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At some point, Graeme McDowell is going to realise it’s better to tweet nothing at all.

Not content with the barrage of hate he received for suggesting the Open should feature a shotgun start, the former US Open champion is at it again.

Just days after that particular furore died down, the former Ryder Cup star faced a backlash after announcing a sale of non-fungible tokens.

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McDowell, who made the switch to LIV Golf earlier this year, has teamed up with Angry Apes Country Club, which builds golf-themed NFTs which are then sold.

“We worked hard to build a fantastic NFT with a brilliant roadmap and incentive program,” he wrote.

Needless to say, the world of social media was not impressed with his latest antics.

McDowell was accused of “shilling for scams” – a reference to criticism of NFTs which raise concerns about plagiarism and fraud.

He was also accused of “encouraging people to take high-risk gambles”.

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NFTs are digital files which are bought and sold. Their ownership is stored using blockchain technology, allowing them to be traded.

However, the movement has faced heavy criticism over a lack of security or regulation, comparisons with pyramid or Ponzi schemes and “rug-pull” scams, where developers deliberately increase the value of the product then sell their tokens en masse to lock in profits while wrecking its value.

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