CHARLOTTE, NC – Members of the US Presidents Cup don’t seem interested in a third-team competition, one that pits them against LIV players.
“I don’t see the need to do it,” Justin Thomas said Tuesday at Quail Hollow. “I just don’t know why. They are more than happy doing what they are doing, and we are doing very well doing what we are doing. So I just don’t see the need to do it.”
The topic had at least been discussed on social media after the international team, in particular, had been decimated by player defections to LIV. Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann, Louis Oosthuizen and Abraham Ancer were among those who likely would have qualified for the away team had they not been declared ineligible after joining the rival league. Without them on the team, the Internationals are a significant underdog in an event where they are already 1-11-1 all-time.
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Billy Horschel said he “wouldn’t mind” playing in a Tour-LIV team event, but understood why it was unlikely to happen.
“What would the PGA Tour benefit from that?” he said. “Nothing. 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.”
Scottie Scheffler and Max Homa said they hadn’t really discussed the potential of a new event pitting the two leagues against each other.
“I think we’ve been very focused on the 12 Americans beating the 12 Internationals,” Homa said. “So that hypothetical will have to remain hypothetical for a while, at least until the end of this week.”