PGA Tour officials and LIV coaches welcomed the announcement Tuesday that the competing golf series would partner, but players were divided on the news. Here’s what they were saying:
“After two years of turmoil and turmoil, today is a historic day for the game we all know and love.” — PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monaghanwill become the CEO of the new company.
“There is no question that the LIV model has positively transformed golf. We believe there is an opportunity for the game to evolve while preserving its storied history and traditions.” —Public Investments Fund President Yasir Al Rumayyanwill become Chairman of the Board of the Integrated Tour.
“Today is a great day.” — Phil MickelsonLeft the PGA Tour and joined LIV Golf.
“Nothing makes me happier than learning on Twitter that you are merging with the tour you said you would never do.” — Mackenzie HughesPGA Tour player.
“I’m very curious how many people knew this deal was going on. Maybe 5-7 people? It’s a player-run organization, right?” Michael KimPGA Tour player.
“Today is one of the saddest days in the history of professional golf. I believe that governing bodies, institutions and professional bodies have sacrificed their principles for profit.” — Blundell Chambrya Golf Channel analyst who has been a harsh critic of the LIV Tour.
“Chamblee welfare checks.” — LIV Golfer Brooks KoepkaMr. Chamblee noted last week that he declared that “yielding to them or agreeing with them is a deal with a murderous dictator.”
“Now that we’re all friends, is it too late to do a workshop on these team names?” Max HoumaPlayers on the PGA Tour who are LIV teams such as the Crashers, Ironheads and Majestic.