Can LIV Golf and the PGA Tour Make Peace? Don’t count on it

Jay Monahan and Greg Norman, commissioners of the separate tours, do not meet in the middle. At least not now.

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After months of barbs, trolling, and side competition engulfing men’s professional golf, a trend has begun to form among the game’s leading figures. Without taking too much freedom, we can summarize it in this question: Why can’t we all live together?

Several players on each side emphasized that it was hoped that there would be some sort of agreement between the feuding parties in the coming months or years.

Phil Mickelson, last week: “The best solution for us is to cooperate.”

Rory McIlroy, last week: “It’s up to the forces trying to sort of come up with it – not precision, I don’t think that’s the right word – but a strategy going forward so that the game can drive at the highest level.”

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Naturally we’re here, now five or eight months into the LIV vs. PGA Tour discussion, depending on the moment you define as its concept. One side is the status quo and the other is the novice and tumultuous tour of modernity. Both are different and both want to win. Both are led by peacock men in front of the microphone, and they have no interest in standing up.

So, will we ever get along? Very unlikely in the short term. Don’t get your hopes up, people.

For starters, Greg Norman started his quest by trying to play well, and offered to meet Jay Monahan to discuss how LIV Golf would function in the world of professional golf. But Monahan badly weaponized those shows, and now Norman is done with it. “We have no interest in sitting with them, to be honest with you,” Norman said recently Australian“Because our product works.”

A Norman product works, but this is a somewhat generic term. It was always going to work up to a point. The LIV Golf doesn’t have a TV contract yet, which is a huge step forward in its theoretical popularity. How much is LIV deducted from a PGA Tour product? We’re seeing a little more of it on display this week at Presidents Cup, where at least four LIV players are not included in the rosters in Charlotte. The PGA Tour has responded to LIV Golf in different ways, some of which are as obvious as huge cash-in raises and field guarantees with the best players in the world. Those responses alone, and Monahan’s comment to the players from the tour, is reason enough to believe he’s satisfied moving forward.

Then she was asked about it Wednesday night on the set of Live From the Presidents Cup on The Golf Channel, which you can watch below.

“Listen, I’ve been very clear about this. It’s a point he’s made at press conferences in the past,” Monahan said, repeating a point he made at press conferences in the past. “When you look at where we are, there are words and deeds. We are at the moment – we are currently in a lawsuit. So getting together and having conversations, for me, this card is off the table and has been for a long period of time. “

Monahan spent most of the conversation on air talking about the future of the PGA Tour. Sometimes he even admitted not answering directly on the questioning line. But the end of this answer tells us most of the story. LIV Golf is a defendant in a huge lawsuit It is being waged against the PGA Tour. Anything he says can be used by the LIV in the courtroom, so he will speak cautiously for several months to come. Same goes for Norman and any Leaf golfer. It creates a clear willingness to talk about its own product and ignoring thoughts about what is happening on the other side of the table. Thus, fans who dream of a match-playing event on the LIV Golf-PGA Tour are an idiot. So are the hopes that LIV golfers might play for, say, the Genesis Invitational in February. It is not inevitable that this will happen.

Oddly enough, the lawsuit is not a form of conversation. throughout the next year, ‘Mickelson et al. Tour vs. PGA Tour” You will progress slowly but surely. There will be a deposition and discovery of documents and shared information about each side, which can often help push one side to the end of its theoretical strand. Can the lawsuit end in a settlement? It is quite reasonable, and it should be done before the end of August 2023, as the schedule currently requires. A courtroom settlement, however likely or improbable, may be the basis upon which the decision between rounds begins to take shape. Just don’t worry about anyone. We have many months of this civil war ahead.

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