LIV Golf player dismisses Jay Monahan claim!

A LIV Golf player doesn't believe Jay Monahan will be as powerful as reports claim.

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Mon, 12 Jun 2023
LIV Golf player dismisses Jay Monahan claim!

A LIV Golf player has dismissed claims regarding Jay Monahan's future power in men's professional golf.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the PGA Tour and DP World Tour had made an agreement with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) to form a new entity in an attempt to unify men's professional golf.

The new entity will combine the golf-related commercial rights and businesses of the three parties.

News of this agreement came as a shock to many after a year of lawsuits between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf - which is funded by the PIF.

According to the announcement, PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan will serve as board chairman of the new entity while PGA Tour commissioner Monahan will serve as CEO. 

Along with them, Ed Herlihy and PGA Tour Policy Board member Jimmy Dunne will be on the executive committee.

On Thursday, Dunne told Sports Illustrated details of this new entity.

Among them was that if Monahan wanted to disband LIV Golf, he would have the power to do so.

However, LIV Golf player Richard Bland isn't so sure.

On Saturday, Bland spoke to popular Twitter account Flushing It in a 45-minute video.

In it, the 50-year-old Englishman said  he doesn't believe Monahan will wield such power, per LIV Golf Latest.

"Jimmy Dunne was quoted as saying if Jay wants to disband LIV, he can. I don’t believe that for a second," Bland said.

"I think Yasir’s invested too much time, too much money in it to go, ‘Yeah, OK, if that’s what you want to do, then that’s what we’ll do.’"

He added:

“I feel that’s the PGA Tour just posturing a little, flexing their muscles to show that ‘we are the boss’, but we all know that Yasir’s going to be the boss. Where’s the money going to come from? That’s usually the boss man, and that’s going to be Yasir."

There's still much unknown about the agreement as rumors have continued to swirl since Tuesday's initial announcement.

This week the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, and LIV Golf players will all be together for the third time this year, playing in the US Open.

The 123rd installment of the major will be played at Los Angeles Country Club with Matt Fitzpatrick as the defending champion.

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