LIV Golf Tour Continues to be Controversial Ahead of Tournament Outside Portland

LIV Golf Tour Continues to be Controversial Ahead of Tournament Outside Portland

The Saudi-backed LIV Golf series continues to be controversial ahead of its US debut which will be held at Pumpkin Ridge, near Portland, Oregon.

It continues to generate headlines and controversy especially as the media asks the players about Saudis human rights track record.

The DP World Tour, formerly known as the European Tour, has joined forces with the PGA Tour to help fight off the threat of the LIV Tour. Concerns have been raised for the future of the DP Tour which may be more affected by the presence of the LIV tour than the PGA.

“It looks like the European Tour is the one that could be squeezed,” said Padraig Harrington.

Harrington is Europe’s most recent Ryder Cup captain and winner of last week’s US Senior Open, added: “LIV looks like it’s going to be here to stay.

“In three, four, five years’ time, all of this could be very normalized - and there could be the US Tour and the LIV Tour contending for the hearts and minds of the players.

“Let’s hope that the European Tour can keep up. We do need a very strong European Tour.”

In response to the threat of the LIV Tour, the PGA has increased its winnings in order to compete. This is one of the biggest draws of the LIV as all the players who play get to go home with a portion of the overall pot.

The PGA Tour had earlier threatened its members against joining the Saudi-backed tour but few players are concerned about not being able to participate in the majors.

Obviously, we don’t really know where they all stand, Patrick Reed said in a recent press conference. Being a past champion at Augusta and having a green jacket, I would think Id be able to play there the rest of my life. At the end of the day, its going to be up to them.

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