Would Tour gamers play LIV in a staff occasion? Some are in. Some ABSOLUTELY aren’t

From left, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Kevin Kisner on Wednesday throughout a follow spherical for the Presidents Cup.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — You’ve possibly questioned it. There are, in spite of everything, two sides on this burgeoning golf struggle. And sure, staff occasions, just like the Presidents Cup being performed this week, pair two sides. 

So … 

Would we ever see a PGA Tour v. LIV Golf occasion? Rory and JT vs. Bryson and Brooks. Schauffele and Cantlay vs. Smith and Leishman. Captain Monahan (or possibly captain Woods.) vs. Captain Norman.      

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Butch Harmon, one of many biggest swing minds ever, has advised he’d at the least wish to see the PGA Tour and LIV play some form of occasion collectively. This was an change he had lately together with his son, Claude, on the youthful Harmon’s podcast. 

“All proper, so that you get in a room proper now with Greg Norman and Jay Monahan and somebody asks you to be the moderator between the 2 of them,” Claude Harmon began. “What recommendation are you giving to Greg and what recommendation are you giving to Jay to try to see if there’s a approach that this complete factor might be much less harmful and fewer aggressive than it’s?”

“Initially, I’d say go away your egos on the door,” Butch Harmon mentioned. “Are available in with no egos. let’s are available with an open thoughts and see what we will do to make it higher. That may be the very first thing. Second factor, I’d suppose that there’s a approach for the European Tour, the PGA Tour, the LIV Tour, to get collectively and have 4 or 5 enormous tournaments a yr, the place individuals from all three get to play. You may make it a 100-man subject, you are able to do it off world rankings, you are able to do it any approach you need to do it, I don’t care. For an sum of money, as a result of that’s what it’s all about. And go to iconic, fabulous golf programs all over the world and have this true world occasion. 

“Now, that going to occur? Most likely not as a result of I don’t suppose Jay Monahan would even go to the assembly in the mean time. So I feel till issues settle down — I’ve by no means talked to Jay about it, so I haven’t had that chance. However I’d like to see some type of factor get collectively the place it’s a world occasion, a big world occasion. Not near the majors. … However there’s received to be a approach that they’ll co-exist. … And I feel these two organizations must get collectively and do what’s finest for golf.”   

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Harmon’s in all probability proper — an occasion of any sort in all probability isn’t occurring any time quickly, contemplating the local weather. However that doesn’t imply we will’t ask whether or not gamers teeing it up this week at Quail Hole would play. So we did. The easy query was this: If the PGA Tour and LIV Golf ever put collectively a staff occasion, would you play? Some exchanges had some follow-ups. 

Some gamers have been in. Some weren’t. One didn’t reply, although it wasn’t stunning that he didn’t. 

Let’s pay attention in. 

PGA Tour gamers who would play LIV Golf in a staff occasion

Billy Horschel would play. However he can also see why the PGA Tour wouldn’t.

“There was this dialog, I don’t know when it was, and it was mentioned,” Horschel mentioned. “Yeah, I wouldn’t thoughts enjoying in it, however on the identical time, you’ve received to take a look at issues — what would the PGA Tour profit from that? Nothing. If we win, we’re speculated to win. If we lose, it appears dangerous on the PGA Tour. So it’s actually a lose-lose for the PGA Tour in that scenario, and LIV’s received the whole lot to realize from it.

“However as a participant, we’re all aggressive, and I’ve nice relationships with a whole lot of these guys and I’d like to compete with them. I used to be trying ahead to enjoying the Presidents Cup and possibly getting paired towards Cam Smith, who’s a very good buddy of mine. If by some means there was a bit of LIV-PGA Tour competitors, I’d love that. I’d like to play towards Cam Smith or one among my good mates, Ian Poulter or one thing like that.

“Like I mentioned, I’m not the one who makes that call. There’s extra that goes into a choice like that. I wouldn’t fault the PGA Tour or anybody saying this doesn’t profit us going ahead. I see that facet of it, and I’m nice with that.”

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Max Homa would play. He answered in a single phrase: Certain. So we requested: Why? He once more was temporary: “I don’t know. Perhaps to win, I assume. Play so we will win.”

So then we requested if he’s had any conversations on what a 12-v-12 matchup would really like. 

“I feel we’ve been very centered on the 12 People beating the 12 Internationals. In order that hypothetical must keep hypothetical for a short while, at the least up till this week is completed.”

Sam Burns would play. He additionally answered merely: Sure. So we requested: Why?

“As a result of I like the PGA Tour, and in the event that they requested me to be on that staff, I’d be on it,” he mentioned. 

Cam Davis would play. 

“I take pleasure in enjoying in large tournaments, sure,” he mentioned. “I’m proud of my energy play. If that results in enjoying on a PGA Tour staff, I’m very happy to play.”

