Players are “shocked and furious” by the PGA Tour, LIV Golf, and DP World Tour merging.
The announcement of a merger between the PGA and DP World Tour and LIV Golf has angered professional golfers.
The unexpected arrangement with Saudi Arabian-backed LIV was not disclosed to the players in advance; they learned about it on Tuesday at the same time as the media.
Dan Rapaport of Barstool Sport said BBC Radio 5 Live that shortly after the agreement with the competing circuit was announced, he spoke with a number of players.
He claimed that shock was the first emotion that sprang to mind before rage.
Many players who declined large sums of money are questioning “what’s the deal?”
Jamie Corrigan, the golf reporter for The Telegraph, also stated that the transaction “has been conducted in incredible secrecy.”
They will portray it as having restored peace to the warring fairways, but there is still much work to be done, he said. “It’s been a complete mess,” he said.
“Forget about expanding the game and sportswashing; it’s all about money and power,” someone said.
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Jay Monahan, commissioner of the PGA Tour
With the unexpected merger, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has infuriated several players.
Since rumors of a competing circuit started to circulate, the PGA Tour has been defending its position and a legal dispute with breakaway tour LIV is still unresolved.
However, they have decided to consolidate their commercial operations and rights into a new, as-yet-unnamed for-profit organization, whose CEO will be PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.
The new organization’s chairman will be Yasir Al-Rumayyan, governor of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF), which supports LIV. He spoke with Monahan on Tuesday.
“Jay Monahan has not been willing to say the words ‘LIV’ or ‘Saudi Arabia’ for the past year, and he has been as disparaging as he possibly can be,” stated BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter.
“Now that they have worked out this bargain, they are seated next to each other on a couch. Have LIV purchased today’s World Golf?
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Amnesty claims that the merger is another proof of Saudi efforts to deflect criticism from the nation’s human rights record.
While this may have surprised some golf fans and commentators, Felix Jakens, Amnesty International UK’s head of priority campaigns and individuals at risk, characterized it as simply “more evidence of the onward march of Saudi sportswashing.”
It has been evident for some time that Saudi Arabia was willing to spend a significant amount of money to establish itself as a major athletic force and attempt to divert attention from the nation’s appalling human rights record.
“Away from the glitz of the golf courses and the cameras, there has been increasing repression in Saudi Arabia, with arrests of government critics and human rights advocates, a wave of dubious trials, and the widespread use of the death penalty, especially as a tool of political repression.
“The world of golf may be about to put one of its most prominent commercial battles behind it, but it’s vital that this latest surge in Saudi sportswashing isn’t allowed to obscure the increasingly precarious human rights situation in Saudi Arabia,” said one golf industry insider.
In an interview with the BBC, DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley stated: “This has never been about sportswashing.”
Keith Pelley, the director of DP World Tour, and Jay Monahan
LIV Golf has teamed together with DP World Tour chairman Keith Pelley and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan (L). Golf reacted by calling it “one of the saddest days in golf history.”
Players who accepted hefty offers to join LIV, including five-time major champion Brooks Koepka, have responded well to Tuesday’s announcement.
Brandel Chamblee, a former PGA Tour player and golf expert, has been one of LIV’s most vocal detractors. Koepka commented on Chamblee’s welfare on social media.
Chamblee responded by saying: “I was completely shocked,” in a statement to the Golf Channel. I was quite disappointed after the shock sort of subsided.
“In my opinion, today was one of the most tragic days in the annals of professional golf. I do think that the professional organizations’ governing bodies have compromised their moral standards in order to make money.
Will the integrity of the game of golf remain intact? This has to do with golf’s legacy and future. This transcends all of us in size.
a six-time major champion One of the first well-known athletes to go from the PGA Tour to LIV, Phil Mickelson, remarked, “Awesome day today.”
However, two-time major champion Collin Morikawa and fellow American Wesley Bryan admitted they “love finding out on Twitter” with more than a little snark.
Bryan continued, “This is incredible. You should be embarrassed and have a lot to explain. For a very long time, I won’t be able to trust anyone in the PGA Tour’s business structure because I feel cheated.
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To counteract LIV McIlroy, DP World and the PGA Tours have strengthened their relationship. LIV Golf players are doing it for “boatloads of cash.”
Nothing like learning via Twitter that we’re merging with a tour that we said we’d never do that with, according to Mackenzie Hughes of Canada.
American Michael Kim continued, “What the hell is happening? It’s interesting how many individuals were aware of this transaction. about 5-7 individuals? Right, it’s a player-run organization.
“Tell me why Jay Monahan basically got promoted to CEO of all golf in the world by going back on everything he said the past two years,” asked compatriot Dylan Wu. The phoniness. I wish golf operated that way. I suppose money usually prevails.
“I’m guessing the LIV teams were struggling to get sponsors and PGA Tour couldn’t turn down the money,” former BMW PGA Championship champion Ben An remarked. Win-win for both tours, but a major setback for those who have been defending the tour for the past two years.