LIV Golf troll PGA Tour with damning, 17-word statement

LIV Golf have released a statement after the PGA Tour announced unprecedented changes with huge increases to prize purses to combat their rivals.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2022
LIV Golf troll PGA Tour with damning, 17-word statement

It didn't take too long for LIV Golf to hit back after the PGA Tour announced unprecedented changes for 2023-2024. 

Some of those changes include simply mind-boggling increases to prize purses with the announcement of elevated events for "top players". 

There is guaranteed money for PGA Tour members. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are also starting their own golf league. 

Elsewhere, the Player Impact Program, which has long been thought of as a slush fund to keep the elite players happy, has been jacked up. 

It's fair to say that the inaugural program backfired. Five of the top-10 players who earned money through this have now joined LIV Golf

Going forward, the top 20 players will grab their share of $100m providing they meet the provisions that were outlined. 

That means that Tiger Woods the winner will take home the top prize for being the biggest needle mover on the PGA Tour.

Related: What changes has the PGA Tour made?

When the changes were announced, it did not take LIV Golf chief executive Greg Norman to respond. It was a matter of minutes. 

He attempted to roast PGA Tour commissioner by claiming that the American circuit were copying their homework. 

"A day later and a dollar short," he said. Lee Westwood also reacted to the news:

It's clear that LIV believe they have seen these proposals before, although Jordan Spieth "sees a lot of differences". 

This is what LIV Golf said via a statement to Alan Shipnuck:

 

 

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Bringing LIV Golf to Australia

Elsewhere, Norman has confirmed to Fox News that LIV Golf are already planning to host more tournaments in Australia. 

Norman, 67, claimed that Australia was "abused an unused". 

Cameron Smith would likely be the headline act as the team captain for an all-Australian team. 

Adam Scott was linked with a move to LIV Golf also, but he was present at the now much-talked about Tiger Woods "meeting". 

Norman told Fox: "It's a market that I think is being abused to some degree, and unused on many fronts.

"My goal is to be able to bring what I can for the Australian fan base who absolutely love LIV's product. The local market would embrace us like no other.

"So we're going to come to Australia some time in the near future — I can't give you any timelines — but we will give our product to the Australian people." 

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