Xander Schauffele, we’ll say, was . So was his shut buddy, Patrick Cantlay. 

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“In the event that they put collectively a PGA Tour-LIV Golf staff occasion, would you play in that?”

“Like a Cup towards one another?” Schauffele mentioned. 

“12 better of them, 12 finest from the PGA Tour.”

“I don’t even understand how that may appear like. I’m all for competitors. Logistically, it seems like a nightmare simply contemplating what’s been occurring, by way of like who would run the occasion or everybody getting collectively behind the scenes. I feel it will in all probability be much less of a difficulty with the folks truly competing versus form of getting the construction in place.

“However competitors is nice for viewers, and it’s good for golf. I actually don’t even know find out how to reply that query from a private standpoint.”

Cantlay was requested the identical questions. 

“Yeah, presumably,” he mentioned. “I really feel like, you realize, that might probably be fascinating.”

“No. But when they provide you with an occasion, I’ll test it out.”

PGA Tour gamers who wouldn’t play LIV Golf in a staff occasion

Justin Thomas wouldn’t. His reply was quick. 

“No, don’t see the necessity to.” 

Why not?

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“Simply don’t know why. I imply, they’re very happy doing what we’re doing, and we’re doing nice what we’re doing. So simply don’t see the necessity for it.”

Tony Finau, Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Taylor Pendrith have been all out. 

Mentioned Finau: “Most likely not. Most likely not. There’s simply approach an excessive amount of occurring there. There’s no motive to play in terms of these two Excursions. I’ve proven the place my loyalty is. We performed towards these guys without end. Anyone that desires to see that may see the stats. We performed towards one another without end. These guys on LIV now, we performed towards without end. They have been our teammates.

“I feel that’s a hypothetical query from the media, followers might need to see that, but it surely’s not one thing I’d be part of simply because it’s wish to me there’s no level in being concerned in that.”

Mentioned Bezuidenhout “No, I don’t suppose the PGA Tour will try this. There’s no motive why. All the fellows that went over there went over there. They moved past the PGA Tour. We assist the PGA Tour. We don’t actually care about what they do. So I don’t suppose I’ll.”

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Mentioned Pendrith: “I imply, I’ve spent my complete life attempting to get to the PGA Tour, and I’m lastly right here. Simply completed my rookie season. Being on the Presidents Cup is superb. It’s so cool for me to see not as a younger man, however as a rookie, first time being on the PGA Tour with my card, first time being right here. It’s a very cool expertise. The followers are superb. Everyone’s blissful to be right here. I’m fairly blissful the place I’m.”

Kevin Kisner answered two questions in 11 phrases. 

“If there have been ever a PGA Tour-LIV Golf occasion, would you play in that?”


“Why not?”

“No want. They’re not acknowledged as a world golf tour.”

PGA Tour gamers who weren’t positive they’d play LIV Golf in a staff occasion

Corey Conners mentioned he hadn’t “actually given it a whole lot of thought.” Hideki Matsuyama, who had lately been courted by LIV for reportedly 9 figures, mentioned by an English-to-Japanese translator that he “can’t determine one thing like that.”

“As a result of there’s nothing particular about it.”

Scottie Scheffler additionally mentioned he wasn’t positive. So we requested whether or not there was any discuss of which facet has the 12 finest gamers. 

“Not in my circles,” he mentioned. “I feel the PGA Tour has a bit extra expertise than their tour does. I don’t have a lot to say.”

Collin Morikawa mentioned he’s “by no means thought of it.” He was then requested what a 12-on-12 matchup would appear like. 

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“No. To be sincere, a whole lot of these guys, they’ve gone and so they’ve made the choice, and I actually haven’t thought of them, and there’s a few the fellows that I undoubtedly miss having round. Nevertheless it’s a — I feel it’s identical to something in life, there’s a cycle. Golf has a protracted lifespan. Guys keep for a very long time, and there’s only a cycle of recent guys coming in, outdated guys popping out. It’s a repeating cycle, but it surely’s by no means something I’ve actually given thought to as a result of I’ve received one million different issues I’ve received to fret about, and my wedding ceremony.”

PGA Tour participant who minimize off the query 

Cameron Younger, who additionally confirmed that he met with LIV Golf lately, didn’t need to reply the one LIV Golf query he obtained. 

“In your conversations with LIV golf and that dialogue, if the PGA Tour and LIV ..”

“I’m not going to say something. Sorry.”

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Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Journal. In his position, he’s chargeable for modifying, writing and creating tales throughout the golf area. And when he’s not writing about methods to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native might be enjoying the sport, hitting the ball left, proper and quick, and ingesting a chilly beer to scrub away his rating. You possibly can attain out to him about any of those matters — his tales, his sport or his beers — at nick.piastowski@golf.com.

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