Bryson DeChambeau made his Golf LIV debut in Portland in June before featuring in the latest event in Bedminster, beating Henrik Stenson; Members of the rival tour – including DeChambeau – are currently banned from competing on the PGA Tour
Last Updated: 03/08/22 1:08 pm
Bryson DeChambeau claims he “personally knows” members of LIV Golf will be able to return to the PGA Tour in the future and offered a quaint pizzeria analogy to depict the controversy surrounding the sport. this sport.
DeChambeau has joined players including Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson on the breakaway tour, which has eight events scheduled for 2022 ahead of a more expansive schedule next season.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has indefinitely suspended any cast member from Greg Norman’s series, although DeChambeau believes a solution can be found to allow players to join both tours.
“It doesn’t make sense (ban),” DeChambeau said Fox News. “No, I’m not worried about that. I think it will be found out. I personally know that it will be found out, whether it’s legal or whether they come in and work out the terms or not. no. I definitely think all will be well. will wash off on its own in the future, shortly.”
Norman has previously said that banning LIV golfers from other tours is “hateful” and something that “deepens the divide between [PGA] Tour and its members”, while DeChambeau used an unusual comparison to try to explain why the new tour could “evolve the game”.
DeChambeau added: “It’s weird, because it’s like – let’s use this as a reference. I heard this earlier this week. You have a pizzeria that’s been around for 50 years. and all the customers come to it and it’s a great product.
“Suddenly a new pizzeria opened up, didn’t they? And they started paying customers to come eat at their place, and that pizza was potentially a little bit better than a pizza, And then, all of a sudden, that original pizzeria goes, if you go through there, we’ll ban you from coming back to our pizzeria. What’s wrong with that economic model?
“Whenever anyone invests more than a billion dollars in the game of golf, how does that not improve the game and how does that not lead to more opportunities?”
Love: PGA Tour Players Can Boycott If LIV Members Return
According to former Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, PGA Tour players can adopt the “nuclear option” of boycotting events if the LIV rebels successfully challenge their suspension.
Love believes those who remain loyal to the PGA Tour are “fed up” with the Saudi-backed secession, which will expand to a 14-event tournament next year.
The DP World Tour members won a court fight to temporarily withhold the penalty, pending a full appeal decision, and Love suggested a similar legal challenge from the players. Being suspended indefinitely from the PGA Tour could trigger a dramatic backlash.
“If the LIV teams sued and were allowed to play on the PGA Tour, the players would be fed up with that,” Love said. “We understand we do the PGA Tour rules and the commissioner is enforcing our rules and we don’t want the players, to come and pick our tournament.
“We hold all the cards. We say to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and to Washington, ‘No, we support the rules. We don’t want those guys to play. We don’t care what the court says. “The nuclear option is to say, ‘Fine, if they have to play in our events, we won’t play’.”
Reed commits to participating in Asian Tour events
Patrick Reed has committed to competing in two Asian Tour events this month, just weeks after saying the limited schedule was one of the appeals of being on the LIV Golf circuit.
With the next LIV Golf event taking place on September 2-4 in Boston, Reed has confirmed he will play the Asian Tour International Series events in Singapore from August 11-14 and South Korea a week later.
Reed, who has previously said that the year-round FedExCup schedule is “forced to play, and it doesn’t work for you mentally or physically,” is among the expected LIV Golfers. present in Singapore.
Asian Tour events offer significantly lower prize purses than LIV Golf events, with a first prize of $270,000 compared to $4 million offered in Bedminster, though still an avenue for entry. LIV Golf members earn world ranking points.