PGA Tour players ‘united in the fight’ against LIV Golf, says Davis Love III

Presidents Cup captain Davis Love III admitted to being surprised at the number of players who left the PGA Tour to join the LIV Golf Series, but said those who remained were “united” in the fight against the new circuit.

Love, who on Tuesday named Steve Stricker and Webb Simpson as his final assistant captains for next month’s team event against the Internationals, said he was shocked LIV Golf’s record purses had provided so many players of the PGA.

“I said at my own tournament, don’t worry, it’s not going to happen. (Phil) Mickelson is going to fall, but nobody else is going to jump ship,” Love said. ” I was wrong.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen from now on, but I know it’s going to be a fight and the players are becoming more unified against it. »

LIV Golf held its third $25 million event last week in New Jersey. Swede Henrik Stenson came out on top on his debut after being stripped of the role of 2023 Ryder Cup captain for Europe.

Other players who have made the trip include Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Louis Ooosthuizen and Mickelson.

Love said last week that he could see players band together and boycott major events that allow LIV Golf players to compete.

As he prepares for this week’s PGA Wyndham Championship, Love said he just wanted to remind PGA players of the power they have in a tough situation.

“No one saw the magnitude of LIV coming. It’s hard not to react to something when you’re caught off guard,” Love said. “If the LIV guys sue and are allowed to play on the PGA Tour, the players are fed up…we don’t want those guys coming in and picking our tournaments.

“We have all the cards in hand… We don’t want these guys to play, we don’t care what the courts say, our only option – really the nuclear option – is to say, fine, fine, if they have to play in our events, we just won’t play. »

Love said he could see a walkout happening, adding, “I think the undercurrent of guys is getting more and more fed up, that these guys are threatening our way of life, they’re trying to take the money. out of our pockets.

“The majors have to make their own decisions… we support the rules and we have to defend them. »

Tiger Woods, who has been an outspoken critic of LIV Golf, turned down an offer of between $700 million and $800 million to join the dissident circuit.  PA

Love said he warned some players of the consequences of joining LIV Golf and some lied to him.

“You can be Tiger Woods (who turned down a $700-800 million offer from LIV Golf) or you can be banned from the game, take your pick,” Love said as his advice. “Either they figured it out, or some of them said it wasn’t going to happen, and some of them outright lied.

“You hear it, the talking points or the interviews, they turn their decision because they know they turned their back on their friends and they smoke the money and they know it’s not the right one chose to do.

“It’s their decision and they can do it. But they can’t come back and play the Players Championship. It is not fair. »

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