As The Open celebrations ended last week LIV golf was straight back into the headlines. They announced that they had 3 new players joining the tour which just happened to coincide with the end of the majors. The headlines were made due to the players that were being rumoured, European Ryder Cup Captain Henrik Stenson, 2021 Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama and last week's Open Champion Cam Smith. From these 3 only Henrik has been announced to play at this weeks event whilst the other 2 are still being touted as joining, Smith is reportedly being offered $125 million to make the move.
Henrik Stenson moving is another clear message of older players trying to make as much money as possible in the twilight of their careers. It came as no surprise that he was stripped of the Ryder Cup captaincy but in a statement released when it was announced he was joining he made it clear that LIV had given him all the time he needed to still fulfil his contractual duties to the Ryder Cup Team. This had little effect on the outcome as any players part of LIV have been told they could not play in the Ryder Cup so no exemptions were going to be made for the captain.
Now all the majors are completed more players will be rumoured to make the move. All though some big names have moved both the PGA and DP World tour have their end of year competitions to finish with over $10 million available to the winner of the Fed Ex Cup and $3 million to the winner of the Race to Dubai. Those sitting near the top of these rankings will have to think twice if it just the money they are after. I have said it before in previous posts but LIV golf isn't going anywhere, I still think they need bigger names to make it work but currently all this is doing is ruining golf. You are never going to have the strongest fields at the majority of the events and if they stay separate you never will. Eventually the tours will need to sit down together and work this out.