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Earlier this week, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan introduced the Tour’s prime golfers had dedicated to competing towards one another extra frequently

Last Updated: 26/08/22 7:58am

Lee Westwood thinks the PGA Tour are copying LIV Golf

Lee Westwood thinks the PGA Tour are copying LIV Golf

Sweeping changes that the PGA Tour introduced this week are “a copy” of the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf collection, former world No 1 Lee Westwood stated.

On Wednesday, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan introduced the tour’s prime golfers had dedicated to competing towards one another extra frequently.

The changes require prime golfers, assuming they qualify, to play a minimum of a 20-event schedule consisting of the 4 majors, The Players Championship, 12 “elevated events” with common purses of $20m and a minimum of three different PGA Tour occasions of the participant’s selecting.

Monahan stated the changes have been impressed by the PGA Tour members and singled out those that held a players-only assembly final week to debate plenty of proposals within the face of the LIV Golf menace.

“I laugh at what the PGA Tour players have come up with,” Westwood, who was suspended from the PGA Tour after taking part in in LIV’s inaugural occasion in London, informed Golf Digest on Thursday.

“It’s just a copy of what LIV is doing. There are a lot of hypocrites out there. They all say LIV is ‘not competitive’. They all point at the no-cut aspect of LIV and the short fields.

“Now, funnily sufficient, they’re proposing 20 occasions that look so much like LIV… And hopefully, they are going to be held to account as we have been within the early days.”

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have joined forces to launch a new 'tech-fused golf league', a team event featuring PGA Tour players at a custom-built venue

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Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have joined forces to launch a new ‘tech-fused golf league’, a team event featuring PGA Tour players at a custom-built venue

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have joined forces to launch a new ‘tech-fused golf league’, a team event featuring PGA Tour players at a custom-built venue

The PGA Tour and Europe’s DP World Tour have put up a united front in their stand against LIV and in June announced a strengthening of their alliance to combat the threat.

However, Westwood, who has 25 European Tour wins, added he was not convinced by the strategic alliance, saying the PGA Tour’s prize purses had lured golfers away from Europe in the past.

“All the PGA Tour has performed since Tiger (Woods) got here on tour is up the prize purses,” Westwood said. “In flip, that has taken all the perfect gamers from Europe away from the European Tour.

“They’ve had to play in the States, taking all their world ranking points with them.”

Monahan: PGA Tour stars decide to ‘elevated’ occasions

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan

Announcing the brand new dedication, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan stated on Wednesday: “Our top players are firmly behind the Tour, helping us deliver an unmatched product to our fans, who will be all but guaranteed to see the best players competing against each other in 20 events or more throughout the season.

Jay Monahan say he is 'inspired by our great players and their commitment' as he outlines four key items to improve the PGA Tour

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Jay Monahan say he is ‘inspired by our great players and their commitment’ as he outlines four key items to improve the PGA Tour

Jay Monahan say he is ‘inspired by our great players and their commitment’ as he outlines four key items to improve the PGA Tour

“This is a unprecedented and unprecedented dedication, a testomony to who these guys are and what they imagine in. To now have our prime gamers rally round this group and decide to a portfolio of tournaments like by no means earlier than, I believe our followers, our companions, our gamers are going to find it irresistible. I promise you, there’s extra to come back.”

The Tour’s announcement came just a week after Tiger Woods flew to Delaware ahead of the BMW Championship to lead a players-only meeting, with Rory McIlroy also a key figure.

“Everyone in that room realised that that is the easiest way ahead,” McIlroy said. “We have all made a dedication to get collectively extra typically to make the product extra compelling.

“I don’t care if they [players] leave [the PGA Tour] or not, it’s not going to make a difference to me, but I would at least like people to make a decision that is completely informed.”

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