For better or worse, last year LIV Golf made its mark on the world of golf.
“I think that no matter what everyone thinks about this or that tour, whatever opinions or thoughts they have, I think it affects everyone whether they want to admit it or not,” Sahit Tigala said on Wednesday at a press conference before the Houston Open tournament.
But did the LIV make the PGA Tour better? Tegala thinks so.
“It’s great for the players because it makes the Tour more competitive and now it’s better for the players,” he said. “There are more opportunities than ever.”
Tigala’s rookie campaign last season was one that many can only dream of. Although several heartbreaks prevented him from taking his first Tour victory, he still established himself as a rising star and became the Tour champion.
Full game time at the Cadence Bank Houston Open
Thanks to his recent success, the 24-year-old could probably switch to the Saudi-backed side, but Tigala would rather chase his dream than money. However, with that said, Tigala has no animosity towards LIV or any players who have escaped.
“I’ve said before [the] The PGA Tour is my goal and obviously I grew up wanting to play on the PGA Tour and dreaming about it all,” he said. But I don’t have any problems with other things. It’s just that I think it’s been done a little more than most – to be honest, a lot of the players I’ve talked to haven’t – I mean, it’s great for the players.”
However, the world No. 53 is disappointed that some of the world’s best players have left the PGA Tour.
“Unfortunately, all the best players in the world don’t play together anymore,” Tigala said. “Like we all want to play with Cam. [Smith] and (Dustin Johnson) and those guys who are some of the best players in the world and it’s undeniable so it’s a shame the talent pool is split a bit but I don’t really ever think about it except when I was asking questions about it occasion.”
LIV made a hole in the Houston Open this week. The last two reigning champions, Jason Kokrak and Carlos Ortiz, moved to the LIV earlier this year, along with past winners Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson, Matt Jones and Paul Casey.
However, behind his belief that the Tour is in good hands despite the discord created by the LIV in golf, Tigala is optimistic that players who were given a chance on the Tour because of the LIV’s defection will take action.
“Of course, maybe it is,” he said when asked if there would be a shortage of LIV players in Houston. “But there are too many good golfers, especially these days, that the next player will go ahead and fill that spot, and a guy who may not have had a chance to be a superstar is going to step up. for this role because of this. Too many golfers – too many good golfers.
“There will never be a shortage of superstar power on the Tour.”