In a momentous development for the sport. The PGA has now merged with a highly contentious tournament that posed a significant threat to its existence. The Saudi-backed LIV Golf tournament, which was steeped in controversy, has made the historic decision to join forces with the PGA. This move has garnered strong reactions from numerous accomplished and celebrated professional golfers who had faced persistent criticism for their association with LIV Golf. One such player is Phil Mickelson, a six-time major winner. Who emerged as a prominent figure when he defected from the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf. Mickelson’s decision came at a cost, as he faced the loss of several sponsors and intense scrutiny for aligning himself with a country plagued by human rights violations.
In the aftermath of the merger, Mickelson expressed his jubilation by retweeting a post that announced the news. Accompanied by the simple words: “Awesome day today,” along with a smiling face emoji, on his Twitter account. However, Phil Mickelson wasn’t the sole individual rejoicing at the development. Brooks Koepka, another notable golfer, also celebrated, relieved that he would no longer have to navigate the complexities of leading a double life. To many observers, it appeared that all players associated with LIV Golf had compromised their principles for financial gain. Choosing not to reject the considerable wealth that came their way. In doing so, they followed the path that any athlete might take to safeguard their family’s best interests. Nevertheless, critics from prominent golf publications expressed their dissatisfaction with the merger. Asserting that the PGA had compromised its integrity by aligning with a dictatorial regime.
Within the inner circle of the PGA Tour, disbelief reverberated among certain players in the wake of this news. Many had initially found it difficult to believe, given the improbability of such a merger mere months ago. This aggressive takeover by the Saudi-backed entities is not an unfamiliar phenomenon. In the realm of football, the Saudi league had already succeeded in persuading Cristiano Ronaldo to forsake the pinnacle of the sport for monetary gains. They are currently enticing other esteemed players such as Leo Messi, Sergio Ramos, and Karim Benzema, among others. If they can convince the PGA Tour, a bastion of the sport. To endorse this merger, it becomes evident that they possess the power to sway even the most steadfast individuals.