PGA Tour & LIV Golf announce merger


Jay Monahan handing over Brooks Koepka his WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Trophy in 2019

The PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia’s PIF, the main financial backer of LIV Golf, have officially announced their merger, putting an end to a two-year conflict within the professional golf industry.

“The parties have signed an agreement that combines PIF’s golf-related commercial businesses and rights (including LIV Golf) with the commercial businesses and rights of the PGA Tour and DP World Tour into a new, collectively owned, for-profit entity to ensure that all stakeholders benefit from a model that delivers maximum excitement and competition among the game’s best players,” the statement reads.

Monahan told The Associated Press that the merger was necessary to end “all this tension in the game.”

“They were going down their path, we were going down ours, and after a lot of introspection you realize all this tension in the game is not a good thing,” Monahan said. “We have a responsibility to our tour and to the game, and we felt like the time was right to have that conversation.”

How players reacted to the news –

Phil Mickelson, the renowned six-time major winner and one of the earliest defectors to LIV Golf, has been outspoken in his criticism of the PGA Tour’s operations. He tweeted out this to express his feelings about the news.

Joel Dahmen –

Collin Morikawa –

Wesley Bryan –

Photo – SB Nation

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