The battle continues to rage between the PGA Tour and the new LIV tour. There has been more interest in the game of golf over the last year since a young Tiger Woods emerged on the scene in the mid 90’s. Maybe that is good for the game or maybe it is just a side show meant to disrupt and divide.
Matthew Fitzpatrick, of England, reacts after a putt on the 13th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Sunday, June 19, 2022, in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
The LIV Tour has come on the scene and thrown big money all over the place, some have taken the bait, while others have not. Tiger for example turned down almost a billion dollars, Jack Nicklaus, the best of all time, didn’t think twice about letting 500 million pass him by. But others have jumped at the money, Phil Mickelson for one. The question has to be why? Lefty is 52 years old and has had some money issues, but what about players more in their prime, like Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka?
Just two years ago Koepka scoffed at the big money LIV tour, saying an influx wouldn’t change his life. But Koepka hasn’t won since the Phoenix Open in 2020. Dustin Johnson, once the number one overall player in the world, last won in 2020, an impressive Masters Championship, but since, not so much.
Maybe these players don’t think they can be relevant against the best players in the world, so why not take a final payday.
Look, the LIV Tour is nothing more than one of those spring leagues looking to try and draw interest in a game that clearly belongs to the NFL. Shotgun starts and only 54 holes hold no interest for me, unless of course it’s for charity on a Monday afternoon.
The LIV tour is nothing more than an exhibition league with lots of money to spend. Players have every right to choose and the PGA Tour has every right to exclude those who choose LIV. The money ois good no doubt, as long as they keep the clown smiling and the windmill turning.
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