Like any other big event this year, LIV Golf has swamped the interview areas. The Presidents Cup has been no different.
But as the Saudi-backed circuit has progressed into its debut season, the questions have also evolved.
Part of this week’s pre-match discussion between reporters and players: Does LIV Golf deserve world ranking points? And would you participate in a hypothetical PGA Tour vs. LIV?
Apart from Billy Horschel, the handful of American players who were asked either responded with a resounding no or refused to comment.
“They are more than happy doing what we are doing, and we are doing very well what we are doing,” Justin Thomas said Tuesday. “So, I just don’t see the need to do it.”
Added Tony Finau on Wednesday: “I have shown where my loyalty lies. … The fans may want to see that, but it’s not something that I would be a part of just because, to me, it doesn’t make sense to be involved in it.”
And Kevin Kisner: “No need. They are not recognized as a world tour of golf.
But when the subject of LIV came up during Patrick Cantlay’s media availability, Cantlay spoke about the controversy between the two parties and how, at least in the long term, he sees it fading away.
“I would be surprised if there isn’t some joint intervention because I just don’t know of any sport, really, that has a legitimate fractured sport,” Cantlay said. “I’m just saying that when I look at all other sports, all the best players play together. … We had, you know, the American Football League. That’s gone. I mean, nobody kept playing in the American Football League. There have been other things in baseball. So, I feel like at some point when you start looking back, people are going to be surprised to hear, you know, ‘Oh man, it was really controversial.’ Because quite simply, it will feel like a blip on the radar once everything is settled. Right now it’s very unknown.”
A few hours later, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan joined Golf Channel’s “Live From” crew on set. Monahan’s tour is currently embroiled in an antitrust lawsuit filed in August by LIV players who had been suspended by the PGA Tour for joining the rival league, so when Monahan was asked if he could see some kind of peace or alliance between the two tours, he quickly dismissed the idea.
“Listen, I think I’ve been pretty clear on this: I don’t see it happening,” Monahan said. “When you look at where we are and you think in words and actions, we are currently in a lawsuit, so coming together and having conversations, for me, that card is off the table, and it has been for a long period. of time.”
Monahan doesn’t expect peace between PGA Tour, LIV
Monahan was then asked what was the biggest hurdle on the Tour to working with LIV: golf or geopolitics?
“When you look at the PGA Tour, and you look at where we are today, and you look at what we try and accomplish every day, what is our focus? To present the best competitive platform for the best players in the world to reach the highest level, to win the championships that have history, that have tradition, that create a legacy, and that is what we will continue to do. and we will continue to get better, we will continue to get stronger,” Monahan replied. “You’ve heard me say before that we’re going to focus on the things we control; we have more assets at our disposal, stronger partnerships and we have the best players in the world telling us that they are not only going to commit to playing more, but that they are really looking to the organization to achieve it.
“It’s about where we are and where we’re going, and again, I couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities out there.”