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LIV Golf Update: Bryson Dechambeau Makes a Bold Prediction on PGA Tour-PIF Merger

Published 01/26/2024, 3:00 AM EST

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The third season of LIV Golf is just a week away, but there is still much left to be fleshed out. Bryson DeChambeau, though, is unbothered by all these. Rather, the Scientist is buoyed by the hopes of the framework agreement coming to fruition soon. As early as next month, in fact. The Crushers GC Captain insists, “There is no way around it now.

The PGA Tour, DP World Tour, and PIF, the financial arm that backs LIV Golf, have been locked in talks for a merger since June 6 last year. The initial deadline of December 31 came and passed. Jay Monahan, the PGAT Commissioner, announced the talks are still going on without providing a new deadline. DeChambeau believes it’s sooner rather than later. 

Bryson DeChambeau is optimistic about a favorable outcome

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Since the June 6 announcement, the $3 billion framework agreement has faced multiple setbacks. The U.S. Department of Justice has dug its heels for allegedly violating antitrust laws. Moreover, PGA Tour pros have vehemently expressed their dissatisfaction over the cloak-and-dagger approach both sides have taken. Despite all that, DeChambeau is sure that the “deal is going to come quicker,” than everyone thinks.

Although “it might not be the next couple of weeks,” golf fans can expect some positive updates in about a month, DeChambeau told Bob Harig of Sports Illustrated. The 2020 U.S. Open Champion feels, “This is about the good of the game for the fans. The health of the game for the fans.” Fans, obviously, have rued the fissure that LIV Golf’s emergence has caused.

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With top players like Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, and Cameron Smith bolting to the PIF-funded league, only Majors offer the opportunity to watch the best players duel against each other. Unfortunately, that window is also shrinking as OWGR denied World Ranking points to LIV Golf, effectively stonewalling many LIV Golf Pros’ Major chances. 

Bryson DeChambeau earlier lamented that “ego” got in the way, fracturing the game. This time too, the 30-year-old added, “As time goes on, we’re starting to see these fans are hungry for us all to come back together. I can’t wait for that day to happen.”  The Dallas native has reasons enough to be jovial about the deal as recent reports indicate a positive outcome is indeed likely. 

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Where is the much-anticipated merger headed?

Sports Business Journal reported last week that Jay Monahan has traveled to Saudi Arabia for a face-to-face talk with PIF chief Yasir Al Rumayyan. The talks lasted for a few days and kicked the can further down the road. That’s despite a calamitous allegation against Al-Rumayyan surfacing days after Monahan’s Saudi trip.

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It appears that the PGAT chief wants to wrap up the negotiations before the Masters in April. Notably, the 53-year-old commissioner has also secured a third-party investor in Strategic Sports Group, which might pump north of $3 billion into the future for-profit entity. LIV Golf, in the meantime, will kickstart its season in Mayakoba before returning to Las Vegas on the Super Bowl weekend.

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Parnab Bhattacharya

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