Northern Plains, Ore. – Do you believe the first shot was fired when Phil Mickelson said that the PGA Tour uses “manipulative, coercive, strong-arm tactics” and that its commissioner, Jay Monahan, will not do what is right “Unless you have leverage”…”
or as it was when Monahan labeled LIV Golf and Greg Norman’s venture “an irrational threat” and an “unrelated return on investment or true development of the game”. , it’s got juicy…
and not above some good ol’ fashionable meanness.
the LIV Golf Series begins Thursday at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club outside Portland, Oregon, in traditional league versus wild kid humiliation. And continues to trade strategically timely announcements.
Monahan announced the start of the first LIV event in London, saying those playing in the Saudi-backed series had been suspended from the PGA Tour. The entire arena was running in LIV’s shotgun-start format.
LIV welcomed Brooks Koepka to their team a week before the Travelers Champion Ship had collected purses at several tournaments to announce the PGA Tour at Monahan’s news conference.
On Tuesday, when LIV was introducing its three new members, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Matthew Wolfe, to Pumpkin Ridge, Monahan was revealing the PGA Tour and DP World Tour are expanding and strengthening their alliance.
This is changing in Duke v. North Carolina. Red Sox vs Yankees. Everyone bumps into each other.
And make no mistake, LIV golf has certainly caught the attention of the PGA Tour.
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So what happened to some of the players who decided to walk away from the PGA Tour? He started firing back.
LIV Tour players
return to the PGA Tour like Pat Perez, a 46-year-old who is untraceable after 20 years working less demanding more money and 515 starts on the PGA Tour.
Perez took a look at the arena of this week’s PGA Tour event, the John Deere Classic, and it was like a chum in the water.
“The Tour has tried to strengthen us all year round and has come with restrictions and suspensions and all that,” he said. “And how does it work? See how many people are here. It doesn’t work at all. So Top Jeopardy and all that sort of thing, and how many major winners do you have compared to John Deere? It’s not like that and Too close.
” Tour wants to talk about Field’s strength… Field’s strength is here. So whether everyone wants to talk about it or not, that’s all. Facts are facts.”
For this week, anyway, Perez is right. And it’s not close. John Deere lost his only Top 50 player, No. 25 Daniel Berger, who withdrew on Monday due to back issues , which caused him the most trouble. Year. There are only six of the top 100 in this event, led by No. 58 Webb Simpson.
But, Perez needs to brake. Eight players in the top 50 in the LIV event including No. 17 Dustin Johnson and No. 19. Koepka. Certainly not stellar at this point. But, to Perez’s point, it puts John Deere’s field to shame.
Some players are now making their way to the PGA Tour. Not hiding hatred and how it has handled the threat of LIV. Some have reacted by resigning from the tour; Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzell. Many of them
were asked which players would What could the Tour do, if anything, to prevent defection.
“Listen to the players,”
said Readme Perez, “at least LIV Could have taken a call from the group.” “At least one meeting, see what it is. Monahan nailed it from the start. Didn’t want to have a meeting, didn’t want to listen to anyone. Maybe (it) would have been a little different. … he doesn’t listen to the players.”
Wednesday’s day for Garcia, Westwood and Martin Kemmer: communication.
“Transparency is a big deal,” Kemmer said. “It would have been great to evaluate all the options. All the tours are there and we can all decide together, that we, as adults, sit at the table, find a solution that is good not only for the individuals, for the whole tour, for all the members.”
Still, no Don’t know what LIV Golf will look like in three years. Is it the AFL, which forced the merger with the NFL? Or is it the original USFL, which died after three seasons? (In related items, Next to LIV Golf US stop is Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.)
Some of those taking shots on the PGA Tour haven’t closed the door upon returning to tour when allowed.
” I want to play on the PGA Tour,” DeChambeau said. “It’s not my decision whether I can play or not, but I uld love to continue playing.We’ll see how it plays out.”