‘Not Even Worth Talking’: Jordan Spieth Sheds Dreadful PIF Merger Update Amid $3B SSG Entry

Published 01/31/2024, 5:43 PM EST

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Bad news for the merger? The PGA Tour entered into a deal with the Strategic Sports Group, not too long ago, in a surprising move in the golf community. However, this agreement seems to spell disheartening news for the Public Investment Fund as even Jordan Spieth went ahead to mention how the men’s circuit doesn’t need a deal at the moment.

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In a press conference ahead of the upcoming PGA Tour signature event, The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Spieth said, “I think the short answer is we don’t have to,” while alluding to the deal with the PIF. Adding on, however, he went ahead to continue how there is another side to it as he said, “The long answer is, the positive there is unification.” But even so, the athlete continued to say how he’s “not sure if or how or when it would get done.”

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Does the $3 billion SSG-PGA Tour deal spell bad for PIF?

The agreement that the Fenway Sports’ led group has entered into with the Jay Monahan-led circuit is marked at a $3 billion investment with a $12 billion valuation. Moreover, $900 million will be distributed to 180 golfers depending on their ranks, a move made to supposedly counter the high benefits given to professionals in the Saudi-backed league.

Interestingly, during the presser, Spieth also revealed his thoughts on the matter. “I just think it’s something that is almost not even worth talking about right this second,” said the 3X major champ owing to “how timely everything would be to try to get it figured out.” Continuing with his response, he divulged how the PGAT has a “strategic partner” that would allow it to go forward and work just the way it has been operating without any changes.

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Adding on, the 2017 Open champ confessed, “We have members that feel strongly on both sides,” before continuing to disclose how nothing would be decided until that situation can be solved. Moreover, he also alluded to the state of affairs with the government and its “interference”, a situation which might have inevitably pushed the merger to be on the backseat for now.

Even Webb Simpson was of a similar opinion as the 30-year-old. “That has not been the ultimate priority,” said the 2012 U.S. Open champ when asked about the deal with the Public Investment Fund. Such a comment coming from a golfer who is currently a Player Director on the Board of Directors for the PGA Tour with the likes of Tiger Woods, Patrick Cantlay, etc. does speak volumes.

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With the PGAT and SSG joining hands, and the Tour members having the above opinion, it would be interesting to watch how everything would transpire out in the end. Maybe the PIF can end up becoming a crucial part of the PGA Tour Enterprises, or maybe the whole deal would end up being washed away. One can only wait and see!

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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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