LIV Golf’s Norman, Westwood accuse PGA Tour of copying their circuit’s format


LIV Golf’s founder and a tour member are criticizing the PGA Tour for introducing a format they really feel is sort of just like the Saudi-funded circuit’s idea.

Founder Greg Norman went on Instagram to supply his ideas about PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan this week.

LIV Golf member Lee Westwood known as what the PGA Tour is doing a “copy” in an interview with Golf Digest.

“I laugh at what the PGA Tour players have come up with,” he says. “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 enough, they are proposing 20 events that look a lot like LIV. Hopefully, at some point they will all choke on their words. And hopefully, they will be held to account as we were in the early days.”

The PGA Tour made its boldest response but to the rival Saudi-funded league Wednesday with a plan for one of the best gamers to decide to a 20-tournament schedule through which they are going to compete towards each other as much as 17 occasions for common purses of $20 million.

The tour is also doubling the bonus pool of its Player Impact Program to $100 million unfold throughout 20 gamers, and it’s altering the standards so it’s geared extra towards Media publicity.

Players beginning out their careers will get $500,000 at the beginning of the 12 months that may depend towards their earnings till the quantity is surpassed.

Of the sweeping adjustments Monahan laid out, probably the most vital was what got here out of a non-public assembly of 23 prime gamers final week: a brand new mannequin that assures one of the best play in the identical tournaments extra usually.

LIV Golf, backed by the Public Investment Fund in Saudi Arabia, has been paying massive names — reminiscent of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka — large signing charges stated to be price $150 million or greater.

Each occasion has a $25 million purse for a 48-man subject over 54 holes. The particular person winner of the LIV occasion will get $4 million. The Money has been interesting in attracting some two dozen PGA Tour gamers.

— With information from AP

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