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PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan defends decision to suspend LIV Golf players

Layers who have joined the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series will not be allowed to “freeride” off the PGA Tour, commissioner Jay Monahan said on Sunday.

Monahan spoke to CBS host Jim Nantz during the network’s coverage of the final round of the RBC Canadian Open, three days after suspending PGA Tour members who competed in the event. inaugural LIV Golf at Centurion Club, despite denial of permission.

When asked why players couldn’t do both, Monahan said: “I guess I would answer the question by asking a question – ‘Why do they need us so much?’

“These players chose to sign lucrative multi-year contracts to play a series of exhibition matches against the same players over and over again.”

Monahan said the best players in the game compete in Canada and “real competition builds the profile of the greatest players in the world.”

He added: “By protecting our loyal members, we cannot allow players (LIV Golf) to freeride.”

Monahan was also asked about the letter sent by a group representing the families of victims and survivors of the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States to representatives for Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Kevin Na.

The letter accuses the players of sportswashing and betrayal of their country, pointing out that “Osama bin Laden and 15 of the September 19 11 hijackers were Saudis.”

“I think you would have to live under a rock not to know there are significant implications. Two families close to me have lost loved ones,” Monahan said.

“I would ask any player who has left, or any player who is considering leaving, have you ever had to apologize for being a PGA Tour member?”

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