PGA Tour boss has NO INTEREST in LIV Golf player returns (at least right now)

PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan responds to latest LIV Golf rumours. 

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Tue, 9 May 2023
PGA Tour boss responds to potential LIV Golf player returns

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has issued a firm 'no policy' response for if and when a player wants to return to the American circuit from LIV Golf, according to Barstool Sports reporter Dan Rapaport. 

Monahan, speaking at the Wells Fargo Championship last week, is said to have no interest (at least right now) in welcoming any LIV Golf players back to the PGA Tour

When pressed by Rapaport for an answer to the topic of player returns, Monahan replied: 

"No. No policy."

Rapaport considers Monahan is just being careful with his choice of words at this very moment in time. 

In Rapaport's latest 'Monday Rap' column, he writes:

"Given all the pending litigation still at play with the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, Monahan's being extremely selective with his words on that front so as not to give the courts any fresh fodder."

Related: What it costs to break a LIV Golf contract

As it stands, every PGA Tour member to have jumped ship to LIV Golf remains suspended on the American circuit until further notice. 

Brooks Koepka, who joined LIV Golf from the PGA Tour last season, was recently said to recently be having "buyer's remorse" according to golf biographer Alan Shipnuck, as a result of his return to full fitness. 

But Koepka, who signed for LIV Golf in a deal worth $100m, has denied such claims. 

When you look into the figures behind breaking a LIV contract, you sort of begin to understand why Koepka won't be giving any consideration to a return to the PGA Tour before 2025. 

If Koepka, for example, chose to leave LIV before his contract ends (and of course he was allowed back onto the PGA Tour), then the four-time major champion would potentially be looking at handing back $400m (x4 the value of his signing bonus). 

All of the major LIV Golf players are said to be on three-year contracts taking them through to 2025. 

This is something we looked at in much more detail in a recent article

Last week, long-time members Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia all tore up their DP World Tour cards. 

More resignations are said to be on the way this month, according to The Telegraph

Fines could reach £500,000, too. 

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