‘Put Down Their Weapons’: Bryson DeChambeau Takes Contradictory View to Al-Rumayyan’s Fury Amid Recent LIV Golf Setback

Published 01/31/2024, 10:05 PM EST

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Everything points to a concerning future for LIV Golf in the sport! Even Yasir Al-Rumayyan seems to agree with the same as he was reportedly furious about the involvement of the Strategic Sports Group with the PGA Tour resulting in the $3 billion investment. However, enter Bryson DeChambeau with a positive outlook.

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The LIV golfer had earlier predicted how the merger would ultimately come to pass and there would be no way around it. Well now, following the recent deal, one would expect him to have been disappointed. Interestingly, the professional seems to have taken it all in as nothing short of “positive” news!

Bryson DeChambeau speaks his mind about the PGAT-SSG deal

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Responding to the question posed to him during the presser ahead of the Mayakoba LIV Golf event, he pointed out how the merger “needs to happen.” Adding on, the 30-year-old said, “I hope people can just put down their weapons and come to the table and figure it out,” while alluding to what was “good” for golf and its fans. But even so, he was quick to highlight how “any additional capital going into the game” is “positive”.

The Crushers GC skipper divulged how “any investment” going into golf from the PGA Tour’s side is “gigantic” before comparing it with LIV Golf’s side which has grown considerably owing to new talent and new teams. “It may not be exactly what we all think it should be,” said the 1X major champ before sharing his thought, “As time goes on, I think things will settle down in a positive way for both.”

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Despite the exuding belief in the future of the merger, the 8X PGA Tour winner, nevertheless, made sure to confess how he doesn’t know “how it’s all going to shake out when it’s all said and done.” Moreover, he also disclosed how he doesn’t know what the PIF’s position would be at the end of it all, courtesy of the SSG-PGAT deal.

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However, not everyone seems to be happy with the investment that the Fenway Sports-led group made into the sport. It was reported that the governor of the Public Investment Fund, Al-Rumayyan, wasn’t too happy with the new alliance, all for good reason!

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A snub for Al-Rumayyan’s PIF?

As per a report made by the New York Post, the Saudi businessman was not very impressed with Strategic Sports Group’s involvement in the negotiations. The sources indicated how the private equity money that is slated to be invested into golf via SSG would lead to a situation where LIV Golf was no longer at the center of the talks.

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What’s more, interestingly, such an investment by another group would mean that the PIF would lose the leverage it had over the PGA Tour in the merger negotiations. But, even as LIV Golf continues to face setbacks concerning the latest deal, it doesn’t take much to predict how the alternate circuit would keep roping in players into their midst. Thus, if one is to look at the good of the game, as DeChambeau said, the two need to come together and produce a solution!

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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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