PGA players and LIV players are not on good terms

PGA players and LIV players are not on good terms

Everyone who remotely follows golf knows there has been a split amongst the players.

Earlier in the summer, the LIV tour launched. Luring PGA players with massive sums of money, many players have defected. These actions by the LIV tour have not made the PGA tour happy, to say the least.

After the LIV tour launched in early June, the PGA tour stated that members who chose to compete in LIV tour events would be “subject to disciplinary action.”

This threat prompted the LIV tour to sue the PGA tour on the grounds that the PGA tour’s restrictive policies inhibited the LIV tour from competing. Big names like Bryson Dechambeau and Phil Mickelson are throwing their hats behind the suit as well. The PGA tour, not backing down, filed a countersuit in a similar fashion. Their suit was on the basis that the LIV tour was acting unlawfully by interfering with existing contracts. Both suits are of similar nature, just accusing each other of unethical/unlawful acts.

These suits are just a tiny bit of the feud. An additional side is the moral stance.

“We know they killed Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights,” Mickelson said. “They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider joining the league? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.” Based on this quote from Mickelson, it shows the LIV tour golfers know who funds their tour, and how dirty that money is. I don’t believe they don’t care, but I do believe they are not giving it the thought they should.

Perhaps one of the PGA tour’s biggest supporters, Rory Mcilroy, has said, “We should be able to play where we want!” Although he supports his colleagues’ decisions, he is not joining himself. He supports them, but he also voiced that, “If you go over and play on a different tour, then go over and play on a different tour. You’re sort of basically leaving all your peers behind to go make more money, which is fine. But just go over there. Don’t try and come back and play over here again.” Rory has seemingly drawn a line in the sand when it comes to the divide, and he wants those that left to stay.

Although the LIV tour definitely has its downsides, it has some upsides as well.

The LIV tour players are making astronomical amounts of money. It’s not a secret that professional golfers make an insane amount of money, but the LIV tour is taking it to another level. The LIV tour reportedly offered Tiger Woods one billion dollars to join their tour. Tiger, being one of the PGA’s biggest supporters, turned it down, and many other players are signing lucrative deals. Even former Golf Channel analyst David Fehrety switched for the money, explaining it’s “a lot of money.”

Overall, the LIV tour has its ups and downs, but I believe I speak for most people when I say that the money simply isn’t, and will never, be enough for these players to be justified in switching to a tour backed by a country that is known more for its human rights violations than it is known for its golf.