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We all knew the money would talk in the end

The field for the first LIV invitational series event taking place in Hertfordshire this week was announced and it doesn't really come as a surprise that a number of players are making the jump across to play. The money being offered to these players is far better than they can win on the PGA or DP world tours and there are stories of huge attendance fees being given just to get players to play.


A number of the players signed up to play such as Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell are not such a big surprise as they had already said they would come and play the event regardless of the repercussions for the other tours, the bigger surprises are Dustin Johnson and Kevin Na. Earlier in the year Johnson made a statement backing his commitment to the PGA Tour so when his name was on the list it sent a through shockwaves. Na has gone one step further and left the PGA Tour altogether as he said 'I want the freedom to play where ever I want'.


Although these players are household names they don't all appeal to the younger audience. I believe that Johnson is the youngest of these players at 37 and the LIV event hasn't been able to persuade the younger stars in McIlroy, Spieth, Thomas and Rahm to name just a few. The players they are attracting are world class golfers but they are golfers taking one more big payday as their best years are most likely behind them. It's not like they are going to be challenging week in week out on the PGA Tour or at the majors so why not take the huge attendance fee being offered and the chance to win a share of $25 million dollars, bigger than any purse on either tour.


The sad thing about it all is that everyone says they are doing it for golf. They want to make golf more exciting, make it appeal to the masses, improve the game even more but sadly it all comes down to money. Each tour is trying to protect its own interests instead of them all coming together and working out the best way to improve golf around the world. All we are really doing at the moment is making some very rich people even richer. It will be interesting to see how things develop over the coming months especially when the LIV events are played in the states. Let's hope it all gets worked out before more harm is done to the game.




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