NORTHERN PLAINS, Oregon. Do you believe the first shot was fired when Phil Mickelson said the PGA Tour was using “manipulative, coercive, force tactics” and its commissioner, Jay Monahan, wouldn’t do what was right “if you don’t have leverage.” …”
Or was it when Monahan revoked gaming privileges for those who jumped in LIV Golf and called Greg Norman’s venture “an irrational threat” and “not related to ROI or true growth of the game”, it became juicy…
And not above the good old pettiness.
How First LIV Golf Series event in the USA kicks off Thursday at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club outside of Portland, Oregon, the traditional anti-feral-child league continues to trade insults and strategically calculated announcements.
Monahan eclipsed the start of the first LIV tournament in London by announcing the contestants of the Saudi-backed series. were suspended from the PGA Tour. This decision was made when the entire field started in the LIV shotgun start format.
LIV objected saluting Brooks Koepka in his team’s minutes at Monahan’s Traveler Championship press conference a week ago to announce that the PGA Tour was raising money from multiple tournaments.
On Tuesday, as LIV introduced three of its newest members, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Matthew Wolf, at Pumpkin Ridge, Monahan revealed that the PGA Tour and DP World Tour are expanding and strengthening their alliance.
It turns into Duke vs. North Carolina. Red Sox vs Yankees. Everything is in conflict with each other.
And make no mistake, the LIV Golf certainly caught the attention of the PGA Tour.
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So what did some of those players who decided to leave the PGA Tour do? They started firing back.
LIV Tour Players Strike Back at PGA Tour
So is Pat Perez, the 46-year-old who makes no apologies for looking for more money while working less after 20 years and 515 PGA tour starts.
Perez took a look at this week’s PGA Tour, the John Deere Classic, and it was like a buddy in the water.
“The tour has been trying to have a big impact on us all year, with bans and suspensions and everything,” he said. “And how did it work? Look how many guys are here. It didn’t work at all. So, major threats and all that, and how many big winners do you have here compared to John Deere? even close.
“Tour wants to keep talking about field strength… field strength is here. So whether everyone wants to talk about it or not, this is what it is. Facts are facts.”
Anyway, this week Perez is right. And it’s not close. John Deere lost its only top 50 player, No. 25 Daniel Berger, who withdrew on Monday due to back problems that have plagued him for most of this year. Only six of the top 100 compete in the event, led by Webb Simpson at number 58.
But Perez needs to rock breaks. The LIV event features eight players from the top 50, including #17 Dustin Johnson and #19 Koepka. Certainly not stellar at the moment. But, according to Perez, this really brings shame to the John Deere field.
Some players no longer hide their distaste for the PGA Tour and how it handled the LIV threat. Some reacted by canceling the tour; Among them are Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood, Charl Schwarzel.
Some have been asked what the Tour could do, if anything, to keep the players from deserting.
“Listen to the players at least once,” Reid said.
“I could have at least taken a call from the LIV Group,” Perez said. “At least get together for a meeting, see what is at stake. Monahan just shut her down from the start. I didn’t want to go to the meeting, I didn’t want to listen to anyone. Maybe (it) would be a little different. … He doesn’t listen to the players.”
Wednesday’s Word of the Day for Garcia, Westwood and Martin Kaimer: Communication.
“Transparency is very important,” Kaimer said. “It would be great to evaluate all the options that all the tours have and that we can decide together, that we can sit at the table as adults, find a solution that will not only be good for individuals, but for the whole tour. , for all participants.
However, no one knows what the LIV Golf will look like three years from now. Is it the AFL that forced the merger with the NFL? Or is it the original USFL that died after three seasons? (In related material, LIV Golf’s next US stop is at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.)
Some of those currently on the PGA Tour didn’t close the door on their return to the tour, if they were allowed to.
“I want to play on the PGA Tour,” DeChambeau said. “It’s not my decision whether I can play or not, but I would like to keep playing. Let’s see what happens”.
This article originally appeared on the Palm Beach Post: LIV Golf players share some of the challenges they’ve had with the PGA Tour