Both LIV Golf and the PGA Tour are driven by greed

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BROOKLYN, Mass. — As insults and threats fly across the ocean and the golf world prepares for a civil war, I am reminded again of Fay Vincent’s MLB career 30 years ago (Major League Baseball) Commissioner.

One afternoon in spring training in 1992, as his boss prepared to try to disrupt the players’ union by imposing a collective bargaining agreement that didn’t include bargaining, Vincent shook his head and said fans would see the shutdown as a greedy millionaire. The fight against greedy billionaires – “They’ll be right.”

That’s pretty much how I feel about the PGA Tour’s power struggle with the new LIV Golf backed by Saudi Arabia. The PGA Tour is funded by billionaire companies (including US television networks) and is played by multimillionaire players whose slogan may be “Show me the money.”

The new tour, led by Greg Norman as frontline leader, is funded by the Saudi Arabian government, and Phil Mickelson may describe the new tour’s best player as a “horrible sissy” “.

Come on, take a side. Insatiable and terrible mother—–s.

The tour’s greed and cunning can’t match the crimes committed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — including the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi — but those who stand with the PGA Tour can’t quite sleep with the angels Commissioner Jay Monaghan and his not-so-happy people.

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That’s not to say people like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy who reject hundreds of millions of dollars in Saudi blood debt aren’t laudable — not so much their loyalty to the Tour as they understand how They are invested with the Saudis and the legacy will change forever.

Mickelson certainly has. He will no longer be seen as a Hall of Famer golfer who has won just six majors and 45 PGA Tour titles. He won’t be the 2025 Ryder Cup captain at Bethpage Black Stadium – as he has been named over the years. His decision to side with Saud will appear in the first two paragraphs of his life story.

The same goes for major champions like Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Graeme McDowell and Charl Schwartzel, They won their first LIV tournament outside London last weekend and took home more than $4 million.

It is clear to all that money is more important than inheritance.

Ridiculous is the chatter of LIV-ites why They are doing it. Norman’s been talking about the “development game,” which sounds like a stuck vintage record. Mickelson and others said much of the same when discussing their chances of changing the sport.

Please.This is an opportunity to do one thing: get Very rich. For Norman, it was also an opportunity to finally avenge his defeat by Tour and then-commissioner Tim Finchem in 1994 when he tried to launch a program called “World Golf”. Tour” activities. Norman’s idea is to have huge purses, no cuts, guaranteed money, and invite only the elite or near-elite of the game. Finchem overturned this idea by calling on corporate sponsors to create the World Golf Championship: a tournament with small fields, no cuts, big prize money, guaranteed money.

Did he steal Norman’s ideas to keep his star players in line? you bet. Did Norman forget? Absolutely not. So Norman had two motives: money and revenge.

Everyone else is for the money.

McIlroy and Garcia are good friends; they attended each other’s weddings. But when Garcia told McIlroy that the reason for joining the LIV Tour was “so we can finally get what we deserve,” McIlroy laughed out loud. “Sergio,” he said, “we are golfer. we do not deserve get any pay. “

So we don’t say nobody Learn about real life in golf. McIlroy understands.

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And let’s not act as if the Saudis are the only ones spending huge sums of money trying to wash the blood off their hands. Or that these golfers were the first to take the bloody money.

The NBA makes hundreds of millions of dollars from doing business with China. This century, the IOC has willingly brought the Olympics to Putin’s Russia and China. Football’s governing body FIFA had a problem when it brought the World Cup to Qatar: the weather in July. Human rights violations are clearly not the problem.

For golf, the question now is whether LIV proves to be a blip that made a few players very rich and then disappears, or whether it will continue to disrupt the game. Augusta’s all-around green jacket proved to be the key to the sport’s future.

The U.S. Open allowed LIV players to play at country clubs this week because the U.S. Golf Association said it believed that, as the Open, it was not eligible to ban eligible players. Royal and Ancient, which run the Open, are likely to take the same stance ahead of next month’s St Andrews tournament.

The rest is the PGA Championship and the Masters, which are managed by the PGA of America. PGA executive director Seth Waugh is a close friend of Monahan, who has had ties to Waugh’s days running Deutsche Bank, and Monahan is the tournament director for the Boston tournament sponsored by Waugh’s bank. There is no doubt that he would be happy to support Monahan and the Tour.

But if the Open remains open and the Green Jackets decide not to ban separate players, Waugh will be unique in the majors — an untenable position.

Mickelson, Garcia, Reed and Schwarzer are all past Masters champions, and if they side with the tour, Augusta President Frederidley and the rest of his team will have to turn them down Journey to Magnolia Lane. Augusta is notorious for letting the world know that no one told it what to do. That’s why, despite the fact that the PGA Tour had a rule in 1990 that no club could host a PGA Tour event if the Tour discriminated against anyone, Augusta didn’t allow women to play until 2012.

No one will mingle with Lord Augusta. That’s why the club’s decision on LIV is so important. If LIV players could play the four majors, they wouldn’t need the PGA Tour.

Even now, the tour is in trouble. The title sponsors of many regular events are already less interested in their field. If LIV survives and continues to attract stars, Monahan will find himself facing serious title sponsor problems.and there is nothing It’s more important to the tour than keeping the title sponsor happy.

For now, the two sides will continue to shoot each other, with millionaires versus billionaires.

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