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PGA Tour to merge with Saudi-backed LIV
Golf under single ownership

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Posted By: Dreadnought, 6/6/2023 11:01:35 AM

The PGA Tour has announced it will be merging operations under a single owner with its rival, the Saudi-backed LIV Golf, as well as the DP World Tour, formerly known as the European Tour. "After two years of disruption and distraction, this is a historic day for the game we all know and love," PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement. "This transformational partnership recognizes the immeasurable strength of the PGA TOUR's history, legacy and pro-competitive model and combines with it the DP World Tour and LIV – including the team golf concept – to create an organization that will benefit golf's players, commercial and charitable partners and fans.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Dreadnought 6/6/2023 11:07:39 AM (No. 1485852)
It appears the Saudis won. They have the money.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: athina 6/6/2023 11:07:40 AM (No. 1485853)
Pardon my ignorance but why must they merge? Why can’t there be 2 leagues? Isn’t this simply a new monopoly?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly 6/6/2023 11:07:54 AM (No. 1485854)
Wow. The Saudis take over golf.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/6/2023 11:11:17 AM (No. 1485860)
I thought all white things were RACIST...time for Black Balls!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: clayusmcret 6/6/2023 11:22:35 AM (No. 1485888)
#2...some of the best golfers left the PGA for LIV, The only time they meet is when LIV golfers play and win the Opens.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: EJKrausJr 6/6/2023 11:30:46 AM (No. 1485911)
So all that Shite that Monahan has said about the LIV was Bull Shite? Should Monahan be replaced with Greg Norman? Yes he should. Norman was right all along.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: NorthernDog 6/6/2023 11:39:36 AM (No. 1485925)
I didn't see this coming - but who did? Most of the players who jumped to LIV were paid a ton of money, and those who remained loyal to the PGA Tour got nothing out of the deal. There's bound to be some bad feelings.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly 6/6/2023 11:44:08 AM (No. 1485928)
The PGA's big mistake was allowing players who defected to the Saudis to play in PGA events. Should have been no Masters, no US Open, nothing.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: mean Gene 6/6/2023 11:51:59 AM (No. 1485939)
Wow! And just a year ago the PGA was making it look like LIV was evil personified just because Trump smiled while attending one of their tourney's.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Calvinesq 6/6/2023 11:56:09 AM (No. 1485941)
I did not see this happening either. I like the PGA format of mostly 72-hole tournaments in medal play. LIV, of course, stands for 54-hole tournaments, and stupid concept of team play. If they somehow merge those concepts, I think the casual fan will lose interest. But, I suppose the name of the game, as with all sports now, is gambling. Very infuriating to a purist like me.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: hershey 6/6/2023 12:21:47 PM (No. 1485969)
The new name will be CIT...Camel In Tent....
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Hazymac 6/6/2023 12:38:22 PM (No. 1485985)
Re #8: Neither the Masters nor the U.S. Open is associated with the PGA Tour or the PGA of America. If the PGA tried to keep LIV players out of those two major tournaments, they'd be successfully sued out of business, and would deserve their bitter medicine. PGA Tour commissioner Monahan made the wrong choice and now really should go. Fatal mistake. I also didn't like seeing the president of the PGA of America refusing to shake hands with Brooks Koepka after Koepka won the PGA. No class should be gone, too.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/6/2023 1:40:12 PM (No. 1486017)
Watch Robin Williams' bit about golf. A game even big fat assistant managers can play.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: LadyChurchillUSA 6/6/2023 2:22:52 PM (No. 1486060)
So I guess all those golfers who bad mouthed LIV are now eating a very large helping of crow, They were nasty and bitter and I am so glad to see egg on their collective snarky faces,
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Staunch Repub 6/6/2023 3:38:14 PM (No. 1486106)
The Masters, the Open (British) and the US Open are NOT PGA events; The 'quirky' one is the (recently contested) PGA Championship.... which included LIV players.... Riddle me that Batman...
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Reply 16 - Posted by: MFM 6/6/2023 8:12:19 PM (No. 1486304)
Quite a week for the LPGA, they have a superstar in Rose Zhang and will likely attract a whole lot of new Lady golfers to the sport and viewers, without the PGA/LIV GREED..
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Reply 17 - Posted by: K620 6/6/2023 8:45:44 PM (No. 1486331)
I respectfully disagree, #8. The PGA screwed up by getting its panties in a twist and barring LIV golfers from PGA events. (The PGA response should be studied in B-school along with Coke Classic, Gillette, and Bud-Lite). In order to keep their PGA tour cards, the LIV golfers would still have needed to fulfill their PGA tournament obligation. But the PGA shut out some of the golfers the fans most wanted to see. Why? Were they really afraid of people queuing up to see what really did amount to an exhibition match? No, people want to see their heroes, in person in the flesh. So a few golfers made some more shekels. Good for them. Golly, I thought Tiger and (punk) Rory would like that. In the past many years I watched every PGA tournament, Thursday through Sunday; this year I watched the Masters. Period. The PGA screwed up mightily.
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