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PGA Commissioner Monahan Kicks Against Money Power Of New LIV Golf League

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June 23, (THEWILL) – On Wednesday, PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan, attacked LIV Golf, branding the new league an “irrational threat” to the game.

Recently, numerous prominent PGA players have joined LIV Golf, which receives financial support from the Saudi Arabian government. The first players to join the new league were Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia. Athletes like Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, and Patrick Reed soon followed.

Speaking about the threat to the standard golf league, Monahan said: “If this is an arms race and if the only weapons here are dollar bills, the PGA Tour can’t compete. The PGA Tour, an American institution, can’t compete with a foreign monarchy that is spending billions of dollars in an attempt to buy the game of golf.

“We welcome good, healthy competition. The LIV Saudi Golf League is not that. It’s an irrational threat, one not concerned with the return on investment or true growth of the game.”

Each player who switched from the PGA Tour to LIV got large signing incentives, some of which were said to be in the nine-figure range. The monetary amounts have occasionally dwarfed the player’s prior PGA Tour career earnings. Additionally, LIV Golf is enticing players with $25 million purses for each of its eight events this season.

Some people in the golf industry believe that this represents a change in strategy in the players’ favour.