Justin Thomas tells LIV Golf signees: "Look, if you want to go, go"

Justin Thomas did not hold back in his response to the news the PGA Tour has refused players waivers for the first Saudi-backed rebel event.

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Thu, 12 May 2022

Justin Thomas tells LIV Golf signees: "Look, if you want to go, go"

Justin Thomas appeared to have one message to players wanting to participate in the Saudi-backed rebel league: "If you want to go, go."

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Thomas was speaking to the media ahead of the AT&T Byron Nelson, where he is one of the favourites at TPC Craig Ranch. 

A hot topic, of course, was the fact that the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour have refused to grant releases to players wanting to peg it up in the first event of the LIV Golf Invitational Series at Centurion Club next month.

LIV Golf Investments CEO, Greg Norman, reacted furiously to the news and vowed that he would not be stopped despite the joint decision from the main tours. 

Norman, 67, has claimed he will receive a further $2billion investment from Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund to develop the series over the next few years. 

The Australian also vowed to support the players through litigation if the PGA Tour follows through on its promise to ban players for playing in an event they haven't been granted a release for. 

Thomas, 29, has been vocal in his support for the PGA Tour. 

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So what was his reaction to the PGA Tour not granting releases and will it deter from players going over to that series? 

Thomas explained: 

"I mean, I would hope it would deter them from going over there. I mean, I think Jay's [Monahan, the PGA Tour commissioner] made it very clear from the start of what would happen or, you know, I think a lot of people are probably like, I can't believe you did this or, 'Wow, you went through with it'.

"But I mean this is what he said was going to happen all along. And, yeah, it's one of those things to where he just doesn't want the competing tour, the back and forth.

"You know, it's like, 'Look, if you want to go, go'. I mean there's been plenty of guys that have been advocates of it and have just talked it up all the time and they have been guys behind the scenes that are saying, 'I'm going, I'm doing this'.

"And like my whole thing is, like just go then. Like stop going back and forth or like you say you're going to do this, it's like you can do -- everybody's entitled to do what they want, you know what I mean?

"Like if I wanted to go play that tour I could go play that tour. But I'm loyal to the PGA Tour and I've said that and I think there's a lot of opportunity for me to, I mean, break records, make history, do a lot of things on the PGA Tour I want to do.

"And there could be people that want to make that change and it's like you're allowed to have that decision, you're a human being and that's just a part of it.

"So I mean I don't think it was -- I mean maybe, I'm sure there's a little bit of surprise, like, 'Oh, wow, like, yeah, he really did it', that kind of thing.

"But, yeah, it was nothing off the beaten path that Jay didn't say he was going to do."

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