Davis Love III, who plays Rocket Mortgage, has expressed concern about what tour defectors are doing in the prestigious Ryder Cup and International Presidents Cup competitions. He thinks he has a solution. Although the PGA Tour has indefinitely suspended LIV competitors, Loew believes other golf governing bodies – that is, those that run the sport’s Grand Slams – may need more urging to do the same.
“Well, that’s the biggest lever, and it’s not the nicer one,” Love said, at Sports Illustrated. “But if a group of veterans and a group of current top players join 150 players on the tour and we say, ‘Guess what, we’re not playing,’ that solves it, right? If the LIV guys play in the US Open, we’re not playing. If They sued in court, and they won, well, we’re not playing. You know, there’s not going to be an American Open. It’s like a baseball strike.”
The US Golf Association, which runs the US Open, has allowed LIV Golf players to compete in the 2022 tournament, citing logistics to screen thousands of potential playoffs. But chief executive Mike Wan also said ahead of the tournament that the federation might change the eligibility criteria after this season. This could make it more difficult for LIV Golf participants to qualify in the future.
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The biggest upheavals of LIV Golf are, as love hints, intangible.
Having so many players playing for major players that they can’t compete in the Presidents Cup and likely not be able to compete in the Ryder Cup artificially inflates the playing field and, for many players, makes the big PGA Tour events a fairground. And according to Love, players have the power to make sure that isn’t the case.
“They understand each other [they may not be competing for the Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup]Love said. Some think they are going to court or something and they will win, and they will come back. What they don’t seem to understand is that players make the rules. So we can strengthen the rules instead of loosening them, right? ”
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In other words, Love wants PGA Tour members to round up their ranks just as many LIV Golf players have already done.
When is the 2023 US Open?
Although Love would likely throw the US Open as an example, if it was an event PGA Tour players wanted to take a stand, the format would be off: The 2023 US Open will take place June 15-18, 2023.
Notably, it will be played at Los Angeles Country Club for the first time in the event’s history.
This means that losing players will help neutralize what would otherwise be a first in the US Open, which would hurt marketing for the PGA Tour.
Jacob Kamenker contributed to this report.