Mocked LIV Golf player reveals why Greg Norman "GAVE ME THE BOOT!"

Andy Ogletree has revealed why he was dumped from LIV Golf after he claimed his maiden professional win on the Asian Tour at International Series Egypt.

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Mon, 14 Nov 2022
Mocked LIV Golf player reveals why Greg Norman "GAVE ME THE BOOT!"

Andy Ogletree says he "got the boot" from LIV Golf because he played so poorly after picking up his maiden professional win on the Asian Tour. 

Ogletree, 24, was tipped for a big future in the game after he claimed the 2019 U.S. Amateur.

That victory allowed him to participate in The Masters where he pegged it up alongside Tiger Woods

But what has followed has been a familiar story for many in the game. An almighty struggle. There was no money coming in. Tournament exemptions were running out. 

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It seemed as though he was soon approaching a tough choice: give up or keep going?

Then LIV Golf came along and offered "rock bottom" Ogletree a lifeline to play in their first $25m event at Centurion Club just outside of London. 

Ogletree finished dead last but still picked up $120,000 after shooting rounds of 82-77-75 to finish on 24-over par. That was 17 shots behind the winner, Charl Swartzel. 

The American was then banned from the PGA Tour over his decision to play. That subsequently meant that he was also unable to participate in Korn Ferry Tour events. 

His suspension will reportedly last until mid-December. 

Over the weekend the former amateur star fired a final round of 8-under 62 at Madinaty Golf Club in Cairo to finish with a total of 23-under and win the International Series Egypt by four strokes from Austria's Bernd Wiesberger. 

Ogletree opened up on what happened with LIV Golf after the sensational win where he picked up a cheque for $270,000

He told SI's Bob Harig:

"I kind of got the boot [from LIV] because I played bad.
"I wanted to play all of them. I was [of the] understanding that I was to play more than once. But after the great turnout they had, everyone seemed to want to play [LIV Golf]. I just didn't take advantage of that opportunity."

Ogletree previously opened up on his decision to play LIV's first event to the Fire Pit Collective earlier this year. 

He told the publication:

"I needed somewhere to play golf, that’s the bottom line. I know everyone has said it’s not about the money, but the money is great for me. I needed somewhere to play, and it provided a great financial situation for me to be able to fund my golf for the next couple of years.
"For me it was a no-brainer. I had nowhere else to play. That week of London there was no GPro Tour event, no Korn Ferry Tour event, no Monday qualifier. There was nowhere else for me to play.
"I had an opportunity to play in a golf tournament and I took it."

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