the PGA Tour wants to increase its endowments to counter the LIV

Increase in endowments, redesign of the calendar: the boss of the North American golf circuit (PGA), Jay Monahan, made several proposals on Tuesday to counter the emergence of the lucrative dissident league (LIV) financed by Saudi Arabia. According to several media, the PGA would keep wearing from 2023 the “cash prizefrom eight marquee tournaments to at least $20 million and introduce three new tournaments receiving $25 million each, without cups, as on the competitions of the LIV circuit.

The calendar could also be indicated with a season modeled on the calendar year, between January and December, whereas currently the PGA Tour restarts in the fall. These changes were presented to players during a meeting held on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Travelers Championship, which takes place this week in Cromwell, Connecticut. “I think these tracks can help retain playerstempted by a move to the breakaway league, said Harris English, defending champion of the Travelers Championship. “If the PGA Tour is to remain the preeminent tour for professional golfers, it must be the best place to play for the best players in the world.“, affirmed for his part the American Patrick Cantlay.

The torch has been burning for several months in the world of golf around the creation of the LIV circuit. Led by Saudi Arabia and former champion Greg Norman, the LIV Golf, with an extraordinary budget, aligned unprecedented endowments on the greens ($25 million per tournament for only three days of competition instead of four) and has already given several renowned golfers like Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau. The first tournament under the LIV Golf label took place in early June in London with the participation of 17 members of the PGA Tour, all excluded from the North American circuit until further notice. It was won by the South African Charl Schwartzel, who left with a check for 4 million dollars (3.82 M EUR). This is the biggest crisis since the creation in 1968 of the PGA Tour, the North American professional circuit where the world’s best play.

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