Saudi-backed golf series: Five key questions and HOW will the PGA Tour respond?

Rory McIlroy has previously been very outspoken about this while Dustin Johnson has been attracted to the Saudi riches. 

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Thu, 28 Oct 2021

Saudi-backed golf series: Five key questions and HOW will the PGA Tour respond?

The proposals for a Saudi-backed golf series are hardly shocking, given the recent events in world sport. 

Batted away by Rory McIlroy and slammed by the PGA Tour commissioner with threats of a life ban, it appeared this had run its course.

It was all going to become quite messy and none of the world's best were fully prepared to put their heads above the parapet and commit. 

But behind the scenes it seems the Saudis were still planning their creation and it appears they will go ahead with a golf series. 

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Golfweek first reported that a golf series bankrolled by the Saudis will be happening with Greg Norman expected to be the commissioner. 

What will happen next and how the best players in the world will respond to this news is anyone's guess. 

Nothing has been confirmed as of yet and only a handful of journalists were invited to speak to those in the know. 

These people in the know only spoke to the media on the condition of anonymity. 

There are endless questions the golf media and fans will have about this development and what it means to the future of the sport. 

Is this still the breakaway league, or is it something completely different?

Does Greg Norman know players are already committed to this?

Or, are the Saudis signing Norman to try and get players on board?

How would the TV deals for this work and how will the manufacturers respond?

Can the PGA Tour actually, legally issue life bans?

You probably have your own and there are enough to make your head spin. 

How this develops will be interesting to see. 

Keep checking GolfMagic for news, reaction and analysis. 

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