Despite the wishes of Phil Mickelson and others, the PGA Tour and LIV Golf will not be working together anytime soon.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan completely dismissed the idea of some sort of merger or even collaboration in the league. interview with ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.
“I think words and actions are important,” he said. “I think it’s inappropriate [to work with LIV Golf] when you look at the fact that some players have sued the PGA Tour, their employer has sued the PGA Tour.
“It’s not in the cards. It was not in the cards and is not in the cards. I think we’ve been pretty consistent on that front.”
Given the current feud in the golfing world and the lawsuit Monahan mentioned, his position should come as no surprise.
Mickelson was the face of the controversial Saudi-backed golf venture and received the most criticism for his involvement in it. He was also involved in a lawsuit against Tour, although on Tuesday he and several others formally asked to be removed from him.
In the run-up to the Presidents’ Cup, Mickelson was pushing for the two golf leagues to somehow unite.
“LIV Golf is not going anywhere. The best solution for us is to come together,” Mickelson said. “I think the world of professional golf needs the old historical ‘history of the game’ that the PGA Tour provides… I think golf needs both. Both are good for playing golf. The inclusion of LIV Golf in the ecosystem of the golf world is essential.”
However, Monahan sees things very differently. According to him, the coexistence of the two leagues does not make sense.
“The answer to that is they went their own way and I think we’ve been pretty consistent in that we’re going ours and I don’t see that happening,” Monahan said. It wasn’t, and I don’t know.
In the end, Monahan believes that only the PGA Tour will survive.
“Playing at the highest level is about aspiration. It’s about context, he said. “And any young kid today, any kid who is going to play the game in the future, will eventually want to win the biggest championships.” , the biggest tournaments, and put yourself in the position and on the path of your golf journey to get on the PGA Tour and achieve at the highest level again. We will continue to evolve and become stronger in every single area of this spectrum or this path.”