USGA call to allow LIV golfers to play US Open could hurt PGA Tour

Brooklyn, Massachusetts – When PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan took his exhausting line towards gamers signed to play with the LIV Golf Invitational Sequence and stopped them from competing in PGA Tour occasions, everybody waited to see what their subsequent step can be on the planet of golf.

Everybody waited to see final week what the USGA would do, with the subsequent US Open on the calendar.

Would not the USGA welcome such folks? Phil MickelsonAnd Dustin Johnson and different notable gamers on the US Open, which begins Thursday at The Nation Membership?

The reply was no. After Monahan and the PGA Tour introduced their suspension, the USGA did nothing to vary its plan and didn’t observe swimsuit. They welcomed all of the gamers who certified to his subject – together with Mickelson and Johnson, former champion.

Herein lies the principle focus of the Monahan and the PGA Tour: if the governing our bodies of the foremost tournaments won’t adjust to the PGA Tour and ban gamers taking part within the LIV Tour, Monahan might face some large issues.

Mike Wan, CEO of USGA
Mike Wan, CEO of USGA

As a result of if gamers allied to LIV Golf are ineligible to play within the main tournaments, it may very well be a deal breaker for gamers who bounce into the LIV Tour.

If they’re allowed to play, the suspension of the PGA Tour – even when they’re suspended in courtroom if gamers sues (which is to be anticipated) – could have a variety of starch taken out of them.

The powers that be at Augusta Nationwide, made clear by their silence, do not actually face a lot urgency to answer LIV as a result of the subsequent Masters will not be till April 2023.

Nor the powers that be within the US PGA, which runs the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup, as a result of the subsequent PGA won’t be till Could 2023 and the Ryder Cup won’t be contested till September 2023.

After this US Open, it is going to be the British Open in July. Will we hear from the governing physique of the royal membership and the traditional that bans gamers?

On Wednesday, on the eve of the 122nd US Open, USGA CEO Mike Wan was noncommittal about what the group may do sooner or later about LIV rivals, however studying between the traces, he would not seem to have plans to ban them.

“We undoubtedly really feel chargeable for this sport, and we really feel chargeable for the rivals who play it,” Wan stated. “We sat down and had a protracted dialog a couple of week earlier than the US Open, [asking,] “Did the place another person performed and what promoter they performed with, result in their exclusion from this occasion?” We determined to refuse it, realizing that not everybody would agree with this choice.

Prefer it or not, in February 30 gamers performed for a similar promoters in Saudi Arabia [at the Saudi International] With an accepted model of the PGA Tour, and for years of the DP World Tour [formerly known as the European Tour] There was an occasion there, the identical meadows.

“I am certain there are gamers who got here via the playoffs and may qualify underneath the sponsorship of those completely different gamers [sponsors]. So we requested ourselves one query, one week earlier than you play in a spot the place you have not been permitted to play, will you be disqualified from the 2022 US Open? And we stated no.

“And we additionally needed to ask the query, if you are going to put that sort of paragraph, who’s in, we’ve to return to 9,300 folks [who attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open]. …it turns into a really slippery slope to attempt to apply that to 9,300 folks.

And near Monaghan.

“Jay and I are associates,” he stated. “I used to be on the memorial and really introduced me to speak concerning the distance [issues in the game]. Truly we did not discuss it [LIV]. On the finish of the day, we do a variety of issues collectively. ”

However they clearly do not stick gamers collectively.

The opposite morning somebody requested me, ‘Have you ever spoken to Martin Celebrities? [CEO of the R&A]? ” stated Wan. “I speak to Martin Slippers on a regular basis. We do not speak concerning the requirements of our subject. All of us run tournaments. They’re all completely different in the way in which we run these.”

This might not be excellent news for the PGA Tour.