So, the world of golf has been at war for two years with the PGA Tour and the LIV Tour. The LIV Tour is a Saudi Arabia-funded tour. The PGA Tour has called all the players that joined the tour were ridiculed by everyone. The likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Jack Nicklaus all said that LIV players do not exist anymore. PGA commissioner Jay Monahan announced that the tours will combine along with the DP World Tour. The three will combine to bring golf back to one powerful tour. As a golf fan, I loved the LIV tour because it brought golf into the sports realm. The PGA is not talked about unless it is one of the four majors or certain players are making headlines.
Some tour players want Monahan to step down or be relieved of his duties. I doubt that will happen. The PIF is part of all the tours in the new merger. The PIF fund is Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund and is believed to be one the largest of kind globally minority stakes in both American and international businesses. As of right now, we will not know how the scheduling will go across the three tours. I think this is big for the game of golf. I can already see some players who are not happy because they hated the LIV Tour. Some players like Phil Mickelson said he hoped this would happen so that golf could once again be unified. This might be what has happened at the majors so far in 2023.
Mickelson himself finished second at the Masters. Patrick Reed did well at the Masters as well. Brooks Koepka won the PGA Championship and all three are playing on the LIV Tour. Now we will see these three along with Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Smith, and Joaquin Niemann. The PGA Tour upped their purses on specific events to $20 million to compete with LIV. PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan will join the PGA tour policy board. Many will hope this will make professional golf better moving forward. The merger will be finalized in the coming months. I would guess that by the time the PGA Tour ends for the 2023 season, it should be in place.
I am excited to see that maybe there will now be more than four majors with three tours combined. I am looking forward to seeing players that are DP World Tour. Let’s see how the PGA Tour players react to this. I can see that some of them will be against it and others may not care. The LIV players have come out on social media already saying they like the announcement. Would you say that the LIV Tour won this war? Many people just wanted the LIV players to come out and say they left for the money. Many of them will never admit that. I think that is why many are against the LIV Tour. At the end of the day, this will be better for the game of golf.
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