Jordan Spieth: Men’s Pro Golf Could Be ‘The Best That It’s Ever Been’

Jordan Spieth says men's pro golf could emerge in the best state ever after issuing another positive update on the PGA Tour-PIF talks

Jordan Spieth
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Despite the continued delay in talks, Jordan Spieth issued another upbeat bulletin on negotiations between the PGA Tour and Saudi PIF saying men's pro golf could end up "the best that it's ever been".

At the PGA Championship, Spieth hit out at the "false narratives" being spread around about players having too much power in the ongoing talks.

Negotiations took a hit when Jimmy Dunne resigned from the PGA Tour's policy board earlier this month.

Dunne was one of the senior PGA Tour figures behind the framework agreement announced on June 6 of last year, but he cited the lack of "meaningful progress" towards a unification deal.

Although the atmosphere is doom and gloom, Spieth insists that talks are not in a bad place, and says positive progress is being made on both sides.

"I said it last week, I think the narrative that things are in a bad place and are moving slowly and, you know, some of the things that are asked to me or said are untrue, I know that it's false, actually," said Spieth.

And, in fact, Spieth believes that the talks could yield a new future in men's pro golf - whereby the game is in better shape than ever. 

"Things are actually moving positively from both sides," he added. "I think ultimately we'll end up in a place where professional golf is maybe the best that it's ever been. 

"I think both sides believe that. I think although there's always frustrations I think in deal making - and I'm not a part of the deal making. From what I do know, it's cordial, there's open dialog, and it's moving along at the pace that it's moving along."

Jay Monahan and Yasir Al-Rumayyan

Jay Monahan and Yasir Al-Rumayyan remain in talks

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The PGA Tour players and officials believe their $3billion deal with Strategic Sports Group lessens the need for a quick deal with the PIF.

And while there are a thousand and one things that need sorting out before a deal can be signed, Spieth says any talk of negotiations hitting a dead end are just false.

"And anything else that's said about it is just, I just know to be false," Spieth added. "So I'm very optimistic I think is what I would say out of all of it.

"I think that's starting to resonate amongst players as they're able to get more and more information on the matter and it will continue to get more and more information over the coming months."

Spieth has been one of the more vocal players involved with the ongoing talks, and he's certainly seeing the positives of the situation.

And according to a report by the New York Times, negotiations over the potential merger in men's professional golf are "still very much alive".

The Times' DealBook reporter, Lauren Hirsch, has stated that not only are those conversations still ongoing, but - according to two people familiar with the talks - term sheets have been exchanged "in recent days" in relation to a deal that would see the PIF deposit $1.5 billion into PGA Tour Enterprises - the US circuit's for-profit arm.

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.