the Saudi league LIV repeats the first round against the PGA Tour

The first tournament of the Saudi LIV Golf League took place on Saturday and many are talking about him.

The curtain fell on Saturday in north London over the first round of the Titanic battle that pits Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf dissident league, or the Sacred PGA Tour, the North American circuit’s supreme event.

South African Charl Schwartzel, 126th in the world rankings, will remain as the first winner of a stamped LIV Golf tournament, with a return on investment possible: $ 4 million in profit for three days of competition and 54 holes four, against four. days and 72 holes for a “normal” tournament.

Led by former world number 1 Greg Norman and funded by the Saudi sovereign fund, LIV Golf marked points this week, as big names were lined up in St Albans, starting with Phil Mickelson, six Majors on his hunting table , and Dustin Johnson, two Majeurs and ex-N.1 world. Not to mention other Majeurs winners, such as Schwartzel himself (Masters 2011), Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen. Two others will be added to the list, by the end of the month in Oregon, for the first stage of LIV Golf in the United States: Patrick Reed and especially Bryson DeChambeau.

Several golfers battled by the PG Tour

All of these first -team players including the Americans, targets of virulent criticism of an association of families of victims of the September 11 that holds Saudi Arabia responsible for these attacks are already banned from the PGA Tour, or at the point of the ‘ to be, as his boss Jay Monahan announced, but not of the US Open scheduled … by the end of next week (June 16-19) in Brookline (Massachusetts), which will still fuel the debates.

Trials will follow, and lawyers will shake hands, because Mickelson, Johnson and others believe that they are independent workers and that they have the right to play where they want, when they want, especially if they are paid ( very expensive) for their services.

Figures already give the turn: at each of the eight stages of the LIV Golf circuit, a minimum of $ 25 million (EUR 23 M) will be distributed to a plateau of 48 players, the total expected for this inaugural season rises to 255 million of dollars.

Even more crazy, Mickelson reportedly received a $ 200 million bonus for his commitment, and Johnson $ 150 million, sums that were not denied by the interested parties. In 2024, Greg Norman led the global budget of 2 million dollars for 14 amounts.

Greg Norman and his son, what are definitely résistants for himself, in started by Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Scottie Scheffler, and the number 1 mondial actuel. They will wrap up a Canadian Open this Sunday, at least with $ 1.56M for the winner, counting for the PGA Tour … and the world standings!

The court to settle this case?

Norman, nicknamed “The Shark” when he was a player, pleaded for a “free and open market” in golf and he is ready to support his former working colleagues by paying possible fines.

Vedette of the European Ryder Cup team, the amazing Ian Poulter, famous for his plaid pants, was in St Albans this week. He is ready to call for his suspension by the PGA Tour. For him, it doesn’t “make any sense” to limit the choice of tests by the players.

Another issue at the heart of this discrepancy is the world rankings, as the PGA Tour is not ready to award points for LIV Golf tournaments to players it has suspended or banned. While the DP World Tour (ex-European Tour), ravi of the possible river, has not yet been mentioned on the subject. The points of the world rankings are even more crucial than they allow to determine the list of guests to the four Major tournaments, those that build the reputation of the players and their place in the history of golf. The US Open said OK for this year, but there are two more on the menu this year, including the British Open in St Andrews.

The permanent debate over respect for human rights remains in Saudi Arabia. Mickelson advocates that golf allow things to move forward, in the right direction, like the Formula 1 promoters when they go to Djeddah. The LIV Golf saga is just beginning.

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