Dustin Johnson: Paul McGinley asks former world No. 1 about Saudi league membership, says it could upset golf | Golf News


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Paul McGinley: “It will go down as a historic moment in the game. If this Saudi league picks up speed and challenges the two established circuits in the world, given the context and the very idea of ​​team events, it could turn around golf upside down and on the head.”

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Paul McGinley says Dustin Johnson's decision to play in the opening event of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series could prove to be a

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Paul McGinley says Dustin Johnson’s decision to take part in the opening event of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series could prove to be a “historic moment in the game”.

Paul McGinley says Dustin Johnson’s decision to take part in the opening event of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series could prove to be a “historic moment in the game”.

Paul McGinley says Dustin Johnson’s decision to take part in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series event highlights his potential to disrupt golf.

Former world number 1 Johnson will headline the new competition’s inaugural event at the Centurion Club from June 9-11, just four months after committing to the PGA Tour.

Johnson is the biggest name yet to announce he will participate and faces penalties from the PGA, which has not granted members permission to play.

Former Ryder Cup-winning captain McGinley, who sits on the DP World Tour board, believes relations between the two tours have never been better and money can only be the motivation for any player committing to the LIV Series.

McGinley said Sky Sports News: “It will go down as a historic moment in the game. If this Saudi league picks up speed and challenges the two established circuits in the world, given the context and the very idea of ​​​​team events, it could transform golf upside down and on the head.

The Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series begins next week in Hertfordshire, with Johnson a surprise inclusion in the field

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The Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series begins next week in Hertfordshire, with Johnson a surprise on-course inclusion

The Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series begins next week in Hertfordshire, with Johnson a surprise on-course inclusion

“We’ll have to see how it goes. At this point [Johnson’s] a single player, all of the best remaining players in the world have remained totally loyal to the PGA Tour. They feel they have some good there, and they did. Each week they play for a prize pool of $10-12 million with a top prize of over $2 million. They fly in private jets every week and return home every Sunday evening.

“The idea of ​​this Saudi line in time is to take it around the world more often in a Formula 1 style. It’s a big change from what they were doing.”

Johnson was the only surprise inclusion for next week’s event, where he will compete alongside Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Kevin Na and Martin Kaymer.

The winner will receive £3m out of a total prize pool of £20m.

The 2020 Masters champion was scheduled to play at the Canadian Open, which also begins next week.

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“Johnson was a bit out of left field considering he pledged his loyalty to the PGA Tour just six weeks ago,” McGinley said.

“He’s at the height of his career. With all due respect to the other guys, they’re at the twilight of their careers. Here’s a guy who’s very much considered one of the favorites whenever a major championship comes around. .

“It’s a big step for him, a brave step, considering that all the other current top players in the world have stuck with the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour.

“In terms of the valves, we just have to wait and see what happens and how this Saudi league is going to develop, if the players decide this is a better option than what they’ve had for the past 50 years.

“It’s not like they’re doing badly on those tours either. We’ve put the biggest prize money in European Tour history on the table this year, and the PGA Tour has done something something similar.

“These guys are making a lot of money. The opportunity to make a lot more money obviously appealed to them and that’s why they’re going where they are.”

Fitzpatrick: LIV Golf Series ‘uninteresting’ for now

Matt Fitzpatrick said his future is with the PGA Tour

Matt Fitzpatrick said his future is with the PGA Tour

Matt Fitzpatrick said his future remains with the PGA ahead of this week’s Memorial Tournament, but he would have to reassess whether the LIV series becomes the main tour.

“Tiger [Woods] made a big point at the PGA the other day at his press conference. He’s here to create legacies, win tournaments and win majors, and that’s kind of – that’s definitely where I’m at,” Fitzpatrick said.

“And it was interesting, it was kind of, you know, I’ll be honest, some tournaments where maybe I’m not necessarily in it, and I can’t win, so I think, oh, you know , well , at least on the bright side, I won that much this week after the tournament was over.

“I came out of the US PGA and I literally didn’t care what I won that week. I was just disgusted that I didn’t win. I had a chance and I didn’t take it. , and that kind of I’ve said a lot about myself. That’s all I’m worried about here.

“You want to have records. I want to win tournaments, and for me, that’s why right now the LIV Golf genre doesn’t interest me.”

However, the Englishman hasn’t completely ruled out a move and admitted that if the tour is to become the main attraction he would have to reassess where he competes.

“Five years from now, if all of a sudden it becomes the main tour, then obviously you rethink your options,” he said.

“But right now, yeah, I’m here to make sure I give myself the best chance to win tournaments, win major tournaments and continue my career like this, really.”

Dustin Johnson: Paul McGinley asks former world No. 1 about Saudi league membership, says it could upset golf | Golf News

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