Paige Spiranac thinks Saudi golf league is a major distraction from this

Paige Spiranac thinks the talk of the Saudi league is a major distraction from one thing. 

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Sat, 19 Feb 2022
Paige Spiranac thinks Saudi golf league is a major distraction from this

By this point, you're probably tired of the talk around the Saudi Golf League. But Paige Spiranac thinks it's a distraction. 

Quotes from Phil Mickelson earlier this week that he is alleged to have said last November have sent shockwaves through the golf world. 

"Scary motherf***ers", Mickelson said of the Saudis. "We know they killed Khashoggi", he added.

Despite this, Mickelson allegedly said he wanted to work with the SGL as it was a once in a life time opportunity to reshape the PGA Tour. 

Whatever you think of this, it's clear it has divided some parts of the golf world. Particularly the players. 

The elite PGA Tour players have been poked and prodded and asked where their allegiances lie.

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Some have been straight up honest. Jason Kokrak admitted he wants to make as much dollar as he can before retiring at 44. 

Justin Thomas described Mickelson's comments as egotistical. Morikawa felt he lacked answers and pledged his allegiance to the PGA Tour. 

Tiger Woods wants to protect his legacy. Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy will remain loyal. 

Bryson DeChambeau has kept suspiciously quiet and Viktor Hovland just wants everyone to get along. 

But Spiranac, the social media heavyweight, thinks this is all just a smoke screen:


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Elsewhere, Spiranac has recently opened up on the topic of cyberbullying on Golf Digest's Be Right podcast. 

She told them: "It was really hard, because when people would come at me, it was about my golf game," she told the publication. 

"As we all know, your ego is so tied in to how you play, and publicly for people to be like 'You suck, you need to quit,' that was really hard for me and I took it very personally.

"My early interviews I talked a lot about cyberbullying, and I was kind of dealing with other things behind the scenes, so I was a big advocate for that.

"Things have progressed where I've stopped playing professionally and now social media has become my career. It was hard because now I want to have a 'hot take,' but sometimes it comes at the expense of someone else, and not in a way that's bullying.

"Now I'm tweeting stuff about players, and it's funny, but I would get so upset about that before [if it were me], but it's not really bullying. I was just soft. I was a huge baby. You do have to have a good sense of humor, you have to be able to laugh things off." 

Read more about that here. 

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