Bryson DeChambeau made his LIV golf debut in Portland in June before appearing in the final event at Bedminster, which was won by Henrik Stenson; Members of the rival tour — including DeChambeau — are currently banned from participating on the PGA Tour
Last update: 08.03.22 13:08
Bryson DeChambeau said ahead of the US Open in June that LIV Golf’s move was a “business decision”.
Bryson DeChambeau claimed he “personally knows” that LIV Golf members may return to the PGA Tour in the future and offered a bizarre pizza shop analogy to describe the controversy surrounding the sport.
DeChambeau joined players like Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson to take part in the Breakaway Tour, which has eight events planned for 2022 before an expanded calendar next season.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has indefinitely suspended all members who have joined the Greg Norman-led series, although DeChambeau is confident a solution can be found that allows players to play on both tours to play.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement ahead of the Travelers Championship that they cannot compete financially with the Saudi-backed LIV Invitational Series
“It doesn’t make any sense (the ban),” DeChambeau said FoxNews. “No, I’m not worried about that. I think it will be settled. Personally I know it will be clarified if it is legal or if they come to a table and work out terms. I definitely think it’s all going to wash out pretty soon in the future.”
Norman has previously said that banning LIV golfers from other tours was “vindictive” and something that “would widen the divide between the [PGA] Tour and its members,” while DeChambeau used an unusual comparison to explain why the new tour “can make the game grow”.
Paul McGinley used Mo Salah and the Premier League to explain how the LIV Golf Series differs from the structure and organization of the PGA and DP World Tour
DeChambeau added, “It’s so weird because it is — let’s use that as a reference. I heard that earlier this week. They have a pizza shop that has been around for 50 years and all the customers go there and it’s a great product.
“Suddenly a new pizza shop opened up, right? And they’re starting to pay customers to eat at their place, and this pizza might be a little bit better than a pizza, right? And then, all of a sudden, the original pizza place goes, if you go over there, we forbid you to ever come back to our pizza place. What is wrong with this economic model?
DP World Tour golfer Matthew Southgate has defended the LIV Tour players, insisting they have the right to choose where they play
“Every time someone invests more than $1 billion in the game of golf, why isn’t the game growing and why isn’t there more opportunity?”
Love: PGA Tour players may boycott if LIV members return
PGA Tour players could take the “nuclear option” of boycotting events if LIV rebels successfully challenge their bans, according to former Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III.
USA Presidents Cup captain Davis Love III has hinted at a boycott of big players if LIV golfers are allowed to return to the PGA Tour
Love believes those loyal to the PGA Tour are fed up with the Saudi-backed breakaway, which expands to a 14-event league next year.
DP World Tour members won a court battle to temporarily stay penalties pending a full appeal, and Love believes a similar legal challenge from players indefinitely suspended from the PGA Tour could spark a dramatic response .
“If the LIV guys are suing and allowed to play on the PGA Tour, the players are fed up,” Love said. “We understand that we make the rules on the PGA Tour and the commissioner enforces our rules and we don’t want these guys playing, coming and picking our tournaments.
R&A CEO Martin Slumbers does not believe LIV Golf is in the best interest of the sport as a whole in the long run
“We have all the cards in hand. We say to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and Washington: ‘No, we support the rules. We don’t want these guys to play. We don’t care what the courts say. The nuclear option is to say, ‘Well, if they have to play at our events, we just don’t play’.”
Reed is involved with Asian Tour events
Patrick Reed has signed on to play two Asian Tour events this month, just weeks after saying a limited schedule is one of the appeals of joining the LIV Golf Circuit.
With the next LIV Golf event not taking place until September 2-4 in Boston, Reed has confirmed that he will be attending Asian Tour International Series events in Singapore and South Korea a week later from August 11-14.
Reed, who previously said the year-round FedExCup schedule “forces you to have to play and that doesn’t do you any harm mentally or physically,” is one of several LIV golfers set to perform in Singapore.
The Asian Tour events offer significantly lower prize money than LIV Golf events, with a first prize of $270,000 compared to the $4 million offered at Bedminster, but remain an opportunity for LIV Golf members to collect world ranking points.
https://www.skysports.com/golf/news/12040/12664746/bryson-dechambeau-compares-liv-golf-with-pizza-shop-in-analogy-to-describe-banned-pga-tour-players Bryson DeChambeau compares LIV golf to pizza shop by analogy to describe suspended PGA Tour players | Golf News