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The Saudi League rumbles on

The new LIV golf tour begins in just over a month and although they have changed their format the competitions are still going ahead.


The last couple weeks have seen a couple players on the PGA Tour request permission to go and play in the first even in St Albans, Hertfordshire but the biggest name to do so is Phil Mickelson. He has been taking a break from the PGA Tour after comments he made about the way the PGA tour was run and comments about the Saudi regime that is backing the LIV golf tour. He has apologised for what he said but he has requested to go and play in their first event. The statement from his lawyers suggest that it is just to keep all options open as Mickelson is also down to play in the PGA Championship and the US Open, the latter actually conflicting with the LIV golf event.


There are rumoured to be 6 of the worlds top 100 looking to play in the new tour. Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Kevin Na 3 of the bigger names that have been linked. The reason for it..... Money. These are players are coming towards the twilight of their careers, the chances of winning majors or making the Ryder cup is unlikely so why wouldn't you go and play in events where you going to earn a lot more money for less rounds, they only play 3 rounds, then you would on the normal tour?


In my opinion this is likely how the tour will develop. Your going to get some older players at first and as the money roles in you will get more players drift across. I think its inevitable to happen so rather than resist it, the PGA and DP World Tours should be working with them to create a better environment for the game to grow. The same happened with the WGC events so why not these as well?




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