PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has accused the Saudi-back again LIV Invitational Series of attempting to get the recreation of golf and then went on the offensive, unveiling more substantial purses, new gatherings and a distinct calendar.
Speaking on Wednesday, Monahan conceded that the PGA Tour are unable to compete with the LIV Sequence when it arrives to income but upped the ante saying it would increase purses at eight situations throughout the 2022-23 year to an common of $20 million ($A29m).
Backed to the tune of $250 million ($A361m) by Saudi Arabia’s General public Expenditure Fund, the LIV is supplying purses of $25 million ($A36m) at 7-of-eight events and a $50 million ($A72m) million prize fund at the sequence finale to be performed in October at previous US president Donald Trump’s assets in Doral.
“I am not naive. If this is an arms race and if the only weapons in this article are greenback costs, the PGA Tour are not able to contend,” Monahan reported.
“The PGA Tour, an American establishment, won’t be able to contend with a foreign monarchy that is expending billions of pounds in an attempt to buy the video game of golf.
“We welcome superior, healthful competitiveness.
“The LIV Saudi Golfing League is not that. It is an irrational menace one particular not anxious with the return on expense or correct growth of the sport.”
Together with a bump in prize money, Monahan also declared a new three-occasion global sequence in the drop for the top gamers to be held in Europe, Asia and the Center East.
In 2024, the PGA Tour will return to a calendar yr agenda fairly than the recent product that sees a time split over two several years.
There will also be adjustments to the FedEx Cup playoff with a increased target on the very best players.
At this time the leading 125 in the factors standing qualify for the 1st playoff party but in 2023 that will be slash to 70.
The major 50 will progress to the second playoff party with the top 30 qualifying for last at East Lake in Atlanta.
Monahan continued to level to the traditions and legacy that go with playing on the PGA Tour.
He also reminded members that they do not have to make apologies when they tee it up at a PGA Tour quit, even though LIV golfers have to protect their choice to take part in a sequence that critics say quantities to blatant ‘sportswashing’ by a country attempting to improve its standing in mild of human legal rights problems.
“On the PGA Tour our members contend for the possibility to include their names to background books, and, sure, substantial financial benefits,” Monahan explained.
“We will in the long run appear out of the present problem much better for the reason that of our loyalty and assist of our players and enthusiasts, the greatest in the globe, as nicely as our prepared long term growth.”
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