A group of major golf superstars has announced their intention to leave the increasingly ‘woke’ PGA Tour and join the new LIV Golf League. The new league is funded by a Saudi Arabian international investment fund and has partnered with the Trump Organization to host several events at Trump courses.
For years, the PGA Tour used Trump’s courses to host certain events however it has cancelled events planned at the Former President’s properties in recent years. The group of golfers leaving the PGA Tour includes Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Kevin Na, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace.
Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson are both decorated American golfers who have represented the United States several times in the Ryder Cup. Johnson was spotted at a Mar-a-Lago Halloween Party in 2021, celebrating with President Donald J. Trump.
Golf legend Phil Mickelson is leaving the PGA and will join the new professional Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series. Greg Norman, the frontman for the new league said:
“Phil Mickelson is unequivocally one of the greatest golfers of this generation. His contributions to the sport and connection to fans around the globe cannot be overstated and we are grateful to have him. He strengthens an exciting field for London where we’re proud to launch a new era for golf.”
Other star golfers are also making the move. Dustin Johnson told the PGA he will join the Trump-backed LIV Golf league. He was reportedly paid around $125 million to join the Saudi Arabia-funded competitor to the PGA.
Johnson’s decision to leave the PGA Tour caused one of his sponsors, the Royal Bank of Canada, to dump him. The PGA is mounting a full-court press to persuade top golfers to stay.
“Dustin’s been contemplating this for the past two years and decided it was in his and his family’s best interest to pursue it,” Johnson’s agent David Winkle said.
The LIV will host an event at Trump National Doral, Miami, USA. and Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, New Jersey, USA
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has said any golfer who joins LIV Golf could be permanently banned, and the tour did not give its golfers permission to play in this week’s event. Norman has countered that Monahan cannot legally ban players who wish to play on different tours.
Mickelson made final statements on this decision on twitter saying;
“I am ready to come back and play the game I love, but after 32 years this new path is a fresh start, one that is exciting for me at this stage of my career and is clearly transformative, not just for myself but ideally for the game and my peers. I also love the progressive format and think it will be exciting for the fans.’’
Interestingly, Mickelson went on to say in his statement that he’s “thrilled to begin with LIV Golf’’ and that his plan is to “also intend to play in the majors.’’
Prior to those published comments, Mickelson was quoted on the record by John Huggan of Golf Digest in February, calling out the PGA Tour for “obnoxious greed’’ in his quest to push the tour to take better financial care of its players, particularly the stars who drive the tour.
And now he takes his talents elsewhere.
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