Exclusive: PGA And DP World Tour In 'Advanced Negotiations' To Combat Saudi LIV Golf Threat
The US and European circuits are in advanced negotiations amid the threat of the LIV Golf Invitational Series
The PGA and DP World Tours are currently in advanced negotiations amid the threat of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Investments, Golf Monthly understands.
A deal would be seismic for the game and perhaps officially formalise the strategic alliance between the two tours. If agreed at board level, it would then need to be cleared by 75% of the PGA Tour membership. Golf Monthly understands a vote will be taking place within a month if approved by executives.
The PGA Tour suspended all current and future LIV Golf players as soon as the opening event at the Centurion Club began last week, with the DP World Tour's public stance currently unclear. It appears the silence from the DP World Tour is because there are negotiations going on behind the scenes with its US counterpart.
Golf Monthly can confirm the reports that the DP World Tour has been approached by LIV Golf and discussions have taken place, but the European circuit didn’t give any serious thought to the idea of siding with the Saudi-backed tour.
Instead, the DP World Tour and PGA Tour are understood to be in the final stages of negotiation, with the financials yet to be fully finalised and the current back and forth centering on money. There’s confidence that a deal will soon be agreed, though.
Golf Monthly understands there’s also scepticism on the part of the DP World Tour as to the potential longevity of the LIV circuit.
If the PGA and DP World Tours do merge or grow closer, it could likely see the end of LIV Golf players’ involvement with the Ryder Cup. The biennial USA vs Europe match is organised by the DP World Tour and the PGA of America. LIV Golf players like Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau could therefore have no future in the Ryder Cup either as a player or a captain.
The DP World Tour was approached by Golf Monthly and declined to comment.
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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