UPDATE ; DAY
The PGA could well try to nip the new LIV circuit project in the bud. The professional golf circuit, whose activities take place mainly in the United States, reportedly intends to create eight new tournaments, with purses of at least $20 million each.
According to what the “Golf Digest” media has learned, following a PGA meeting involving several players, the eight events will bring together the top 50 golfers of the FedEx Cup from the previous season. Additionally, the cleaver system, typically applied after 36 holes in PGA events, would be dropped for these competitions. The majority of the eight tournaments would take place during the fall, while a handful would be played during the season.
For golfers outside of the FedEx Cup top 50, they will have the opportunity to battle it out in another series, where they will have to fight to preserve their PGA card and improve their lot for the next season.
Still according to the specialized site, commissioner Jay Monahan would have spoken for almost 30 minutes, or almost a third of the meeting, mentioning that the league was in excellent condition, but “under attack” .
The LIV circuit, financially supported by a Saudi public investment fund, has already attracted several players who preferred to leave the PGA to break the bank, such as Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau. LIV, which has eight 54-hole events a year on its schedule, has already held the first tournament in its history, won by Charl Schwartzel, in June.
The league commissioner, the former golfer Greg Norman, has also asked that the athletes of his circuit obtain points in the world ranking for their performances.