JACOB DIETRICH | SCHAUMBURG, IL AUGUST 6, 2022
LIV Golf hasn’t been talked about a lot…… is one thing you’ll by no means learn once more. LIV, exterior of the NFL drama with Deshaun Watson, has been probably the most talked about sports activities group on the planet. Should you dwell below a rock and haven’t heard about LIV, let me provide you with a fast rundown of what makes this so compelling to speak about.
LIV golf is a brand new golf tour that’s Saudi-backed and has been providing large quantities of cash to golf stars like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, and plenty of extra. The PGA Tour has been placed on discover and instructed all gamers that in the event that they determine to go away to play on the Saudi backed tour, their tour card can be suspended and they’d be excluded from staff occasions such because the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. LIV Golf’s format is 48 gamers competing over 54 holes with the roman numeral for 50 is L and 4 is IV, making LIV. The rounds begin in a shotgun begin which offers shorter broadcasts and extra motion throughout each minute. Gamers compete for themselves for enormous quantities of cash over 8 occasions this 12 months in addition to in 4 particular person groups for an added shot at creating wealth. Henrik Stenson, the now former European Ryder Cup champion, has left for LIV Golf and has misplaced his spot as captain in 2023 and as an alternative took residence a pleasant $4m+. The gamers of LIV Golf have now gone on the PGA Tour with a brand new legislation swimsuit to have their suspensions not be in impact for main championships like The Masters and PGA Championship. That is an ongoing concern that we’re simply at first of. On high of the PGA displaying an irrational hate in the direction of the gamers, they’ve acquired hate from a number of liberal organizations because the occasions is a) Saudi Arabian backed and b) taking part in at ton of the forty fifth president of america, Donald Trump, owned programs with the latest occasion being held at Trump Bedminster in Bedminster, NJ.
Apart from that they’ve nonetheless performed 9 rounds of golf by means of three occasions in London, Portland, and Bedminster. The occasions have been held on YouTube and on LIV Golf’s web site and with new voice David Feherty. Some stars like Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed have shined since becoming a member of LIV Golf whereas gamers like Pat Perez and Phil Mickelson definitely haven’t. None the much less, each occasion that has been performed has been entertaining to look at. The winners up to now have been Henrik Stenson, Branden Grace, and Charl Schwartzel. The success and happiness of gamers will be seen by everybody that walks the course. The one draw back that has been seen is the crowds at these occasions nonetheless I actually don’t consider this must be a fear. The current occasions have been gaining followers as occasion occasion comes and you may discover on the broadcasts. The newest occasion had a number of thousand followers per day which as compared, the typical PGA occasion has 20k followers per day. That will look like it’s low however it’s worthwhile to bear in mind the group is just three occasions in and tickets weren’t on sale for so long as the PGA tickets go up on the market. With the group having the complete month of August off, I might count on extra gamers to affix the group and ticket gross sales to enhance earlier than heading to cities like Boston, Chicago, and Miami. The brand new tour has additionally introduced that subsequent 12 months they may go from 8 to 14 occasions and proceed to develop the sport and depart a worldwide footprint.
All in all, I count on for the LIV Golf Tour to proceed to enhance week after week attracting new names and finally leading to a TV deal. I don’t know if a community will decide them up or if they may find yourself with a streaming service like Netflix, HBO, or Showtime. I count on gamers like Rickie Fowler and Cameron Smith to be a part of the subsequent wave into the tour because it continues to attract an enormous following from the conservatives that supported Donald Trump. He has left his impression and as increasingly more folks get entangled, I count on it to proceed being a extremely talked about group that proceed to ruffle the feathers emotionally because it turns into a disruptive pressure into the overly controlling PGA Tour ran by Jay Monahan.