Are LIV Golf Defectors at Risk? Amidst the $3B Turmoil, Legendary Golfer Predicts a Not-So Happy Ending for Greg Norman’s Squad

Published 06/29/2023, 11:39 AM EDT

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Even someone who is not a golf enthusiast would be aware of the thrill the $3 billion merger had generated. The reason behind such a strong response was that soon the PGA Tour and DP World Tour will merge with their utmost rival, LIV Golf. It has been a point of contention for them ever since LIV Golf was founded. And now, in a strange turn of events, the golf community will soon see their new configuration.

Many began speculating about the outcome of this formation. While some anticipate the PGA Tour dominating, others see it as an opportunity for LIV Golf to gain more exposure. However, a well-known golfer foresees Greg Norman’s team having a less-than-ideal outcome. Let’s find out!

Six-time Major Champion forecasts the future of the LIV golfers


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Days after leaving full-time commentary, Sir Nick Faldo is back on the course. This time he is hosting the DP World Tour’s Betfred British Masters at The Belfry. Faldo, who is known for speaking his mind, has always been an anti-LIV golfer. He makes a direct forecast about the outcome the LIV golfers will encounter this time as well.

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The format of the LIV Golf Tournament combines individual and team competitions. In its second season, the league places a lot of emphasis on team competitiveness. This is being done for one simple reason: to garner additional sponsorships. Over time, this will assist LIV Golf in becoming more profitable.


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However, the 1990 Open Championship winner’s view does not resonate with Greg Norman’s and other LIV officials’ views. The future of the 54-hole stroke play team competitions on the Saudi-sponsored circuit is quite dubious, according to Faldo. It will prevent LIV Golf from obtaining the desired sponsorship. “Nobody’s really interested,” he says. “They’re not going to get the sponsorship they want. They call it a team event, and it’s not because it’s stroke play.”

This is not the first time someone has predicted the downfall of LIV Golf; recent information and predictions support Faldo’s statement. Move along!

Are LIV Golfers really in trouble?

When the news of the merger was announced by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, the loudest cheer came from the LIV Golf side. Many took to social media to show their approval for the merger. However, because they had previously turned down million-dollar offers from LIV Golf, several PGA Tour athletes felt misled. However, Jay Monahan recently assured his PGA Tour players that they would earn more money than those who quit the Tour.


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The LIV golfers who filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour were in serious trouble. The PGA Tour continues to be reluctant to pardon these players. These players will be subject to the stiffest penalties, according to ESPN. And in the midst of all of this, Brandel Chamblee, one of LIV Golf’s most vocal critics, said that these players were not aware of the agreement’s repercussions. And that they were unaware that Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour’s current commissioner, would be their superior. The sanctions for LIV players would increase if the agreement was ratified, and they would only be eligible to compete in the main tournaments.

We are not sure what this new formation will bring to the golf world, especially to the LIV Golfers. All we can do is wait and enjoy the upcoming tournaments in the meantime.


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Do you agree with Sir Nick Faldo’s remark? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by:

Rajnandini Rathore


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Rajnandini is a promising addition to the team as a Golf writer. She was recently recruited in the latest round of ‘ES Draft’ as one of the young writers who is an avid golf enthusiast. With Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson being her entry into the fandom of the sport, Rajnandini believes LIV Golf is the future of the sport.
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Aishwary Gaonkar