LIV can be golf’s IPL, says Anirban Lahiri | Golf News

NEW DELHI: The breakaway LIV the series can do for Golf what the IPL has done for cricket, best indian player Anirban Lahiri said after joining the lucrative Saudi-backed tour.
The new circuit has sparked a bitter split that threatens to tear golf apart and has sparked accusations of “sportswashing” Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.
Saudi Arabia has drawn heavy criticism over the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and for cracking down on rights activists, many of whom have been jailed or banned from travelling.
Despite this and the vast financial rewards offered to lure players away from the more established US PGA and European tours, Lahiri said LIV will also benefit others along the way.
Lahiri, a Players Championship runner-up in March, was one of six new signings – along with world number two Cameron Smith – announced on Tuesday for the Golf Invitation LIV Boston this week.
“I watch the Indian Premier League and T20. When it started, I remember the almost vehement opposition it received,” Lahiri told the Hindustan Times on Wednesday.
“But it had the potential to change the way we consume cricket.
“Look at it now. The Board of Control for Cricket in India is laughing all the way to the bank and so are the players. The broadcasters are thrilled as they are getting top ratings,” he said.
Lahiri said he was a “big fan” of the traditional five-day Test cricket, but the shorter Twenty20 format the IPL launched was “so much fun”.
“LIV can be the IPL of golf,” said the 35-year-old world number 92.

Michael C. Ford