There are a lot of things people can say, and have said, about the LIV Golf Invitational Series. Whatever you think of the Saudi-backed golf league, one thing’s for sure and that’s that the environment around their events is nowhere near the excitement of a Ryder Cup or a Presidents Cup. But don’t tell that to Talor Gooch.

During this weekend’s 54-hole, no-cut tournament at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Oregon, Gooch was asked about the experience and gave an answer that even fellow LIV Golf players Patrick Reed and Dustin Johnson couldn’t keep a straight face over.

“I haven’t played a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, but I can’t imagine there’s a whole hell of a lot of difference,” Gooch said. “This was as cool as it gets. We’ve been saying it all week. The energy is just different, it’s awesome.”

That’s some professional wrestling-level hype right there. And judging by Reed and Johnson’s reactions, even they couldn’t get on board with that sentiment.

Justin Thomas, who hasn’t minced words about LIV Golf recently, couldn’t help but have some fun with the quote as well.

“I’ve seen some funny stuff online, but this is one of the better ones,” wrote Thomas.

And he wasn’t along, as plenty of people across the golf world chimed in to trash Gooch over his wild comparison.

It remains to be seen if LIV Golf players will be allowed to play in the next event Ryder Cup, but given that Gooch is currently ranked No. 38 in the Official World Golf Rankings, he’s probably going to have to keep imagining he knows what it feels like no matter what.

[Kyle Porter]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to