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A ‘wonderful’ opportunity: When it comes to LIV, Gary Player changes tune again

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Just a few months after splitting from the LIV Golf, Gary Player has once again taken a softer stance on the Saudi-backed circuit.

In a conversation two days ago with reporter Mahlatse Mfahlele, Player shared some thoughts on the ongoing split between the LIV and the PGA Tour, calling for respect and happiness while stating that he has nothing against players joining Greg Norman’s startup league.

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“I don’t mind people going out and playing the LIV tour,” Player said. “I think it’s great to give people the opportunity to make some money when they can’t play anymore. Most of them go there with a new life and it’s fantastic. But what I don’t like is the war that is going on between LIV and PGA. [Tour]. Golf is too good. Golf gave us our dream to start a tour and play. So we should have a — word of respect across the board. We should all respect each other and live our lives. But if you have [membership on] Tour LIV, don’t expect to play and have the chances of a regular [PGA] Tour. Because they are two different tours.

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“I just hope everything goes well and everyone is happy.”

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The comments are consistent with what the Player said back in June, when he reminded people that “the Saudis… our allies, let’s never forget this” and that he doesn’t blame anyone for chasing money. But then there was Player’s radio interview with the BBC at the end of August when he fired several shots at LIV.

The player, a Saudi Arabian golf ambassador, called LIV “a tour for people who are unsure of their future… not sure they can be winners.”

He settled on the 54-hole LIV format, adding that “it never compares to a regular Tour. No chance.”

He singled out Cam Smith to sign with LIV, asking, “What’s his future?” He added that he believed Smith’s advisers “gave him the wrong advice.”

Finally, he argued that LIV members should be banned from the Majors, Ryder Cups, and Presidents’ Cups. “All these things,” he said.

Indeed, it is difficult to determine where Player stands in this ongoing debate. But one thing is certain: as throughout his career, The Player has no shortage of opinions.




Source: www.golfchannel.com

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