CBS commentator blasts inaccurate claims over Lefty, LIV Golf players

Trevor Immelman has defended Masters coverage of LIV Golf players before the PGA Championship. 

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Thu, 18 May 2023
CBS commentator blasts inaccurate claims over Lefty, LIV Golf players

Trevor Immelman says he 'did some research' after there were some claims LIV Golf players were shaded during the coverage of the 87th Masters. 

Immelman is back in the booth with CBS this week for the PGA Championship

As many as 16 LIV players are in the field. There were 18 but Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey withdrew

GolfMagic has ranked each breakaway tour player in the field at Oak Hill, assessing each competitor's chances

Unsurprisingly, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Cameron Smith represent LIV players' best hopes of major championship glory according to the bookmakers. 

And you can't rule out Phil Mickelson either. 

Koepka was at the receiving end of a comment from Jim Nantz when he was playing at Augusta National.

His golf ball ended up on the crosswalk and Nantz felt it was the opportune time to make what he later described as a 'cheeky, whimsical' comment about LIV's U.S. TV partner The CW. 

Related: LIV to no longer share viewership data

As for Immelman, he told Sports Illustrated's Gabrielle Herzig that his interpretation was that they did 'a great job' and batted away suggestions they did not cover Mickelson's round properly. 

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"That's a perfect way to describe it—interpretation. Because Jim and I actually did some research into people complaining about it. I don't believe that was accurate. Phil Mickelson was shown for a number of shots, a lot of shots, starting from the 6th hole in the final round and pretty much every shot that he hit from the 12th onwards was shown. So my interpretation was that we did a great job covering the Masters and all the storylines during that final round. As far as LIV golfers, we’re not in the business of deciding who to cover. We are partners with Augusta National at the Masters and with the PGA of America at the PGA Championship to cover these great events and every single player that has qualified. Our focus is telling the story of the golf course, telling the history of the course, and then all of the players—all of them." - Trevor Immelman

The aforementioned Koepka reflected on his Masters performance before teeing it up at Oak Hill, conceding that he did 'choke' as Jon Rahm rose to the moment. 

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