Graeme McDowell of LIV Golf talks about social media abuse after joining Saudi-backed league

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Graham McDowell was one of the golfers who decided Go to LIV Golf and admitted before the first tournament of the Saudi-backed league that he was proud to join the new tour.

However, McDowell announced on Monday he dealt with some regret over the remarks. He said he received a lot of negative comments on social media, in which some told him to “go die.”

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Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland of Team Niblicks GC signs a fan's hat during Day 3 of the LIV Golf Invitational Series at the Centurion Club, Hertfordshire.  Photo date: Saturday, June 11, 2022

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland of Team Niblicks GC signs a fan’s hat during Day 3 of the LIV Golf Invitational Series at the Centurion Club, Hertfordshire. Photo date: Saturday, June 11, 2022
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“I can’t turn on my Instagram or Twitter account until someone tells me to go die. I’m just sorry I didn’t say anything. I wish I could sit there and shake my head and say “no comment” but that’s not who I am,” have told the BBC.

“It’s really difficult because I’m being asked questions that don’t have the right answers. My moral integrity is under attack all the time when all I’m trying to do is play golf.”

McDowell said he was just trying to make a good “business decision” to support his family.

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Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland in seventh place on the first day of the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor Golf Club in Adare, Limerick.

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland in seventh place on the first day of the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor Golf Club in Adare, Limerick.
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“I am trying to make a business decision for myself and my family. I’ve been chasing this money all over the world my whole career. Do I examine the morality of every dollar I’ve ever made? he said. “It’s about the money and I think most guys would be happy to tell you that. No doubt they’re here for the financial opportunity.

“We are trying to create something more, a new product for the fans. The 54-hole shotgun team format is fun, it’s unusual. But now nobody cares, they only care about the negative. . “

Big wallets and big contracts were a big part of what drew most PGA Tour pros to LIV Golf, whether they admit it or not.

US Open Champion Curtis Strange told Fox News Digital that he just wants these players to talk about their intentions.

“I understand that the players are leaving. I understand because it’s so important, it’s life changing.” Strange said. “Now some people will say, ‘Well, they’re already making a lot of money.’ Yes, they do. But some of these players are at the end of their career, and therefore they are not going to make huge amounts of money for the next, you know, number of years.

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland in seventh place on the first day of the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor Golf Club in Adare, Limerick.

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland in seventh place on the first day of the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor Golf Club in Adare, Limerick.
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“It’s not that we didn’t like the tour. It’s not that the tour didn’t. The thing is, I want to see my family more in a year. It’s not that I have more time for myself. anyway. It’s all about these huge money for the appearance. And that’s it. That’s all”.

Paulina Dedage of Fox News contributed to this report.