Paul Third: LIV Invitational Sequence was boring however golf is combating a dropping battle in opposition to the brand new child on the block
Large names like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter have been accused of promoting out by ignoring directions from the PGA Tour and European Tour and opting to compete within the LIV Golf Invitational Sequence.
However strive telling that to Charl Schwartzel who walked away with £4million for successfully three days’ work on the conclusion of the primary occasion in London on Saturday.
It’s golf’s flip to be within the court docket of public opinion following the looks of a brand new tour within the sport.
Promoting out? He and his colleagues purchased in by accepting invites to play for riches on an unprecedented scale.
In the end that’s what the brand new tour which is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (PIF) boiled all the way down to – a profitable collection of occasions which is just too good a proposal to show down.
The large challenge has been that no-one needs to say that quiet half out loud. Some have been paid tens of millions only for signing up.
However others regarded on the assured cash from each LIV Golf occasion on the desk even for ending final and regarded it as a no brainer.
As a spectacle it was all a little bit of a non-event actually. There are some superb gamers there however the discipline can be bloated by others who, to be well mannered, are stone chilly by way of kind on a golf course proper now.
It didn’t make for thrilling viewing in consequence and the exhibition match really feel to all of it left lots to be desired.
Not that the precise play was remotely of curiosity with virtually all of the protection on the controversy of those gamers accepting cash from the Saudi regime.
Few appear too involved, nevertheless.
If you’re completely happy to show the opposite cheek and never give any thought to the very fact the cash is coming from a rustic with atrocious human rights data then little question it’s straightforward to dam out all of the noise and sleep at night time.
Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed’s determination to affix the brand new tour reveals extra professionals are coming spherical to the thought of leaving the PGA Tour and European Tour, and forsaking prestigious occasions such because the Ryder Cup for LIV Golf too.
They received’t be the final.
Their critics say these gamers are serving to the Gulf kingdom of Saudi Arabia interact in sportwashing through the use of excessive profile occasions as a propaganda software.