LIV Golf News: 3 Biggest Implications of the PGA Tour-PIF Merger as Deadline Approaches

Published 12/28/2023, 6:30 AM EST

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With the PIF-PGA Tour deal just a few days away from getting finalized, these three aspects of the game are expected to change. The outcome of the merger remains uncertain. If the golfing bodies do go through with the deal, the food world might see some astounding changes.

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Change in the leadership, the qualification criteria for Ryder Cup would be affected and the schedule of both PGA Tour and LIV Golf players might see a lot of changes as well. Here is everything that the $3 billion holds the power to change:

PGA Tour may see a change of leadership

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1. Greg Norman vs Jay Monahan: At the beginning of the LIV Golf vs PGA Tour fiasco, Jay Monahan did have the upper hand with his players and most of the golf community on his side. However, on 6th June when the merger was announced the tides started to change in the golfing world, as the players felt a sense of betrayal since the deal was kept secret until it was made public. After the disappointment felt by the golfers, players have shown their distrust towards the leadership.

Xander Schauffele has told Tody’s Golfer that he “would not mind” a change in leadership and Viktor Hovland’s remarks on the Tour seeing “players as labor and not as part of the members,” shows the alarming concern the PGA Tour players have in regards of the leadership.

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Moreover, the petition filed by a few players also displays the change that might be inevitable for Jay Monahan. Although Norman has iterated time and again that LIV Golf would remain a “standalone entity,” if the deal is reached, it has the potential to change the past statements and be a threat to PGA Tour’s leadership.

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2. Ryder Cup Qualifications:  In the 2023 Ryder Cup, only one LIV golfer, Brooks Koepka, graced the greens of Rome. Koepka secured a spot on the USA team as he was this year’s captain’s pick. Even after being suspended from the PGA Tour, the 33-year-old and other PGA Tour detected players have a grace period until June 2024, which made him eligible for this year’s Ryder Cup In contrast, golfers who left the DPWT gave up their membership, making them ineligible for the Ryder Cup.

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LIV players have a hard time qualifying for the Ryder Cup. However, the scenario might change if the merger is reached. Even Rory McIlroy remarked, “rewrite the rules for Ryder Cup eligibility,” after Jon Rahm joined the breakaway league. There are bigger chances of that happening after the framework finalization on 31st December.

3. Players schedule change: The PGA Tour and LIV Golf have released their 2024 schedule. The players are preparing to play in these events as well. However, with the PGAT-PIF Deal supposedly getting finalized on 31st December, the player’s schedule will be affected.

If the deal is reached, the two leagues may allow players to play in their events, the schedule would be expected to adjust accordingly. Furthermore, with PIF investing in the PGA Tour, there is a probability that the Tour would expand its events to different countries to advance its global footprint.

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With the framework’s final date only being a few days away, the end result can affect the league’s future in many ways. But one question still remains, will the PGA Tour- PIF $3 billion merger be finalized? Stay around to find out!

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