They may be Tiger Woods or suspended – Love III says PGA players are “fed up” and getting ready for the LIV fight

They may be Tiger Woods or suspended – Love III says PGA players are “fed up” and getting ready for the LIV fight

Davis Love III told LIV Golf defectors, “You can be Tiger Woods or you can be banned from the game” and can foresee a situation where “fed up” with players boycotting major PGA Tour events, um to protect their interests.

Golf is locked in a war between those loyal to the sport’s flagship tour and those who have opted for the riches of the controversial Saudi-backed LIV series.

Last week saw the third LIV event in New Jersey, won by Henrik Stenson after he was stripped of his European Ryder Cup captaincy over his decision to enter.

Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Sergio Garcia are among the notable names who have also stepped aside, while Tiger Woods is said to have turned down $800 million to remain loyal to the PGA Tour.

Love III, captain of this year’s US Presidents Cup and a two-time Ryder Cup skipper, said earlier this week that players may seek to boycott the majors if LIV players are allowed to continue playing.

He attempted to clarify these comments at a press conference, warning LIV players that their decisions should have consequences.

He said: “I’ve said to the players I’ve spoken to that they’ve gone or thought about it, ‘It’s your choice, you know, and you do what’s right for you, but understand the consequences ‘.

“I was trying to sound like my father and I probably wasn’t very good at it. I didn’t argue. I said, ‘Look, you can do this or you can do that. You can be Tiger Woods or you can be banned from the game, take your pick. But you understand the consequences and you signed up for those rules.’

“And I keep using it as a joke, but I’m wearing shorts today, but I can’t wear shorts on Thursday, that’s a rule. I had to commit by last Friday or I can’t play this week. I have to play 15 tournaments or I can’t vote and I don’t get a pension. You have rules that you have to abide by.

“Jay [Monahan] been saying it for a year and they either got it, some of them got that, some of them said it’s not gonna happen and some of them just lied, I don’t do that, I don’t do that.

“And you hear it, the talking points or the interviews, they’re turning their decision because they know they’ve turned their backs on their friends and they know they’re taking the money and they know it’s not the right thing to do.”

“But it’s their choice and they can do that, they just can’t come back and play The Players Championship. That’s just not fair. If I can make it, make 125 and get into The Players Championship, I don’t want the guys to be the only PGA Tour event they play that year, that’s not right.”

Tiger Woods was offered a huge sum by LIV Golf

Tiger Woods was offered a huge sum by LIV Golf

Love III, the 1997 US PGA Championship winner, admits he’s surprised at the number of players leaving the tour.

He also suggested how PGA regulars might react when LIV players try to get their ambition to play on both tours on the pitches.

“No one saw the scale of LIV coming. It’s hard not to be reactionary to something that when you’re blind, you’re reactionary,” he added.

“I told Jay a year ago, and you can ask him, I said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s not going to happen’. I was completely wrong. Six months ago I said to my own tournament, ‘Oh don’t worry about it, that’s not going to happen. Mickelson goes down, but nobody else will bail out.

“So I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to happen from now on, but I know it’s going to be a struggle and players are becoming more and more united against it.

“Well some people said they don’t like the new schedule and some people didn’t like the old schedule. I may not like the fall schedule, but it will work out because I want to do the tour with whatever’s on board.

“It’s going to work because I know the staff doesn’t just work for Jay, they work for the players and so does Jay.

“The whole situation is unfortunate. I wasn’t trying to single out the US Open as players hitting or threatening not to play. I said if the LIV guys are suing and they’re allowed to play on the PGA Tour that players are fed up with that, we understand that we make the rules on the PGA Tour and the commissioner enforces our rules and we don’t want that these guys play, come and pick our tournaments, we all have cards, not Jay or not Seth Waugh or Mike Whan.

“You don’t hold all the cards, we hold all the cards. If we tell the FTC and Washington no we support the rules we don’t want these guys playing we don’t care what the courts are saying our only option is really the nuclear option is to say fine , well, if they have to play at our events, we just won’t play. I think the tour players, the Max Homas and Rory McIlroys did a good job.

“I think the guys undercurrent is getting fed up with these guys threatening our way of life, trying to take money out of our pockets and picking our best tournaments. The majors have to make their own decisions. I liked what Martin Slumbers said, I think they’re all going in the right direction, but the PGA Tour players, we support the PGA Tour and we support the rules and we have to stand up for them.

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