Sunday 1st of October 2023

reducing the gulf in golf for gold from the gulf......

Professional golfers have expressed their anger at the PGA and DP World Tour announcing a merger with LIV Golf.

Players had not been consulted about the surprise agreement with Saudi Arabian-backed LIV, finding out at the same time as the media on Tuesday.


Barstool Sport's Dan Rapaport told BBC Radio 5 Live he spoke to several players immediately after the deal with the rival circuit was announced.

"The initial reaction was shock and then it turned to anger," he said.

"There are a lot of players who turned down a lot of money who are wondering 'what's the deal?'"

The Telegraph's golf correspondent Jamie Corrigan added that the deal "has been conducted in incredible secrecy".

"It's been a total mess and they will present it as they've made the warring fairways peaceful again, but they've still got a long way to run," he said.

"Forget about growing the game and sportswashing, all this comes down to money and power."

'Just more evidence of the onward march of Saudi sportswashing'





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we don't care....

As the shock news broke on Wednesday morning (AEST) that the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed LIV Golf will merge to form a new entity – which no one saw coming, at least at this speed – the chorus of cheers from Greg Norman’s cohort was matched emotions ranging from apathy to disgust from tour loyalists.

Players like Australia’s Cameron Smith, who defected for a reported sign-on fee of $140 million (“generational wealth”, as Norman calls it), haven’t even played a year on the rebel circuit and now potentially have access to the PGA Tour again.

Others like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama, the Japanese cult hero who was rumoured to have been offered an eye-watering $350 million to jump to LIV, stayed. Now their secretive boss Jay Monahan has danced with the alleged devil.

Most suspected this would have to happen one day, but this soon?


It’s not as if Norman hadn’t flagged it.

Inside the plush boardroom at The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide only seven weeks ago, I sat with Norman and asked if he could ever truly have peace talks with the PGA Tour. His rhetoric had softened in the weeks before LIV held its first Australian event, and I was curious to ask, in his mind, what would be the perfect model for the future of world golf.






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not the only ones.....

'Gutfeld!' panelists weigh in on the media's reaction to the merger between the PGA Tour, Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), which runs LIV Golf, and the DP World Tour.




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