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Masters Gives Talor Gooch Special Invitation

Talor Gooch has accepted a special invitation to play in next week’s Masters. 

Gooch, who won three of LIV’s 13 events last year on his way to earning $36 million, is a late addition to what will be one of the smaller Masters fields in recent memory. There are now 87 players expected to compete for the green jacket. 

The Masters traditionally reserves special invitations for standout international players like Joaquin Niemann, but Masters chairman Fred Ridley said the inclusion of Gooch—a 32-year-old from Oklahoma—was the result of a unique circumstance. 

“The Masters Tournament has a longstanding tradition of inviting leading players who are not otherwise qualified,” Ridley said. “In this case, we felt the integrity of our event was at stake. Not inviting Talor Gooch would have forced us to officially add an asterisk to our storied tournament, forever putting a stain on the accomplishment of our champion.” 

Ridley noted that, similar to Niemann, Gooch’s play beyond LIV events proved too much to ignore. 

“Gooch has a remarkable major record, collecting zero top-10 finishes in 11 career starts,” Ridley said. “That includes a historic tie for 34th in last year’s Masters. We were particularly impressed by his tie for 42nd in the Hong Kong Open and a withdrawal from the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which I’m assuming was out of respect for his competition.” 

The decision is being seen as an olive branch as LIV has recently given up their pursuit of being recognized by the Official World Golf Ranking. 

Gooch and other LIV competitors are watching their ranking plummet as they can only earn points outside of LIV events. He is no longer in the top 500 of the official rankings despite sitting at No. 37 in the Data Golf rankings. That means he is not qualified for this year’s majors. 

Although he could pursue major qualification several ways—such as playing in Asian Tour events or going through sectional qualifying to get into the U.S. Open and Open Championship—Gooch says his plan is to incessantly complain about the consequences of his actions. 

“I’m glad we’ve reached the point where Rory McIlroy completing the career grand slam will count,” Gooch told assembled media at LIV’s Miami event. “It’s just the reality. I think everybody wins whenever the majors figure out a way to get the best players in the world there.” 

At press time, it had not yet dawned on Gooch that taking millions of dollars from a murderous regime laundering its reputation through faceless professional golfers—while competing for a league that made no reasonable effort whatsoever to qualify for OWGR points—potentially came with drawbacks. 

Paying homage to fellow egotistical maniac and LIV patriot Patrick Reed, Gooch stood by the 18th green at Doral and launched into a diatribe about why he is a top five player in the world. 

“I just don’t see a lot of guys who have done that, besides other legends of the game,” Gooch said of his performance in LIV events, which include guaranteed spots for luminaries like Kalle Samooja, Jinichiro Kozuma and Wade Ormsby. “I believe in myself, especially with how hard I’ve worked, you know, I mean, I’m one of the top five players in the world. To get a special invitation like this, you know, I feel like I’ve proven myself.” 

“There are other LIV guys who aren’t as good as me, but they should also get exemptions. Dean Burmester, have you heard of him? He’s from Africa. It’s this whole other country.” 

Gooch later added that he plans to use Reed’s lawyer, Larry Klayman, to sue each organization that doesn’t allow him into a major. 

McIlroy, who initially took the high road in his response to Gooch’s comments, had more direct words this time. 

“What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard,” McIlroy said. “At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in the golf world is now dumber. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.” 

Gooch, who had one fall season victory in five years on the PGA Tour, reportedly joined LIV by accident, misunderstanding that he would not be able to peacefully rejoin the Tour after getting involved with the Saudis

In an attempt to make it look like he knew what he was doing, Gooch has since played it off like a golfer who blades a chip across the practice green to the wrong hole and then pretends his error was intentional. 

As part of his financial windfall, Gooch is spending his money on bull riding by owning the Oklahoma Wildcatters team in the Professional Bull Riders league. The circuit features obnoxious music, strobe lights, contrived teams and the potential for ruthless injury where bones break the skin. 

It’s a perfect complement to his involvement in LIV. 

As of this writing, the same team who produced Netflix’s “Full Swing” documentary have started preliminary plans on a series detailing how Gooch will find creative ways to go broke.

Editor’s Note: This is a satirical April Fools’ Day article. Talor Gooch is not playing in the Masters.

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Sean is a longtime golf journalist and underachieving 8 handicap who enjoys the game in all forms. If he didn't have an official career writing about golf, Sean would spend most of his free time writing about it anyway. When he isn't playing golf, you can find Sean watching his beloved Florida Panthers hockey team, traveling to a national park or listening to music on his record player. He lives in Nashville with his wife and dog (of course the dog's name is Hogan).

