‘It’s an Opportunity’: Bryson DeChambeau Dubs ‘Tiger Woods’ as a Prototype for LIV, Direly Calls Attention for Golf’s Future

Published 01/15/2024, 10:08 PM EST

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Since its inception in 2021, LIV Golf has turned a lot of heads. Much of it owes to the Public Investment Fund and the kind of unique format that the Saudi-backed league boasted. Nevertheless, it was met with a lot of contempt, especially from loyalists on the PGA Tour. But not everything is as it seems. Even Bryson DeChambeau agrees!

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The Crushers GC skipper, in an exclusive interview, went ahead to express his thoughts on what the alternate tour was possibly trying to achieve. However, while doing so, he made sure to rope in the name of none other than Tiger Woods, after whom the league is modeled!

Bryson DeChambeau calls Tiger Woods the LIV Golf of the past

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In a talk with Sports Illustrated, DeChambeau conveyed his beliefs about LIV Golf as he said, “It’s an opportunity to grow the sport.” Adding on, he mentioned how the Saudi-backed league is also trying to follow the example of the 15-time major champ, who was “his own team.”

Continuing with the parallel, the captain recounted how, in the past, everyone “followed the sport even though they might not play golf” all thanks to Woods. “I think that is a small part of what LIV is trying to create,” added the 30-year-old.

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However, he also went ahead to comment on the future of golf. The skipper expressed his thoughts on how there is also “an opportunity” to add “a team aspect” to the “signature events or designated events.” Moreover, he also indicated how incorporating the same could “create another line of revenue” for the tourneys that boast such a field, all the while pushing for the two sides to align.

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The 1X major champ also went ahead to highlight the need for a compromise between the two sides. What’s more, he even indicated how the schedules of the two circuits need to come together to accommodate the various tournaments.

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During the interview with Bob Harig, the 30-year-old disclosed how both the PGA Tour and LIV Golf “might need to lower the minimum events” in a particular season if they are to work together comfortably. What’s more, the golfer even dubbed how figuring out a schedule, combined with the other aspects, is nothing short of “tricky.” 

Continuing with his response, he said, “You have the PGA Tour creating something new” while alluding to how LIV Golf is on its own path. Nevertheless, he expressed his firm belief that the two circuits would still exist long down the lane.

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Many were concerned about the future of the sport as a whole when the deadline for the merger got pushed back. The resilient words from the skipper regarding the possible solutions do give a bit of hope that the framework agreement can happen without any hiccups.

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Allan Abe

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My search for happiness eventually led me, Allan Abe, to the hallways of ES after dabbling in different fields. Following my childhood passion for the sport and coupling it with my passion for writing, the role of a golf writer was the perfect career path and has been more than a fruitful one. Through the live coverage and in-depth analysis of the lives of big stars like Tiger Woods and Jon Rahm, I have put to use all my journalistic-accolade-winning experience, from state-wide events to college competitions, to give the reader a great story with every piece.
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