in various occasions A summer of golf frustrationTiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have delivered key messages to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan about what’s wrong.
McIlroy was asked at the US Open Sure money in its prime has lost its respect for players from Saudi-run LIV Golf, with its 54-hole events and 48-man fields, no cut and large crowds.
“I don’t understand guys like me because I want to believe that my best days are still ahead of me and I think theirs are too,” McIlroy said. “So this is where it looks like you’re taking the easy way out.”
A month later at the British Open. Woods had little doubt about his position On players who entered a rival league led by Greg Norman.
“I don’t agree,” Woods said.
Monahan doesn’t underestimate him. The threat or possible damage to Saudi money On a tour that has not been challenged for 50 years. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have bothered with an 898-word memo warning players to choose one league or another in January 2020, considering changes to PGA Tour rules if necessary.
What he underestimated was the loyalty of the players.
Too many are willing to take the easy way out.
Too many people are turning their backs on the tours they should be watching, all because of the self-indulgent financial offers.
Dean Beman said as much. Interview with Golfweek Magazine. He was commissioner from 1974 to 1994 and is largely responsible for the model that made the PGA Tour the ultimate destination for golf.
“You don’t build loyalty and appreciation like we built a model for touring,” Beman said. “It depends on the individual’s loyalty and appreciation.”
In a clever play on words, Monahan relied on the phrase “legacy, not advantage” after Phil Mickelson’s exposure. A series of published comments It was his main interest in the Saudi-backed league in February. Find out about changes on the PGA Tour He felt that it was delayed for a long time.
But it is not about inheritance. It is not a matter of history.
And playing less for more isn’t about blur. Why, another 10 players – Carlos Ortiz asked that his name be removed from the case, as the manager – took the money and appeared in California federal court. File an antitrust lawsuit Is it against the PGA Tour?
Nothing motivates like money, and Golf was immune. Players who say they’re attracted to LIV Golf’s team concept realize they’ve either never played in the Ryder Cup or the last time they played.
Players have made choices and those should be respected. And so they were until last week when the inevitable lawsuit was filed demanding the right to eat fruit from all the trees in the garden.
Norman talked about finally bringing free agency to golf, leaving out the clause that required players to play certain events when they signed a contract with LIV Golf.
By any name, the Saudi threat was real, and there wasn’t much Monahan could do to stop it, not so much money from Norman’s public investment fund.
Imagine if Monahan had listened to him years earlier and made a deal before Norman got involved and turned this into a vendetta. Wasn’t the PGA Tour risking the wrath of its fan base, which now decries every player’s dismal record on human rights, with Saudi money being controlled by a repressive government?
Monahan shouldn’t be surprised by anyone who pledges support one week and walks out the next.
That was the case with Brooks Koepka in June. Rolex was on duty at Monday’s US Open, rallying the troops to speak loud and clear for the PGA Tour. Then there was something he could not ignore He left after a week.
That was the case during the Bryson DeChambeau era. He wrote in February“I want to make it clear that as long as the best players in the world are playing the PGA Tour, so will I.” LIV Golf has only one player – Dustin Johnson – out of the top 20 in the world, so it’s interesting to know his definition of “best”.
The PGA Tour’s postseason begins this week, but not before a. A federal judge will decide whether the three defectors will be allowed to run in the FedEx Cup playoffs. The fall portion of the new season includes two events in California – one a race in Napa, the other the first case management conference for an antitrust lawsuit.
Beman was asked by Golfweek if he could see anything positive coming from this disruption.
“Not what I see,” he said. “Perhaps damaging the integrity of some individuals. Their true stripes are showing. Some of those who benefited greatly from the tour’s proceeds are speaking out about their integrity.
More players may follow after the FedEx Cup. Rumors are flying, and even those cannot be trusted. Words are never empty.
All Monahan needs to know now is a game built on position in the ropes.
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