Matt Southgate: The future of Saudi golf Tour is based around having the superstars



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Matt Southgate: The future of Saudi golf Tour is based around having the superstars

DP World Tour golfer Matt Southgate has no opinion like most. Southgate believes the LIV Golf Invitational Series has serious potential and should not be written off. "The most overlooked thing with the Saudi Tour at the minute is that everybody is focusing on the players of today and nobody is thinking of the players of tomorrow," Southgate told the Sky Sports Golf podcast.

"Five years ago, we didn't know Bob MacIntyre, we didn't know Scottie Scheffler, we don't know Viktor Hovland or either of the Hojgaard brothers. When you start going through the list of players who weren't on Tour five years ago, it's quite significant.

"Should they have a stumbling block today because they can't get the players of today, there's nothing stopping them producing the players of tomorrow. That's where it's tough. If I was Keith Pelley, I'd be looking at how to stop them taking those players who will potentially be in and around the Saudi tour in five years' time."

Matt Southgate: Forget about the best players now

Matt Southgate has also discovered why he thinks this league has potential and can do great things.

It looks like this could be the future of golf. "If the Saudis decided to have a Q-school, that was free and with a prize fund, and open to be anybody around the world under 25, if there were 50 cards available then you would be sitting on at least a few superstars.

The next generation of players are out there playing, and the coaches in the amateur game know who they are. "The future of that [Saudi] golf Tour is based around having the superstars. Forget about the best players now, as they're all signed into the PGA Tour or the DP World Tour. How they can possibly prevent the player of tomorrow [from joining] is what worries me."