CHARLOTTE, NC — Did you really think we’d get a free week of golf at the 2022 Presidents Cup without discussing the split between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf?
While most of the focus this week at Quail Hollow Club has been on the stacked American roster and the international team’s quest for a first victory on American soil, the absence of the likes of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann has been felt and discussed.
But what if there was some crossover between the two professional tours? A question was posed to many of the 24 players who competed this week: If a PGA Tour vs. LIV Golf, would you play?
This is what they had to say.
“There was this conversation, I don’t know when it was, and it was discussed. Yes, I wouldn’t mind playing on it, but at the same time, you have to look at things: what would the PGA Tour benefit from that? Any. If we win, we’re supposed to win. If we lose, it looks bad on the PGA Tour.”
“So it’s really a lose-lose for the PGA Tour in that situation, and LIV has everything to gain from that.”
“But as a player, we’re all competitive and I have great relationships with a lot of those guys and I’d love to compete with them. I really wanted to play the Presidents Cup and maybe match up against Cam Smith, who is a very good friend of mine. If somehow there was a little competition on the LIV-PGA Tour, I’d love it. I would love to play Cam Smith or one of my good friends, Ian Poulter or something.”
“As I said, it is not me who makes that decision. There’s more that goes into a decision like that. I wouldn’t blame the PGA Tour or anyone who says this doesn’t benefit us in the future. I see that side and I’m fine with that.”
Team USA golfer Billy Horschel lines up his putt on the 14th green during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
“No. To be honest, a lot of those guys have gone and made the decision, and I haven’t really thought about them, and there are a couple of guys that I definitely miss being around. But it’s a, I think it’s like anything. in life, there’s a cycle. Golf has a long shelf life. Guys stay for a long time, and there’s just a cycle of new guys coming in, old guys going out. It’s a repeating cycle, but it’s never something whatever I’ve really thought about because I have a million other things to worry about, and my wedding.”
Team USA golfer Collin Morikawa hits his chip shot on the second green during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
“Yes. Because I love the PGA Tour, and if they asked me to be on that team, I would be on it.”
Team USA golfer Sam Burns plays his shot from the 15th hole during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
“No, I don’t think the PGA Tour does that. There is no reason why. All the guys who went there went there. They went beyond the PGA Tour. We support the PGA Tour. We really don’t care what they do. So I don’t think I will.”
International team golfer Christiaan Bezuidenhout signs autographs on the third tee during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
“I don’t even know what that would look like. I am in favor of competition. Logistically, it sounds like a nightmare just considering what has been going on, in terms of who would be running the event or everyone who would be meeting behind the scenes. I think it would probably be less of an issue with people racing rather than having the structure in place.”
“But competition is good for the spectators and it’s good for golf. I really don’t even know how to answer that question from a personal standpoint.”
“It’s easy to say one or the other, you know what I mean? If it’s in a sick spot and it’s very well organized and it looks like this, that’s what we all play for. Obviously with what’s been going on with both sides and being on this side of the fence or that side of the fence, it’s just another hypothesis.”
Team USA golfer Xander Schauffele addresses the media at a news conference during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
“It’s a great hypothesis. I’m not so sure. Yes, I have no idea. I don’t know if we’re going to see that at some point in the future.”
Team USA golfer Scottie Scheffler addresses the media at a news conference during a practice day for the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
“I really haven’t given it much thought. Yes, I am not very sure.
“I know there are some guys playing there who have had a lot of success in professional golf, but I’m excited to be a part of the PGA Tour and more importantly, excited to represent the international team this week.”
International team golfer Corey Conners stands on the 14th hole during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
“I can’t decide something like that because there’s nothing specific about it.”
International team golfer Hideki Matsuyama hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Photo: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)
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