Flawed’ – PGA boss takes part in LIV Golf Invitational Series

PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh has hit out at the Greg Norman-led LIV Golf Invitational Series – describing its structure as “imperfect”.

Speaking ahead of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, Waugh said: “We think the structure of – I don’t know if it’s a league, it’s not a league at this point – but the structure of the league is somewhat flawed.”

The LIV Golf Invitational series has been dominating the headlines for the past few months with the first event scheduled at the Centurion Club just weeks away. Several members of the PGA and DP World Tour submitted their request for release to participate only to be thrown out the window and denied.

The growing consensus is now that players can choose to defy the regulations of their respective tours and enter the series; whether they are released or not. England’s Richard Bland recently revealed he will face the wrath of the DP World Tour and take part in the series opener.

When asked if players who defy release conditions would remain eligible to play in the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup, which are also governed by the PGA of America, Waugh replied: “Our statutes state that you must be a recognized member of a recognized tour in order to be a PGA member somewhere, and therefore eligible to play.

Under the current structure, the LIV Golf Invitational Series is unlikely to be considered a “recognized tour”. That said, LIV Golf Investments and the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, those who operationally and financially support the series, have also made a separate multi-million dollar investment in the Asian Tour; which is certainly a recognized tour and therefore a possible loophole for players to explore.

LIV Golf Investments is also in the process of applying for the series to be recognized by the Official World Golf Rankings.

As has been the case since the series launched, there is still so much that is not yet known. It’s the same for the PGA of America. “I don’t know what it will be like next year,” Waugh said. “We don’t think [LIV Golf] is good for gaming and we support this ecosystem. We have our own regulations that we will follow in these areas.

Despite the ongoing threat of disruption to what he described as “the current ecosystem,” Waugh drew attention to the PGA Championship and Major title that will be contested this week.

“We’re going to have a big championship this week. We’ve got 96 of the top 100 in the world here. We expect to have a big championship at Oak Hill next year, and we’re on a perfect site. The club couldn’t be more welcoming.

“We’re very happy to be in Tulsa, city-wise. We couldn’t be more excited about what’s going on. We’re going to have a great championship, and we, like many of you, will be watching what happens. happens over the next few months and see where it all plays out.”

Michael C. Ford