While the Tiger Woods offer appears to be the most credible, there are a number of PGA players who might have left generational wealth on the table out of some misplaced sense of loyalty. And if there’s any doubt that the PGA and Monahan were specifically targeting consciences to counter LIV Golf targeting bank accounts, look no further than this clip of Monahan from 2022:
Reported offers to join LIV 👇Tiger: $800M+ Rory: $400M+ Rahm: $400M+ Matsuyama: $300M+ Morikawa: $100M+ Zalatoris: $100M+ Oof pic.twitter.com/on6fx9jk6l — Pickswise (@Pickswise) June 6, 2023
When presented with news that families of victims of 9/11 were outraged at golfers accepting Saudi-linked money, Monahan said, “I think you’d have to be living under a rock to not know that there are significant implications.” “And I would ask any player that has left or any player that would ever consider leaving: Have you ever had to apologize for being a member of the PGA Tour?” By Monahan’s own moral standard, the answer to that question is now, apparently, yes. But while the aftermath of this merger will undoubtedly be seismic, those who’ve already been working with LIV Golf will probably notice nary a tremor. One such person? Trump, who has long been associated with LIV Golf despite the criticism of it. The former president has three of his golf courses hosting various LIV events. This is as big a win as Trump has gotten, perhaps, since 2016. He acknowledged the bombshell announcement shortly after it was made on Tuesday. “GREAT NEWS FROM LIV GOLF. A BIG, BEAUTIFUL, AND GLAMOROUS DEAL FOR THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF GOLF. CONGRATS TO ALL!!!” Trump posted on Truth Social. That aforementioned announcement from the PGA Tour was a whole lot of words to say, “We were facing an entity with so much more money than us that it could just bleed us dry via a million paper cuts.” The PGA has a sizable war chest to operate with (the exact figure is not known, but it’s estimated to be in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars), but it pales in comparison to what the PIF has in its coffers (estimated to be $6.5 billion.) It’s showing up to a gunfight with a slingshot. And just like how people would point and laugh at the poor sap without an actual gun, those who’ve supported LIV Golf — including Trump — can point and laugh at the poor saps who actually bought into Monahan, the PGA and their warped sense of “loyalty.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
“Have you ever had to apologize for being a member of the PGA Tour?”PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan comments on players joining LIV Golf. pic.twitter.com/MeHAbR1qQL — TSN (@TSN_Sports) June 12, 2022