If Harold Varner IIIHe thought that being truthful about why he was leaving PGA Tour to play LIV Golf would help him in court of public opinion. However, he quickly realized that he was wrong.
Varner is among six PGA Tour players who will make their debuts at LIV Golfs next event, which begins Friday at the International outside Boston.
Varner said that he was surprised at the backlash he received following a news conference on Wednesday Instagram: Make a statementIn which he explained why he was leaving PGA Tour. Varner stated that the decision was more about money than anything else.
Varner stated that Varner read all responses to his post and that some were not very kind.
Varner said Wednesday to reporters in Boston, It sucked. Who likes hate? Its terrible. I hate being hated. Id rather not be known than be hated.
Varner, 32 is one of few Black players who play professional golf.
I hate to be hated. You do whats best. When someone else does something thats best, Im like, How can I help? How can I help you make better decisions? What are your reasons for making this decision? Varner said. Varner stated, That should have been more of the language, instead of, like: Well, I didnt want you to do what I want, so I hate your. Im done. Im unfollowing. Thats impossible.
Varner earned $10.4 million in his PGA Tour days, and $2.3 million this season. He didnt win a PGA Tour tournament, but he did win two tournaments, including the PIF Saudi International, in February.
He rose to the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking and was invited to all four majors. He tied for 23rd place at the Masters, 48th at PGA Championship and 28th at The Open.
LIV Golf players were allowed to play in majors this season. Golfs governing bodies are yet to reveal whether the qualifications for invitations and exemptions will change in the future.
Jay Monahan, PGA Tour commissioner has suspended LIV Golf players for competing in tournaments without conflicting events releases.
Varner stated that that weighed a lot for him. This was my first year playing in every major so it was exciting. Its way more fun to make sure my child doesnt have any worries. Thats it.
Varner said that Amanda, Varners spouse, was much more direct about what he should be doing.
Varner stated, Its very easy get into a situation where everyone tells you what to do. I don’t know, I just sat here. Its very bad when my wife is like, F— everybody. Do what you want.