At the beginning of October, the MENA tour (Middle East & North Africa) announced its strategic alliance with LIV Golf to expedite the qualification process of earning OFWR points for its members. However, Majed Al Sorour, the CEO of Saudi Golf has a rather interesting comment on it.
Saudi Golf CEO’s Public Comment
The head of Saudi Golf spoke to The New Yorker about the game’s biggest events potentially not allowing LIV members to play. He said he would “celebrate” if the four majors restricted LIV Golf players from competing in the tournaments and he would go as far as creating majors for his players.
The whole interview is based on the speculation that the Masters might ban LIV players and Majed Al Sorour can’t see sense in the majors siding with the Tour. He then added that he believed all the tours are “being run by guys who don’t understand business.”
Another Majed Al Sorour’s Statment
After Saudi Golf CEO’s “outlandish” words started getting traction online, he released a statement on social media that neither denied the conversation happened nor that it was off the record. Majed Al Sorour said he had a “casual conversation with a New Yorker reporter” in which he expressed his frustration with the alliance between MENA Tour and LIV Golf.
The head of Saudi Golf then added that he had the utmost respect for the majors and that the story wrongfully expressed and misrepresented his views.
The Dodgers Claiming An Early Postseason Spot Was A Surprise To Manager Dave Roberts
Considering baseball is a sport where every outcome is typically analyzed and predicted, there was still room for a shock in the Dodgers season. In fact, the Dodgers claiming an early postseason spot was a surprise to manager Dave Roberts.
Another Year, Another Playoff
Reaching the playoffs is not a shock to the system for the LA Dodgers, and the franchise is well used to having their season extend into the postseason. However, while a playoff spot might be expected in Los Angeles, the management didn’t expect to secure their spot so quickly.
The Dodgers claimed a playoff spot for the eighth season in a row after beating the Padres 7-5 in September. The franchise prides itself on thinking through all possibilities, but manager Dave Roberts admitted after the game that sealing a postseason place was news to him.
Focusing On Other Things
Dave Roberts has always insisted clinching a place in the playoffs is worth celebrating, even if it’s becoming a regular thing for the Dodgers. While he usually celebrates making the postseason, Roberts said he was so focused on winning the series against the Padres, he hadn’t even considered what it meant.
While the Dodgers didn’t seem to acknowledge what they had achieved after the game, Roberts admitted that the news would start to filter through on the flight home.
He suggested that the Dodgers would be celebrating on the plane journey home thanks to a victory earned with home runs from AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor. The Dodgers only needed to win seven games to clinch the National League West thanks to the tiebreaking 6-4 record against the Padres last season.
With their spot already clinched in this unusual season’s playoffs, the Dodger can now turn their attention to their World Series ambitions. Now is the time to try new things and give themselves an edge when it comes to winning a first World Series since 1988.