The war between the PGA Tour and LIV Tour is ongoing. Players from the PGA Tour have voiced their opinion about the choice of the players that have decided to head to the other Tour. This week is the final major, the Open Championship, where golf began at St. Andrews. Both the PGA and R&A have put out bans against the LIV Tour players. The biggest issue is that the LIV Tour is backed by Saudi-backed money. As we all know we have billions of dollars in oil in the middle east. We all know that many terrorist attacks on the United States including on 9/11 were linked to the Saudis. Tiger Woods, one of the faces of the PGA Tour, said during his Open Championship press conference that he is not happy with the guys who went to the other Tour. The US Justice Department is investigating the PGA Tour.
The reason is the potential antitrust violations related to the LIV Tour. A similar event happened in 1994. At the time, the Federal Trade Commission investigated whether it was legal for the PGA Tour to require permission to play outside events and regulate their appearances on other golf TV programs. PGA commissioner Jay Monahan said that he believes that the same result will happen as well. Greg Norman, who is one of the leaders of LIV Golf, has also been suspended from Open Championship events. The players that have left for the LIV Tour are Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Bryson Dechambeau to name just a few. At the end of the day, golfers are “independent contractors” so they should be able to do what they want. Five of the initial other Tour events are in the United States.
The next tour event is in two weeks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. I think this is just the start of the war between the two professional tours. I want to see what happens with the Justice Department. If they find the PGA Tour guilty I want to see what the fallout will be. In my opinion, I think the LIV Tour is good for the game because of all the talk and articles that are out there. Norman tried to launch a World Golf Tour back in 1994 and now he is the CEO of LIV. Currently, the PGA Tour requires a minimum of 15 events to be a member of the tour. The LIV Tour will have 14 events next year and there are eight on the calendar this year. The PGA Tour announced it strengthened its relationship with the DP World Tour.
This will allow more access to the players along with the Korn Ferry Tour. One of the biggest problems is that the purses on the LIV Tour are much higher than the PGA Tour can offer. That is why I believe that many players have decided to head to the LIV Tour. I believe that there will be more players that head over there. The PGA Tour is not worried, but a little competition will not hurt. I would like to see the tours be together and allow the players to play on both tours. Until that time, we are in an ongoing war between the PGA Tour and LIV Tour.
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