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      RADennis

      1 week ago

      My favorite line was his impressive zero top ten finishes in 11 major events.

      Reply

      Kimchek

      2 weeks ago

      I’ll take livs life changing money anytime and go fishing, better than hanging with these country club snobs

      Reply

      Jim L

      2 weeks ago

      Kudos on this one. I saw the headline in the email yesterday and was pissed. Occurred to me today that it was April Fools and I enjoyed the article.

      Reply

      Guy Doon

      2 weeks ago

      Best April’s Fools prank this year. Keep it up.

      Reply

      Roger

      2 weeks ago

      Selective outrage by another soy dick writer. Murderous regime he said living in the most murderous fake republic.

      Reply

      Hans

      2 weeks ago

      What a clown writer. Idiot forgets who the actual murderous regime actually is. Die of aids kid.

      Reply

      GOLFER GOLFY

      2 weeks ago

      NO!

      Reply

      Bobby Jones

      2 weeks ago

      This was good. It got me at first and didnt surprise me as this would have been the right thing to do for the Masters since Taylor Gooch won 3 x times against major winners. Louis Ostehuizen won two tournaments in Southern Africa last year and didn’t get an invite either. Both deserve invites IMO. The LIV also allowed 30 other players to compete on the PGA.

      Reply

      Jeffrey Kedzior

      2 weeks ago

      Well you fooled me for sure. Personally I’m a fan of LIV Golf and I don’t quite understand how people berate guys who take the money !!! I mean look at Rory or Tiger when they took Nike’s money which benefited the Chinese who made their products. Nobody said squat about that !!!

      Reply

      Trump

      2 weeks ago

      Sadly too many folks believe everything they read.
      As in yet another case…That becomes a larger problem when the vast majority of the folks writing it are, or are employed by, a particular ethnic group thats long been on the opposite side of everything as it relates to the Arabs!

      Reply

      larrybud

      2 weeks ago

      We don’t berate guys who take the money, we berate guys who take the money knowing the rules going forward then bitch and complain, like gooch.

      Reply

      DH

      6 days ago

      Exactly and well stated!!

      Max R

      2 weeks ago

      Well written as well as exposing the hypocrisy of the LIV golf-prostitutes and, being identified as professional golf’s April Fools joke!

      Reply

      Mike

      2 weeks ago

      Going to be fun watching the majors this year with a bunch of no-names & not many recent past winners.

      Reply

      DH

      6 days ago

      You’re probably one of those guys who would only tune into a non-major if Tiger were playing.

      While some quality “name” golfers have jumped to LIV for the money, most of the other guys can’t compete with the talent level on the PGA Tour.

      HiHandy

      2 weeks ago

      Patrick Reed would sue!

      Reply

      DJH1135

      2 weeks ago

      Obviously another LIV hating writer. I get it it’s April Fools, but why is it that it seems like all golf writers hate LIV? Is the PGA subsidizing your paychecks?

      Reply

      Hopp Man

      2 weeks ago

      Well Gooch can now validate Rory’s win. 😁 LIV sucks, get over the bonesaw league.

      Reply

      Chad

      2 weeks ago

      They are sports writers. They failed at everything else.

      Reply

      MarkM

      2 weeks ago

      HaHaHA!

      Reply

      Brandon

      2 weeks ago

      Bravo, buddy. Bra. Vo. What a Monday.

      Reply

      joselo

      2 weeks ago

      you really got me this year!
      was reading half way through with a WTF face

      Reply

      Phil

      2 weeks ago

      Kind of stupid and nothing will top SI’s Sidd Finch. You probably will need to use Google for that

      Reply

      Jim Craven

      2 weeks ago

      Great April Fools Joke!!! Thanks

      Reply

      Samuel Rainey

      2 weeks ago

      The iron covers last year was better

      Reply

      League Golfer

      2 weeks ago

      Yes. The iron covers article was the best.

      Reply

      Steve Roche

      2 weeks ago

      Taylor is getting what he wanted. Getting paid millions to play in front of the same size crowd as who followed him on the PGA which is a couple of hundred. He playing well against a bunch of guys who don’t worry about making a cut, it’s a limited field and you’ve already GOT PAID.
      Sunday stroll around the track is alot different than playing for your career every round, every shot.
      Bottom line is he took the money OVER the Majors.
      Live with it!!!

      Reply

      Pete

      2 weeks ago

      Now the following is not an April Fools joke: LIV is a circus with too many carnival barkers!

      Reply

      Gary

      2 weeks ago

      If the PGAT had recognized the need to change LIV would not exist….

