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Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka Rejoice, While Disgusted PGA Tour Players React to Golf’s Billion Dollar Merger

Published 06/06/2023, 12:08 PM EDT

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The PGA Tour, DP World Tour, and LIV Golf have formally amalgamated, marking a huge development for the sport in a statement that has shocked the golfing community. Although the merger marks an important milestone for golf, emotions from the golf community have been divided, with many expressing astonishment, worry, and sympathy for the players who have expressed their displeasure.

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The abrupt merger revelation surprised fans who had long been involved in the sport and had long backed their favorite players. Fans were frantically searching for information and seeking clarity regarding the repercussions of this union after learning the news through social media sites.

Golf community reacts to the shocking news


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Fans and players have been avidly debating the merger on numerous online golf forums with feelings ranging from intrigue to anxiety. Some players on the PGA Tour expressed their dissatisfaction with the merger after hearing some of the early reactions. This opinion is based on the knowledge that over the previous two years, players have played a significant role in determining the path of the tour and have resisted LIV Golf’s engagement.

Jay Monahan expressed his happiness in a press release by stating, “After two years of disruption and distraction, this is a historic day for the game we all know and love”


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Brooks Koepka shared his joy by stating, “Welfare Check on Chamblee.”

Phil Mickelson expressed his view on Twitter by saying, “Awesome day today.”

Collin Morikawa wrote, “I love finding out morning news on Twitter.”

Rick Gehman stated his disappointment by saying, “Initial feedback is that the TOUR players are *not happy*. They turned down cash, changed their own schedule, stuck their necks out against LIV for two years and now they are finding out about a merge in real-time on Twitter.”


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Paige Spiranac expressed her view by sharing a sarcastically comedic gif and captioning it as “Phil knowing Brandel is about to have the worst day ever with the news of the tour merging with LIV.”

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It’s observed that players have declined rich offers, rearranged their schedules, and shown tenacity in the face of LIV Golf while promoting the advantages of the regular tours and their current fan bases. Fans can understand the players’ feelings of surprise when they learned about the merger in real-time on social media sites rather than through official channels or direct communication.


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What’s your opinion on the recent revelation of the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, and LIV Golf merging? Share your views in the comment box.

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Arpan Ghosh


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Arpan Ghosh is a is a fresh golf writer at EssentiallySports who was chosen in the recent round of ‘ES Draft’ for his strong enthusiasm for golf. Arpan seconds the notion that golf is a sport laced with strategy and mental tenacity, which he feels is depicted by Tiger Woods perfectly. Ghosh has also been known to indulge in some light everyday reading, with Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf being his favorite read.
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