‘LIV players trying to say hi to Rory’: Golf glamor girl Paige Spiranac happily compares Salt Bae rebel golfers chasing Lionel Messi to World Cup after breakaway tour stars CAN play in Masters in 2023
Paige Spiranac gave a hilarious response on social media Tuesday to the news that LIV golfers will be allowed to compete in the Masters at Augusta next year.
The golf glamor girl shared the cringeworthy footage of celebrity chef ‘Salt Bae’ chasing after Lionel Messi for a photo after Sunday’s World Cup final, captioning it: ‘LIV players trying to say hi to Rory (McIlroy) at the Masters’.
McIlroy has always been a fierce critic of the Saudi-backed breakaway LIV Golf tour and has even spoken of ‘hate’ seeing LIV players teeing off at past events outside the PGA Tour.
But it emerged on Tuesday that McIlroy would shoulder the burden of players cashing in Saudi Arabia’s currency again after Augusta chairman Fred Ridley revealed there would be no ban on LIV players, as there is on the PGA Tour.
Golf glamor girl Paige Spiranac hilariously compares Salt Bae chasing Lionel Messi (left) to LIV golfers seeing Rory McIlroy at next year’s Masters
McIlroy has been one of the most consistent and loudest critics of the Saudi-backed LIV
‘We will invite those eligible under our current criteria to compete in the 2023 Masters Tournament,’ said Ridley.
‘We have reached an important point in the history of our sport. At Augusta National, we believe that golf, which has overcome many challenges over the years, will endure again.’
This means that approximately 15 players currently competing on the LIV Golf circuit will be part of the field at Augusta National.
Past Masters champions Mickelson, Johnson, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed, Spain’s Sergio Garcia, and South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel are among that group.
Australia’s Cameron Smith will receive an invitation after winning the 2022 Open Championship, while DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka are allowed to head to Augusta by virtue of winning the US Open in the past five years.
Speaking in August about LIV and the fact that LIV players were allowed to compete in the DP World Tour event at Wentworth, England’s McIlroy said: ‘I don’t like it, I really do.
‘I hate what this is doing to the game of golf. It would be hard for me to stomach going to Wentworth in a few weeks and seeing 18 of them there. That’s not right with me.’
Organizers of The Masters at Augusta announced Tuesday that LIV players can compete
Meanwhile, ‘Salt Bae’ was mocked for his awkward and cringeworthy antics after Argentina lost to France in the World Cup final on Sunday
The disgraced ‘Salt Bae’, meanwhile, was rightly mocked all over social media and more than shamelessly forced his way into some of the pictures Argentina’s players receive with the World Cup trophy.
The 39-year-old was either too ignorant to accept that he wasn’t liked in the photos or too selfish to care as he pretended to sprinkle spices on the World Cup trophy.
It has since been reported that ‘Salt Bae’ broke FIFA rules by entering the pitch during the celebrations, as Argentina beat France on penalties after a 3-3 tie following extra time in the most dramatic World Cup final ever.
In footage tweeted by Spiranac on Tuesday, Messi was clearly unfazed by Salt Bae’s attempts to have his moment with the star as he tried to celebrate his historic victory with his teammates.
The Masters at Augusta, widely considered the best tournament in golf, runs from April 6-9.