A LIV Golf executive is reportedly gleeful at the prospect of having Jon Rahm and Hideki Matsuyama play in their events - but not Rory McIlroy.
Biographer Alan Shipnuck quotes the exec in a snippet from his forthcoming book: "LIV and Let Die".
It details the power struggle for men's professional golf and what - purportedly - really happened behind the scenes during a chaotic 2022.
There's no denying the final chapter of said book will likely need a bit of a re-write or tweak given there's apparently peace at last given the agreement to merge the commercial interests of LIV, the PGA and DP World Tour together with investment from the PIF.
Shipnuck's extract reveals was happening before LIV's first event at Centurion after Phil Mickelson almost brought down the whole show before it even began when he said the quiet part loud.
Other revelations give an insight into the mind of Saudi businessman Yasir Al-Rumayyan.
Per the report, Al-Rumayyan:
- Fussed over every single detail about LIV Golf, including the look of its logo
- Resembled a Leonardo Di Caprio in The Wolf of Wall Street with a rousing speech to execs to plough ahead with LIV despite Mickelson's comments
- Reportedly told a LIV player that 'my own people are always listening' to his day-to-day life
- Has a fondness for short-skirted Russian women
Perhaps the question every golf fan right now is: what happens next? According to the exec, several leading PGA Tour players will get renewed LIV Golf offers.
The extract goes some way in what LIV Golf will look like going forward. There were reports that it would be dead, which would delight McIlroy.
Per the extract in the book, it's likely LIV will have a dozen tournaments every year, with some events 'slotted in dark weeks' when no traditional PGA Tour event is being played. The teams would also expand from 12 to 14.
And don't be surprised to see some very big names involved. All but the aforementioned McIlroy.
The LIV exec reportedly told Shipnuck:
| Greg Norman reportedly held a meeting with more than 100 LIV Golf staff members after the shock PGA Tour-PIF merger.— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) June 8, 2023
See below what a defiant Norman told the team. pic.twitter.com/isB6tZIBeh
It's unlikely McIlroy, who said he feels as though he is a 'sacrificial lamb' in this saga, will be too concerned.
Not too long after news broke of this stunning development did the 34-year-old Northern Irishman proclaim he still hates LIV and hopes it goes away.
Don't hold your breath, Rors.
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