Big win for LIV Golf

It has been another big week for LIV Golf signing up Bubba Watson, announcing their plans for next year and having Henrik Stenson win his first event after losing the Ryder Cup captaincy to join LIV. The feelings between the tours didn't get any better as shots were fired by Stenson and Luke Donald, the man rumoured to be taking over from Stenson as Ryder Cup captain. During the week Donald was asked if he was made captain would he see it through and he replied with 'if I got this captaincy I would live up to my word and see it through. Let me put it that way, I wouldn't do a Henrik'. When Stenson was interviewed moments after winning his first LIV event, his first win since 2019 and first in America since 2017, he said 'that was a captains performance'.

Next year LIV will have 14 events around the world with 11 other events available to the players on the Asian tour. A total prize fund of $405 million sees the players still earning more money than what is available on the PGA and DP Tours. The organisers have said that the events will not interfere with the majors or international team events (the Ryder Cup) although currently players on the LIV tour are not allowed to compete in the Ryder Cup. If this remains the case it is likely to have a bigger impact on the American team as many of the European stars that joined LIV are in the twilight of their careers and it was unlikely they all would have made next years Ryder Cup.

As the weeks keep going it doesn't look like this is going to be resolved. There are still reports that LIV are trying to convince both Cam Smith and Hideki Matsuyama, the latter being offered a reported $400 million to move to help them with the Asian TV market. We have to wait till April 2023 for the next major which could impact who goes and stays but until then it is likely we will see more ageing stars move across for the money.

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