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Golfing World Stunned As PGA Tour Announce Shock Merger With LIV Golf

Golfing World Stunned As PGA Tour Announce Shock Merger With LIV Golf
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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The golfing world is in a state of disbelief this afternoon with the news that the PGA Tour and DP World Tour are set to merge with LIV Golf.

The PGA Tour made the announcement this afternoon, confirming that the traditional tours had come to an agreement with the Saudi-backed venture 'to unify the game of golf, on a global basis'.

Here's a snapshot of that statement.

The parties have signed an agreement that combines PIF’s golf-related commercial businesses and rights (including LIV Golf) with the commercial businesses and rights of the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour into a new, collectively owned, for-profit entity to ensure that all stakeholders benefit from a model that delivers maximum excitement and competition among the game’s best players.

In addition, PIF will make a capital investment into the new entity to facilitate its growth and success. The new entity (name TBD) will implement a plan to grow these combined commercial businesses, drive greater fan engagement and accelerate growth initiatives already underway.

With LIV Golf in the midst of its second, groundbreaking season, the PGA TOUR, DP World Tour and PIF will work together to best feature and grow team golf going forward.

Notably, today’s announcement will be followed by a mutually agreed end to all pending litigation between the participating parties.

Further, the three organisations will work cooperatively and in good faith to establish a fair and objective process for any players who desire to re-apply for membership with the PGA TOUR or the DP World Tour following the completion of the 2023 season and for determining fair criteria and terms of re-admission, consistent with each Tour’s policies.

You can read the statement in full here.

Golfing world in shock as PGA Tour merges with LIV Golf

This news is both seismic and unexpected.


LIV Golf had been at war with the game's traditional tours, poaching a number of big names and being involved in numerous law suits with the pair.

While both parties had suggested that some sort of agreement could be reach between the involved parties at some stage in the years ahead, it was not expected to happen so soon.

As a result, some big names in golf were taken completely by surprise with this announcement.





The Brooks Koepka tweet refers to Brandel Chamblee, who has been one of the biggest critics of LIV Golf.

As for the general golf fan, the whole thing was a bit surreal.

This is a remarkable change in stance from the PGA Tour, who have essentially joined forces with the Saudi government to oversee the world of professional golf. Far from making those who participated in LIV golf pariahs, this move will see them come under the same umbrella as those who refused the cast fortunes on offer in order to back the traditional tour.

It will be interesting to see how this goes down among those who stuck with the PGA and DP World Tour.

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