The PGA and DP World Tours now unite against the threat of LIV Golf – New York Post

The PGA Tour is back in its war with LIV Golf on Tuesday, and it has done so by strengthening its alliance with the DP World Tour, formerly known as the European Tour.

The PGA Tour that was staggered Because of the recent defections of a number of its star players In the round led by Greg Norman and backed by Saudi Arabia, she believes that strength in numbers will help her counter the threat presented by LIV Golf with its endless financial resources that attract players like moths to flames.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and his DP World Tour counterpart, Keith Pelley, held a conference call with reporters Tuesday to announce the 13-year extension of their “strategic alliance” as an “operating partnership in the joint venture.”

“Golf gets together,” said Monahan. “Our members, partners and fans are mobilizing. Today’s announcement should be further evidence that the professional golf ecosystem continues to innovate and thrive.”

The timing of this announcement, shortly after 2PM ET, was no accident. It happened just as LIV Golf was holding press conferences for players with its latest additions – Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Matthew Wolff – ahead of its second tournament, Which is taking place this week outside of Portland, Oregon.

This was the final episode in what became a trivial match between the two sides.

Keith Bailey
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At the same moment the LIV Tour began its first event, Monahan announced the suspension of 17 members of the PGA Tour playing in the tournament. Then, in response, LIV Golf announced Koepka had joined its tour just in time when Monahan was holding his press conference on the state of the PGA last week in Connecticut ahead of the Travelers Championship.

So, in full view.

What does it all mean?

The biggest winner coming out of Tuesday’s announcement was the DP World Tour, and Bailey’s stupor was a clear sign of that.

“Our joint operating partnership with the PGA Tour gives us an almost unimaginable degree of security,” Bailey said. Simply put, we are stronger together. ”

With rumors swirling about the DP World Tour potentially jumping to bed with LIV Golf, this was a good opportunity from Monahan and the PGA Tour, because if it had happened it would have been another bad form in a series for him and the PGA Tour as of late.

PGA Tour President Jay Monahan.
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Bailey insisted that “this has always been the roadmap” for the two rounds to prolong their alliance, but admitted that “the existential threat at LIV Investments has increased than we had already planned for.”

In this new joint venture, PGA Tour will increase its current stake in European Tour Productions from 15 percent to 40 percent, while leveraging DP World’s recognized international credentials to further coordinate a global schedule. This gives the DP World Tour guaranteed growth in the pursuit of its members.

The biggest boon for the DP World Tour is that starting in 2023, the top 10 players at the end of the season rankings (in addition to those already exempt) will receive PGA Tour cards for the following season.

In essence, this makes the DP World Tour a nourishing program of the PGA Tour, much like the European version of the Korn Ferry Tour.

“I’m definitely not looking forward that we’re going to do a nourishing run on the PGA Tour,” Bailey said.

However, the fact is that for decades the best players from Europe migrated to the richer and more famous PGA Tour, although in most cases they continued to play in the most important events in Europe.

Greg Norman
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Interestingly, Billy was ambiguous about whether to follow Monahan’s position and suspend DP World Tour members playing at LIV events.

“[We] It will not change our rules and regulations, nor will it change the way we deal with this problem.” “This is a conversation that Jay and I have not had and we do not plan to move forward with. We have different rules and regulations, we have different boards, different league committees.”

Translation: The DP World Tour, which is not nearly as powerful as the PGA Tour, needs these players in its events to stay relevant and cannot afford to suspend its members as Monahan did.

Bailey described Tuesday as “a historic day for both our tours and for golf enthusiasts around the world.”

It remains to be seen how historic it was. As we sit here today, the golf world remains divided, and as long as the PGA Tour suspension remains in place, it will remain so. And that’s not good for the game or the fans watching it.

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