After six weeks of tedious chatter about which golfers would go to LIV Golf and which would stay on the PGA Tour, and after all the posturing, rumors, and outright lies on the subject, there was a minor thought related to this. crossroads of professional golf. Despite all the nonsense and the whirlpool of cognitive dissonance, confusing interconnections, and childish branding by sometimes rude organizations, a light bulb went on for me after the US Open.
It’s all… fun.
This is a conversation we had on Tuesday on the latest edition of The First Cut podcast. And while there are about 400 caveats to this statement, the most important of which is that it is imperative not to confuse the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed LIV Golf, as one is trying to be legal and the other is not even pretending to be. However, the excitement in the game deserves attention.
Although the last two months have been busy for journalists, they have to be convincing for the fans. Facts are facts: Podcast listeners and website traffic are on the rise as sports are controversial.
To put it simply, perhaps: Are more people paying attention to the Brooks Koepka jumping league or who is named first alternate in the Traveler Championship?
Clearly, the current driver of this drama—whether golfers move from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf—will not last forever. The level of drama this year is erratic. However, it creates interesting topics for conversation.
- Should the PGA Tour shorten its season?
- Will team golf become popular?
- Is it possible to create a better path to success for young stars?
- Will backers pay more for less with bigger names?
- Can all of this be achieved at the same time?
Let’s dive into our discussion from the latest issue of The First Cut, with Kyle Porter and Mark Immelman joining Jonathan Coachman. to discuss Brooks Koepka’s move to LIV Golf and a preview of the Traveler Championship. Follow and listen to The First Cut at Apple Podcasts as well as Spotify.