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The PGA Tour is merging with the Saudi-funded LIV Golf in a stunning move

Tony Manfred   

The PGA Tour is merging with the Saudi-funded LIV Golf in a stunning move
  • The PGA Tour and LIV Golf are merging.
  • It's a shocking move after the rival tours spent the better part of a year feuding.

The PGA Tour is merging with LIV Golf.

It's an earthquake in the golf world.

The two tours have bitterly feuded over the last 12 months as the Saudi-backed LIV has poached high-profile players away from the PGA Tour.

A statement reads:

The PGA TOUR, DP World Tour and the Public Investment Fund (PIF) today announced a landmark agreement to unify the game of golf, on a global basis.

The tours will form a new entity (name TBD). PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan will by the CEO of this entity, and PIF Governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan will be the chairman.

There's still a lot we don't know, but it's a total stunner.

The PGA and LIV had been locked a number of lawsuits. In addition, animosity between the players who took large paychecks to defect to LIV and the players who stayed on the PGA Tour spilled into public at times, including reports that LIV's Phil Mickelson "didn't speak at all" at a dinner with PGA Tour players at the Masters. As recently as Monday, a Golf Channel commentator called Mickelson a "pawn for murderers," in reference to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

The announcement will be followed by "a mutually agreed end to all pending litigation" between the two entities, they said in a statement.

The merger comes a few weeks after Brooks Koepka, the best player to move to LIV, became the first LIV player to win a major. Interestingly, there were rumblings earlier in the year that Koepka was having "buyer's remorse" about his decision and could come back to the PGA, according to journalist Alan Shupnick.


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