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PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan defended his determination to indefinitely droop gamers who jumped to play for LIV Golf earlier than the beginning of the RBC Canadian Open.
Monahan joined the CBS broadcast of the RBC Canadian Open Sunday. Jim Nantz requested Monahan about a few of the backlash some golfers have obtained for becoming a member of LIV Golf, particularly pointing towards the response from those that survived the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults.
Gamers have been accused of giving into Saudi Arabia’s “sportswashing” and downplaying the dominion’s human rights violations.
“I talked to gamers. I’ve had a participant assembly, and I’ve talked to numerous gamers individually for a protracted time frame. And I feel you’d should be dwelling underneath a rock to not know that there are vital implications,” Monahan mentioned.
“And I’d ask any participant that has left or any participant that will contemplate leaving, have you ever ever needed to apologize for being a member of the PGA Tour?”
The memo to PGA Tour members was despatched as LIV Golf’s first event teed off in London. The Saudi-backed league will characteristic stars like Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Na, Lee Westwood and others.
Monahan thanked those that dedicated to this weekend’s RBC Canadian Open and addressed his letter to “these gamers who’ve determined to show their backs on the PGA Tour by willfully violating a regulation.”
The memo particularly singled out Johnson, Mickelson, Na, Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Talor Gooch, Branden Grace, Matt Jones, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Andy Ogletree, Louis Oosthuizen, Turk Pettit, Ian Poulter, Charl Schwartzel, Hudson Swafford and Peter Uihlein.
Monahan mentioned both these gamers didn’t obtain releases to play in LIV Golf or didn’t apply for the releases in any respect.
Monahan instructed Nantz it was his job to “defend, defend, and have fun our loyal PGA Tour members, our companions and our followers. And that’s precisely what I did. And I don’t assume it was a shock to anyone, given how clear I had been about how we had been going to deal with this case,” in response to Golf Week.
Nantz requested Monahan why gamers couldn’t do each excursions.
“Why do they want us so badly? As a result of these gamers have chosen to signal multi-year profitable contracts to play in a sequence of exhibition matches towards the identical gamers time and again,” he mentioned. “You have a look at that versus what we see right here in the present day, and that’s why they want us so badly. You’ve acquired true, pure competitors.
“The most effective gamers on this planet are right here on the RBC Canadian Open, with tens of millions of followers watching, and, on this recreation, it’s true and pure competitors that creates the profile within the presence of the world’s best gamers.
“And that’s why they want us. That’s what we do. However we’re not going to permit gamers to free journey off of our loyal members, one of the best gamers on this planet.”
He careworn he “couldn’t be extra excited concerning the future” and the expansion of the PGA Tour.
LIV Golf’s first event teed off Thursday. Schwartzel got here means with the win and left London about $4 million richer.