Bubba Watson puzzled by critics questioning LIV Golf guaranteed money (0:41)

The golfer said he received guaranteed money to play in tournaments while on the tour. There is a 0:41

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LIV Golf players are being criticized by some PGA Tour players for taking guaranteed money from the new circuit, but it's not clear why.

The Tour's rules don't allow guaranteed appearance money to be given to players while they are on the tour.

It makes me laugh because I used to get paid behind closed doors to show up at tournaments on the PGA Tour. If the best were paid more than me, that meant they were the best. So it is guaranteed. I make money despite missing the cut. I make more money.

The payment of appearance money to players is not allowed by the PGA Tour.

The statement said that certain tournament sponsors may contract with a player to perform a sponsor-related activity during tournament week for which they receive nominal compensation. Under our guidelines, this is permissible.

Tiger Woods, along with other PGA Tour players, have criticized players for accepting contracts from LIV Golf, which is funded by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund. According to reports, the former world No. 1 golfer received more than $125 million to defect to the new circuit and then won $35 million in prize money and bonuses in its first season.

The six-time major champion signed a $200 million deal with LIV Golf.

What are the incentives to practice for these players? The 150th Open was held at St. Andrew in July. I don't know what the incentive is to earn it in the dirt. You're getting paid a lot of money upfront and playing a lot of golf.

He won 12 times on the PGA Tour, but didn't say how much he got under the table.

"We all had some guaranteed money to show up at places, so we wouldn't be criticized," he said. You still have the money. All of us have been doing that. All of us have been playing for cash. It makes me laugh because we are doing that. We don't want to talk about it but we are getting it.

According to Kevin Kisner, a member of the PGA Tour player advisory council, the money players receive at PGA Tour tournaments is different from what LIV Golf is giving out.

Kisner said that it's not an appearance fee as much as a relationship between the player and the sponsor. They're trying to get more money for players through appearances for tent visits or pro-ams away from the regular PGA Tour. The thing has been going on for a long time.

It has nothing to do with the PGA Tour. You don't think that Zurich in New Orleans is trying to get guys to play because they sponsor them? It isn't an appearance fee. The endorsement is under contract. What number of players does the bank have?

Greg Norman said he wasn't allowed to accept appearance fees when he was on the tour.

Norman has been away from the tour for a while. There are rumors and opinions out there. It wouldn't surprise me if he said that, it has to be factual. We weren't allowed to take appearance money, we weren't allowed to have our hotels paid, and we weren't allowed to pay expenses. We had to spend what we earned to earn the money, so we just played golf. It may not be the same now.