A New Golf War: PGA Tour Challenging Saudi-Backed LIV

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    The PGA Tour reportedly discussed the major event in the course of an official meeting with a variety of players prior to the Travelers Championship, according to Golf Digest. The eight events with no cut fields will provide “purses of $20 million or more each, for the top 50 finishers in the prior season's FedEx Cup standings.”

    “Some of those events will be in the heart of the season, while others will be in the fall,” according to the publication. “Those outside the top 50 will compete in an alternate series of tournaments, where they will fight to keep their cards and earn better status for the following season.”

    During the meeting that took about 90 minutes to complete, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan discussed in depth about protecting the tour that he described as “under attack,” while telling players to remain unshakeable and unwavering.

    In the days before LIV Golf began siphoning off top players from the PGA Tour, Jay Monahan had previously threatened players with suspensions and sanctions when they participated in the competition, which appeared to have little result. In the end, elite golfers like Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson have joined LIV together with Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Kevin Na, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer, Charl Schwartzel, Graeme McDowell, and Talor Gooch.

    As per Fox News, “two-time PGA Tour winner Charl Schwartzel became the first-ever LIV Golf Invitational champion last week and took home a whopping $4.75 million, making it the richest tournament in golf history.”

    Tiger Woods reportedly turned down a “high nine-digit” offer to be a part of LIV after publicly expressing his support for the PGA.

    “You know that [Phil Mickelson] has an opinion on how he sees the golf game going. I have my view on playing golf and I've been a supporter of the tour, and my foundation has hosted tournaments on the course for quite a long time,” Woods said. “I just believe that the work that Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer did in establishing the tour, and dissociating themselves from the PGA of America and creating our tour in the year '68 or '69, somewhere in there I think there's a legacy,” he added.

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