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PremierLeague-News.Com - Jay Monahan's response to the threat posed by the Saudi-backed breakaway league sounded defensive, reactionary and fragile and coincided with Koepka's big announcement
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! LIV Golf formerly announced Brooks Koepka as its latest signing five minutes into a press conference held by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. Co-incidence, provocation or affront? Probably not the former.Monahan claimed not to know of Koepka’s intentions when asked early in his presentation about the possibility of his defection, despite talking to the player only on Monday. When his move was confirmed to him he expressed only disappointment.The forthright commentary came from Rory McIlroy, who in this period of unprecedented upheaval has positioned himself as the PGA Tour’s heaviest hitter. Asked at the Travelers Championship what he thought of Koepka’s leap, he said: “Am I surprised? Yes, because of what he said previously.“I think that’s why I’m surprised at a lot of these guys. They say one thing and then they do another. I don’t understand that. I don’t know if that’s for legal reasons or if they can’t. But it’s pretty duplicitous on their part to say one thing and then do another thing.”More from GolfDP World Tour could follow Brooks Koepka and decide that LIV Golf's Saudi money is the future21 June, 2022How Matt Fitzpatrick used 'The Stack' to add an extra 15mph to his swing and win the US Open20 June, 2022‘I'm in a good place’ – Confident McIlroy has US Open victory in his sights18 June, 2022Monahan was unveiling the PGA Tour response to the LIV Golf threat, namely throwing more money at his members via a re-organised schedule which will involve eight no-cut, reduce field events in the autumn of 2023 with increased prize pots once the Fed Ex Cup Play-Offs have concluded in September.This was Monahan’s big moment, a chance to restate the PGA Tour’s pre-eminence and regain the initiative. Yet it felt defensive, reactionary, and fragile. He claimed the restructuring of the schedule loosely in two parts from January to September progressing to the fall series in October to December was always in the pipeline. To go now without clearly defined dates for the 2023 calendar speaks of a defensive move as well as whistling in the graveyard.“The announcement we made today is the PGA Tour committing to be the greatest in the world,” Monahan said.
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. We will continue to innovate and evolve. The product you see will continue to get stronger. It is not just the best competing against each other but the impact we have on lives through the charities that benefit in every community that we play. We have an incredible group of young, international athletes. We will take this moment to grow the game.”Monahan reiterated the tour’s stance on the defectors, namely that there is no way back for them. If that sounds like a door closing after the horse has bolted you would be right. It ignores the fact that the players chose to leave for the riches beyond even the pockets of its premier brand. Consequences be damned. Just look at the bank balance.Related StoriesEvery golfer signed up to Saudi-backed LIV series after PGA Tour suspend memberships13 June, 2022Koepka said nothing official on the triumphalist statement issued by LIV Golf. The tour’s CEO Greg Norman filled the space with his standard propaganda. “The addition of Brooks is yet another example of the incredible fields LIV Golf is assembling as we build momentum in our first season and look towards the future.”The Open Championship made it clear LIV Golf members who qualify will be welcomed at St Andrews in a fortnight for the final major of the season. LIV Golf’s admission into the ranking system has yet to be established. The Open is simply honouring the points accrued before war broke out.
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