Premier Golf League On Site At US Open

The start-up is at The Country Club ahead of the US Open and wants to talk to the PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy plays a practice round before the 2022 Us Open
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The LIV Golf Invitational Series may still be in many people’s minds as the US Open draws nearer, much to the annoyance of players including Brooks Koepka and Collin Morikawa. However, another potential start-up is also refusing to fade into the background.

The Premier Golf League (PGL) aims to launch next year, but there’s a growing sense that the Greg Norman-fronted Series has stolen a march on the organisation. Perhaps because of that, the PGL has announced on Twitter that it is at The Country Club ahead of the US Open.

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In a leaked email sent to Player Advisory Council Chairman Rory McIlroy in February, the PGL made a number of proposals, including equity for PGA Tour, DP World Tour and Korn Ferry Tour members in return for voting in favour of its plans. In the email the PGL also claimed it could generate equity value of $10 billion by 2030. However, McIlroy responded to the proposals by saying they weren’t feasible.

Last month, the PGL sent an explosive letter to PGA Tour members criticising Rory McIlroy and Commissioner Jay Monahan. In the letter, it described the response from McIlroy as “bulls***,” whereas, on Monahan, the letter said: “You should not fear the wrath of Jay Monahan. He is not on the Policy Board and works for you.” 

Now, though, the group, which uses the slogan, "Evolution, Not Revolution," appears more willing to be conciliatory with the PGA Tour. One of the reasons is likely desperation seeing as the LIV Golf Invitational Series has not only begun, but is using many of the proposals the PGL had set out, including individual and team golf featuring 12 four-man teams in 54-hole tournaments. 

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The PGA Tour has been firm in its opposition to the LIV Golf Invitational Series, with players opting to join the eight-tournament venture suspended. While it's not known how Monahan will deal with the looming problem of the PGL, it remains yet another potential disruption in a year beset by controversy.

Mike Hall
Mike Hall

Mike has 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on sports such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the sport’s most newsworthy stories. Originally from East Yorkshire, Mike now resides in Canada, where the nearest course is less than a mile from his home. It’s there where he remains confident that, one of these days, he’ll play the 17th without finding the water. Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.