ATLANTA — Former world No. 1 Lee WestwoodHe couldnt help but laugh at the sweeping changes announced Wednesday by the PGA Tour in response to LIV Golfs growing threat.
Westwood, who was one of the first PGA Tour players to defect to the Saudi Arabian financed LIV Golf Invitational Series, stated that his former tour is drawing a lot inspiration from his new.
I laugh at the PGA Tour players ideas, Westwood stated. Golf DigestInterview published Thursday. Its just an exact copy of what LIV does. There are many hypocrites. They all claim that LIV is not competitive. They all agree that LIV is not competitive because of its no-cut aspect and the short fields.
Jay Monahan, PGA Tour commissioner, announced Wednesday that the PGA Tours top players have committed to competing in at least 20 tournaments. This includes 13 elevated events with average purses of $20,000,000.
Unlike LIV Golf events that are 72 holes long, most PGA Tour Tournaments are 72 holes with 36-hole cuts. LIV Golf events have 54 holes and no cuts.
Now, its funny that they are proposing 20 events which look a lot like LIV, Westwood explained. Hopefully, they will all choke up on their words at some point. They will hopefully be held accountable as we were in those early days.
Monahan has suspended more PGA Tour players than two dozen, including former major champions. Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Bryson deChambeau Patrick Reed, to compete in LIV tournaments with no conflicting-event releases by the PGA Tour.
Westwood, who became the first British player to play golf since 2005. Nick FaldoTo hold the No. The No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. He also criticised the PGA Tour for its treatment of the DP World Tour, which he was also a member. The PGA Tour, DP World and DP World have a strategic alliance. The DP World Tour also suspended its members and fined them for participating in LIV Golf events.
Westwood stated, Im not convinced about the strategic alliance because its how the PGA Tour behaves over the years. Theres not much to give. Theyve been bullies all their lives and theyre finally getting their due. Everything the PGA Tour did since Tiger [Woods]The prize purses are up for grabs for all who participated in the tour. All the top European players have been pushed away from the European Tour. They have had to travel to the States and brought all their world ranking points. Their strategy was to Put up all the money. All the players. Hog all the world ranking point. This becomes self-perpetuating. LIV is doing the same thing that the PGA Tour has done over the past 25-years, and weve seen it happen in the last few weeks.