IV has said that after this week’s announcements of new names joining the tour, the 2023 field of 48 players will be closed.fake images
LIV Golf will “announce new names” today, and if Open Championship winner Cameron Smith is one of them, it will be “both the turning point and the turning point” in the battle between LIV and the PGA Tour and DP World. . Tour, according to Rick Broadbent of the LONDON TIMES. World No. 2 Smith would be the “knockout blow to traditional touring as the trickle turns to tide.” LIV Golf has “become impossible to ignore”. Gone are the days of “writing it off as a sideshow, circus, or Twenty20-lite.” This year marks the first time all of the top winners have been under the age of 30. Smith is 28, “in his prime”, the Open champion and a “breath of fresh air”. Also in the top 10 at St Andrews were LIV golfers Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau. Another, Abraham Ancer, tied for 11th (LONDON TIMES, 7/19).
CONSIDERING THE FIELD: The TIMES Broadbent in a separate article reports that Tommy Fleetwood is “not joining” LIV. Fleetwood’s manager confirmed that reports of his signing are “false and he will not be going to LIV Golf.” Broadbent writes that it will “provide some breathing room for DP World and PGA Tours,” who “have been struggling to stop defections” (LONDON TIMES, 7/19). LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman said last week that after this week’s announcements, the 48-player course for 2023 is “closed.” Asked what would happen if a high-ranking player expressed interest in joining LIV before the 2023 season begins in March, Norman said, “That’s a big deal and we’ll discuss it internally to figure out what needs to be done.” if something” (PALM BEACH POST, 7/19).
RYDER CUP IMPLICATIONS: In London, John Westerby writes that the Ryder Cup “was supposed to be the ultimate calling card for traditional tours.” But if being named Europe’s captain “isn’t enough to keep Henrik Stenson on board for the next contest”, which takes place in Rome next year, those assumptions about the Ryder Cup “may no longer really apply”. A capable replacement would be “properly installed”, but “damage would have been done to the status of the Ryder Cup”. Stenson has a meeting today with the DP World Tour, but his defection would be the “biggest blow yet to established tours” (LONDON TIMES, 7/19). In London, Oliver Brown writes that the Ryder Cup is “one of the most beloved institutions in the game”, the only event where “superstars put aside the pursuit of money for loyalty to their tours”. But LIV’s rise has “spawned such greed that even this glorious biennial scrap seems spent.” With Stenson, a “tipping point” has been reached. Many golf fans “can rest easy with where the players earn their money”, but all this “greed now has a direct adverse effect on the Ryder Cup, a universally beloved occasion”. Brown: “Advocating unconditional free trade is all very well until you realize that one of the greatest team spectacles in sport has, as a consequence, been deprived of the best players and most qualified captains” (London TELEGRAPH, 7/19).
TRUMP WEIGHS IN…: Former President Donald Trump has “urged golfers to ‘take the money’ and sign with the Saudi-backed LIV series.” Trump wrote in a post on his own social network Truth Social: “All golfers who remain ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA, in all its different guises, will pay a heavy price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes along.” Trump: ” If you don’t take the money now, you won’t get anything after the merger takes place, and you’ll only say how smart the original signers were” (LONDON TIMES, 7/19).
HERE A STAY: In New York, Mark Cannizzaro writes that LIV Golf “isn’t going away anytime soon.” The PGA Tour that suspended the players involved “is not doing the sport any favors.” If the likes of Johnson, DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka are banned from playing in major championships, how is that “good for the sport when the majors now don’t have the best players competing against each other?” Cannizzaro: “LIV is here and, for the good of the sport, compromises must be made on both sides so that there can be some kind of coexistence” (New York Post, 7/19). In DC, Chuck Culpepper writes at least for now, there is a “two-part ritual for male golfers: watch the golf tournament and then wonder about the future of golf.” See a “guy win and maybe even dazzle” like Smith did at the Open Championship. So, “I wonder if he’s going to LIV Golf” (WASHINGTON POST, 7/19).
THE SHOW GOES ON: In Minneapolis, Jim Souhan writes that the PGA Tour’s 3M Open isn’t “shortened because the ‘big names’ aren’t playing at Blaine this week because of the LIV Golf Tour.” 3M should be “happy to get rid of them”. 3M and Tournament Dir Hollis Cavner “have always done a good job of bringing a quality tournament to Minnesota,” and this year’s field “again features many exciting names,” including Hideki Matsuyama and Tony Finau (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 7/19). In St. Paul, Jace Frederick writes that just because a tournament “doesn’t have a group of players sitting at the top of the official world golf rankings doesn’t mean it won’t have good golfers.” Some of the “best players on Tour will be in the Twin Cities this week” (St. Paul PIONEER PRESS, 7/19).