LIV Golf is Not Here to Compete With the PGA Tour. It is Here to Take Over

Published 08/05/2022, 9:00 PM EDT
Golf – The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational – Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Britain – June 8, 2022 Chief executive of LIV Golf Investments Greg Norman before the Pro-Am Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

The LIV Golf Invitational Series and the PGA Tour have been in the limelight recently due to their infamous altercation. Both the Tours has been trying to attract players and the attention of the fans all over the globe through their bold moves. But the question remains: is LIV Golf here to take over the ball from the PGA Tour’s court?

LIV Golf: A threat to the PGA Tour and it’s future

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Since the first event of the Saudi-backed golf league took place in the UK, things have started to take an ugly turn for the PGA Tour. The rebel golf league has not only been able to capture the PGA Tour veterans like Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, and other big names, including Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, and Brooks Koepka, but the young lot too which includes Matthew Wolf, Scott Vincent, and Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra. This proves the new Tour plans to expand and reach the new generations of professionals trying to play golf at the highest level.

Moreover, the bold moves by the Tour to involve legality in golf have only been detrimental to golf. The latest anti-trust lawsuits filed by LIV players like DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson against the PGA Tour have caused nothing but more problems for the PGA Tour. For the fans, it seems like the Saudi-backed golf league is not only here to kick out the PGA Tour but wants to capture the market once and forever.

Golf – The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational – Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Britain – June 10, 2022 Team Hy Flyer’s Phil Mickelson of the U.S. during the second round REUTERS/Paul Childs

However, the more concerning fact for the Tour is that even after issuing several suspensions against Tour players because they shifted to the rival golf league, it has not panned out as they wanted. Despite the same, professionals are still turning from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf Invitational Series, which probably implies that the new tour is here not only to compete with the PGA Tour but also to take over its throne.

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Moreover, in the clash of the titans, whoever wins the battle, in the end, the true essence of the sport will be affected. At the same time, it is losing some legends of the game. But, only time will tell if the rival league can indeed take over. Will the PGA Tour keep its dominance in the golf world?

The latest Saudi golf league event winner

The Iceman, Henrkin Stenson, won the latest LIV Golf event at Trump Bedminister last week. Not to forget, Stenson lost his Ryder Cup captaincy of Team Europe after he announced his shift to the rival tour. Moreover, he ended the event with an overall score of 11-under-par. As a result, he won with a comfortable two-shot lead. Henrik carded a final round of two-under-par, 69 to finish on the top of the leaderboard.

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What do you think about LIV Golf stealing the throne for the PGA? Do you think this rivalry has long term implications for the sport? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Bazif Qadri

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Bazif Qadri is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing BSC Economics Hons, Bazif is a golf enthusiast. Not only a fan, but he is also an avid golfer himself.

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