Gaslighting is normal for players on LIV’s oil-funded tour
At first glance, little seems to connect Phil Mickelson to Angela Lansbury, who died on October 11 at age 96, her reputation intact. Lansbury’s legacy includes an Oscar-nominated debut in “Gaslight,” a 1944 film that coined the term “gaslighting” decades before modern-day charlatans perfected it. Gaslighting means manipulating a gullible public into doubting the evidence before their eyes — essentially what LIV golfers attempted by peddling distorted reality this week in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Including Mickelson, who might as well be featured on his own show, “Malarkey, He Spoke.”
Reaction to Mickelson’s comments centered on his claim that he never gave an “interview” to Alan Shipnuck, who revealed in February that Mickelson had called his Saudi benefactors murderers, human rights abusers man and “scary m-f’ers”. While plenty of golf media gnawed at this diversion bone, it was all about spitting on nomenclature – whether it was a taped interview or a conversation. Mickelson did not deny speaking to Shipnuck or the veracity of the quotes. In fact, he apologized for his remarks, if only to the Saudis. All of this distracted from the even more questionable claims he offered while standing in front of the “creepy m-f’ers.”
“I firmly believe that I am on the winning side of how things will evolve and shape in the years to come for professional golf,” he said. “I like the way they involve us and listen to us in the decisions. I mean it’s so inclusive… LIV Golf is on top. Whether it’s shorts, whether it’s other aspects of the professional golf… »
What is left for mockery when an American expresses his gratitude to the Saudi regime for granting him inclusion and the right to bare flesh?
“I see LIV Golf trending up, I see the PGA Tour trending down,” Mickelson continued. “I like the side I’m on…I like the way they treat us.”
If he dwelt on how Saudis treat others, he did not express it.
Fair enough if Mickelson sticks with his decision to skip tours. His belief that LIV is trending higher as the PGA Tour sinks may one day be vindicated, just as Donald Trump may one day obey a law. But that day is not near. More drunks are ejected Saturday at the Phoenix Open than they participate in LIV tournaments, a number not far below those seen on YouTube. The overwhelming majority of the best players in the world have not joined LIV, and no network will pay to broadcast its tournaments. Despite Mickelson’s salesmanship, it is difficult to prove that he was a flourishing success.
The gaslighting efforts of Mickelson’s colleagues are most feverishly directed at the lack of world ranking points. LIV events meet almost none of the established criteria to qualify for points. Undeterred, blonde-haired MBS puppet Greg Norman seems to think these rules don’t apply and has sent players hither and thither to insist that LIV be given immediate accreditation, a process that usually takes up to at two years old.
“We all agree and I think most people in the golf world would agree that the course here is at a certain strength now where it’s impossible to ignore the talent,” Graeme said. McDowell, using logic that would see points awarded to the Seminole. Pro-Member as this talent cannot be ignored either.
“We’re just looking for a fair court,” McDowell added, a daring boldness spoken in Saudi Arabia.
Patrick Reed also addressed the issue of the OWGR. “Let’s be honest,” he began with admirable conviction. “If you go to a golf tournament and they meet all the criteria that you are supposed to meet to have world ranking points, then they should get world ranking points no matter what. It doesn’t matter where you play, who you play with, what tour you’re on.
Bryson DeChambeau made the same claim about all of the OWGR criteria having been met during last week’s LIV stop in Thailand. It wasn’t true then, and it isn’t now.
By emphasizing the notoriety of its competitors, LIV creates a false narrative: these stars are worth points and the circuit is treated unfairly. But individual players are irrelevant to the issue of ranking points. What matters is whether the tour they are competing on conforms to OWGR rules. LIV does not and has not signaled any intention to do so, claiming instead that its players come from other tours with an inalienable right to points.
Never one to be outdone in the victimization stakes, Sergio Garcia launched his own gaslighting effort, positioning himself as a selfless martyr by stepping down from a Ryder Cup team he was unlikely to qualify for and which he wouldn’t be very well received by anyone not named Rahm. “I don’t want to be something that could hurt the team. I love the Ryder Cup too much,” Garcia said. “That’s how they want it. I’m just helping.
Just as he generously helped the pace of play by quitting the BMW PGA Championship last month after one round, without giving the DP World Tour the courtesy of an explanation.
It’s long been apparent that some LIV personalities are blinded by personal grievances. What is becoming increasingly evident is that others in the LIV orbit are choosing an alternate reality, one in which the application of the rules is discriminatory, in which money trumps inheritance. competitive, in which an army of Twitter bots represents a wave of grassroots support, and in which critics are branded “enemies of the truth” (to Norman’s well-known pal who sent my friend an unsolicited text describing me as well, and as a “fudge packer” I’ll get back to you in due course).
The bluster and growing distortions of LIV and her supplicants cements rather than obscures an air of desperation, as if the grotesque spending simply isn’t gaining traction or legitimacy fast enough. It lays bare the sellability of its players. What they are required to do and say outside the ropes is more damaging than their presence inside. At Norman’s insistence, they are caught in a dark version of another Lansbury film, The Manchurian Candidate.
“You’re very, very good at a lot of things, but thinking, honey, just isn’t one of them,” Lansbury, as Eleanor Iselin, told the pawn doomed for her ambitions. “You keep yelling ‘Point of order, point of order’ into the TV cameras and I’ll take care of the rest.”
So they do as instructed. But that’s not the reality, no matter how much they are paid to pretend otherwise.