Stephen Gallacher: PGA Tour make main assertion in a bid to fight LIV Golf menace
They’re rising prize cash at 12 occasions to match these of LIV Golf. There will probably be a dedication from the highest gamers to compete in no less than 20 occasions per yr and assured minimal earnings for PGA Tour members.
There’s a assure, for instance, that every one PGA Tour gamers who play in 15 occasions will earn a minimum of $500,000.
The PGA Tour has outlined how it will deal with the specter of LIV Golf – and it’s a huge assertion of intent.
Non-exempt members will even obtain $5,000 for journey and tournament-related bills once they miss the minimize.
The Participant Impression Program awarded to gamers who assist drive extra curiosity on social media and past has greater than doubled to $100million to be cut up between the 20 gamers who resonate most with followers.
The announcement seems to be nice for the gamers.
It’s clearly an try to stop extra gamers making the swap to LIV Golf and I reckon it would have the specified impact.
It’s straightforward to see why gamers need to get onto the PGA Tour and hopefully the DP World Tour observe swimsuit down the road.
Jay Monaghan, the PGA Tour commissioner, was requested whether or not the gamers who’ve joined LIV Golf could be welcomed again – and he was fairly clear that they wouldn’t be.
I believe it will make issues simpler for the gamers who had been swithering over whether or not to affix LIV.
They may now realise that they will make much more cash on the PGA Tour and it’ll make the prospect of becoming a member of LIV look a much more dangerous choice.
Some gamers who’ve already made the swap could also be having regrets, particularly those that have possibly joined LIV on a one-year settlement.
This can be a massive assertion and, after weighing every thing up and plenty of negotiations behind the scenes, the PGA Tour appear like they’re on the entrance foot.
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods have additionally put their weight behind the announcement, which included the launch of a brand new “tech-infused” golf league in partnership with the PGA Tour from 2024.
This will probably be in a custom-built venue and the thought of stadium golf with Tiger and Rory concerned may very well be an enormous hit.