      Reply

      Cj

      2 weeks ago

      Ok corn pop

      Reply

      PHDrunkards

      2 weeks ago

      Rule of Three.

      Reply

      BDS

      2 weeks ago

      Speak of murderous regimes, now do PGA Tour China. Until then you have what is known as selective outrage. I am NO fan of the Saudis. Not at all. But isn’t it time we stopped sportswashing China? Or are some murderous regimes better than others? Just asking for a friend.

      Reply

      JOR8

      2 weeks ago

      And the predictable LIV hate continues at MGS, servants of the monopoly.

      Reply

      Critter

      2 weeks ago

      Yea, we want golf info… not politics!

      Reply

      Critter

      2 weeks ago

      Yea, we want golf info… not politics! And we certainly don’t want a golf publication slandering one of our Allie’s & trading partners.

      Reply

      David Stockwell

      2 weeks ago

      Nice one…

      Reply

      KennyV

      2 weeks ago

      Well said. Rumors are also circulating that ANGC will offer weekend entry to the Masters for any patron with a single digit GHIN hdcp. Just show your hdcp on the app and in you go. Proves they are the most progressive thinking Major out there.

      Reply

      Critter

      2 weeks ago

      MyGolfSpy just lost me as a reader!
      Stick toGolf maybe, stay out of politics, and stop Slandering Foreign Countries , especially those who are our trading partners and allies.

      Reply

      Hopp Man

      2 weeks ago

      Buh bye! Butt hurt begone.

      Tim

      2 weeks ago

      GOT ME! Well played!

      Reply

      Dr Tee

      2 weeks ago

      Gooch is the ultimate April fool, without even having to go through a qualifier !

      Reply

      Fore67

      2 weeks ago

      Ha! Nicely done. I knew it when you said that Gooch’s majors record was ‘remarkable’!!
      Good laugh!
      Fore!
      Mike

      Reply

      MGoBlue100

      2 weeks ago

      Good to see that The Masters have finally come to their senses and also that MGS now has their own version of Jamie Weir; a journalist only in their own mind. #Bravo

      Reply

      Shannon Keough

      2 weeks ago

      It also strike me as April 1st but not right away. It took an about a minute but I still had to read the article to see what else it would say. It was worth the read for a joke.

      Reply

      SteveW

      2 weeks ago

      What a great April Fool. Well done Sir 👏

      Reply

      Paul

      2 weeks ago

      I forgot it was April Fool’s Day. I definitely read this whole thing, and it took me a minute to realize it. Thank you for starting my morning off right.

      Reply

      Chip

      2 weeks ago

      Nice…. It is my mom’s birthday and she would have been proud of this article

      Reply

      Paul

      2 weeks ago

      Happy 1st april

      Reply

      Jay E

      2 weeks ago

      Honestly one of the most stupid articles on this site. Not saying Gooch should have come out woth his statement but this article is ridiculous.

      Reply

      Mike

      2 weeks ago

      April1…think about it

      Reply

      Terfra

      2 weeks ago

      It’s hard being witty or sarcastic online. It just flies right over people’s heads.

      TJ

      2 weeks ago

      I agree! Such a dumb, cheap shot post, Sean! Do better MYGOLFSPY!!!

      Reply

      Trump

      2 weeks ago

      MGS just lost my business! Stay out of Politics, and stop slandering other countries!

      Reply

      Hopp Man

      2 weeks ago

      Spoken like a true mango mussolini. 😁

      Jose

      2 weeks ago

      “ At press time, it had not yet dawned on Gooch that taking millions of dollars from a murderous regime laundering its reputation through faceless professional golfers…” wow. Just curious how you would describe the golfers who join the DP a world, LPGA & ELT players? Or is this an April Fool’s post?

      Reply

      TJ

      2 weeks ago

      You do realize that the DP World Tour, which the PGA Tour now owns a substantial part of has held an event in Saudi Arabia for decades? Nobody in professional golf isn’t being influenced with Saudi money so you need to educate yourself or maybe you should just switch to another sport!

      Reply

      Patrick

      2 weeks ago

      I know it’s April 1st and the day for pranks but, I’m watching big tennis tournaments supported by PIF. Same goes for Formula One supported by Aramco. Yeah the Saudis are like Russians, like the Chinese ; they use sports to white wash their sins. Golf is number 13 in the hierarchy of global sports. The current PGA model is not sustainable. If not the Saudis , who then?

      Reply

      Matthew

      2 weeks ago

      If you thought this was real when you got to the Fred Ridley quote you should be careful with scissors. Do you really think he would say anything close to this on the record?

      Reply

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