Davis Love III is the epitome of the PGA Tour company man: five rounds of service on the Tour Policy Council; He creates and operates the RSM Classic in his hometown of Saint Simons Island, Georgia. and captains the US Presidents Cup, one of the tour’s prized events, later this year.
Speaking at the Detroit Rocket Mortgage Classic, he said Sports IllustratedMichael Rosenberg some interesting things from a player who is tapped like everyone else in the game.
“He’s heard that LIV will sue the PGA Tour next week for the right to allow LIV players to compete in the Tour’s upcoming FedEx Cup playoffs,” Rosenberg wrote, but then wonders why LIV hasn’t sued now, and why also LIV is so convinced. That she can win this battle.”
It looks like the lawyers are about to earn their paycheck and start billing for some serious hours.
Love also suggested that if the USGA, R&A and Augusta National Golf Club did not change their eligibility criteria to make it difficult for LIV defectors to play in the majors, PGA Tour professionals might have to take matters into their own hands.
“Well, here is the biggest lever; said love SI. 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 don’t play. If they file a case in court and win, well, we’re not playing. As you know, there will be no US Open. It’s like a baseball strike.”
That would be a thing, wouldn’t it?
Love also noted that he contacted several players and urged them to stay on the tour. I did a little good. All players ended up joining LIV.
“I just raised my hand,” said Love. “They have been told many things that are not true. You cannot convince them otherwise.”
He added, “I actually lied. Why do you say, ‘Yes, I’m going after the FedEx Cup?’ No, they won’t tell me that.”
Many of the big names that have remained steadfastly in the Tour camp have had the equivalent of a closed locker room meeting not too long ago. Ricky Fowler noticed that a group of tour pros who competed in the JP McManus Pro-Am in Ireland got together to discuss the state of professional golf.
“There are a lot of players out there who would like to see the success of this tour and continue to be the best place to play,” Fowler said.
It’s good to see the PGA Tour professionals band together, that they take the LIV threat seriously and care about the future of the Tour.
The story originally appeared on GolfWeek