A few days ago, Lee Westwood criticized the PGA Tour and their moves, which are very reminiscent of what LIV Golf is doing. Westwood himself decided to be a part of LIV Golf, and believes that cooperation between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf now seems impossible.
“I’m not convinced by the strategic alliance because I’ve seen how the PGA Tour has behaved over the years,” he said. “There’s not been much ‘give.’ They have always been bullies and now they are getting their comeuppance."
Westwood explained what the PGA did "All the PGA Tour has done since Tiger came on tour is up the prize purses. In turn, that has taken all the best players from Europe away from the European Tour. They’ve had to play in the States, taking all their World Ranking points with them.
That was their strategy: ‘Put up the money. Get all the players. Hog all the World Ranking points', which becomes self-perpetuating. What we have seen over the last few months is just LIV doing what the PGA Tour has done for the last 25 years”.
Richard Bland confirms Westwood's words
Richard Bland believes the DP World Tour made a big mistake. "I personally think this deal they’ve just done is awful. How can you give your 10 best players to the PGA Tour every single year? I don’t get it."
The PGA Tour has announced major changes. “I laugh at what the PGA Tour players have come up with. It’s just a copy of what LIV is doing, there are a lot of hypocrites out there. They all say LIV is ‘not competitive.’ They all point at the no-cut aspect of LIV and the ‘short fields.’ - Westwood said.
"Now, funnily enough, they are proposing 20 events that look a lot like LIV. Hopefully, at some point they will all choke on their words. And hopefully, they will be held to account as we were in the early days”.