The PGA Tour vs LIV Golf Battle Officially moved to the court of public opinion, some of those on the side of the rookie round are engaged in an all-out blitzkrieg.
While Tour loyalists are staunchly opposed to the split in professional golf, LIV supporters are embracing the change.
Robert Garrigues, the first professional on the tour to request a release to play in the Saudi-backed series, presented a Last appearance on The Grind podcastAnd he was not shy about expressing his feelings in the wars of tours. Although Garrigus has never actually done anything in any LIV events, he clearly sympathizes with the breakaway league.
One-time PGA Tour winner Garigos in 2010, who was suspended by the Tour for three months in 2019 after testing positive for marijuana, said he raised a particular problem with the way the DP World Tour handled golfers in LIV recently. events. Adrian Otaegui, who has played in several LIV events, Last week, she won an Andalusian master’s degree in unruly fashion. But in Garrigues’ eyes, Otaigui suffered unfairness as to how his performance was advertised.
“[Otaegui] “They played the first three events on LIV and were watching him for the first three days when he was breaking records and they didn’t say anything about him,” Garigos said. “Finally he won and they had to say something because it was his home – they’re so petty about this that it’s just bulls**t.”
Garrigos made it clear that he believes the DP World Tour should not be biased when it comes to the PGA Tour vs. LIV. (The PGA Tour has a “strategic alliance with the DP World Tour.”) In his eyes, the quarrel is not their concern.
“It’s not their fight,” he said. “This is a PGA Tour player, the DP World Tour guys – this is our deal and they’re making it for them, not us, which is really frustrating because there’s no reason why the LIV guys can’t get that publicity. There’s no reason why guys on the DP Tour can’t Global who played in the LIV from getting that publicity.”
Golf may be a game built on decency and respect, but this fight undermines those standards. Just two weeks ago, LIV CEO Greg Norman Called golf stakeholders to ‘grow’ And give world ranking points for his tour. Garrigus followed suit in his podcast appearances where he also targeted those across the aisle, including Billy Horschel, who has been among the most vocal supporters of the PGA Tour.
The door won’t shut, and I can’t stand it,” said Garigos. “I can’t stand guys getting into TV and doing interviews that say all these things about LIV guys, but when they get into the driving range, they won’t tell them that.”
It was Horschel Openly criticize the LIV golfers In the past, an issue that Garigos clearly offended. But Garrigues’ sermon is not over yet. When the conversation turned to Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, Garrigos did not back down again.
“Everyone I spoke to said he was probably going to be gone in the next year or two,” Garegus said of Monahan. He’s a really nice guy but he’s not a good wartime boss. He wasn’t ready for this, we all know that and he knows it.”
Monahan has been in the crosshairs of the PGA Tour criticism since the start of the war with LIV Golf. But while major schedule and purse changes have been announced by the Tour, it has been in less heat.
“I don “t think so [Monahan] He should be fired but I think there has to be someone who might have some balls and that is not clear now,” he continued. “He has to be very political and has to go around every situation in a practical way. I don’t think it was him per se. The team around him is a bunch of enthusiasts, which is unfortunate.”
The PGA Tour did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Garrigo’s comments.