'You Need To Speak' - Martin Kaymer Addresses LIV Golf Controversy

The former World No.1 says that "no tour owns golf" and hopes the PGA and DP World Tours can speak to LIV and "find a solution together"

Martin Kaymer pulls the headcover off his driver
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Martin Kaymer wishes the PGA and DP World Tours would speak to LIV Golf to work out a way of co-existing together amid the current controversy around PGA Tour suspensions and DP World Tour sanctions that include bans for three tournaments and fines of £100,000.

The German is teeing it up on the DP World Tour this week in his homeland but is now banned from next month's Scottish Open as well as the Barracuda and Barbasol Championships, and he'll also be forced to pay £100,000 to the DP World Tour after making the move to LIV Golf.

In an interview with Sky Sports, he expressed his confusion over how the tours haven't spoken to LIV and says he finds it "very difficult to believe that you can't find a solution together." The former World No.1 and two-time Major winner also said he doesn't see why LIV Golf should be seen as damaging and that he worries for the Ryder Cup.

"I made my choice and I can live with anything that comes my way," he told Sky Sports' Rob Lee. "I'm happy to play golf anywhere in the world. I'm happy to support any tour because I believe in all the tours and in different ways. So if it comes down to this, now if I’m not allowed to play any tournaments then that's what it is.

Martin Kaymer hits a tee shot

Kaymer finished 15th in the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament at the Centurion Club this month.

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"I just hope it doesn’t affect the Ryder Cup too much because that has a lot to do with emotions. Not only for players, also for the tour and for sponsors. So hopefully everybody can sit down at the table and find solutions that are good for everybody and not bad for everybody.

"I find it very difficult to believe that you can't find a solution together. And there's no reason why you should be against each other. Because, you know, there’s no tour who owns golf, we should be all working together for the big picture.

"I don't understand why it [LIV Golf taking the 48 best players in the world] would be damaging because it's just another option to play golf. It's not like that we would resign from other tours and the pressure that comes from different tours. I'm not saying, you know, LIV is the best out there and they don't have special rules as well. But the main thing is that, nobody is against each other, but somehow it comes across like everybody is, you know, ‘LIV is taking over, LIV is against the PGA Tour and the European tour’. I never heard that from anybody from LIV."

Kaymer also said that he and other big European names would still play DP World Tour events and even agree to playing in some of the tour's smaller events to help out if the tour could come up with a deal with LIV Golf. But, the bottom line, he says, is that the tours need to speak.

"It’s Fantastic. It’s fantastic for me," he said on potentially playing 14 LIV events anf four Majors in the future. "But I will still play the tournaments in Germany, I would still play for example, the Scottish open, you know, those events that deserve the best players in the world. Obviously, it would be great to have also a plan that the player was a member of the European Tour plays maybe a couple of smaller events, you know, to support that. But the matter of fact is that you need to talk to each other and need to make a plan together. And this is the bottom line, you need to speak."

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

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3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

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Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

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