'You're Welcome' - LIV Golf Player On PGA Tour Purse Increases

Talor Gooch posted the response on Twitter after the PGA Tour announced higher prizes

Talor Gooch, who has left the PGA Tour for LIV Golf, is taking credit for the jump in prize money announced by Tour commissioner Jay Monahan
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Talor Gooch has posted a cheeky response to news that purses on the PGA Tour will be raised in response to the threat from LIV Golf.

The 30-year-old, who has left the PGA Tour to join the new Saudi-backed Series, quoted the news alongside a GIF of wrestler Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson that said ‘You’re Welcome’, insinuating that had he and a number of his colleagues not jumped ship, then the prizepools on the PGA Tour would have remained as they were.

Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has this week written to all members outlining proposed changes from next year, including big jumps in prize money in certain events. The prize increases, starting in 2023, total $54million, and can be seen as a direct response to the big money on offer in the LIV Golf Series. Each of the first seven LIV Golf events has a prizepool of $25million, with a $50million purse for the final event.

Gooch enjoyed his maiden PGA Tour victory this season, banking nearly $1.3million for winning the RSM Classic in November. He was one of the early departures from the PGA Tour, and played in the first LIV Golf event at the Centurion Club just outside London, where he finished 9th for $580,000.

He will be joined in the field for the second event, starting on June 30th at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, by latest signings Brooks Koepka, Abraham Ancer, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed. There are still three spots in the 48-man field to fill, giving rise to new rumours about who might be next to sign for LIV Golf. 

Jeff Kimber
Freelance Staff Writer

Jeff graduated from Leeds University in Business Studies and Media in 1996 and did a post grad in journalism at Sheffield College in 1997. His first jobs were on Slam Dunk (basketball) and Football Monthly magazines, and he's worked for the Sunday Times, Press Association and ESPN. He has faced golfing greats Sam Torrance and Sergio Garcia, but on the poker felt rather than the golf course. Jeff's favourite course played is Sandy Lane in Barbados, which went far better than when he played Matfen Hall in Northumberland, where he crashed the buggy on the way to the 1st tee!