With the PGA Tour and LIV Golf going separate ways, what happens now?


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KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 23: Phil Mickelson of the United States celebrates with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning during the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship held at the Ocean Course of Kiawah Island Golf Resort on May 23, 2021 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

It’s no secret that the PGA Tour has hated LIV Golf ever since some of the PGA’s top golfers began being poached to go elsewhere. This has left many wondering if LIV Golf players will be allowed to compete in PGA Tour events or even the four major tournaments in 2023.

The PGA has already set up a roadblock for the world golf rankings, as LIV Golf members cannot earn points, so many of their rankings are plummeting. For normal PGA Tour events, LIV players are banned for an undetermined amount of time, but as of now, it seems they will be able to play in the four majors.

It completely depends on what side of this you’re on when you look at this issue. LIV Golf fans think the PGA Tour is acting irrationally and should just let them play in everything. Hardcore PGA Tour fans think the opposite and feel that they shouldn’t be allowed to play in anything. The problem with not letting them play in a large percentage of tournaments is that you’re losing a large quantity of the best golfers in the world.

Because the PGA Tour could not recognize what many of players wanted, it lost them. The PGA Tour could have created a few tournaments each year where the atmosphere was more fun and relaxed, such as the Phoenix Open where the fans can be loud which creates a fun atmosphere it’s for everybody. However, the PGA Tour never took that initial step until now, when it now knows for sure that at least a percentage of that is what the people want after losing many top golfers to a different tour.

Cameron Smith, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, and Patrick Reed are on the list of former PGA Tour golfers who are currently playing for LIV Golf and who have won majors in the past five years. These are some of the best golfers in the world, and there is no denying that. For this reason and this reason alone, it is a great thing that LIV Golf players can play in the majors. Majors are supposed to be the most competitive tournaments in the world, with the best golfers in the world. As much as the PGA Tour wants to deny it, you cannot do that without LIV Golf players.

Everyone agrees the majors are better with everyone, so why can’t these players compete in normal PGA Tour events? PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced that players who chose to play in LIV Golf would be “suspended from the tour indefinitely.” Should this be happening? The answer is yes. The idea of LIV Golf is great because it is modernizing golf and making it more exciting. However, support for the Saudi-backed tour amid the continuing human rights abuses in the nation is morally difficult to settle with.

Another problem with this situation is winning. Winning on the PGA Tour has become easier. There are simply fewer outstanding golfers. So, does this mean that if records are broken in the win category, they stand with an asterisk next to them, or will they be counted legitimately? Can you allow new records in places previously achieved against ALL of the best golfers in the world? Only time shall tell.

I certainly cannot back the LIV Golf tour. The PGA Tour is not perfect, but it is much better that a tour founded by a country that is constantly in the news for human rights violations which include torture and executions. This historic rift between two massive tours has simply never been seen before, and no one knows what the future holds.