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PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan says LIV Golf Invitational Series is an ‘irrational threat’ to the game

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan says LIV Golf Invitational Series is an 'irrational threat' to the game

If there was any doubt regarding the venom brewing between the PGA Tour and the rival LIV Golf Invitational Assortment, the most recent salvo was delivered by the breakaway circuit on Wednesday.

Merely as PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan was unveiling elevated purses, a revamped schedule and dramatic modifications to the FedEx Cup Playoffs, LIV Golf despatched a data launch confirming that four-time essential champion Brooks Koepka had defected to the model new circuit being financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund.

“As I moreover talked about to the players [on Tuesday], let me be clear: I am not naive,” Monahan talked about all through a data conference on the Vacationers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut. “If that’s an arms race and if the one weapons listed below are buck funds, the PGA Tour can’t compete. The PGA Tour, an American institution, can’t compete with a abroad monarchy that is spending billions of {{dollars}} in an attempt to buy the game of golf.

“We welcome good, healthful opponents. The LIV Saudi Golf League simply is not that. It’s an irrational danger, one not concerned with the return on funding or true improvement of the game.”

Koepka, an eight-time winner on tour who has earned virtually $38 million all through his occupation, is the most recent PGA Tour member to be lured away by a signing bonus of larger than $100 million, sources knowledgeable ESPN. He joins completely different essential winners Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed among the many many defectors.

“For the time being, no one group owns or dominates the game of golf,” Monahan talked about. “Instead, the numerous entities, be it Augusta Nationwide or the USGA or the LPGA or the PGA Tour or the PGA of America, work collectively to satisfy our private respective priorities, nonetheless with the right pursuits of the game complete at coronary coronary heart.

“Nevertheless when someone makes an try to buy the sport, dismantle the institutions which could be intrinsically invested in its improvement, and focus solely on a non-public priority, that partnership evaporates, and as an alternative we discover your self with one particular person, one entity, using infinite portions of money to direct employees, not members or companions, in the direction of their non-public goal, which might or won’t change tomorrow or the next day. I doubt that’s the imaginative and prescient any of us have for the game.”

In a memo despatched to players on Wednesday, the PGA Tour detailed about $54 million in purse will enhance for eight present tournaments: Sentry Match of Champions (from $8.2 million to $15 million), The Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC-Dell Utilized sciences Match Play and The Memorial Match ($12 million to $20 million), the Players ($20 million to $25 million), FedEx St. Jude Championship and BMW Championship ($15 million to $20 million).

“These will enhance will in all probability be funded by sponsor assist and supplemented throughout the fast time interval by the working reserve,” Monahan talked about throughout the memo. “Please discover these amendments to the Helpful useful resource Allocation do not affect beforehand launched prize money will enhance at completely different events.”

The PGA Tour is reverting once more to a calendar-year schedule, with the FedEx Cup season happening between January and August.

The tour moreover plans in order so as to add three events in a world golf sequence that may perform purses worth as loads as $25 million and fields consisting of the best 50 players from the sooner season’s FedEx Cup components standings. These events, which is ready to rotate in cities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, could possibly be added to the schedule in 2024.

The tour may be adjusting the sector sizes for the FedEx Cup Playoffs, with the best 70 players qualifying for the first event on the FedEx St. Jude Championship, the best 50 on the BMW Championship and the best 30 on the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta. Beforehand, the best 125 licensed for the first event, 70 throughout the second and 30 throughout the third.

Going forward, solely the best 70 on the components itemizing will in all probability be completely exempt the next season, along with the invitationals with elevated purses. Those who finish outdoor the best 50 ultimately can play in fall events to earn a spot throughout the invitationals or keep throughout the excessive 125 to keep up their tour taking part in playing cards and priority standing.

World No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler talked about he was impressed with the modifications the PGA Tour has proposed.

“The money that we have got on the PGA Tour, I not at all dreamt of collaborating in for this loads money as I do now,” Scheffler talked about. “I have no idea the best way loads money I’ve made this yr, however it is undoubtedly larger than I deserve for whacking somewhat bit white golf ball spherical. For me, the reminiscences that I’ve collaborating in on this tour and the targets I’ve of desirous to be on this tour, it might probably’t get changed by one thing financial.

“Money’s money, and it isn’t one factor that I’m making an attempt to let administration how I dwell my life.”