LEAKED: PGA Tour pro text reveals "no way players will be ok" with LIV merger!

Not even Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy knew about the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf merger! 

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Tue, 6 Jun 2023
LEAKED: PGA Tour pro text reveals "no way players will be ok" with LIV merger!

PGA Tour pro Sahith Theegala has revealed in a leaked text message there is "no way players are gonna be okay" with the decision to merge with LIV Golf given none of his fellow players were even consulted about the decision. 

It has emerged via Golf Channel's Todd Lewis this evening how not even Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy knew about the shock merger between PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf until it was revealed earlier today. 


The PGA Tour is supposed to be a player-run Tour, remember? 


Lewis also confirmed how several PGA Tour players who remained loyal having been offered chunky contracts to join LIV Golf previously are now said to "feel betrayed and manipulated". 

Watch: Brandel Chamblee fumes over new merger, calls it "one of the saddest days in the history of professional golf"

But back to Theegala's text message, which was posted on social media via SI Golf's Gabby Herzig tonight, and it says a lot about how the world's best players on the PGA Tour are feeling right now. 

Theegala is ranked 27th in the world.

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Theegala's text message read: 

"Just craziness, I mean I'm sure there's a reason for it but it's not going to be a good enough reason for the utter lack of communication. 
"I mean how are Top 10 players in the world finding out on Twitter.
"But I'm biting my tongue til there's more stuff we hear. 
"No way players are gonna be okay with this."

News has also filtered through tonight from Sports Illustrated's Bob Harig that LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman "likely won't be involved" in the new PGA Tour, LIV Golf merger. 

Barstool Sports' Dan Rapaport tweeted he spoke to one PGA Tour player today about how commissioner Jay Monahan can survive this merger himself. "He won't," replied the PGA Tour pro. "He can't."

Herzig also spoke to Paul Tesori, caddie of PGA Tour star Cameron Young, who was heavily linked with a move to LIV Golf last season only to remain faithful to the American circuit. 

Tesori, who has also caddied for major champions Webb Simpson and Vijay Singh, admits today marks the "biggest news in my career on Tour".

"I'm surprised, shocked and even confused as are every player and caddie I've talked to," said Tesori.

"What all about the men who turned down 10s of millions of dollars to stay and support the tour. What about the moral arguments? Obviously, a lot of details have to be ironed out. It's the biggest news in my career on Tour."

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