik van Rooyen and Christiaan Bezuidenhout who will be going for gold for South Africa.

Talking to reporters ahead of LIV Golf Nashville, Grace said: "In my opinion, these are the two guys that should be representing South Africa out there this year, just by what they've won, what they've played, where they've played, how they've performed, and not just in the last five months, but probably the last year or so, if not longer.

"I think that maybe each country should pick or try to get their own solution on how they get the criteria right for guys to qualify, things like that. 

"It's definitely a way forward. But the system at this stage, that's not very accurate.

"We all know that. We all talk about it, week in and week out, but these should be the two guys probably representing South Africa out there."

His comments drew a mixed reaction from golf fans on X, to say the least.

"The entitlement by LIV players is disgusting," one wrote.

Another added sarcastically: "Oh no! The consequences of my own actions!"

This person wrote: "Sounds like they should have planned a schedule that would help them qualify. Sucks to be them."

Louis Ooshuizen
Louis Ooshuizen

Others pointed out that Oosthuizen and Burmester deserved credit for not 'taking the bait' and offering measured responses. 

Oosthuizen said he had previously had the opportunity to represent his nation in the Olympics but turned it down. 

"I grew up with the four majors being your main events," Oosthuizen said. 

"I don't really see the fit of professional golfers playing golf in the Olympics. I had the opportunity to go to one of the Olympics and I pulled out at the end.

"I think it would be a nice thing to have on your CV that you could have represented your country. 

"I've represented my country in World Cup and in Presidents Cup before, but yeah, look, the system is what it is.

"I think we’re all higher up on the world ranking than we are right now, or we should be. 

"But I hope the boys play well and that they perform well, and it’s still going to be a strong South African team playing."

The men's Olympic golf tournament will be played over 1-4 August. 
The women's tournament will be played over 7-10 August.
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