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MORE SPORTS | Jun 06

From Foes to (more than) Friends: PGA Tour and LIV Golf Have Tied The Knot

From Foes to (more than) Friends: PGA Tour and LIV Golf Have Tied The Knot
Branding for the forthcoming LIV Golf event - GLYN KIRK / AFP

The Saudis bring the big guns to the table and PGA players are not happy

A seismic piece of breaking news in the world of professional golf reveals LIV Golf and the PGA will join forces, bringing the sport’s best golfers together again. The PGA had no rival until the Saudi-backed LIV Golf decided to muscle its way into the monopoly the Tour has had forever.

The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF) is the official corporate entity behind the nascent organization with the blessing and limitless funding of the Crown Prince himself. LIV’s first tournament was held only a year ago, yet, their spending spree to lure former PGA golfers to the fold was powerful enough to bring the PGA Tour to the bargaining table.

In other words, money talks and bullshit walks. And let me tell you, the Saudi Royal Family is like New York’s Gambino crime family if they had half a million soldiers on the street armed with the latest state-of-the-art weapons and backed by over 300 M–1A2 Abrams tanks, 400 M–2 Bradley armored infantry fighting vehicles, and a slew of F-15E Strike Eagles circling the Manhattan sky.

 

The two parties were engaged in a series of lawsuits that saw the PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan label the players who took the money and ran to the desert as traitors bought by blood money.

Let’s hear what Jay said initially when his players were leaving the PGA Tour, “I have two families that are close to me that lost loved ones” and added, “my heart goes out to them and I would ask that any player that has left, or that would ever consider leaving, have you ever had to apologize for being a member of the PGA Tour?”

 

Monahan was no doubt insinuating the players were aligning with the same family that allegedly put together the 911 attacks.

And how do you think the meetings went between the two parties? I can imagine the PGA had a battery of high-priced attorneys wearing Armani mohair suits sitting across from the Crown Prince’s emissaries who look like they got their wardrobe from the nearest Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Let me tell you, the House of Saad is no Louis Vuitton fashion house to be sure, yet, they could become one with the stroke of a pen on a freshly minted check.

Monahan: “My colleagues and I believe your organization is in breach of the PGA’s unfettered access to the world’s elite pool of golfers.”

Saudi negotiator: “Your colleagues have a price and whatever it is, we triple it. Hummus for lunch, gentlemen?”

 

So that’s pretty much when the PGA decided to throw in the towel and merge with the same villainous lot they used to shame those who left the organization. The ramifications of the merger, and the hypocrisy therein, are already reverberating.

After hearing the PGA Tour news, Wesley Bryan wrote, “I feel betrayed, and will not be able to trust anyone within the corporate structure of the PGA TOUR for a very long time.”

 

 

The Judas/Saad party, your tee time is now.

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