Like every other big event this year, the LIV Golf Talk is flooded with interview areas. The Presidents Cup was no different.
But as the Saudi-backed ring has progressed through its debut season, questions have also evolved.
Part of this week’s pre-match discussion between reporters and players: Is LIV Golf worth global points? And will you participate in a virtual tour of the PGA vs. LIV event?
In addition to Billy Horschel, a handful of American players who were asked by the latter either responded no or declined to comment at all.
“They’re more than happy to do what we’re doing, and we’re doing a great job,” Justin Thomas said on Tuesday. “So, you just don’t see the need for that.”
And Tony Fenno added on Wednesday: “I’ve shown where my loyalty is. …Fans might want to see that, but it’s not something I’d be a part of just because, for me, there’s no point in being involved in that.”
Kevin Kesner: “No need. They are not recognized as world golfers.”
But when the topic of LIV surfaced while the media was available to Patrick Cantlay, Cantlay talked about the rift between the two sides and how he sees it dissipating, in the long run at least.
“I would be surprised if there was no co-intervention because I don’t know of any sport, really, that has a tattered legitimate sport,” Cantlay said. “I just say when I look at all the other sports, all the best players play together. … We had, you know, the NFL. That went away. I mean, nobody kept playing in the NFL. She was there. Other things in baseball.So, I feel like, at some point, when you start looking back, people are going to be surprised to hear, you know, “Oh, man, that was really controversial.” Because it’s just, it’s going to feel like a flash on the radar. Once it is completely settled. The matter is now very unknown.”
A few hours later, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan joined the Golf Channel’s “Live From” crew on the set. The Monahan Tour is currently embroiled in an antitrust lawsuit filed in August by LIV players who were suspended by the PGA Tour for joining the rival league, so when Monahan was asked if he could see any kind of peace or alliance between the two tours, he said he quickly What rejected the idea.
“Listen, I think I’ve been very clear about this: I don’t see that happening,” Monahan said. “When you look at where we are, and you think about the words and deeds, we’re currently in a lawsuit, so we get together and have conversations that, to me, this card is off the table, and it has been for a long time.”
Monahan was then asked what was the biggest hurdle in working with LIV on the tour: golf or geopolitics?
“When you look at the PGA Tour, and you look at what we are today, and you look at what we try to achieve every day – what is our focus? To provide the best competitive platform for the best players in the world to achieve at the highest level, to win the tournaments that have a history, that have a tradition, that You create a legacy, and that is what we will continue to do,” Monahan replied: “And we will continue to improve on that, and we will continue to strengthen it.” “You have heard me say before that we will focus on the things we control; We have more assets at our disposal, stronger partnerships and we have the best players in the world telling us that they are not only committed to playing more, but that they are really looking to the organization to make that happen.
“It’s all about where we are and where we are going, and again, I couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities out there.”